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Best Pizza in Vancouver BC

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Updated: April 24, 2018

When it comes to pizza, you’re are not short of choices in Metro Vancouver, Vancouver, or even downtown Vancouver for that matter. Walk any two blocks and you’ll see plenty of options but there are times you want to go for the best of the best; something you can bring your out-of-town friends and family to and savor what REAL pizza should taste like.

This is what you’re going to find a few paragraphs bellow…the best pizzas in Vancouver, BC.

There are many more commendable pizza restaurants that we unfortunately do not have the space to recommend onto the top 5… difficult decisions had to be made, nevertheless please comment bellow to vouch for your favourite spots for the best pizza in Vancouver. We look to curate the local’s opinion together so your comments and feedback will directly improve the recommendations. (However, not everything is taken at face value. Take for example, this review on Coast Coal Harbour by APA who we’ve recommended as one of the best downtown Vancouver hotels. “Lawrence Northeast” mentioned, “…But overall I found the reception area (the lobby) to be uninviting and cramped. No welcome … No helpful signage to direct me to my meeting … Lobby has all the charm of a hospital waiting room.” to the surprise of other guests who questioned,”Were we at the same hotel? I found the lobby to be wide open and beautiful” while another echoed, “I stayed there this weekend too and quite liked the spacious lobby but did find the elevators a bit awkward to find.” Basically, you can’t please everyone so we do careful fact-checking to ensure accurate representation of the best pizza restaurants in Vancouver. So much work for pizza you say? It is worth it! I’ve been to Coast Coal Harbour by APA casually observing The Loden & Coast Coal Harbour by APA along my personal leisure walks and noted the lobby was indeed spacious. ūüėā¬†Now, let’s talk about the carpets… ūüėāūüėāūüėā)

When looking for the best pizza in Vancouver, we looked for authenticity, taste, quality of ingredients, experience including service and atmosphere, and value – because who doesn’t like good and cheap pizza! (only if it’s good.)

BONUS = We will be giving away gift cards to the best pizza restaurants in Vancouver periodically to readers who comment on this article! (As and when…like when Vancouver is depressingly rainy.) So remember to share bellow this article what your favourite go-to pizza joints are to find the BEST pizza in Vancouver!

Without further ado…

The 5 Best Pizza in Vancouver:

(because we like the number 5.)

1. Lombardo’s¬†Pizzeria:

Lombardo’s is easily one of the best Vancouver pizza restaurants. It’s unassumingly nestled in a mall by Commercial Drive although they are famed for their delicious and authentic Italian pizzas for over 25 years! It’s family-owned and operated that uses local and fresh ingredients with an authentic Italian flavor.

Prices are very standard for upscale pizza in Vancouver around $13 – $17 for your Margarita to their signature Blanca (EVOO, grana padano, slow roasted red onions, garlic confit, gorgonzola, arugula). Mmmm.

If you’re looking for pizza that tastes like it was made by your Italian grandmother (if you had an Italian grandmother) then Lombardo’s Pizzeria where you want to go for the best pizza in Vancouver. Quality has since been hit and miss; almost comical is serving boxed ice cream sandwiches for desserts. (Honestly, embarrassing!) Skip their pasta but pizza is good.

Yelp: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/lombardos-pizzeria-and-restaurant-vancouver

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/lombardos-ristorante-and-pizzeria-grandview

Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d706373-Reviews-Lombardo_s_Ristorante_Pizzeria-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Pics (for drooling):

Address: 1641 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3Y3

 

2. Via Tevere Pizzeria:

What does Via Tevere Pizzeria have to offer Vancouver? There aren’t any shortage of good pizza but Via Tevere is different in a good way, that’s why it’s earned the spot at numero due¬†(I had to Google that.) on our list of the best Vancouver pizza restaurants in Vancouver. Different in using real wood-fire to make their pizzas crispy and flavorful. Different in hand-kneading their pizza dough (yes, it’s made fresh.) Different in trying to serve true¬†Neopolitan Pizza; they are first generation Canadians with deep roots in Naples.

The owner grew up in Naples and understands what it takes to make authentic Neapolitan pizza. Via Tevere even has a travelling Pizzeria in the form of a food truck that roams Vancouver streets; most often found at Burrard street and Pender street on Tuesdays to Fridays.

Via Tevere Pizzeria menu is not extensive but perfectly sized with only the best of Italian food in Vancouver. Dinner menu includes options such as their daily pasta, antipasto, home-style meatballs or polenta for appetizers. Their true specialty however is Vancouver pizzas (priced reasonably from $13 for the classic¬†Margherita to $21 for the¬†Capricciosa –¬†Tomato, Ô¨Āor di latte, prosciutto cotto, salame, artichokes, mushroom, olive). Great for sharing as a family dinner or eating all by yourself. (I won’t be complaining about that when the pizza is this good!) Try their desserts as well specifically the “GraÔ¨Äe con Nutella” because who doesn’t like nutella on handmade Neapolitan fritters? You can be sure, Via Tevere Pizzeria in Vancouver won’t be serving you ice cream sandwiches as gelato (at least, I hope not!) Speaking of which, if you’re looking for the best gelato in Vancouver, then look here.

Yelp: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/via-tevere-vancouver?osq=Via+Tevere+Pizzeria

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/via-tevere-grandview-vancouver

Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d3488975-Reviews-Via_Tevere_Pizzeria-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Drool-worthy Pics:

Best Pizza in Vancouver for good reason. Pizza by wood, stone oven.

Looks good doesn’t it? You should try it. That’s why we’ve listed Via Tevere Pizzeria as the #3 BEST pizza in Vancouver.

Address:¬†1190 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 4G5 (Further making the point of how many pizza restaurants there are in Vancouver – just look at this map of the Commercial Drive neighborhood. Within this area there are Lombardo’s Pizza, Fire Pizza, Pizza Garden, and Via Tevere Pizzeria! That’s not even considering the other generic options like Fresh Slice, Pizza Hut, or Domino’s – which isn’t really worth mentioning when you’re looking for the best pizza in Vancouver. Which we ended up mentioning, just like Justin Bieber’s “Never Say Never” song. He was Canadian till the Americans ruined him. Technically, still Canadian – once every five years when he comes to Vancouver to renew his passport…via private jet.)

 

3. Pizzeria Farina:

Pizza Farina is the product of Ask for Luigi and located well in Stratacona. (Pizzeria Farina is like the more liked younger child compared to Ask for Luigi because pizza > pasta.) This hole in the wall pizza restaurant is open from 5 PM (because nobody eats pizza at 5 AM unless they are drunk) till their dough runs out…and they run out of dough on a nightly basis! (rather quickly, so come early to avoid being disappointed.)

It’s a small restaurant. Pizza Farina in Vancouver, BC is known for old school design and quality with traditional ingredients on their homemade dough for some good rustic pizza. They have the classics but also a daily special if you want to eat there every day of the week (which you just might after you’ve tried pizza at Pizzeria Farina), you got variety still. If you’ve been to Ask for Luigi as recommended on our 5 Best Italian Restaurants in Vancouver then you should definitely give Pizzeria Farina a visit as well.

If you’re on a pizza crawl to find the best pizza in Vancouver, you can’t give Pizzeria Farina a miss. Surprisingly for such quality and artisan flavors, (add free hipster aromas) prices are similar to Via Tevere Pizzeria with a classic Margarita at $13. Drop in for the pizza but not for the ambiance because the restaurant is small, making it packed when crowded; best for takeout. No-frills, delicious authentic thin-crust pizza in Vancouver, BC.

Yelp: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/pizzeria-farina-vancouver

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/pizzeria-farina-strathcona-vancouver

Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d2390371-Reviews-Pizzeria_Farina-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Pics (for drooling):

Pizza of the day at Pizzeria Farina Vancouver pizza store

Pizza of the day at Pizzeria Farina in Vancouver.

Address: 915 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2V8

 

4. Pizzeria Barbarella

Pizzeria Barbarella is the epitome of good pizza as sworn by many pizza enthusiast. The fans of Pizzeria Barbarella are also some of the most committed and competitive Italian foodies; you’ll find them proudly claiming Pizzeria Barbarella as the best pizza in Vancouver (for good reason)¬†as if they owned the restaurant themselves. You’ll find classic pizza made right at Pizzeria Barbarella; how you would find it in Italy. A little bit like this.

It’s a family owned and run pizza store that has quite a personalized experience. You can meet the owner and the pizza is good! They use fresh, local, and organic ingredients in their pizza – three wins! It’s good Italian style pizza in Vancouver.

Superb, outstanding, amazing, satisfied…these are some words that you’ll find customers of Pizzeria Barbarella describe the delicious pizza served at this cozy family pizzeria. The pizza restaurant in Vancouver is located about 20 minutes from downtown on busy Broadway street right about where Fraser street intersects. It’s an unassuming store nestled between various eateries (close to pho) and close distance to VCC (Vancouver Career College) – making it an excellent location.

Yelp: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/pizzeria-barbarella-vancouver

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/pizzeria-barbarella-mount-pleasant

Trip Advisor: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d2589348-Reviews-Pizzeria_Barbarella-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Pizza in the oven at Pizza Barbarella Vancouver

Pizza Barbarella Vancouver – Pizza in their stone oven.

Address: 654 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5T 1X6

 

5. Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria:

Here’s a little novelty pizza concept that has since became exceptionally popular among franchisees and patrons alike. It’s worth a mention. Unlimited toppings, you-choose, you-build, make-it-yourself, pizza that has caught on in Canada and the United States. (We’ve tried some build-yourself pizza in Vancouver that’s awful because the crust gets soggy without the proper dough or stone oven.)

Firecrust is one of several unlimited toppings pizzeria you will find in Vancouver. We have chosen it because their crust importantly is good and the location is conveniently nestled downtown on Davie street. The pizza is then baked in their stone oven; it’s as quick as 90 seconds when the oven is at 600 degrees. (The difference between a stone oven and those fake individual pizza ovens some other franchises use that leave the crust soggy.)

It may not be very authentic once you start loading your pizza with pineapple, bacon, and the likes but if you’re looking for delicious pizza in downtown Vancouver with unlimited toppings, then Firecrust Pizzeria is your pick. It is good value at $10.95 for a 12 inch pizza with as many toppings as they have (except prosciutto which costs an additional $3.) As they say in Naples, “Buon appetito!”

Yelp: https://www.yelp.ca/biz/firecrust-neapolitan-pizzeria-vancouver

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/firecrust-neapolitan-pizzeria-downtown-vancouver

Trip Advisor: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d11728149-Reviews-Firecrust_Davie-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Pics:

Firecrust Pizzeria Vancouver - Good pizza in Vancouver.

Delicious pizza waiting to be eaten at Firecrust Pizzeria in Vancouver on 808 Davie Street. Choose your own toppings for one price.

Address: 808 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2S2

Honorable Mentions – Good Pizza in Vancouver, BC:

As mentioned, there are so many good pizza restaurants in Vancouver that it is hard to find only the five best pizza in Vancouver. As with competition, quality and value increases for customers. There are many other great pizza restaurants in Vancouver that haven’t quite edge it on to our top 5 list. These are still worth visiting and trying if you enjoy good Vancouver pizza.

Goldies: Not the best pizza in Vancouver BUT it is good pizza (albeit pricey – you’re better off at Firecrust or Farina around downtown Vancouver) but convenient location with good thin-crust pizza.

Address –¬†605 W Pender Street Vancouver, BC V6B 1W7

Martini’s Restaurant:¬†One of the original wholewheat pizza crusts in Vancouver. Excellent pizza. Highly recommended by our friends on Facebook.

Address –¬†151 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1P4

Pizza Garden: The staple for many pizza enthusiasts looking to get a quick bite of delicious Neapolitan pizza. They make good and simple with a variety of delicious toppings, available by the slice or the whole pie. The pizza is baked in a stone oven for extra crispness for the crust with the right amount of chewy-ness to the crust (very important for good Neapolitan pizza). Reasonably priced at $6.50 for two slices and a drink/water. Nothing extravagant that

Address – Franchise with several locations in Vancouver, but downtown Vancouver @ 675 Smithe St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2C9

 

Well there’s our top 5 best Vancouver pizza recommendations. We want to hear your feedback. Feel free to comment bellow and share your opinion, thoughts, dissatisfaction on these recommendations… or suggest any other pizza restaurant you think should be in the top 5 best Vancouver pizza. Let’s give tourists and locals alike the chance to experience the best of our amazing city, yeah?

Thanks for reading. We hope you enjoyed our recommendations for the Best Pizza in Vancouver! We hope you go try them. (As usual, all content on VancityAsks is non-sponsored to truly find the best of Vancouver, impartial. Composed with community feedback, suggestions, and first hand experiences – we want to share the best of Vancouver…not just the fake touristy – often paid – suggestions you get from the concierge either. When voting system is in place only the biggest businesses who annoy their customers win – you end up getting only franchises winning with marketing budget, instead of the mom and pops style restaurants; we want to find the low-key spots and the well-known bests alike!)

Ps. It was hard to choose between good and best, but we’ve tried. We get it! If X store isn’t on the top 5, the list ain’t creditable. Well, if you insist so, leave a comment bellow and we’ll look at it. Note that everyone’s taste is different so we’ve tried our best to list the top 5 Best Pizza in Vancouver. I recommend you give each of these stores a visit.

Best Italian Restaurants in Vancouver

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Vancouver has no shortage of Italian restaurants to savor authentic Italian cuisine from pastas, pizzas, to cannoli. Unfortunately with the multitude of choices, knowing which ones to visit can be tough. You can’t go wrong with most Italian Restaurants in Vancouver although there are those gems that are absolutely a top 5 MUST-try as far as Italian Restaurants in Vancouver are concerned.

We encourage you to share your own recommendations in the comments bellow about your favourite Italian food in Vancouver!  We’ll be updating the list accordingly.

It‚Äôll be great to have the community’s opinion on which Italian restaurants in Vancouver are numbered by your count!

 

Here are the top 5 Best Italian Restaurants in Vancouver (Three are popular favourites and 2 are up and coming for you hipsters! We know you’re out there!)

1) Nook: Nook is an authentic Italian restaurant in Vancouver. Customary to any good food, there‚Äôs a wait but it’s well worth it. Well-deserved 4.5 star ratings across on Trip Advisor, Yelp, and Zomato. Pasta is made from scratch and fresh ingredients are always used in the kitchen. Nook‚Äôs customers know they are getting the best Italian food available in Vancity. What‚Äôs interesting is Nook doesn‚Äôt take reservations so get there early. Don’t miss a visit the Nook for great Italian food in Vancouver.

“It was so good we had to go back and try something else! Service was friendly, prices were very fair and the food was amazing!” – Shauna P. (Trip Advisor)

Freshly made pasta at Nook Restaurant in Vancouver, BC

Freshly made pasta at Nook Restaurant Vancouver.

Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d1468777-Reviews-Nook-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Yelp: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/nook-vancouver

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/nook-west-end-vancouver

Address: 781 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2L6

 

2) Lupo: Lupo is a must-try in Vancouver if you’re seeking good Italian food. The restaurant is uniquely set in a heritage house near Smithe Street and Burrard easily accessible downtown. The food has their fans on edge with the carefully crafted Italian cuisine being served up (with a friendly service). Reviewers are closing in 5 stars for Lupo as a Vancouver Italian restaurant. If you’re giving Lupo a visit make sure to go for their freshly made pasta. One of the best Italian restaurants in Vancouver that you absolutely have to savour downtown.

‚ÄúRight up there with some of the best Italian restaurants I have tried. Pasta dishes were fresh, with creative combinations of ingredients.‚ÄĚ –¬†comingforthesun (Trip Advisor)

Lupo Vancouver Italian Restaurant Google maps

It’s a homely Vancouver Italian Restaurant both in looks, experience, and taste. Lupo Vancouver street view on Google Maps

Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d710524-Reviews-Lupo_Restaurant-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Yelp: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/lupo-vancouver

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/lupo-yaletown-vancouver

Address: 869 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2R7

 

3) Ask for Luigi: Infamously the hole in the wall for Vancouver’s Italian cuisine, Ask for Luigi is a small dining area packed with tables that delivers on its name. The Italian food at Ask for Luigi is as familial as their name. (Closely set, cooking for friends and family with quality ingredients, decisively and thoughtfully put together). It seems as with most good Italian restaurants in Vancouver, Ask for Luigi does not accept advance reservations and is typically packed with a waitlist around. It’s located around Gastown towards East Hastings.

‚ÄúVisited Ask for Luigi on 23rd August. Don’t be fooled by the location. We knew that they didn’t take bookings and being a little jet lagged we thought we would get there when it opened at 5.30. It didn’t seem like a great part of town but at 5.30pm there were already queues around the block and a waitlist. We were lucky enough to get in however. Service was exceptional. Relaxed, efficient, warm and the food was amazing. The style is quite rustic and the dining room quite small but it works perfectly. We loved it.‚ÄĚ –¬†hotski7 (Trip Advisor)

Ask for Luigi Vancouver pasta

Ask for Luigi Vancouver Italian Food. Spaghetti. Picture courtesy of Ask for Luigi

Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d5562584-Reviews-Ask_for_Luigi-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Yelp: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/ask-for-luigi-vancouver?osq=Al+Porto

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/ask-for-luigi-downtown-eastside-vancouver

Address: 305 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1C4

 

4) Al Porto Ristorante: Arguably one of the¬†iconic,¬†authentic Italian restaurant in Vancouver; this Italian ristorante is located right by waterfront station. The Italian restaurant which was established since 1978 provides indoor and outdoor seating with delicious, mouth-watering food. I‚Äôm a little bias, reminiscence of personal experience. This Vancouver Italian restaurant is almost an establishment with it’s existence since 1978 situated in an old brick building at 321 Walter Street (this is approximately 5 minutes walk from Waterfront) and right in front of the Gastown Clock. It’s very decorated in it’s interior as a true Vancouver Italian restaurant which seems to inspire an cozy, Italian family like experience. Prices at Al Porto are very reasonable for fine Italian food in Vancouver. The food and service is phenomenal; Al Porto also offers excellent wine pairing recommendations for their food upon request. Be warned, as with any good Italian food in Vancouver, the restaurant is always packed with¬†hungry guests and their a refined palate for good Italian food.

‚ÄúVisitor or local, you will enjoy Al Porto’s menu, ambience and value. Given its location in historic gastown and close to the cruise ship terminal, Al Porto attracts many tourists. As locals, my partner and I have been going to Al Porto for many years and we recommend it wholeheartedly.‚ÄĚ –¬†bryanmcgrath2015 (Trip Advisor)

Al Porto Ristorante Vancouver Italian food in Gastown

Delicious Italian food at Al Porto Ristorante in Vancouver BC. Gastown.

Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d762961-Reviews-Al_Porto_Ristorante-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Yelp: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/al-porto-ristorante-italiano-vancouver

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/al-porto-ristorante-gastown-vancouver

Address: 321 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B8

 

5)¬†Don Francesco Ristorante: If you’re looking for good rustic Italian cuisine with family-like service then Don Francesco is the place to go. This fine dining experience features top quality ingredients with “treasured”¬†Sicilian family recipes coupled with fresh seafood. Don Francesco¬†was opened by Francesco Alongi in 2002 with his experience in Italian food dating to 1975 (where he opened his first Italian restaurant in Vancouver – which had since closed). Today, Don Francesco is is located right across from Sutton Place Hotel on Burrard street in a small corner unit. They are known as a fine-dining Italian cuisine for romantic dinners along with¬†their impeccable service. Prices are on the higher end even for fine Italian dining in downtown Vancouver. Known for their delicious Ceasar salad, lobster linguine, and ¬†home-made deserts.

“The food was excellent! True Italian meal! The portions are huge but worth every bite! If you are looking for a good true Italian meal with a beautiful setting, this is the place to go! Will be back!” –¬†Vantoptours M (Trip Advisor)

Don Francesco's Italian Restaurant Vancouver BC spaghetti and meatballs

Tastefully presented spaghetti and meatballs from Don Francesco’s Italian Restaurant Vancouver, BC.

Trip Advisor: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d684207-Reviews-Don_Francesco-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Yelp: https://www.yelp.ca/biz/francescos-ristorante-italia-vancouver

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/francescos-ristorante-italia-downtown-vancouver

Address: 860 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1X9

We haven‚Äôt quite made up our mind about the fifth recommendation of Italian restaurants to try in Vancouver so we‚Äôd like you to have the input. ¬†Some further considerations are Yaletown L’Antipasto, Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca, Italian Kitchen, Trattoria. There are too many wonderful¬†Italian restaurants in Vancouver to choose from. Yaletown L’Antipasto is well known for authentic Italian food.¬†Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca is also nestled in Yaletown, serving delicious Italian and Mediterranean food by¬†Giuseppe ‚ÄúPino‚ÄĚ Posteraro; they truly make phenomenal food including their home-made pasta with a fresh taste to their dishes. Italian Kitchen is part of the Glowbal group of¬†restaurants and have been known for precisely cooked Italian food, professionally prepared for a delicious meal. Trattoria is another Vancouver favourite for Italian food once again by the Glowbal Group. All of these make excellent options for Italian restaurants in Vancouver.

 

Thanks for reading our suggestions of the top 5 must-try Italian restaurants in Vancouver. If you have any suggestions or disagreements, please share in the comments bellow.

Top 5 Best Italian Restaurants

5 Interesting Eateries in Vancouver

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Remember being told not to play with your food as a child? Well, now you’re all grown up¬†and sometimes the rules change. Dining is an experience but some eateries take that experience to a whole another level. It may be live entertainment or fries with a side of insults? (Unfortunately Dick’s Last Resort is not in Vancouver if that’s what you’re looking for.)

We do have quite a few incredible restaurants and eateries in Vancouver that provide a different dining experience than what you might usually find at other restaurants in Vancouver.

Here are some interesting places you need to go if you want an adventure or surprise with your meal.

 

Five Interesting Eateries in Vancouver:

Looking for an experience with your meal? Perhaps, you may appreciate trying some unique eateries in Vancouver to share with your out of town friends or a little excitement with your dining experience. Whatever your reasons, here are five interesting eateries in Vancouver that you should experience alone or with another.

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5) Rio Brazillian Steakhouse:

URL: http://riobraziliansteakhouse.ca/

Cheap & Good Coffee in Downtown Vancouver

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Interested in finding cheap and good coffee in downtown Vancouver? Here’s your list.

There’s no shortage of coffee options in downtown Vancouver but here are where you can find the best value for your buck and enjoy a good cuppa Joe to wake up your day. Of course, “cheap” is relative to your convenience; going for a two or three block walk for “good and cheap” coffee isn’t very cheap unless you needed a breather/walk along the way. So this said, take this with relativity.

Nevertheless, these are cheap coffee spots that serve good coffee.

Cheap & Good Coffee?

Downtown Vancouver Coffee Shops:

Best Cheap & Good Coffee in Downtown Vancouver:

1) Cheap & Good Coffee in Downtown Vancouver @ 7-11 Convenience Shops:

2) Cheap & Good Coffee in Downtown Vancouver @ Urban Fare:

3) Cheap & Good Coffee in Downtown Vancouver @ Theirry:

4) Cheap & Good Coffee in Downtown Vancouver @ Coo Coo Coffee:

5) Cheap & Good Coffee in Downtown Vancouver @ Breka Bakery:

Special Mentions – Cheap & Good Coffee in Downtown Vancouver:

Here are a few more coffee spots that you might wish trying but didn’t quite make the cut.

  • Take Five Cafe:
  • Cream De La Crumb:
  • Macdonalds:
  • A&W:
  • Matchstick Coffee:

Best Cafe in Vancouver

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Updated February 23, 2019: VancityAsks is your source for reliable recommendations, locally and manually curated. We genuinely endeavor to find the best of Vancouver Рhence we try to minimize bias across all our list. We hope to save you time; helping locals rediscover their amazing city and visitors to find the best Vancouver has to offer. To maintain the validity and accuracy of our content; we review/edit/update our content from time to time.

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Who is this “Best Cafes in Vancouver” list for?

First off, to ensure we’re connecting you with the right local recommendations, we should take some time to clarify you’re on the right article at VancityAsks.com

  • This “Best Cafes in Vancouver” article is to categorize the BEST cafes in Vancouver with considerations to (1) cafe space – ambiance, uniqueness, location (2) coffee – You’re at a cafe presumably to get coffee (3) food selection – It’s nice to get a delicious bite with your coffee. Having a cafe with good food selection certainly helps with making the cafe a better spot to read your book, finish some work, or chat with a friend.

Effectively, what we’re saying is these recommendations for the best cafes in Vancouver are relevant for you if you’re looking for a nice, chic, or unique cafe with good WiFi to get some work done, study, or spend a couple hours with a friend – over some good coffee and delicious food.

If you’re looking to find the best coffee in Vancouver (without consideration for the cafe ambiance, space, or food selection) we have that to.

If you’re looking to find the best coffee roasters in Vancouver (to enjoy your french press, pour over, or espresso in the comforts of your own home each morning – or afternoon. Afternoon pick-me-up coffee is always a nice treat.) we have that as well!

Now that I presume you’re looking for the best cafes in Vancouver, here are five cafes in Vancouver that is worth visiting!

 

Vancouver LOCAL Recommendations – 5 Best Cafes in Vancouver:

We true Vancouver locals¬†always enjoy¬†a good cup of coffee. There are¬†cafes in¬†every corner of¬†Vancouver. Everyone one of them are great in their right but when you want to find the best “MUST-try” cafes in Vancouver, here’s where you look.¬†We’ve highlighted these establishments for their interior experience and phenomenal Vancouver coffee. These are also some of the¬†best cafes¬†in Vancouver to stick back, enjoy a good cup of Americano, and dive into a book, paperwork, or let your mind wander. (If you’re privileged enough, make sure to visit them for your daily coffee runs…only if you appreciate¬†luxury for a small price. $2.75 is a nominal cost for such enjoyment¬†and the productivity from¬†a good cup of coffee. (not to forget,¬†the hipster vibes ‚Äď who knows you may be more creative at work?)

Here are VancityAsks‘ TOP 5 picks¬†for the best cafes in Vancouver to try (subject to improvements and updates). If you’re a local, it would be a shame not to¬†try these local cafes. If you’re a tourist,¬†experience a local’s unique appreciation for good Vancouver coffee. You can understand a lot about a city¬†by their food scene; some of these cafes are also conveniently located near tourist attractions, points of interest, or neighborhoods hence you’ll find a few cafe stops recommended in¬†48 hours tourists¬†itinerary. (Some activity ideas if you’re visiting Vancouver for a brief lay-over upon arriving in Canada. Itinerary assumes you arrive on an international flight in the morning/afternoon however you can easily adjust the schedule to your time of arrival and cherry pick your choice of activities. The activities plan are fairly economical; we’ve tried to incorporate as much of a local experience as much as possible to provide a solid¬†insight to Vancouver added with your typical touristy activities.)

It was a difficult decision trying to find the best cafes in Vancouver as there are no lack of good Vancouver coffee and cafes but we believe these are absolutely the top 5 MUST try coffee/cafes to try…especially if you’re around the area.

 

Here are the BEST cafes in Vancouver:

1) Best Cafe in Downtown Vancouver – Caffe Artigiano:

Caffe Artigiano is the place to be if you’re looking for a cafe in downtown Vancouver with some unique character, comfy & cozy atmosphere, and plentiful seating. It’s also an excellent option to grab a quick homemade breakfast sandwich, sit-in for a eggs benedict with your coffee, or grab and go their freshly roasted coffee with a in-house baked muffin!

The cafe may be small but there are plenty of seating available and power plugs to charge up your devices while you sip a delicious coffee. Service is quick and consistently friendly while the high ceilings & soft walls ensure any conversation or noise becomes white-noise for your comfort.

Yelphttps://www.yelp.ca/biz/caff%C3%A8-artigiano-vancouver-14

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/caffe-artigiano-downtown-vancouver

Trip Advisorhttps://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d683196-Reviews-Caffe_Artigiano-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Address – 740 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2X1

Caffe Artigiano as quickly become a favourite cafe in Downtown Vancouver for several reasons…

(1) good coffee – always important if you’re looking for the best cafes in Vancouver.

(2) good service – especially important for a service industry. You’d think it was a given but surprisingly sometimes non-service professionals get into the service industry and get hired.

(3) nice ambiance – the downtown Vancouver cafe is rather unique and chic place.

Caffe Artigiano on West Hastings (740 West Hastings, they have another cafe in downtown Vancouver’s Coal Harbour community at 1101 West Pender which is a larger cafe – walking distance to Loden Hotel actually – but without the same characteristics, warmth, or coziness as their flagship branch/commissary kitchen which presumably would bring fresher pastries & food as well) is a small cafe in downtown Vancouver, their flagship store, but it’s cozy and well designed inside. It has the ambiance similar to something European, specifically Spain, and a little bit of Italian along with a hint of rustic/rawness to the interior design. A plus is the many power plugs and seating available if you’re looking for somewhere to finish some work, catch up on emails, or read an e-book.

The cafe is often packed with office professionals which is good and bad; you might have trouble finding a seat during peak periods (but there are many seats) and it’s also good if you like a lot of white noise. (Most people speak moderately and with the high ceiling, noise really muffles to a consistent white-noise so to drown out any specific conversation) It makes a great place to get work done, read a book, have a casual meeting, or enjoy a good cup of coffee (possibly with an delicious in-house baked pastries, delicious & quick, fresh-made daily, sandwich, or their popular salmon lox eggs benedict).

If you’re looking for a cafe in downtown Vancouver, be sure to pop by Caffe Artigiano for their delicious coffee, great service, and freshly-made pastries, or a meal. It is well deserving of the “best cafe in Vancouver” title for it’s unique cozy cafe vibe, excellent white-noise, good coffee, delicious cafe food, and excellent service in a exceptionally convenient downtown Vancouver nook.

 

2) Best Hipster Cafe in Vancouver – Revolver Cafe:

Located in Gastown, Revolver Cafe is 10 for 10 when it comes to espresso. They are known for their coffee tasting events! Quite possibly some of the BEST coffee in the Gastown locality.

Revolver Cafe baristas can frequently be found wearing a beanie.

Yelp –¬†http://www.yelp.ca/biz/revolver-vancouver

Zomato –¬†https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/revolver-gastown-vancouver

Trip Advisor –¬†https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d2615148-Reviews-Revolver_Coffee-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Address –¬†325 Cambie Street Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7

Revolver Café is not just any café. It has espresso tasting flights. Yes, espresso tasting flights. Go and try their variety of espresso to find which beans you like. Revolver has a huge fan following for good reason.

The coffee is made fresh to order from specially selected roasters across the globe – liken to your exclusive LV purse (or murse). These coffee are quality-checked and Revolver only serves the BEST coffee. You‚Äôll be sure to get wowed by the taste and feel like a million bucks. (possibly ‚Äď no guarantee). Certainly good coffee that will keep you awake and productive.

Price wise, the cost of coffee at Revolver Café is nominal for the utility you get from such a fabulous cup of coffee. You don’t want to miss this. 10/10 MUST try!

Vancouver Coffee Pour Over

Vancouver Coffee pour over at Revolver Cafe. Picture courtesy of Tanglao on Flikr.

Best Cafe in Vancouver

Old picture of Revolver Cafe interior in Vancouver. Best Cafe in Vancouver on VancityAsks.com

Best Vancouver Coffee at Revolver Cafe

Best Coffee in Vancouver on VancityAsks.com at Revolver Cafe. Picture courtesy of Roland Tanglao on Flickr.

 

3) Best Cafe in Vancouver’s Gastown –¬†Milano Cafe:

This is the coffee brand I see so often on UBC campus. This coffee roaster supports certified organic and small farms with an emphasis on quality.

Go for their unique espresso bar and try the different blends. Milano has several branches but you may wish to visit their coffee lounge at 156 West 8th Avenue.

Yelp –¬†http://www.yelp.ca/biz/milano-coffee-vancouver

Zomato –¬†https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/milano-coffee-roasters-mount-pleasant-vancouver

Trip Advisor –¬†https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d4853019-Reviews-Milano_Boutique_Coffee_Roasters-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Address –¬†156 8th Avenue W Vancouver, BC V5Y 1N2

Milano café takes 3rd place currently because they also roast their own beans and distribute to UBC. More interestingly Milano Café main branch has a nice espresso bar that’s a unique experience. It’s a bit out of the way but certainly worth a visit.

This is a larger coffee roaster that distribute their beans far and wide. You may have recognized their coffee at various cafes downtown so give their Vancouver Cambie-area café/roastery a visit and taste it freshest.

Price wise, you’d be looking at $3 for a shot of espresso or $2.75 to $4 for an americano. Certainly worthwhile for the enjoyment at their espresso lounge.

Here’s a tip from Holly on Yelp:

“I always get a large, because the medium and small are a little on the skimpy side for what you would usually get if you were at a large chain coffee place. Having said that, there’s a good reason the sizes are small – this stuff is strong. This coffee goes down slowly because it’s so full of flavour, and by the end you find yourself way more alert and energetic. It definitely gets you going. ”

Vancouver Coffee at Milano Coffee

Milano Coffee in Vancouver. They roast their own beans. Fresh coffee to go!

Vancouver Espresso Tasting at Milano Coffee

Fresh espresso with espresso tasting flights at Milano Coffee in Vancouver.

Vancouver Milano coffee shop

Interior of Milano Coffee shop in Vancouver.

4) Best Original Vancouver Roasters Cafe – 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters:

If you haven’t heard of¬†49th Parallel Coffee Roasters, you’re likely either new to Vancouver or the coffee scene in Vancouver. 49th Parallel Coffee is a Vancouver coffee icon whose beans are also used in various cafes nationally.

The ones I’ve tried were too mild for my liking personally. Also, you may like to know it’s the same company that spun off Lucky Donuts arguably the BEST donuts in Vancouver.

Go ahead. Treat yourself. Go step into their Kitsilano store at¬†2198 W 4th Avenue and sip ¬†a freshly brewed cup of coffee with one of their unique Lucky Donuts like¬†Creme Br√Ľl√©e or maybe an apple bacon fritter? You deserve it. If you’re around the area you can also pop by their Main St. store at¬†2902 Main St.

Yelp –¬†https://www.yelp.ca/biz/49th-parallel-coffee-vancouver-6

Zomato Р https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/forty-ninth-parallel-cafe-luckys-doughnuts-kitsilano-vancouver

Trip Advisorhttps://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowUserReviews-g154943-d7297661-r243168296-49th_Parallel_Roasters_Cafe-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Address – 2902 Main St. Vancouver, BC, V5T 3G3

49th Parallel Coffee Roasters might be considered the grandfather of coffee culture in Vancouver, BC. They were one of the first artisan roasters who had a neat little cafe on 4th Avenue.

They soon branched to artisan, small-batch donuts known as Lucky Donuts; you will find Lucky Donuts at all 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters cafe. It seems the next step is towards 49th Parallel Brewing (beer).

While many branches have since opened representing 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters including one in downtown Vancouver on Thurlow (close to Trump International Hotel, Shangri-La Living, Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, and Loden Hotel), their original cafe is located on Main Street with the Roastery/Head Office in Burnaby.

They serve a (fresh) fruity flavoured style of coffee that might be enjoyable to some. Fair warning that while they cafes are typically fairly large, airy (lightly furnished & bright), they are not very laptop friendly. (Few power plugs & cafe owners do not like people sitting with laptops.) Their cafe is recommended on our best cafes in Vancouver as an ode to one of the early Vancouver artisan cafes/coffee roasters.

 

5) Best Casual Cafe With a View in Vancouver –¬†Coal Harbor Cafe:

The Coal Harbour Cafe is not exactly known for their coffee but their location & convenience (to Vancouver’s cruise ship terminal at Vancouver Convention Centre in downtown Vancouver and most of Downtown Vancouver’s Waterfront area.)

This is an excellent coffee to sit in and appreciate the views while visiting Vancouver or perhaps before your cruise as the location is connected to Vancouver Convention Centre.

Zomato –¬†https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/coal-harbour-cafe-coal-harbour-vancouver (Coal Harbour Cafe has two branches one at 1055 and the other at 999. The 999 is better than 1055 although Zomato doesn’t have a listing for 999 by Canada Place docks)

Address –¬†999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1

The Coal Harbour Cafe serves acceptable coffee, but they serve amazing views right at Canada Convention Centre makes for a nice sit-in caf√© to sip & read (or type). Service is standard, sub-standard, or slightly-better than average (don’t get us wrong – they are not at all rude, just not overly personal or memorable). The cafe features full walled window on one side and sliding doors to Vancouver Convention Centre Exhibition Halls on the other side. It is typically empty (as people grab and go their coffee it appears) but there are adequate sitting space with excellent views if you want a sit-in cafe with your friend or a place to sit back & relax around the Coal Harbour area. It has a bright (when it’s not raining) and simplistic interior design.

They also sell Thomas Haas bake goods and a variety of sandwiches. You can also typically catch a special daily deal in-store like a croissant and coffee for $3.40 (at time of writing).

They do not have power plugs though if you were looking to charge up your cellphone/tablet/laptop. If you were hoping to enjoy the view and get some work done, make sure you have your batteries fully charged. WiFi is unsecured publicly accessible WiFi which can get slow. (This is a popular spot where many people walk along Canada Place Boardwalk who also use the WiFi.)

The view though once again is amazing. Sit there with your coffee in hand and watch the Harbour Air Seaplanes land and take off by Coal Harbour or catch an amazing view of North Vancouver. They don’t have a Zomato or Yelp listing but it exists! You got to walk towards where it says Port Metro on the Google maps.

 

Honourable Mentions – Best Cafes in Vancouver:

Matchstick Coffee –

 

Timbertrain Coffee –

 

More Vancouver Cafe Options to consider:

Once again, leave your suggestions bellow and we’ll shake things up base on feedback. VancityAsks.com is community based list. Your call. Quite possibly the most controversial decision you’ll make today so think carefully. Coffee is always a difficult topic.

Here are some that come to mind:
(1) Creme de la Crumb¬†‚Äď Located right by Waterfront station, 200 granville street, Creme de la Crumb is a convenient location, nice communal tables, and good coffee

As you can tell, we’ve intentionally left out the franchise options like Blenz and Starbucks on our list.

 

 

Lists of Updates to Best Cafes in Vancouver local recommendations on VancityAsks.com:

May 24, 2019

– Added Caffe Artigiano to #1 best cafe in Vancouver (nice ambiance, good service, plentiful seating & power plugs for your laptop if you choose an eBook, good coffee, unique interior design)

– Removed Trees Organic Coffee from #4 (Average cheesecake, Ok coffee, crowded cafe, small space. Initially listed for novelty of seeing the coffee roasted at their Granville Street branch¬† in Downtown Vancouver along with their indie music nights for a unique atmosphere/vibe to experience… but we’ve categorized and refined our recommendations for the best cafes in Vancouver to focus on ambiance <and of course good coffee is still a must> with another article for the best coffee roasters in Vancouver. So with the new categories and ratings, Trees Organic Coffee doesn’t fit either as the category leader. It was good at a little bit of everything initially to fit our initial recommendation for the best cafes in Vancouver but in properly segmenting our content recommendation, they don’t hit sufficiently on any one point. If you want to see coffee roasting, you can still visiting their downtown Vancouver cafe on Granville but it’s not worth going as a sit-down cafe. Not many power plugs – just one, and limited seating in a cramp cafe with overpriced cheesecake that’s not the best in Vancouver. Their coffee is also not consistently good and their service is neither consistent as well. So it doesn’t make a bonus consideration for consistency. Single-origin beans does vary in taste by time of year so if you don’t like the taste of one-batch, you’re stuck with it for some time and if you like the taste of one-batch, it might be short lived.)

– Former description for Trees Organic Coffee listed bellow:

4) Best Dessert Cafe in Vancouver –¬†Trees Organic Coffee Roasters:

Trees Organic is a new addition to our list of the best cafes in Vancouver. Having been enjoying their coffee for several months, their stores are always packed with patrons who enjoy their freshly roasted, single-origin brewed coffee as well. They’re also relatively known for their in-house pastries, notably varying flavors of cheesecake. (That rings in at $7.50/slice!) But, let’s get back to coffee…this cozy cafe on Granville Street is where you have to visit if you enjoy good coffee. Forget 49th Parallel, Trees Organic coffee beans are even better. (Slightly a notch under Milano Coffee. Revolver Cafe doesn’t roast their own beans but procure a variety of unique suppliers; it is still one of the only spots in Vancouver where you can enjoy coffee prepared three-ways.)

They have a frequency card that gives you every 10th coffee free. Reasonably priced at $2.55 for medium size, $2.90 for large, and you should never go small with coffee at Trees Organic, because why would you? Their standard drip coffee comes in medium or dark roast. Trees Organic roasts their own beans much like Milano Coffee and 49th Parallel; the roasting is right at their Granville branch. Mentioned earlier, Trees Organic also¬†only uses single origin beans for their coffee¬†so depending on where the beans come from at the time you savor¬†their freshly roasted¬†coffee, your coffee may taste slightly different month to month. (It’s subtle but moderately noticeable. An interesting experiential process to observe over-time.)

A visit to Trees Organic is recommended if you enjoy good Vancouver coffee in a cozy cafe, especially so if you like cheesecake (and willing to spend $7.50 for a small slice.) The main branch is on Granville Street, right outside Canada Line Waterfront station (how convenient.) while another branch is right at Gastown outside the Gastown clock. This is the one on our 48 hr tourist itinerary activity list.

Yelp: https://www.yelp.ca/biz/trees-organic-coffee-vancouver

 

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/trees-organic-coffee-downtown-vancouver

Trip Advisor: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d1008187-Reviews-Trees_Organic_Coffee-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Address: 450 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6C 1V4

Other things to note:¬† The Granville Street location is just minutes from Waterfront and Vancouver Convention Centre; grab a coffee and enjoy it by the water as you see the furry of activity on the water. (Seabus, Boats, Planes, Cruises, and the occasional Cargo ship.) There is also a nice look-out seating spot at 200 Granville Street above the Waterfront Station, where Denton’s and PWC office is. It is no more than 5 minutes walk to Trees Organic Granville.

They say they have the best cheesecake in Vancouver but truth be told, it’s “average at best” as many food bloggers/reviewers will share. The gimmick gets a few who haven’t yet tried, shelling out $7.50+ for a slice. Best only means something when you truly are the best hence we try to be as honest with our recommendations on VancityAsks. When ratings goes to “votes” it’s rarely accurate but a marketing ploy; all our highlights on VancityAsks are manually and locally curated. Go for their coffee but do yourself a favor and skip the cheesecake.

 

April 10, 2019

– Moved Revolver Cafe from #1 to #2

– Moved Milano Coffee from #2 to #3.

 

September 21, 2016
– Removed TimberTrain Coffee Rosters from #4.
– Moved 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters from #3 to #4.
– Added Trees Organic at #3. Remarkable coffee
– Best Cafe in Vancouver for #1, #2, #5 remains unchanged.
– Former description for Timbertrain Coffee Roasters bellow:
4) Timbertrain Coffee Roasters

With a name like that, you already know the coffee is going to be hipster good. Timbertrain Coffee Roasters is an artisan coffee roaster. It’s as good at 49th Parallel but slightly lesser known in Vancouver. Make no mistake however, they are highly acclaimed for some of the BEST coffee in Vancouver…hence why it’s on this VancityAsks.com list.

“Timbertrain Coffee Roasters is committed to the fundamentals and the science of brewing perfection into each cup of coffee we serve.”

Yelp –¬†http://www.yelp.ca/biz/mancakes-bakery-vancouver

Zomato –¬†https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/timbertrain-coffee-roasters-gastown-vancouver

Trip Advisor –¬†https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d5068132-Reviews-Timbertrain_Coffee_Roasters-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Address –¬†311 W Cordova Street Vancouver, BC V6B 4K2

Any cafe that roasts their own beans immediately get a notch over others. Timber Train nestled in downtown Vancouver with passionate owners who enjoy good coffee and company. If you’re looking for a delicious, fresh coffee then Timbertrain Coffee Roasters is where you ought to go.

Timbertain Coffee Roasters in Vancouver with new coffee beans

Freshly roasted coffee beans at Timbertrain Coffee Roasters. Picture from Timbertrain Coffee Roasters

Espresso at Timbertrain Coffee Roasters in the morning in Vancouver.

How about an espresso to wake you up? Picture from Timbertain Coffee Roasters Facebook

Timbertrain Coffee Roasters located in Vancouver, BC

Timbertrain Coffee Roasters are located at 311 W Cordova St in Vancouver. Picture from Timbertain Coffee Roasters Facebook

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