We concede it’s a tad ridiculous to expect you to eat this much in two days’ time, but we have faith that you could potentially sample a lot of this fine food in 48 hours. Vancouver’s food and drink scene is rapidly evolving, with new and exciting food options around every corner.
Get oriented with these top must-eats. You may be surprised how many aren’t fish-related.
1. Espresso at one of the many locations of coffee shop and roastery JJ Bean, whose baristas train to get the best flavour out of every unique batch of beans.
2. A classic green smoothie at the Juice Truck Café, a Vancouver favourite for its fresh-pressed juices, smoothies and other vegan fare.
3. A chocolate almond croissant at Purebread, which also sells a variety of fresh-baked breads in flavours like sour-cherry chocolate and cheddar jalapeño.
4. Waffles with a selection of toppings — think salted caramel, milk chocolate lavender or fig-orange marmalade — at perennially packed breakfast spot Café Medina, whose other popular offerings include Moroccan-inspired dishes like a poached-egg tagine with spicy Merguez sausage.
5. The paella with curried orzo and spicy sausage — served for breakfast, lunch or dinner — at Chambar.
6. Eggs Benedict (with spinach, ham or fish) at Fable, topped with out-of-this-world olive oil hollandaise.
7. The cardamom-flavoured pulla pastry at Liberty Bakery, with a side of black tea.
8. A seasonal doughnut at Lucky’s Doughnuts, where the from-scratch fillings and flavours might include BC blueberries or apple bacon.
9. To go with your doughnut, a drip or espresso coffee drink from 49th Parallel Roasters next door.
10. The vegan kale Caesar salad at Heirloom Vegetarian, whose iteration of the now-ubiquitous menu item is as perfect as they come.
11. BC wild sockeye salmon carpaccio at Minami.
12. The signature Terimayo hot dog with teriyaki sauce, mayo and chopped seaweed from street-food vendor Japadog.
13. The game sampler — three kinds of game served with berry preserve, cedar jelly, smoked cheese and bannock crackers — at First Nations restaurant Salmon n’ Bannock.
14. Lamb or chicken kebab (or a vegetarian option) wrapped in fresh-baked naan from food truck Soho Road.
15. A bowl of ramen — smoky seafood with pork broth, say, or black garlic — at Ramen Koika.
16. Fish and chips at Go Fish on Granville Island. (Get it to go and eat on the seawall, overlooking the water.)
17. Tacos at Tacofino Commissary. The menu changes frequently, but picks might include yam tempura with cabbage and avocado, or pork jowl with fried shallot, pineapple and sriracha.
18. Tacos at nearby Mexican street food-inspired Tacomio, with flavours such as roasted poblano pepper with creamed corn, or cactus with housemade chorizo and roasted jalapeño.
19. Or, tacos at La Taqueria, another neighbourhood spot that’s impossible to miss due to the snaking lineup outside.
20. A dessert taco (ice cream on a waffle-cone shell) from Rain or Shine, whose ice cream offerings at two locations include both vegan and dairy-licious flavours, such as blueberry balsamic and brown-butter snickerdoodle.
21. A tea-flavoured doughnut at Cartems Donuterie: The Earl Grey is a cake doughnut infused with earl grey tea and topped with an earl grey glaze and rose petals, while the London Fog is a yeast doughnut with a tea-infused cream filling. (There are plenty of vegan and gluten-free picks, too.)
22. A tasting of three kinds of sake from Artisan SakeMaker on Granville Island.
23. Single-origin bean-to-bar chocolate with a side of espresso from East Van Roasters, a social enterprise that provides employment to women transitioning out of homelessness.
24. A cup of organic soft-serve ice cream at Soft Peaks, where toppings include chunks of golden honeycomb and sweet-and-sour yuzu marmalade.
25. The black sesame choux at Beaucoup Bakery — though if they’ve run out, you can console yourself with an almond croissant, yuzu lemon tart or salted chocolate rosemary cookie.
26. The pistachio sour-cherry tart at Thomas Haas — make sure to go home with some of his classic chocolate crackle cookies, either already baked or ready to go in the oven.
27. The ginger molasses cookie sandwich with cream cheese frosting at Last Crumb.
28. Smoked Castelvetrano olives at Wildebeest, where other top picks include the pork schnitzel with caraway-spiced beer mustard.
30. A Whistle Punk at Granville Island’s Liberty Distillery, which blends the house vodka with ginger cordial, fresh lime juice, fresh basil leaves and Thai chilies.
31. A Hotel Georgia at the glamorous bar of Hawksworth Restaurant. Named after the stylishly revamped historic hotel the restaurant resides in, this cocktail dates back to 1951 and features gin shaken with orgeat syrup, fresh lemon juice, orange blossom water, egg white and nutmeg.
32. A flight of four beers from Brassneck Brewery, where rotating selections might include the Passive Aggressive dry-hopped pale ale or the One Trick Pony IPA.
33. A glass or growler of award-winning Old Jalopy Pale Ale from Powell Street Craft Brewery.
34. A glass of naturalist wine from the award-winning list at restaurant Burdock & Co, known for its seasonal, whole-foods menu featuring local and organic ingredients.
35. A glass of wine on tap — produced in-house from 100 percent BC grapes — from Vancouver Urban Winery.
36. The antipasti platter — house-cultured nut cheeses, pickles, preserves, smoked olives, spreads, nuts and herbed foccacia — at vegan restaurant Graze.
37. Spot prawn ceviche (when local spot prawns are in season, typically in May and June) at L’Abattoir.
38. Plank-roasted salmon with birch syrup and roasted cauliflower at Edible Canada.
39. The forager’s bowl at Exile Bistro — black rice topped with egg, mushrooms, pickled vegetables, walnuts, chili sauce and optional game meat, which can also be made vegan or gluten-free.
40. The wine-marinated lamb popsicles in fenugreek cream curry on turmeric and spinach potatoes from Vij’s.
41. Local Dungeness crab with fork-crushed potatoes and seasonal vegetables at Blue Water Café.
42. A plate of West Coast oysters from Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar.
43. Beer-battered halloumi with smashed peas and mint yogurt at award-winning vegetarian restaurant The Acorn.
44. The beef tartare at Bao Bei: Pemberton beef tenderloin with preserved mustard root, crispy shallot, ginger, quail egg, watercress, burnt scallion oil and taro chips.
45. Buttermilk fried chicken with maple mustard and dill powder at Anna Lena.
46. Omakase — the chef’s menu, featuring both hot and cold dishes — at Japanese restaurant Tojo’s.
47. The chai-like vegan cardamom ice cream at Earnest Ice Cream, where constantly changing flavours also include cognac, miso ginger, lemon poppyseed and cranberry walnut.
48. The caramel coffee frozen parfait at Mosquito, a dessert bar and lounge in Gastown that’s the perfect place to cap off a day of eating well.
Are you full yet?