Category: Gastown

NEMESIS COFFEE

302 W Hastings St, Vancouver Tel: n/a Web: https://www.facebook.com/coffeecreatingculture/ Instagram: @nemesis.coffee Advice: Counter service. With it’s focus on not only crafting the best coffee beverages and featuring the top coffee roasters from around the world, they also have an equally…

BAO DOWN SNACK BAR

221 Carrall St, Vancouver Tel: (604) 569-2215 Web: http://baodown.net/menu/bao-down-snackbar/ Twitter: @baodownsnackbar Advice:Takes reservations, walk-ins welcome. With their Filipino heritage in mind, and love for their culture, owners Matt and Greg have switched things up a bit for their latest eatery….

LA MEZCALERIA

68 East Cordova, Vancouver Tel: (778) 379-6447 Web: http://lamezcaleria.ca/ Twitter: @LaMezcaleriaYVR Advice: Takes reservations as well as walk-ins. As the years go by Mexican cuisine and it’s restaurants that have opened in our city have done so with passion along…

KOZAKURA

UPDATED 5/1/17 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 280 Carrall Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-720-3145 Web: http://www.kozakuragastown.ca/ Twitter @kozakuragastown Advice: Reservations for the bar only, between 5 and 9:30 p.m. Specializing in Kappo-style Japanese cuisine that originates in the Osaka area of Japan, Chef Keith…

GRINGO GASTOWN

27 Blood Alley, Vancouver Tel:  (604) 721-0607 Web: http://www.gringogastown.com/ Twitter: @GringoYVR Advice: No reservations, walk-in, order and be served. With an off the beaten track location, down a back alley in the heart of Gastown, this tiny taco shop is…

ZERO ZERO PIZZERIA

UPDATED 6/1/17 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED  415 Abbott Street, Vancouver Tel: (778) 379-6400 Web: http://www.pizzeria00.ca/ Twitter @zero_zero_pizza Advice: No reservations, counter service, eat in or takeout. A true one of a kind Roman Pizzeria that is run by co-owners, Alberto Mura and Luca…

BAO DOWN

12 Powell Street, Vancouver Tel:  (778) 379-3611 Web: http://www.baodown.ca/ Twitter: @baodowngastown Advice: Open daily, counter service. With it’s focus on the Asian Bao steamed buns, here it’s all about the creative and innovative toppings that are enhanced by Asian flavours. Think…

UYU ICE CREAM

UPDATED 4/1/17 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED  433 Abbott Street, Vancouver Tel: (778) 379-9986 Web: http://www.uyuicecream.com/ Twitter: @UYUIcecream Advice: Open daily 12 noon – 10pm. Here it is all about making the best organic soft serve ice cream around, owned by Kevin Lee…

THE BIRDS AND THE BEETS

55 Powell Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-893-7832 Web: http://www.birdsandbeets.ca/ Twitter: @birdsandbeets Advice: Open daily. Two entrances from Powell and from Alexander. I love discovering new cool cafés with brick lined walls in historic and not so historic neighborhoods. Matthew Senecal-Junkeer and Chef…

CHILL WINSTON

UPDATED 10/1/17 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED  3 Alexander Street, Vancouver Tel: 604 288 9575 Web: http://www.chillwinston.com/ Twitter: @chillwinston Advice: Reservations suggested, walk-ins welcome. Turning it up a notch, Chef Derek Bothwell has put a creative spin on the menu; while bartender…

BLACKTAIL

UPDATED 4/2/16 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 200–322 Water Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-669 -0249 Web: http://www.blacktail.ca/ Twitter: @BlacktailVan Advice: Reservations suggested. With it’s evolution from the former Blacktail Florist to Blacktail, this culinary destination is now driven by the ever so creative…

BAUHAUS RESTAURANT

1 West Cordova Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-974-1147 Web: http://bauhaus-restaurant.com/ Twitter: @BauhausRest Advice: Advance reservations a must. With it’s contemporary German focus, the kitchen is run by Michelin star Chef Stefan Hartmann who came from Berlin, he is not only a perfectionist…

TACOMIO

435 Abbott Street, Vancouver Tel: (778) 868-7041 Web: http://www.tacomio.ca/ Twitter: @tacomiovan Advice: Counter service. Salsa bar (complimentary). With my love for Mexican food, our city’s scene keeps on evolving, the latest taco oriented spot is run by Chef/Owner Fhernando Llanas and…

MOSQUITO

32 Water Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-398-3188 Web: www.mosquitodessert.com Twitter: @mosquitodessert Advice: Open Wed – Sun night. No reservations. It’s dark, mysterious and full of character, the space was designed by Craig Stanghetta; there are many elements to this spot including…

TACOFINO GASTOWN

15 West Cordova, Vancouver Tel: (604) 899-7907 Web: http://tacofino.com/ Twitter: @TacofinoVAN Advice: No reservations. Taco bar open nightly, the Burrito bar open for lunch thru late night. My love for Tacofino began a few years ago when their first food…

SOFT PEAKS

25 Alexander Street, Vancouver Tel: (604) 559-2071 Web: http://softpeaks.ca/ Twitter: @soft_peaks Advice: Never share with your friend, enjoy each creation solo. My love for soft serve ice cream began at a young age and there weren’t many options back then,…

NICLI’S NEXT DOOR

UPDATED 5/1/16 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 68 West Cordova, Vancouver Tel: 604-669-6985 Web: http://www.niclisnextdoor.com/ Twitter: @niclisnextdoor Advice: Walk-ins welcome. This is a place that I enjoyed after my first visit last summer, my draw for another visit was to try some…

LILY MAES

UPDATED 2/19/15 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 12 Powell Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-558-2599 Web: http://www.lilymaes.ca/ Twitter: @LilyMaesCafe Advice: Reservations suggested. A charming cozy French-inspired bistro in a brick walled historic building that is over 100 years old, this bistro not only has…

SALIDA 7

UPDATED 6/30/15 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 52 Alexander Street, Vancouver Tel: 604 569 3088 Web: http://www.salida7.ca/ Twitter: @salida7gastown Advice:  Don’t go solo, best place to go with at least one or two friends and share some dishes. With a love for…

L’ABATTOIR

217 Carrall Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-568-1701 Web: www.labattoir.ca Twitter: @LABATTOIR_VAN Advice: Advance reservations suggested. Private dining room available for booking. It’s all about the recipe that makes my experience one that is memorable, it’s also a testament to a long…

SIX ACRES

203 Carrall Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-488-0110 Web: http://sixacres.ca/ Twitter: @sixacres Advice: On a nice day the patio is the place to be. Every so often there is a restaurant that has been on my to try list forever, thankfully this…

WILDEBEEST

120 West Hastings Street, Vancouver Tel: 604 687 6880. Web: http://wildebeest.ca/ Twitter: @WildebeestYVR Advice: Reservations suggested, late night solo visit shouldn’t need a reso. Since I’ve known of this eatery being a spot for carnivores, it was one that took…

BLACKTAIL FLORIST

UPDATED 6/1/15 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 332 Water Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-669 -0249 Web: http://blacktailflorist.ca/ Twitter: @THEFLORISTbc Advice: Open Wed – Sun Intrigue is one word to describe this culinary destination that has creative chef Jimmy Stewart as the driving force…

BURGUNDY RESTAURANT

UPDATED 8/28/14 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 47 West Hastings Street, Vancouver Tel: (604) 428-4100 Web:  http://www.burgundyvancouver.com/ Twitter: @BurgundyVan Advice: Reservations suggested. Closed Mondays. It’s an intimate room with a stunning work of art that adorns the wall amongst other unique art…

BAMBUDDA

99 Powell Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-428-0301 Web: http://bambudda.ca/ Twitter: @Bambuddagastown Advice: Bring a friend or two and share dishes. Reservations suggested. With the abundant variety of restaurants featuring Chinese cuisine around the city, this eatery goes the modern route with a…

TIMBERTRAIN COFFEE

311 West Cordova Street, Vancouver Tel: (604) 915-9188 Web: http://timbertraincoffeeroasters.com/ Twitter: @Timbertrain Advice: Communal tables for sharing. I am purist when it comes to coffee, consistent flavour profile matters when roasters open their own cafes. Enter Timbertrain founded by Kevin,…

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