Vancouver’s Hidden Gems: Discovering the Best Local Cafes and Restaurants

The ocean-side city of Vancouver is known for having a vast culinary scene, with some of the best restaurants in all of Canada.

Although there may be a few over-hyped eateries and mega-chain restaurants, scattered in between are some fantastic hidden gems and if you don’t have the inside scoop, you may just miss them altogether.

From local cafes to low-key restaurants, here are some unforgettable Vancouver spots to be discovered.


Mon Pitou Bistro & Bakery


This unassuming bistro and bakery is hidden in Vancouver and known for its scrumptious European specialty goods. As soon as you walk into the eatery, you will feel as if you have been transported to France. To get the whole experience, try the “Croque Madame” ($20). The oven-roasted ham and cheese sandwich comes with Emmental cheese, a fried free-range egg, and tossed greens. 



Mangia Cucina & Bar


Mangia Cucina & Bar is a Sicilian-inspired restaurant built into a red, converted heritage house. Dining here will feel as if you are eating a meal inside the comfort of a welcoming home. Some must-try menu items include the “Sicilian Arancina” ($18) and the handmade “Ravioli All’Aragosta” ($34).



Straight & Marrow


Straight & Marrow is the place for those of you looking for a dish outside of the box. It is known for serving up overlooked ingredients with creative flavour combinations, local wines, and an incredibly diverse list of unique craft cocktails! The “Bone Marrow” ($18) and “Eggplant Parm ‘Double Down’” ($12) are a few of the must-try dishes.



The Mighty Oak


The Mighty Oak is the perfect place to stop while taking a stroll through the suburbs.  Not only does this cafe serve up espresso drinks and baked goods, but it also serves as a locally-sourced grocery shop too! While you pick up a hand-crafted latte you can also purchase some grocery staples like pasta, eggs, and milk.



Caffé La Tana


Caffé La Tana is an Italian grocery shop by day and wine bar by night. In the morning you can grab some espresso or pastries and in the evening you can order a fresh plate of pasta accompanied by all-Italian lesser known wine. Not to mention, the intimate shop has different pasta features daily, so you might not get the same dish twice!


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