Chinatown

Home to an eclectic mix of traditional and trendy eateries, markets, gardens, temples, and a wide assortment of businesses...

Ken Tsui Eats Around The Edges Of Vancouver’s Delicious Dim Sum Landscape

If you're not biting into a dumpling from a bamboo basket at some point in your time here in Vancouver, then you haven't fully experienced what we have to offer.

Commercial Drive

A distinctly permissive counter-culture had a lock on the neighbourhood by the 1980’s, and despite the creep of gentrification it has never really let go.

The Vantage Point Of Table No. 3 At Commercial Drive’s ‘Kin Kao’

Table #30 is where you can curl up with your beer and deep fried sour pork ribs and spy not only on the bar, your table neighbours and the kitchen pass but also on the world going by beyond the glass.

Downtown

Though much of it is given over to the corporate, speculative, and financial world, there are many isolated pockets of fascination...

Sip the Genius of Kaitlyn Stewart’s ‘Diced Pineapples’ Cocktail at Royal Dinette

This tall, refreshing drink by Kaitlyn Stewart combines all parts of the pineapple with gin and sake.

Eduard’s Whisky Bar in Stuttgart Should Brighten the False Creek Seawall

With its stadium seating, fishbowl frontage and copper accents, this is an aesthetic rethink of the whisky bar we could use.

Clarified Milk in a Cocktail? Studying Big Sips of ‘Yes Whey’ at Botanist (for Science!)

It combines rum, brandy, stout, lemon and clarified milk to create a surprisingly rich cocktail.

Downtown East Side

...a strong, vibrant, and essential facet of Vancouver that – to its eternal credit – isn’t afraid to stand up for itself.

Doug Stephen of The Merchant’s Workshop to Cook Next ‘Greasy Spoon’ Feast

Check out the menu for this upcoming diner-style feast at Save On Meats.

Downtown Eastside Brewpub Rebranding as Hastings Mill Brewing Company

Pat’s Pub has been brewing their own in-house beer - now transitioning to a new brand: "Hastings Mill Brewing Company" - since 2006, and relatively under-the-radar.

Katie Piasta On Saying Yes, Dodging Nerf Bullets And All The Nice Dresses

Piasta recently agreed to open a window (har har) into her own inner world, a place where she is the proud owner of a miniature pony, the men wear platform shoes, and time travel is totally a thing...

East Vancouver

...a huge swathe of land; largely residential (with some pockets of industrial), massively multi-cultural, and predominately working class.

Talking Alternate Realities and Homewrecker Halter Tops with Artist Nicola MacNeil

"Must Be This Tall To Ride" Runs August 17th to September 25th at Kafka's Coffee & Tea on Main Street

Chef Lucais Syme Plans ‘Autostrada’ – a New Pasta Concept for Main Street

Syme and partner Dustin Dockendorf aim to have the 30 seater open at some point this Fall/Winter

Nick Black of Strange Fellows Brewing Details His Three Favourite Albums

What do Tom Waits, The Rolling Stones and The Kills all have in common? They're loved by this guy.

False Creek

A long, snaking stretch of picturesque seawall connects it to Granville Island...

Ampersand Co-Founder Jessica Schacht Goes from Making Gin to Writing Plays

The play premieres September 7th at Performance Works on Granville Island, and we can't wait to see it!

Savage Scenes Of Carnivorous Debauchery From Sunday’s Brewery & The Beast

The dizzyingly meaty smells on Sunday were coming from Brewery & The Beast...

New Oddity Kombucha Bar Set To Launch This Week Near Olympic Village

Alicia updated me on the concept, describing it to me more as a cafe than a tasting bar.

Fraserhood

The retail shops, restaurants, markets, and community hubs are strikingly diverse...

Summery Mint & Pea Tagliarini At ‘Osteria Savio Volpe’

Few things confirm summer's arrival more convincingly than these two ingredients, their bright flavours sending the signal loud and clear to my brain.

Gastown

...ebbing and flowing over the decades as a hard-edged entertainment nexus where much of the rest of Vancouver feared to tread.

A Look Back at the Launch of Gastown’s Wildebeest, Five Years Ago Today

Dozens of images from the first night of a long-time restaurant industry favourite (mmm, those pork croquettes!)

Eight Years Ago This week, Gastown’s Pourhouse Was Just Getting Started

In August of 2009 I poked my head into the construction site of Gastown's Pourhouse. The restaurant has since become an institution of sorts, a place of consistency and quality...

The Diamond’s Adam Domet on Good Cheekies and Making You a Damn Fine Drink

Are you a Bartender or a Mixologist? "I'm a Bartender. I haven't lived at my Mom's house for 25 years."

Hastings Sunrise

Ethnic restaurants and independent shops, heavily utilised parks, working class roots and a family-anchored sense of community...

Kitsilano

...coming of age in the interwar period as a magnet to blue collar workers looking to put down picket fence roots...

Now Showing: Steve Coogan & Rob Brydon Embark On a Culinary ‘Trip To Spain’

The new film follows the two actors as they dine - often hilariously - at exceptional restaurants.

Five Years Ago Today when Beaucoup Bakery was Punching Holes in Walls

Five years ago to the day we got our first look at what would eventually become Beaucoup Bakery at 2150 Fir Street.

Seeing Everything From Lucky Taco’s Unique Table 31 In Kitsilano

When it’s not sunny or otherwise gorgeous out the action at Kitsilano’s Lucky Taco is anchored by the bar and the tables closest to it. When it’s nice out, however, it’s all about the patio. And yet neither of those sections of the restaurant – now enjoying its second summer – offers up the best seat in the house.

Main Street

Known for its cool factor, diversity and down to earth accessibility, Main Street is as honest a cross-section of Vancouver’s cultural promise as you’ll find.

The Incredible Pie Championship Returns to Mount Pleasant on August 27th

You like pie, right? You're going to want to figure out a way to be on 6th Ave. when this bit of deliciousness goes down.

Kafka’s Coffee & Tea Converts 1980 Grumman ‘Kurbmaster Jr.’ into a Mobile Espresso Bar

The little thing previously serviced farm equipment before being outfitted with a Nuevo Simonelli White Eagle Espresso Machine.

North Shore

Dominated by mountains and parklands and fronted by a shoreline...
Opening Soon

A Sneak Peek Inside the Imminent New Location of Earnest Ice Cream

The new scoop shop at 127 West 1st Street is expected to open this Friday afternoon. Take a look inside!

On Lessons from Legends and How the Olympics can Change a City’s Culinary Landscape

Talia updates us on the week's essential food news, everything from food styling tips to last call at a doomed local eatery

Imagining This Awesome Treehouse Near Beijing As A Secret North Shore Hideout

The main space - floored with a tatami mat - is for living/sleeping, while the other is used as a washroom. It's tiny (all told under 100 sqft), but we reckon it's enough to provide the one or two people within (anymore would be ridiculous) with the escape they desire. We'd take ours in the quiet cool of the North Shore's Lynn Valley, permits be damned.

Railtown Japantown

... at one time this neighbourhood was the epicentre of local Japanese culture and business

You Need to Try the Pancetta-Wrapped Salmon with Corn Succotash at the Mackenzie Room

The sous vide salmon was wrapped in Berkshire pancetta. Get it while you still can!

What Is a ‘Flavour Concentration Booth’ and Why Doesn’t Vancouver Have Any?

We're crossing our fingers for Ichiran's eventual arrival in Vancouver, ideally somewhere in old Japantown.

Diner

Where to Eat & Drink In Railtown / Japantown, Ranked by Scout Readers

Detailing the seven best restaurants in the neighbourhood, from the Alibi Room to St. Lawrence.

South Granville

One of the more tony high street sections of Vancouver...

You Need to Try Andrew Schneider’s ‘Strange Animal’ Cocktail at South Granville’s Rangoli

You need to try this simultaneously refreshing yet complex sipper.

Gently Fizzed ‘Ri-Kyu’ Kombucha Cocktail At Grapes & Soda

A light yet complex cocktail with a touch of effervescence from the kombucha.

Strathcona

...a hip hotbed of artistic creativity with a my-garden’s-got-its-shit-together community feel.

Don’t Believe the Hype! Defining the Musical Tastes of Strathcona Beer Company’s Adrian McInnes

As I discovered on a recent visit to Strathcona Beer Company, where a killer playlist including PJ Harvey, Dinosaur Jr. and Iggy Pop was blaring out of the speakers, McInnes has close ties to the music industry, with a past life as a DJ.

The Long, Slow Train That Divides Strathcona Several Times A Day

"Sorry, I'm going to be late. I'm stuck behind the Wrath of Strath..."

West End

... two conjoined urban residential neighbourhoods.

Breaking Down Inspiration and Whistling Along with Local Artist Andrew Tavukciyan

Andrew Tavukciyan is the winner of the Vancouver Mural Festival's Independent Mural Contest, as voted by the public.

Get this Soft Serve Sundae with Dulce de Leche and Caramel Popcorn in the West End

In weather like this it's important to know where your closest source of good ice cream is. This is one of our go-tos in the West End.

Vancouver Would Be Cooler If A Japanese Misting Arch Came To Stanley Park

Imagining Australian artist James Tapscott literally "cool" installation much closer to home...

West Side

...with the right breeze and length of shadow, it's sometime the best place on earth.