On “The Patty Shop”, Home Of The City’s Best Jamaican Patties


Ask any Torontonian and they’ll tell you that the Jamaican beef patty is a classic found just about everywhere; it’s even more ubiquitous than the famed peameal bacon sandwich. In Vancouver, however, they’re very rare — the unsung hero of our handheld takeaway options. The Patty Shop in Kitsilano has been in the business of making Vancouver’s best Jamaican patties for decades. The shop is an over-the-counter institution specializing in moon-shaped pockets of flaky pastry filled with a variety of goodness. I’ll always suggest my favourite, the time-honoured curry beef, but even if you’re not a vegetarian you should also try the patties filled with curried potatoes, peas, and corn (pictured above, nice and spicy). Just ring the bell for service and a friendly lady wearing an apron (lightly dusted with flour) will poke her head out of the kitchen to help.

The Patty Shop | 4019 Macdonald St. | Vancouver, BC | 604-738-2144 | No Website


There are 7 comments

  1. C’mon ……they’ve been there for ages!! Excellent snack food. D Roti Shak in New West is also just delicious!!!

  2. Hangover + Orange Crush and a Hot Beef patty is Godsent!

    The curried patties are great with Ms. Balls (peach?) chutney but I’ll let Andrew give us some other options when it comes to SA condiments. 😉

  3. The classics are excellent but I’ve had a 20 year soft spot for Taco Thursdays. Too good!

  4. The patties are not authentic style Jamaican Patties, like what my family has been making for generations, and generations. They lack many of the herbs and spices that a “REAL” Jamaican Pattie should have. However, if you enjoy the flavor of a very basic meat pie then you will enjoy the patties from the Jamaican Pattie Shop that’s located in Vancouver, British Columbia.

  5. LOL! I’m calling Gail out on her utter BS, even if it is four years later.
    Here’s the truth — A “REAL” Jamaican knows — pretty much every family on the Island has their OWN family recipe for patties, where the mix of Jamaican curry (aka herbs and spices) varies, and so does the crust. The result is each recipe will, naturally, taste differently from one another… just like a cherished family recipe for chocolate chip cookies, or roast chicken, or potato salad! I certainly wouldn’t claim there’s one authentic patty.
    Gail, your family recipe is just the taste YOU prefer, and YOUR family making it a certain way does NOT make your recipe “real” or “authentic”.

  6. That being said, my family devours the hot beef patties from The Patty Shop. It’s the closest taste to my Jamaican grandmother’s recipe!! When we can’t get to the shop we buy them frozen from the Caribbean Market in New West .

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