14 Tastings, 8 Stories and 3 Hours of Pure Bliss
Locals are quick to navigate the maze of brick buildings, visiting numerous places in one occasion; it’s here for a drink, there for a bite, and someplace else to finish the night.
Do not be deterred by a wait list – simply put your name in, keep this list close by, and enjoy the best restaurants in Gastown, Vancouver!
Purebread $$ | BAKERY
159 W Hastings St | 604-563-8060
Known for: Ridiculously amazing baked goods and Stumptown coffee. Sweet and savoury, this Whistler-borne bakery has truly mastered their craft!
Interior: A long, high-ceiling space in Gastown. Small tables and window seating. Wifi. A long counter with piles of baked goods runs along one side of the restaurant.
Tacofino $$ | MEXICAN
15 W Cordova St | 604-899-7907
Known for: The best fried fish taco in the city. Epic nachos and churros made to perfection.
Interior: Warm, friendly and casual. Geometric patterns line the floors and seating. Twinkle lights add magic to the outdoor patio.
Tip: Enter from Blood Alley (back side) to access the restaurant, or on Cordova Street to take-out from their Burrito Bar!
L’Abbatoir $$$$ | FRENCH
217 Carrall St | 604-568-1701
Known for: West Coast French-inspired cuisine. A classic foodie destination with excellent service dinner and brunch service.
Interior: Brick and steel beams. Geometric tiles, brick walls, pendant lights. A secluded space holds a breathtaking long table for private events.
Bao Down $ | ASIAN FUSION
12 Powell St | 604-681-5411
Known for: Asian rice flour pockets, packed “taco-style” with West Coast ingredients. The Bao Chicka Bao Bao is a favourite!
Interior: Compact lower level and loft-style upper eating. Order at the counter and jam to hip-hop while you wait.
Tip: After a few drinks in Gastown, Bao Down is a common place to visit for a late-night snack.
Peckinpah $$ | BARBEQUE
2 Water St | 604-681-5411
Known for: Slow-smoked meats and southern sides. Beer, bourbon and whisky tasting flights.
Interior: A compact dining room that is casual, and country rustic. At the restaurant entrance is a small patio for sunny summer days.
Meat and Bread $$ | SANDWICHES
370 Water St | 604-566-9003
Known for: Crispy, juicy, to-die-for porchetta sandwiches.
Interior: Casual & lively – long table seating. Hot lamps shine over the porchetta serving station.
Tip: Be prepared to wait – there’s a serious lunch crowd! Gastown restaurant closed on Sundays, but there’s another location at 1033 W Pender St!
Tuc Craft Kitchen $$$ | CANADIAN
60 Cordova St | 604-559-8999
Known for: Seasonal, modern tavern fare. Highlights include the Pork Belly Crackling and Orange-Glazed Lamb Ribs. A hidden restaurant gem for brunch!
Interior: Rustic, wooden furnishings, brick walls, and high ceiling. Lower level and classic Gastown loft-style seating.
Nuba $$$ | LEBANESE
207 W Hastings St | 604-688-1655
Known for: Consistently voted as the Best Lebanese Restaurant in Vancouver. Locals love the Najib’s Special (deep fried cauliflower) and Garden Falafel.
Interior: An underground escape on the edge of Gastown. Warm, bright and friendly restaurant environment.
Revolver Coffee $ | COFFEE
325 Cambie St | 604-558-4444
Known for: Ethical, fair-trade coffee and freshly baked goods. Every cup is made to order.
Interior: Dark and cozy, with an air of mystery. Two rooms of seating with wifi.
Six Acres $$ | COMFORT FOOD
203 Carrall St | 604-488-0110
Known for: Comfort food favourites, craft beer and booze. Beer-Gravy Poutine and Double Chocolate Cookies will make you weak in the knees!
Interior: A brick-lined nook in Gastown’s oldest building. Lower and loft seating. Cozy, relaxed, and welcoming.
Alibi Room $$ | MODERN TAVERN
157 Alexander St | 604-623-3383
Known for: Extensive beer list with full restaurant service. Juicy burgers and ultra-crispy chicken wings.
Interior: A large, lively, friendly, drinking hall. Upper and lower levels. A slender patio for hot summer days.
Nicli Antica Pizzeria $$$ | NEOPOLITAN PIZZA
62 E Cordova St | 604-699-6985
Known for: The best pizza in Vancouver. Certified VPN (Classic Neopolitan-style pizza) made with best-in-class ingredients. The Margarita and Cavolo Nero e Funghi (mushroom) are to-die-for!
Interior: A cozy, bright and exciting space. A wood-fire oven takes centre stage.
Tip: Arguably the best Happy Hour in Gastown, visit 3-5pm on Mondays-Fridays for half-price Margarita Pizzas and half-price draught beer!
Pourhouse $$$ | COCKTAIL TAVERN
162 Water Street | 604-568-7022
Known for: Seasonal comfort fare and old-fashioned cocktails. Carnivores know the Pourhouse Burger and classic Scotch Eggs are some of the best in Vancouver.
Interior: A tavern in a cozy, century-old Gastown warehouse. Plush seating, wooden beams, and a 38-ft bar.
Chill Winston $$$ | GASTROLOUNGE
3 Alexander St | 604-288-9575
Known for: Gastown’s best patio. A large, legendary restaurant and drinking establishment!
Interior: Big, lively living room with a wide variety of lounge and bar seating.
Guilt & Company $$$ | NIGHTLIFE
1 Alexander St | 604-288-1704
Known for: Live performances, serious snacks and giant Jenga.
Interior: Directly underneath Chill Winston – a common “next stop” for patrons. Dark, intimate, and spirited.
Ono Raw Bar $$$ | JAPANESE RAW BAR
221 Carrall St | 604-569-2215
Known for: Japanese-inspired share plates. Innovative flavour profiles elevate fresh seafood. The Octopus Carpaccio is especially bright and refreshing!
Interior: Calm, spacious and welcoming. Natural light pours from floor-to-ceiling windows. Loft, bar, and lower level seating.
Catch 122 $$$ | CANADIAN BISTRO
122 W Hastings St | 604-731-3474
Known for: $13 brunch served every day of the week! The Dirty Breakfast (featuring Duck Confit, Duck Fat Toast and the usual suspects) is a local favourite.
Interior: Rustic and friendly. Brick walls and big clocks.
Capilano Tea House $$ | TEA HOUSE
221 Abbott St | 604-428-7632
Known for: A quiet Gastown oasis. Beautiful teas and original tea sodas. The house-made stuffed bannock is one of a kind!
Interior: A high-ceiling room with breathtaking design. Wifi. A long wooden table elongates the space. Serene, calm and cozy.
Mosquito Dessert $$ | DESSERT
32 Water St | 604-398-3188
Known for: Stunning plated desserts and a curated list of savoury snacks. Champagne and original cocktails.
Interior: A dark and dramatic escape from Gastown. Champagne glasses await at every table.
Soft Peaks $ | ICE CREAM
25 Alexander St | 604-559-2071
Known for: Organic soft serve ice cream with creative toppings like Tim Tams, Honeycomb and Toasted Coconut.
Interior: Petite, bright and friendly! Limited loft and lower level seating.
Flying Pig $$$ | CANADIAN BISTRO
102 Water St | 604-559-7968
Known for: Canadian bistro fare. Locals adore the ‘Appy Hour (4-6pm, Mon-Fri) for $6 plates and drink specials.
Interior: Friendly, West Coast, spacious. There’s upper-level window seating – ideal for birds-eye view of Gastown’s streets!
Wildebeest $$$$ | WHOLE-ANIMAL COOKERY
120 W Hastings St | 604-687-6880
Known for: Hearty, carnivorous shared plates. Start with the Bone Marrow and finish with the Heritage Angus Ribeye with Foie Gras!
Interior: A long and inviting room, marked by a sparking chandelier and a well-stocked bar.
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