Our gastronomic adventure begins with savouring dim sum from none other than Kirin Chinese Restaurant – Winner of Vancouver’s Best Dim Sum for six consecutive years by Vancouver Magazine. You’ll visit Vancouver’s gourmet specialty grocer where you will taste multiple canapes including smoked salmon pate, award-winning cheese and chocolate paired with local BC wines. Next, we take you to celebrity chef Jean-Georges’ Market Restaurant where you will indulge in their signature salmon sashimi on crispy rice, short rib and ginger lime margarita.
Next, we stroll to Cafe Thierry, a chocolate cafe that’s voted “Best Desserts” and “Best Pastries” in Vancouver. It’s a sidewalk stop to enjoy delectable macarons while taking in the streetscape of Vancouver’s luxury district. Finally, happy bellies are treated to a sweet ending with the best gelato and sorbetto on the continent at Bella Gelateria, winner of North America’s best gelato. We skip the line and stand at the window of the “laboratorio,” where Bella “does it in front of everyone!”
Please note tasting locations subject to change.
Highlight of the Trip! Can’t recommend it enough. We did the Guilty Pleasures tour, which sampled incredible dim sum, wine/cheese pairings, sushi, and other sumptuous delights at some of the coolest spots in Vancouver. Stuff you wouldn’t otherwise find or have easy access to. The grand finale was the famous “Bella Gelateria”, renown as the best gelato on the planet. – Kpkinz, California
We encourage you to try everything on the tour as we have selected tastings that best exemplify the restaurants and food shops we feature. We can provide substitutions for vegetarians, pescetarians and those who do not drink alcohol. We unfortunately cannot cater to any other dietary restrictions, as there is not always a “next-best” option at our tasting locations.
The legal drinking age in British Columbia is 19 years of age. You may be required to present your government issued ID to participate in alcohol tastings. Consider it a compliment !
Our shoulder season is between October and April. During this time, we receive fewer bookings and as a result, not all tours will run. Please note that we require a minimum of 4 guests in order for us to cover the costs of running a tour. You can click here to view our tour schedule and see the number of guests booked on any given tour. The Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Tour takes up to 12 guests per tour. On the Book A Tour page, if you see the number of available seats is 8 or lower, we have met our minimum numbers and the tour will run. In the event that we do not meet our minimum numbers, we will email you a couple days before the tour to arrange for an alternate tour date or to offer a full refund.
Tour includes at least two resting locations for weary feet and jaw muscles. 18% gratuity extra.
Duration: 3 hours, 2 - 5 pm
Tours run: Daily in the summer. Reduced schedule rest of the year. Click on "Book A Tour" for details.
What's Included: All food and non-alcoholic beverages, alcoholic pairings additional $20/guest
Capacity: 4-12 guests
Distance Covered: 2.3 km/1.4 mile, total walking time is approximately 45 minutes with 5 stops
What to Wear: Comfortable clothing and shoes, rain gear depending on weather
Weather Conditions: Tours run rain or shine
Registration Cutoff: Tickets must be purchased before 10:00 am the day of tour
Meeting Place: Kirin Restaurant, 1172 Alberni Street (& Bute), Vancouver
Pricing: $79.99 (+ $20 for optional alcoholic pairings) + tax + $2.00 ticketing fee