BEST GASTOWN RESTAURANTS | Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood is a coveted foodie destination
Locals are quick to navigate Gastown’s maze of brick buildings; it’s here for a drink, there for a bite, and someplace else to finish the night.
So before you pick one single restaurant, you might want to consider Vancouver Foodie Tours’ Gastronomic Gastown Tour, which includes food and drink tastings at 4 iconic restaurants.
In 3 hours, you’ll get an in-depth historic tour of Gastown AND a progressive meal of great food, craft beer, wine, and cocktails!
The Gastronomic Gastown Tour is Gastown’s only designated Canadian Signature Experience – officially something you “must do” in Canada!
Keen to tackle the cobblestone maze on your own? Read on – these are the best restaurants in Gastown, Vancouver!
Purebread $$ | BAKERY
159 W Hastings St | 604-563-8060
Known for: Ridiculously amazing baked goods and Stumptown coffee. Sweet and savoury, this Whistler-borne bakery has truly mastered their craft!
Interior: A long, high-ceiling space in Gastown. Petite tables and window seating. Wifi. A long counter with piles of baked goods runs along one side of the restaurant.
Tacofino $$ | 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!
Nicli Antica Pizzeria $$$ | NEOPOLITAN PIZZA
62 E Cordova St | 604-699-6985
Known for: The best pizza in Vancouver. Certified VPN (Classic Neopolitan-style pizza) made with best-in-class ingredients. The Margarita and Cavolo Nero e Funghi (mushroom) are to-die-for!
Interior: A cozy, bright and exciting space. Ideal for date night or a casual dinner with parents. A wood-fire oven takes centre stage.
L’Abbatoir $$$$ | FRENCH
217 Carrall St | 604-568-1701
Known for: West Coast French-inspired cuisine. A classic foodie destination with excellent service dinner and brunch service.
Interior: Upscale and inviting. Geometric tiles, brick walls, pendant lights. A secluded space holds a breathtaking long table for private events.
Peckinpah $$ | 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. Sassy signage at the door. A small patio for sunny summer days.
Meat and Bread $$ | SANDWICHES
370 Water St | 604-566-9003
Known for: Crispy, juicy, to-die-for porchetta sandwiches.
Interior: Benches with long table seating. Loved by locals for a quick, hearty lunch. Hot lamps shine over the porchetta serving station.
Tip: Be prepared to wait – there’s a serious lunch crowd! Gastown restaurant closed on Sundays, but there’s another location at 1033 W Pender St!
Tuc Craft Kitchen $$$ | 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. Ideal for hanging out with friends, date night and those who appreciate a good cocktail.
Nuba $$$ | LEBANESE
207 W Hastings St | 604-688-1655
Known for: Consistently voted as the Best Lebanese Restaurant in Vancouver. Locals love the Najib’s Special (deep fried cauliflower) and Garden Falafel.
Interior: An underground escape on the edge of Gastown. Warm, bright and friendly. Great for catching up with close friends who love to share their food.
Revolver Coffee $ | COFFEE
325 Cambie St | 604-558-4444
Known for: Ethical, fair-trade coffee and freshly baked goods. Every cup is made to order.
Interior: A narrow room with hipster, cozy cabin vibes. A long bar holds coffee contraptions of all shapes and sizes. Extra seating next door with wifi.
Six Acres $$ | 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. Perfect for starting a night out. Lower and loft seating. Cozy, relaxed, and welcoming.
Alibi Room $$ | MODERN TAVERN
157 Alexander St | 604-623-3383
Known for: Extensive beer list with full restaurant service. Juicy burgers and ultra-crispy chicken wings.
Interior: A large, lively, friendly, drinking hall. Upper and lower levels. A slender patio for hot summer days.
La Mezcaleria $$ | MEXICAN
68 E Cordova St | 778–379-6447
Known for: Street-style Mexican fare with flights of mezcal and innovative cocktails. A tropical escape, great for brunch or a casual night with friends.
Interior: A long room with high ceilings, brick walls, and tropical touches. A cozy spot for live music on weekend evenings!
Pourhouse $$$ | COCKTAIL TAVERN
162 Water Street | 604-568-7022
Known for: Seasonal comfort fare and old-fashioned cocktails. Carnivores know the Pourhouse Burger and classic Scotch Eggs are some of the best in Vancouver.
Interior: A old-fashioned tavern in a cozy, century-old Gastown warehouse. Plush seating, wooden beams, and a 38-ft bar.
Catch 122 $$$ | 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.
Guilt & Company $$$ | NIGHTLIFE
1 Alexander St | 604-288-1704
Known for: Live performances, light dancing, serious snacks
Interior: Directly across from Six Acres – a common “next stop” for patrons. Dark, intimate, and spirited.
Soft Peaks $ | ICE CREAM
25 Alexander St | 604-559-2071
Known for: Organic soft serve ice cream with creative toppings like Tim Tams, Honeycomb and Toasted Coconut.
Interior: Petite, bright and friendly! Limited loft and lower level seating.
Flying Pig $$$ | 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, dramatic windows, 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. Ideal for meat-loving foodies.
Join the Gastronomic Gastown Tour
Gastown Food Tours depart daily at 3:00pm!