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The Best Gastown Restaurants

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BEST GASTOWN RESTAURANTS | Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood is a coveted foodie destination

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.

Get ready to tackle the best restaurants in Gastown, Vancouver!

Gastown Restaurants, Gastown Vancouver, Purebread

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.

Read our feature on Purebread Gastown here!



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!


Gastown Restaurants

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.

Experience Nicli Antica Pizzeria on the Gastronomic Gastown Tour!


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.


Gastown Restaurants, Gastown Vancouver, Bao Down

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: A hole-in-the-wall, chill-n-go vibe. 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.

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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!

Read our feature on Meat and Bread Gastown here!

Gastown Restaurants, Gastown Vancouver, Tuc Craft Kitchen

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.

Read our feature on Tuc Craft Kitchen here!


Gastown Restaurants, Gastown Vancouver, Nuba

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.


Gastown Restaurants, Gastown Vancouver, Six Acres

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.

Six Acres is the first stop on the Gastronomic Gastown Tour!


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.


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.


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Bao Down Snack Bar $$ | FILIPINO TAPAS
221 Carrall St |604-569-2215

Known for: Baos – A new age twist on traditional rice-flour pockets. Big flavours and great happy hour.

Interior: High ceilings, loft seating, lots of natural light. Loud jams and a grafitti-style mural animate the room.


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.


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. A chic spot for happy hour or digestifs.

Experience Mosquito on the Gastronomic Gastown Tour!


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.


Gastown Restaurants, Gastown Vancouver, Soft Peaks

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.

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