Seafood in Vancouver

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There are a lot of perks to having the ocean as your backyard, and one of our favourites is the abundance of seafood. With restaurants in Vancouver promoting fresh and quality ingredients, sampling local seafood is easy to do. The best part is the many different kinds of seafood available, from sushi to fish and chips, that can be found around the city. Both locals and visitors will love this new post since we list some of the best (and our favourite) places we recommend to get seafood in Vancouver, for every budget!

Tony’s Fish and Oyster Cafe

If you want to meet a local then Tony’s Fish and Oyster Cafe is the place to go. A popular restaurant on the famous Granville Island that offers a huge selection of seafood, including some great fish and chips. Add in the fact that they are reasonably priced, give large portions, have a take-out window, and have friendly staff, means Tony’s is always on any list of places we recommend to guests.

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Miku

Most locals have either heard of or been to Miku. Located on the harbourfront at Canada Place, Miku specializes in Aburi sushi, where nigiri sushi is flame-seared on top. They combine both local ingredients and traditional Japanese methods to make some of the best sushi in the city.  Enjoy their lunch or dinner menu as you watch the cruise ships come into the harbour. 

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Blue Water Cafe

The Blue Water Cafe in trendy Yaletown is found on many of the top restaurant lists. Their diverse menu offers seafood in various forms such as sushi or from their live tanks. The Blue Water Cafe offers guests one of the premier seafood experiences in the city.

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Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House

If you’re looking for the surf and turf experience in a place with personality, then Joe Fortes is a Vancouver classic. Providing a San Francisco style experience, when you eat here you get a selection of fresh seafood and perfectly prepared steaks. You are in goods hands at this award-winning restaurant.  

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Rodney’s Oyster House

With two locations, one in Gastown and one in Yaletown, Rodney’s offers a casual atmosphere with top quality menu items. Enjoy fresh oysters, clams, mussels as well as four different types of chowder. Sit at the bar and watch the staff prep your oysters, and they make darn sure you only get the good ones. As this spot is popular with locals, don’t forget to make reservations, because Rodney’s is the place to be on Friday and Saturday nights.

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Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio

Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio offers a blend of Japanese and Peruvian delicacies with Vancouver views. Having recently opened in 2015, Ancora offers unique dishes that have left their customers wowed, not only from the food but from the artistic design of the restaurant as well. 

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Go Fish Ocean Emporium

You don’t have to be a restaurant to serve up amazing seafood. Go Fish is a small seafood shack that offers some great fish and chips, burgers, wraps and more right by the water. Open all year round, Go Fish supports local fishermen and the protection of our oceans. Sit back and relax, and watch the boats come in as you enjoy your lunch.

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Hopefully, this post leaves you hungry and wanting to try some of the best seafood Vancouver has to offer. If we missed a restaurant that you feel should be on this post then feel free to let us know and we’ll be sure to check them out!                                               

5 Foodie Facts about Gastown

Written by Cecilia Ryan – Vancouver Foodie Tours

 

 
Gastown is Vancouver’s #1 Foodie neighbourhood and is the hub for new and exciting restaurants.
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When people think of Gastown, they think of the cobbled streets, the famed steam clock, the Victorian architecture, the fascinating history and … the food! Gastown is Vancouver’s #1 Foodie neighbourhood and is the hub for new and exciting restaurants. Whether you’re looking for specialty coffee, cocktails, bistros, Neapolitan Pizza – Gastown has it all. Here are the 5 foodie facts about Gastown for you to digest:

1. One of the longest Happy Hours in the city

From 11:30 am – 6:00 pm, Six Acres has happy hour specials! Standing at the site of the original birthplace of Gastown, Six Acres follows in Gassy Jack’s tradition: provide a space for people to eat and drink together. The atmospheric charm could easily sway you into staying for six and a half hours!
Six acres can be found at 203 Carrall St. 

2. Hi-Five Grilled Cheese Window 

This 100 square-foot space opens late night to offer grilled cheese sandwiches to-die-for. With a short menu but long lines, don’t miss this delicious hole-in-the-wall. Try the ‘Yes Ma’am’ for mac ‘n’ cheese between bread…
Hi-Five is tucked away at 30 E Cordova St. 

3. Save on Meats tokens

Not only does Save on Meats provide delicious diner food, it also has a fantastic token program. You can buy tokens which can be redeemable for food and share these with some of Gastown’s residents who are in need. Save on Meats sandwiches are too good not to share!
Save on Meats at 43 W Hastings St 

4. A champagne and dessert bar, hidden in plain sight 

Mosquito opened it’s doors in 2015 and serves incredible desserts along with champagne cocktails. Tucked into a dimly lit space on Water St, Mosquito sits in the heart of Gastown and yet feels like your own private world. Start or finish the night on a sweet note.
Mosquito is found at 32 Water St. 

5. Dirty Apron cooking school and delicatessen

Gastown is home to Dirty Apron which offers renowned cooking classes and also an exciting array of artisan products and lunch time treats in their delicatessen. For the foodies who love to cook or “the toast burners” – Dirty Apron is a popular choice.
Dirty Apron at 540 Beatty St

 

 

Saturday’s are not only for the boys

In my social media realm as of late, there has been a commonality amongst the male gender with the latest phrase “Saturdays are for the boys”. I don’t know how this started or why, but apparently an old man at a bar yelled out one Friday night saying “Fridays are for Men, and Saturdays are for the boys”, and just as “Long Hair, Don’t Care” stuck around for a minute this is the latest hashtag/phrase to go viral. There are many rumoured meanings behind the phrase; however, the most common one is a ‘legit excuse for men to use when their spouse or partner has other things planned but he would rather hang out with his friends on Saturdays’ because well, they are for the boys!

Well, let me tell you Saturdays are not only for the boys. I’ve compiled a list of 25 other things you can do on a Saturday in Vancouver with your boys or not. I do agree that Saturdays should be enjoyed and errands can wait until Sunday, right?

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Visit Granville Island: Granville Island is the place to go when you need fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, artisan cheeses and bread, gourmet sausages and or yummy desserts. Do your grocery shopping here and make a delicious dinner at home Saturday night.

Stroll/Bike/Blade around Stanley Park: The Stanley Park seawall is one of Vancouver’s most popular destinations. The seawall is perfect for walkers, runners, and cyclists. It offers stunning views and it gets you outside. What more could you want?

People Watch: There are so many great places in Vancouver where you can people watch. A few are English Bay, Kitsilano Beach, Local Public Eatery Kitsilano, or the Coal Harbour Seawall.

Celeb-spotting: Vancouver is going to be starstruck in September. Some of the famous faces passing through Vancouver this month are Helen Hunt, Charlize Theron, Julia Roberts, and Jacob Tremblay.

Grouse Grind: If you dare climb “Mother Natures’s Stairmaster” as it is referred to, be prepared for the 2.9 km uphill trek with an average 30-degree grade. Luckily, you get awarded with drinks and food at the top.

Canada Place: Canada Place is an iconic national landmark in Vancouver’s harbourfront. Canada Place is a multi-use facility that includes FlyOver Canada, Vancouver Convention Centre East, Pan Pacific Hotel, and the Cruise Ship Terminal.

Vancouver Art Gallery: Our art gallery is housed in a previous courthouse located in the thick of Robson Street and is the largest public museum in Western Canada. Make sure to stop by to see the Picasso Exhibit before it ends October 2nd.

Wander Vancouver’s hotels: We have some amazing hotels in Vancouver including the Fairmont Pacific Rim, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, and the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. Stop by each hotel and have a cocktail in their fabulous lounges.

Window Shopping: Cruise Vancouver’s fashion districts along Alberni and Robson Streets and make a wish list of everything you wish you could have or want.

Hang out at UBC: Visit one of the most beautiful university campuses in Canada at the University of British Columbia. It hosts plenty of attractions and places to visit including the Museum of Anthropology, the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, and the UBC Botanical Gardens.

H.R MacMillan Space Centre & the Museum of Vancouver: Visit Vanier Park for the day and learn all about Space at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre followed by learning about Vancouver’s history at the Museum of Vancouver.

Scenic Drive: Get behind the wheel and go for a scenic drive along the Sea to Sky Highway to Squamish. Dreamt of driving a six-figure car? Rent a car with Sea to Sky Exotic Car Rental to rent a Lamborghini for the day. Don’t want to drive? Take the Sea to Sky tour with Landsea Tours & Adventures!

Olympic Village: This little community on the southeast side of False Creek has everything you need for a day or afternoon of fun with plenty of pubs, restaurants, and shops to choose from.

Richmond Night Market: Visit the largest and longest running night market in North America. Located near the River Rock Casino Resort, the market is open Saturday’s from 7:00pm – 12:00am. This is a great place to go for inexpensive goods and yummy foods. Make sure to visit before it closes for the season on October 10.

Queen Elizabeth Park: Visit Vancouver’s highest point, Queen Elizabeth Park, at 150 metres, which used to be an industrial rock quarry. Visit for the stunning views of Downtown Vancouver and the North Shore mountains. It also hosts the Bloedel Floral Conservatory and the newest art installation ‘Love Locks’.

Capilano Salmon Hatchery: Located in North Vancouver along Capilano Road, the hatchery is an ideal environment for families to visit to learn about the lifecycle of salmon.

Capilano Suspension Bridge: This attraction not only offers the famous 70-metre Capilano Suspension Bridge, but there is also the Cliffwalk and Treetops Adventure. Plenty to keep you amused for a couple of hours.

Grouse Mountain: This wilderness resort is a 20-minute drive from downtown Vancouver and once you arrive, the Grouse Mountain Skyride takes visitors on a one-mile aerial journey up the mountain. Once on top, have your choice of activities including the Eye of the Wind, the Wildlife Refuge, Theatre in the Sky, or Mountain Ziplines.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens: Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enter Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens. This is the first classical Chinese Gardens in all of Canada built in 1986 by 53 craftsmen from China, and was constructed using 14th-century methods, so no glue, screws or power tools were used.

Lonsdale Quay: The Lonsdale Quay Market is home to over 80 unique shops, restaurants, and services. Plan on visiting for a few hours exploring the market with all the food vendors, artisans, unique shops and restaurants.

Lynn Canyon: If the Capilano Suspension Bridge doesn’t interest you then visit Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge. This bridge may be better for the less brave as it’s 30 metres shorter than the Capilano Suspension Bridge. You can run across it faster!

Vancouver Mural Tour: Take a walk around Mount Pleasant from the top of Main and 12th down towards the industrial area to discover the newly painted murals from various different artists.

Comedy Show: There are plenty of places to have a good laugh in Vancouver. Visit a comedy club to catch up-and-coming local talent or a big name headliner. Or visit a theatre for some improv down on Granville Island with the Vancouver TheatreSports League.

Science World: A fun place to visit with your family on a rainy Vancouver day, which we get a lot! Immerse yourself in interactive displays and stimulating feature exhibitions. Starting September 24, their feature exhibit is “Zoom into Nano”, exploring the world of nanoscience.

River District Drive-In Movie: Just off of Boundary Road and Marine Way is the River District Drive-In. Every Saturday until the end of October, they feature two feature films, one at 7:00pm and one at 9:30pm.