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Dining in Greater Vancouver

• A WorldWeb.com Travel Guide for Greater Vancouver, British Columbia.
Dining in Greater Vancouver cannot be easily summed up in a few words or paragraphs. Its eating establishments are as diverse as its people. It is an experience as much in the choosing as it is in the consuming. It is an adventure. Locals and visitors alike have favourites but dining in the same establishment twice is a choice not inevitability.

VANCOUVER

If variety is the spice of life, then dining in Vancouver is sure to add pizzazz to even the most indifferent of palates. Whether visitors are looking to grab a quick bite or enjoy a multi-course feast, they will discover the many flavours that make Vancouver such an exciting place to dine in popular neighbourhoods such as the West End (Denman and Davies streets), Robson Street, downtown, Chinatown, East and West Broadway, Commercial Drive, Main Street, Kerrisdale and Kingsway. While perusing these trendy regions, visitors will find copious eateries such as coffee bars, tea houses, bakeries, bistros and sushi houses as well as a diverse and plentiful selection of ethnic cuisine, including Chinese, Greek, French, Japanese, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican, Pacific Northwest, Thai and Vietnamese. After dark, the city transforms into an adult playground that offers thumping music in trendy nightclubs, frosty micro-brewed beer in intimate pubs and live local talent in stylish lounges.

NORTH & WEST VANCOUVER

Located on the north shore and surrounded by stunning views, North Vancouver offers travellers numerous seafood dining experiences. Those looking for international fare will find Caribbean, Greek, Italian and Japanese restaurants, as well as numerous cafes, bistros and coffee houses. The majority of restaurants in North Vancouver can be found on Lonsdale Avenue and in the Lonsdale Quay Market.


Whether travellers are headed to the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal or up the Sea to Sky Highway (Highway 99) through West Vancouver, they will find a number of excellent restaurants while driving along Marine Drive. One such eatery is Crave Beachside Restaurant with impressive views of Burrard Inlet and Stanley Park, a casual and fun atmosphere, and tasty and affordable dishes created from fresh, local ingredients.

BURNABY, NEW WESTMINSTER & RICHMOND

Located only 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, the bustling city of Burnaby is a popular shooting location for many feature films and TV series. Dining in Burnaby is easily found on Kingsway (Highway 99A), particularly in the shopping district of Metrotown where visitors will find everything from cafes and coffee shops to pizzerias to Middle Eastern cuisine. While restaurants are plentiful and easily located along Hastings Street, the Heights District and Simon Fraser University region are perhaps the most popular areas and offer a mix of family-friendly and ethnic dining experiences.

Named by Queen Victoria, the vibrant community of New Westminster is home to a number of popular streets and neighbourhoods such as its historic downtown area, 12th Street, the Quay (New Westminster's waterfront), Uptown (Sixth Street and Sixth Avenue) and Sapperton (East Columbia Street). These trendy areas also offer a diversity of cafes, coffee bars, restaurants, nightclubs and pubs.

While Richmond is home to a profusion of multicultural restaurants, it is well-known for its abundance of Asian restaurants. Individuals of discerning taste will find everything from traditional dishes to exciting innovations. Many eating establishments in Richmond can be found in the city centre and a good number of those can be found on No. 3 Road. In southwest Richmond, along the mouth of the South Arm Fraser River in the historic fishing village of Steveston, visitors will find excellent dining establishments on both Bayview Street and Moncton Street.

COQUITLAM, PORT MOODY & PORT COQUITLAM

The mountainside community of Coquitlam, dedicated to outdoor recreation with its many parks and trails, offers the famished an assortment of dining choices, including a number of ethnic and family restaurants. A popular shopping destination because of the Coquitlam Centre and stores like IKEA, this community is also a favourite among pub goers with numerous pubs located throughout the city.

Visitors travelling along St Johns Street (Barnett Highway) in Port Moody will find a profusion of restaurants serving varied cuisines. This creative community, known for its love of the arts, is also home to several pizzerias and Chinese restaurants.

The small centre of Port Coquitlam is a quiet community with a number of popular franchise restaurants and local dining establishments situated mainly along Shaughnessy Street.

SURREY, WHITE ROCK & DELTA

While restaurants are sprinkled throughout Surrey, there are several main districts offering easy access to numerous options in close proximity to each other. Three of the most heavily concentrated areas are along King George Highway (Highway 99A), 152nd Street and Scott Road (120th Street). These major thoroughfares are lined with diverse global selections such as Japanese, Greek and Malaysian eateries as well as popular family restaurants, tea houses and pubs. In its own little southern corner of Surrey is Crescent Beach, situated at the northern end of Semiahmoo Bay. Here, lively Beecher Street is a favourite spot known for trendy bistros and grills and plenty of live entrainment.

Located along sandy White Rock beach near the US border, the Marine Drive strip is a popular destination and home to restaurants, cafes, coffee bars and pubs. Travellers will find a wide variety of fares, from pizza to fish and chips to ice cream to Thai. With stunning views of Semiahmoo Bay and regular live entertainment, reservations are a must for restaurants in this area during the tourist season.

Delta consists of three communities: North Delta, Ladner and Tsawwassen. While restaurants are not as abundant here, Ladner, although small, is well known for the many sushi eateries located within its centre. It also has a number of pubs and international options, including Mexican, Greek and French. Those travelling to or from the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal may wish to make a stop and take a break along 56th Street to enjoy one of the convenient family restaurants or coffee houses.

LANGLEY & FORT LANGLEY

Comprising 40 per cent of the designated Agricultural Land Reserve in Greater Vancouver, Langley offers fresh, home-grown foods and sophisticated dining experiences. Visitors are sure to enjoy a glass of local, internationally recognized wine made by Domaine de Chaberton Estate Winery while dining on authentic French bistro cuisine at the Bacchus Bistro. As well as a diverse assortment of ethnic restaurants such as Thai, Indian, Portuguese, Italian and Mediterranean, numerous coffee houses and bakeries can be found throughout the city. The majority of eateries can be found in downtown Langley or along the Fraser Highway (Highway 1A).

Built in 1827 by James McMillan, Chief Trader of the Hudson's Bay Company, the historic village of Fort Langley offers a mix of cafes, bistros and coffee houses. Along with other services and shops, most of the eateries are located along Glover Road, which bisects the town.
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