Vancouver has a rich and accessible restaurant scene, but if you want to eat deeper try one of these story-friendly approaches
The city offers several taste-tripping tours aimed at visiting foodies. Edible Canada (www.ediblecanada.com) and Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (www.picachef.com) can take you on chef-led tours of Granville Island Public Market or Chinatown, while Vancouver Food Tour (www.vancouverfoodtour.com) and Vancouver Foodie Tours (http://foodietours.ca) offer a range of options, from a Gastown beer tasting tour, to a Salt Spring Island adventure, to a walking tour of the city’s famous street food carts.
Highly popular with locals, downtown’s Dirty Apron Cooking School (www.dirtyapron.com) offers a wide range of nightly and weekly classes aimed at all skill levels, with themes like Italian cooking and French cuisine. Classes are also offered by Quince (www.quince.ca) and the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (www.picachef.com).
Dine Out Vancouver Festival (www.tourismvancouver.com/dov) is the city’s biggest annual food event. But many community festivals across the region also offer great opportunities to hang out and eat with the locals. Consider the Powell Street Festival (www.powellstreetfestival.com) and its Japanese food; Greek Day (www.greekday.com), with its saliva-triggering lamb dishes; and August’s Chinatown Festival (www.vancouver-chinatown.com), where performances fuse with a wandering smorgasbord of great grub.
Long table dining is a hugely popular trend in Vancouver with locals rubbing elbows and noshing – and making new friends – at shared counters that encourage conviviality and bonhomie. If you fancy joining them, check out the Irish Heather (www.irishheather.com) and Salt Tasting Room (salttastingroom.com), as well as the market dinners offered by Edible Canada (www.ediblecanada.com).