Taste the Flavours of Europe in Vancouver

European food Vancouver

Photo: Bibo Cucina

European travel might be on hold but that doesn’t mean Vancouverites can’t eat like we’re abroad. Let’s explore European food in our own backyard!

Until February 5, 2021, in line with the public health order issued on November 20, non-essential travel into and out of BC is not recommended. BC residents let’s do our part by continuing to stay local and support local, with your immediate household or bubble, in accordance with the latest guidelines

 

A big part of holidays abroad is experiencing local fare — particularly in Europe. And while that kind of exploration won’t be happening for a while, we can revisit old local favourites and discover new restaurants. Here are some places to visit France, Germany and Italy in Vancouver.

Germany

Photo: Bestie

Experience German-style beers made at many of Greater Vancouver’s craft breweries!

Restaurants in Vancouver and area where you can enjoy German-style food and say prost include:

  • Bestie (105 E Pender St.) – Hip German eatery in Chinatown serving sausages, fries, pretzels and beer for takeout.
  • Jägerhof Restaurant (71 Lonsdale Ave.) – Alpine inspired restaurant serving Swiss, German and Austrian fare and offering live music.
  • Deutches Haus (4875 Victoria Dr.) – Classic German cuisine served at the Vancouver Alpen Club.
  • Kaisereck Deli (Granville Island) – Deli serving gourmet German sausages, perogies and sandwiches for takeout in the Granville Island Market

 

Italy

European food Vancouver

Photo: Ask for Luigi

If you’ve been to Italy, you know there’s more to Italian food than pasta and pizza. If you haven’t been to Italy yet, know that you’ve got a great culinary jumping-off point right in your city!

Give your tastebuds an authentic Italian culinary experience at these Vancouver restaurants:

  • Ask for Luigi (Railtown) – Specilizing in fresh, hand-made pasta, Ask for Luigi is a casual and intimate Italian-inspired restaurant located in Railtown.
  • BiBo Pizzeria con Cucina (Kitsilano) – Serving wood-fired pies and handmade pastas in a cozy atmosphere. Italian ingredients are also available for purchase.
  • Cibo Trattoria (Downtown) – Located in the Moda Hotel, Cibo specializes in authentic Italian cuisine made with same-day fresh and local ingredients.
  • Cin Cin Ristorante (Robson Street) – Wood-fired Italian-inspired cuisine made with seasonal ingredients in the heart of the Robson shopping district.
  • Giovane Cafe + Eatery (Coal Harbour) – Located in the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, Giovane is inspired by modern Italian cafes. Along with espresso and fresh Italian food, Italian specialty products are also available for purchase.
  • La Casa Gelato (East Van) – Yes, the weather is cooling down but there’s always a time and place for gelato. With 218 flavours on location at a time, La Casa Gelato is an ice cream lover’s delight.

Find more Italian restaurant options in the city here.

 

France

European food Vancouver

Photo: Beaucoup Bakery

Paris is on many a wanderluster’s bucket list. For those who have visited, it’s a repeat destination. Because… it’s Paris and people watching from a bistro terrace while sipping wine is the best — as is exploring the French countryside.

Enjoy a taste of France at these eateries:

  • Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge (Downtown) – Nestled in the Wedgewood Hotel, Bacchus Restuarant offers a gourmet experience in warm and romantic surroundings.
  • Beaucoup Bakery (South Granville) – Casual patisserie and cafe known for mouth-watering croissants and other French-style baked goods.
  • The French Table (Main Street) – Elegant French bistro with a casual feel, serving country-style traditional French dishes.
  • Jules Bistro (Gastown) – An authentic bistro experience in the heart of Gastown. Quaint ambiance and delicious French food at an affordable price.
  • L’Abattoir (Gastown) – Bistro serving French-influenced West Coast fare in the heart of Vancouver’s historic Gastown neighbourhood.
  • Le Crocodile (Downtown) – Fine dining French restaurant blending traditional French cooking with innovative West Coast style.
  • Tableau Bar Bistro (West End) – Local bistro blending classic culinary traditions of Paris with West Coast ingredients.
  • Thierry (Downtown) – With a contemporary twist on classic French treats like macarons, chocolates and croissants, acclaimed maître pâtissier Thierry Busset’s cafe is a local favourite.

 

Things to keep in mind as you visit Europe in Vancouver:

  • Plan ahead — make sure you get a table for the time you want by making a reservation.
  • Restaurant staff are working hard in a “new normal” — remember to leave a good tip!
  • Respect the policies of establishments you visit.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands often and well.
  • Getting around: Face coverings are now mandatory on all TransLink services; buses, SkyTrain and SeaBus. Read about TransLink’s Safe Operating Action Plan (SOAP).
  • Remember to adhere to PHO guidelines.
  • We’re all in this together!

 

Share your #VancouverComeBack European-inspired culinary adventures with us by tagging @inside_vancouver on Instagram!

 

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