Taste the Flavours of Europe in Vancouver

European food Vancouver

Photo: Bibo Cucina

European travel might be canceled in 2020 but that doesn’t mean Vancouverites can’t eat like we’re abroad. Let’s explore European food in our own backyard!

When I go on holiday, I love to experience local fare — particularly in Europe. And while that kind of exploration won’t be happening for a while, I’m incredibly happy to locally revisit old favourites and discover new restaurants. Here are some places to visit France, Germany and Italy in Vancouver.


Photo: Bestie

If you’d planned to enjoy Oktoberfest in Munich this year, you can still experience this jolly occasion with German-style beers made at many of Greater Vancouver’s craft breweries. Several, including BREWHALL, are also hosting socially-distanced Oktoberfest events.

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



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.


European food Vancouver

Photo: Beaucoup Bakery

Paris is on many a wanderluster’s bucket list. For many 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.


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 Dr. Bonnie’s Good Times Guide
  • We’re all in this together!


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  1. Everyone has a different taste when it comes to eating and there are many options for it. I always pick which I like the most when we go out.