The suburbs are where it's at. Even if you are local, you'll be surprised to discover the extraordinary number of foodie hotspots that you are missing out on by staying in the city. The next time you want to grab a bit to eat, you should visit one of the best places to eat in Vancouver's suburbs instead.
There is always something fun about visiting somewhere new with friends. But if you aren't from Richmond, Burnaby or any of the other surrounding areas, you might have no clue where to find whatever it is you are craving.
To help you out, we've reached out to local food influencers and enthusiasts to as them for their suggestions. These passionate influencers are always on the search for the best bites, so if they endorse an eatery, you know it must be good.
When making this list, we opted to pick the locations that we got the most positive reviews about. We also tried to keep the type of cuisine as diverse as possible and the prices budget-friendly, too.
There are slurp-worthy noodles, the cutest sweet buns, and tons of spots you've probably never heard of. It would be a good idea to add them all to Google Maps. This way, the next time you are in the area, you can try one.
Farina A Legna
Address: 119 2nd St. E., North Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: Karina (@vantasticfeasts) recommends this spot for one of the best places to eat outside of the downtown core. Here you can enjoy family-style dishes like pasta and pizza, plus Italian-inspired brunch.
Gram Cafe & Pancakes
Address: Aberdeen Centre, 4151 Hazelbridge Way Unit 1360, Richmond, BC
Address: 9190 Church St., Fort Langley, BC
Why You Need To Go: This bakery is a top pick of Josh from @itsjosheats. They have all-day brunch plus baked treats and pastries. Their chocolate Guinness cake with bailey's cream cheese frosting is heaven on a plate.
Chosun Korean BBQ
Address: 8300 Capstan Way, Richmond, BC V6X 4B7
Why You Need To Go: @foodlees can't get enough of the mouth-watering Korean cuisine at this local gem. Even though it's technically on the Vancouver-side of boundary road, it's practically in Burnaby.
Cuisine: Pizza, burgers and brunch
Address: 437 Dollarton Hwy. N., North Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: Local foodie @bitemevancouver loves this hidden gem because they make everything from scratch including the pickles, sauces and sourdough bread.
Address: 1535-4777 Mcclelland Rd., Richmond, BC
Hee Rae Deung
Address: 435 North Rd., Burnaby, BC
Why You Need To Go: You won't believe the epic level noodle pulls you can achieve at this restaurant that is a favourite of @foodspodiaries.
Happy Tree House BBQ
Address: 8171 Alexandra Rd., Richmond, BC
Why You Need To Go: It is a tasty spot to get grilled meat in Richmond. Local expert (@cuisineandcaffeine) likes this spot because "you can see the chefs grilling them in the back before they bring them to your table." Her top pick is the chicken skewers, and she warns they can be spicy.
Cocoru Beer & Chicken
Address: 8391 Alexandra Rd., Richmond, BC
Why You Need To Go: Margaret (@yvr_goodeats) endorses this Richmond restaurant as they make, "really good Korean fried chicken."
Gray Olive Cafeteria
Address: 4190 Hastings St., Burnaby, BC
Why You Need To Go: Trudy (@missvancityfoodie) says they make a tasty plate of chicken and waffles.
Glenburn Soda Fountain
Cuisine: Ice cream and floats
Address: 4090 Hastings St., Burnaby, BC
Why You Need To Go: Local food expert @yvrdelights describes this spot as, "a vintage ice cream parlour that feels like you have stepped into a different decade."
Address: 4600 No. 3 Rd., Richmond, BC
Why You Need To Go: This suburb dim sum is a top pick of (@missvancityfoodie) who says the "black truffle sui mai and salted egg yolk buns are to die for."
Address: 5376 Grimmer St., Burnaby, BC
Why You Need To Go: If you have a sweet tooth, you'll want to visit Sugar Lab, which @yvr_goodeats is a huge fan of. While there she suggests you try their "amazing crepe cakes."
Yuu Japanese Tapas
Address: 3779 Sexsmith Rd., Richmond, BC
Steveston Pizza Co.
Address: 3400 Moncton St., Richmond, BC
Matcha Cafe Maiko
Cuisine: Pizza and desserts
Address: 8279 Saba Rd., Richmond, BC
Why You Need To Go: Once it gets hot outside, @foodlees suggests you cool down with the refreshing shaved ice parfaits at this cafe.
Myst Asian Fusion
Cuisine: Asian fusion
Address: 2-6400, Kingsway, Burnaby, BC
Why You Need To Go: They have a huge menu, so there is something for everyone. @cuisineandcaffeine says, "they have such an extensive menu that you'll have to go their desserts and drinks are always flashy and they do special themed menus for holidays as well."
Address: 2099 Lougheed Hwy., Port Coquitlam, BC
Why You Need To Go: You enjoy a colourful smoothie bowl topped with fresh fruit according to expert foodie @itsjosheats.
Address: 13647 72 Ave., Surrey, BC
Why You Need To Go: If you are in the mood for some Mediterranean food, Adana Grill make some delicious grilled dishes according to Natasha @foodandtravel604