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20 “Secret Restaurants” In Vancouver You’ve Got To Check Out

Your next restaurant, cafe or bar awaits you in this article.

Yes, Vancouver is a city... but honestly, it's not a particularly big one. So sometimes after a while, the food or bar options may begin to feel limited. But there's actually more to the city than you would think. So we're here to introduce you to some hidden gems you may or may not have ever been to that are definitely worth trying.

One Vancouver's major strengths is its diversity, which is totally reflected in the restaurant and bar scene. From tropical tiki bars to luxe French restaurants, courtyard cafes and more, the cuisine and ambience of the city continually growing and evolves.

So we're here to help add to your restaurant, cafe or bar bucket list or maybe even help you to start your own. This article might just be your answer to the classic "where should we eat" debate.

Whether it's for your next date night, Sunday brunch, cafe study sesh or night out, there are tons of places in Vancouver worth checking out. We can't wait to see where your food, cafe or bar adventures will take you!

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Sen Pad Thai

Where: Unit 7-1666 Johnston St // Granville Island

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Type: Thai

Price: 💸💸

We recommend: Crispy Wings with Thai Garlic and Pad Thai

Why you should go: Tucked away in Granville Island, this small Thai restaurant serves up Thai food. Sen Pad Thai will satisfy all your pad thai and fried chicken cravings.


St. Lawrence Restaurant

Where: 269 Powell St // Railtown

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Type: French/Quebecois

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We recommend: Oreilles de Crisse, Steak tartare, and Côte de porc

Why you should go: Love boujee experiences? French food is delicious and this upscale restaurant is a perfect place to go for all things French in Vancouver. The head chef is also the owner of other amazing Vancouver restaurants, Ask For Luigi and Pizzeria Farina.


The Arbor

Where: 3941 Main St // South Main

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Type: Casual, Multi-cuisine

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Most popular item: Broccoli Popcorn and Southern Fried Artichoke Sandwich

Why you should go: If you're looking for comfort food but still want to stay healthy, The Arbor is your answer. Bonus: their patio is adorable.


Yui Japanese Bistro

Where: 102-1185 W Georgia Street // Downtown

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Type: Japanese

We recommend this dish: Ebi Oshi Sushi

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Why you should go: Aburi sushi lovers need to know about this tiny sushi spot. Yui Japanese Bistro offers a great value for aburi seared sushi in Vancouver, with aburi oshi costing around $11.



Where: C-1046 Austin Ave // Coquitlam

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Type: Korean

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We recommend: Tabom Signature

Why you should go: Get two incredible things in a combination that will blow your mind. Tabom's Signature consists of Korean stir fry or soup on a hot plate surrounded by melted cheese and corn.


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The Pawn Shop

Where: 1117 Granville St // Downtown

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Type: Taco and Tequila Bar

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We recommend: Happy Hour $1 Tacos and $3 Tequila

Why you should go: This bar has probably the best taco deal in all of Vancouver. Every single day, they have Happy Hour of $1 Tacos and $3 Tequila!!!


Banter Room

Where: 1039 Mainland St

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Type: Lounge

Most popular item: Southern Fried Chicken and London Broil Steak

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Why you should go: This place is more of a lounge but still a great place to grab some drinks. Oh and did we mention, there is a Moët Champagne vending machine? Yep, that's a thing.



Where: 27 Blood Alley Square // Gastown

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Type: Mexican

Most popular item: Thai Buckets

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Why you should go: Home to one of the few places that have Thai Buckets in Vancouver. This energetic bar also has a great deal on tacos — you can get 3 tacos for $8 or for $2.75 each at this fun taco bar.


Shameful Tiki Room

Where: 4362 Main Street // South Main

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Type: Tiki Bar

Most popular item: Volcano Bowl

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Why you should go: Transport yourself into a tropical tiki bar. The Shameful Tiki Room has next level drinks, like fish bowls that are lit (literally).


The Yale Saloon

Where: 1300 Granville Street // Downtown

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Type: Bar

Most popular item: Bucket Drink

Price: 💸💸

Why you should go: If you love all things country, the Yale will be your new go-to spot. Have a rowdy night filled with bucket drinks, mechanical bulls and country music.


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Him & I Cafe

Where: 1153 The High Street

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We recommend: Biscotti, Pain Au Chocolat

Why you should go: Looking for an aesthetic cafe that hasn't popped up on your Insta feed yet? Head on over to Him & I cafe.



Where: 687 Main St // Chinatown

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Price: 💸💸

We recommend: Hot Chocolate

Why you should go: Home to an adorable atmosphere filled with fairy lights and marble minimalism, Dalina is a perfect cafe and Italian grocery shop with delicious food and some of the best hot chocolate in town.


Republica Coffee Roasters

Where: 321 W Pender St // Near Gastown

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Why you should go: Want your very own private courtyard for your study sesh? Hit up Republica Coffee Roasters for your next cafe stop.


West Village Cafe

Where: #160-5620 152 St // South Surrey

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We recommend: Coffee, of course!

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Why you should go: This cafe is seriously cozy. Spend all day at this adorable spot with yummy food and coffee.


Secret Garden Tea Company

Where: 2138 W 40th Ave // Kerrisdale

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We recommend: Buckingham Palace Tea, Secret Garden Breakfast Scone

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Why you should go: Love that London inspired high tea life? The Secret Garden will give you a just lovely high tea experience.


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Save On Meats

Where: 43 W Hastings St // Gastown

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We recommend: S.O.M Classic Milkshakes

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Why you should go: Get those retro vibes at this cozy diner that offers classic diner food at a budget-friendly price. This Gastown diner also has a token program and has provided 88,000 meals to residents in the Downtown Eastside.


Rosemary Rocksalt

Where: 2515 Main Street // Vancouver

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Type: Bagels

Most popular item: Rosemary Rocksalt Bagel

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Why you should go: If you haven't had a rainbow bagel yet, you should know that they are very much a thing in Vancouver. Rosemary Rocksalt is your one-way ticket to a rainbow bagel.


Marulilu Cafe

Where: 451 W Broadway // Mount Pleasant

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Type: Japanese

Most popular item: Japanese Style Breakfast

Price: 💸

Why you should go: Brunch for under $10 is a serious steal. Marilulu offers a delicious traditional Japanese breakfast and it will only cost you $7.99!


Molli Cafe

Where: 1225 Burrard Street // Vancouver

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Type: Mexican

Most popular item: Molletes

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Why you should go: Looking to try a Mexican style breakfast? Molli Cafe serves up several breakfast options and pastries.



Where: 774 Denman St

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Type: Farm-to-Table, Comfort Food

Most popular item: Seasonal

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Why you should go: Comfort food in a cozy restaurant — pretty much sums up Ritual. The brunch here is delicious and if you love to change it up, their menu constantly evolves and adapts. This restaurant also tries to pay all of its staff a living wage.