Best Lunch Spots in Vancouver

Searching for Vancouver’s best lunch spots? Whether you’re in need of a restaurant ideal for a business meeting, a TGIF-style meal with co-workers or something healthy, grab ‘n go-style, you’ll find it on this list…

Best Lunch Spots in Chinatown and Strathcona

Looking for the best lunch restaurants in the charming and historic neighbourhoods of Chinatown and Strathcona? These casual joints are major crowd-pleasers.

Kokomo

611 Gore Ave | $ | Plant-based Cafe

@heykokomo | Visit website

The chill, tropical vibes are flowing at Kokomo, a new plant-based eatery in Chinatown that serves smoothies, acai bowls, lunch bowls, and Cocowhip. Their open-air concept (thanks to a roll-up garage door) makes this counter-service eatery the place to be during summertime, and their food might be some of the most delicious plant-based cuisine in town. Try the hemp caesar (sunflower seed dressing, topped with marinated chickpeas) and a cup of Cocowhip (Australian soft-serve made with coconut water).

Virtuous Pie

583 Main St | 604-620-0060 $$ | Pizzeria

@virtuous_pie | Visit website

Plant-based pizza and ice cream joint serving creative pies like the 'Stranger Wings' with buffalo cauliflower, house-made nut-based mozzarella and blue cheese sauce. Feeling lazy? Virtuous Pie is available via DoorDash delivery.

Fat Mao

217 E Georgia St | 604-569-8192 $ | Noodles

@fatmaonoodles | Visit website

Chinese-Thai noodle bar from award-winning chef Angus An (Maenam, Longtail Kitchen, Freebird Chicken Shack) located in the heart of Chinatown. Open 11:30-9 seven days a week, this small restaurants offers six noodle soup entrees and a handful of side dishes, like Ma Po Tofu and Scallion Pancake with Curry. For a main, try their one plant-based option, the Coconut Mushroom Noodle soup made with Angus' incredible rice sheet noodles. Take-out is not available.

Harvest Community Foods

Harvest Community Foods Union Street

243 Union St | 604-682-8851 $$ | Market

@harvestunion | Visit website

Chef Andrea Carlson's mini eatery and grocery is known for its ramen and noodles (the rice noodles with hazelnut, smoked chili and greens is my fav) and well-curated selection of local goods like Nuez Milk, Earnest Ice Cream and Yummus Hummus.

Finch's Market

Finchs Market Salads

501 E Georgia St | 604-558-1644 $$ | Market

A charming cafe and market nestled within Strathcona that specializes in gourmet baguette sandwiches, like the Avocado with half an avocado, cucumber, red leaf lettuce, roasted walnuts, evoo and balsamic vinegar. Soups and salad are also on offer and coffee is decent, made with an eagle dome Bezzera.

Best Lunch Spots in Gastown and Railtown

Looking for the best lunch spots in Gastown and Railtown? Behold, several options that are as funky as they are delicious.

Smallflower Cafe

47 W Hastings St | 778-379-7377 $$ | Vegan & Gluten Free Cafe

@smallflowercafe | Visit website

A locally-owned bakery, sandwich shop and retail space featuring mainly vegan, 100% gluten free products. Their mini-market features rare vegan ingredients like plant-based bacon grease, smoked salmon and frozen pie crusts. Nine sandwiches grace the menu - try the BBQ tofu. Decadent vegan and gluten free cakes, pies, krispy squares, cupcakes, cookies and muffins and more are also on offer.

Nelson the Seagull

Nelson the Seagull Gastown

315 Carrall St | 604-681-5776 $ | Lunch

@gastownseagull | Visit website

A truly epic space decorated with vintage tables and chairs, festive bunting and other eclectic collector pieces. The house-made bread, made daily by self-taught baker and co-owner Jonathan Snelgar, is a highlight -- try it thick-cut in sandwich form or keep it simple with avocado on toast.

The Birds & The Beets

55 Powell St | 604-893-7832 $$ | West Coast

@birdsandbeets | Visit website

A beautiful space with plenty of seating, decorated with floral bouquets (which are for sale) open from 7-6 on weekdays and 9-5 on weekends. House-made bread, baked daily, is the highlight. Try the charred veggie sandwich.

Lost + Found Cafe

Lost and Found Hastings

33 W Hastings St | 604-559-7444 $ | Restaurant Cafe

@lostfoundcafe | Visit website

A warehouse-style restaurant cafe dedicated to philanthropy, art, travel and homemade cooking. Owners Kane and Salomeh Ryan, a husband and wife team, serve organic Republica coffee, hearty salads, sandwiches and baking made with Kane's grandma's bread dough recipe.

Railtown Cafe

397 Railway St | 604-568-8811 $$ | Lunch

@railtowncafe | Visit website

One of our very favourite salad spots where the "build-your-own" salad concept is taken to the next level with gourmet ingredients like pickled cauliflower, crispy kabocha squash and roasted yams. House-made baked goods (chia bars, muffins, sticky buns etc.) are also especially good.

Meat & Bread (Cambie)

Meat and Bread Vegetarian Sandwich

370 Cambie St | 604-566-9003 $$ | Lunch

@1meatandbread | Visit website

One of Vancouver's most popular sandwich joints...they have a vegetarian option!

The Juice Truck (Gastown)

Abbott & Water | 604-719-8861 $$ | Juice Bar

@juicetruck | Visit website

Gastown's iconic food truck serving smoothies, cold-pressed juice and a smaller selection of lunch items, like salads and light snacks.

Ask For Luigi

Spaghetti Nero

305 Alexander St | 604-428-2544 $$ | Italian

@askforluigi | Visit website

A simple, one-room eatery where food is the focus. Chef and owner JC Poirier makes all pastas from scratch and sources high quality olive oils and local produce. His "less is more" attitude lets flavours shine.

Belgard Kitchen

Belgard Kitchen Asian Slaw

55 Dunlevy Ave | 604-566-1989 $$ | Fusion

@belgardkitchen | Visit website

Best Lunch Spots in Kitsilano

TurF

2041 W 4th Ave | 604-428-9970 $$ | Healthy Cafe and Gym

@turfliving | Visit website

A modern counter-service cafe that adjoins a gym and small shop. Dishes from the main menu are vegan and there is no dairy in-house. Choose from salads, bowls, toasts fresh baking and more -- everything is made in-house from scratch. Many recipes belong to co-owner Deanne Schweitzer herself.

Be Fresh Local Market by SPUD

1900 W 1st Ave | 604-568-7783 $$ | Market / Cafe

@befreshlocal | Visit website

East is East (Kitsilano)

East is East Broadway

3243 W Broadway | 604-734-5881 $$ | Lunch

| Visit website

A dim, candle-lit location known for its coziness and pillow-covered seats. Vegetarians will enjoy the meat-free selections.

Nuba (Kits)

Nuba Restaurant Yaletown

3116 W. Broadway | 604-336-1797 $$ | Lebanese

@nubatown | Visit website

Nook (Kitsilano)

1525 Yew St | 604-734-0099 $$ | Italian

| Visit website

Popular Italian restaurant by the sea where you can watch the chefs at work.

Tractor (Kitsilano)

Tractor Foods Interior Kitsilano

1903 W 4th Ave | 604-222-2557 $ | Lunch

@tractorfoods | Visit website

Prime spot to satisfy a salad craving. Tractor offers loads of colorful vegetable and grain-based salads, along with soups, stews and sandwiches.

Sejuiced

Sejuiced Sandwich

1958 W 4th Ave | 604-730-9906 $ | Vegetarian

| Visit website

A local favorite for quick, casual, healthy bites. The hummus avocado sandwich on moist gluten free buckwheat bread is a huge favorite. Smoothies and live juices made on the spot.

Fable Kitchen

1944 W 4th Ave | 604-732-1322 $$ | Canadian

@fablekitchen | Visit website

This Farm-to-Table restaurant may be small but when it comes to food, they think big. Their lunch menu is unique with a mouthwatering dish for everyone to try.

Thomas Haas (Kitsilano)

2539 W. Broadway | 604-736-1844 $$ | Bakery

@thaaschocolates | Visit website

Desserts and pastries found here are the work of perfectionists, trained by local pastry chef legend, Thomas Haas. Expect to be blown away -- and to wait in line.

Maenam

Maenam Thai Interior

1938 W 4th Ave | 604-730-5579 $ | Thai

@maenam | Visit website

At Maenam, enjoy some of the best Thai-food Vancouver has to offer. If you're having 'that kind of lunch', try one of their famous cocktails.

Best Lunch Spots in Yaletown

Trying to determine which of Yaletown's restaurants are best for lunch? Here's a list of my favourites, which range from Greek to vegan and high-end sushi to casual Lebanese.

Nuba (Yaletown)

Nuba Restaurant Yaletown

1206 Seymour St. | 778-371-3266 $$ | Lebanese

@nubatown | Visit website

Small Lebanese joint with just a handful of seats. Choose from fragrant dishes like this curried eggplant or the big fav, deep fried cauliflower. Plates come with a slew of wonderful accompaniments like olives, slaw and hummus.

Ki Isu (Yaletown)

1275 Pacific Blvd | 604-899-0366 $ | Japanese

| Visit website

A solid little sushi joint (good for dine-in or take-out) with a brown rice option. Their Salmon Cakes might be one of the best bites you ever take!

The Greek by Anatoli

1043 Mainland St | 604-979-0700 $$ | Greek

@thegreekyt | Visit website

ZEND Conscious Lounge

1130 Mainland St | 778-588-6688 $$$ | Vegan

@zendlounge | Visit website

DD MAU

1239 Pacific Blvd. | 604-684-4446 $ | Vietnamese

@ddmau | Visit website

Tacofino (Yaletown)

1025 Mainland St | 778-379-8226 $$ | Mexican Fusion

@tacofinovan | Visit website

Best Lunch Spots Near Main Street and Mount Pleasant

Searching for Main Street's most delicious lunch spots? This eclectic hood, full of hidden, independently-owned gems, is heaven no matter which type of cuisine you're craving.

33 Acres

15 W 8th Ave | 604-620-4589 $$ | Brewpub

@33acres | Visit website

Local craft brewery whose cool factor transcends Vancouver. Its bright, minimalist space is an ideal backdrop for simple avocado-on-toast-style lunches, cold glasses of beer (try the IPA) or expertly-poured lattes (currently made using Heart Coffee Roasters espresso). And from 11:30-3:30 Monday to Friday, find a local food truck serving more lunch options out front.

Budgies Burritos

44 Kingsway | 604-874-5408 $ | Vegetarian Tacos

| Visit website

Your mom might call Budgies grungy, but residents of the neighbourhood love this cozy, colourful spot for its cheap and cheerful Mexican food -- all of which is vegetarian. Sub the cheese and sour cream for guacamole or dairy-free cheese to make it vegan. Veggie ground round and tofurkey is also on the menu. The Jamedog Burrito is delicious with garlic roasted potatoes. Tacos, tortilla soup, quesadillas, beer and cider are also available.

East is East (Main St)

East is East Kitsilano

4433 Main St | 604-565-4401 $$ | Lunch

| Visit website

East is East is inspired by the cuisine and cultures of the ancient Silk Route, a dream borne from Mustafa and Razaviah, siblings of Afghan descent. Have a cup of Chai after your meal in the relaxing space.

Glory Juice Co. (Mount Pleasant)

78 E 2nd St | 604-336-1003 $$ | Juice Bar / Cafe

@gloryjuiceco | Visit website

The Juice Truck (Mt Pleasant)

Juice Truck

28 W 5th Ave | 604-719-8861 $$ | Vegan

@juicetruck | Visit website

If a healthy lunch is what the doctor ordered, The Juice Truck Cafe is where you must visit. Of course, cold pressed juice and smoothies are on offer. More options include Spring Rolls, Hearty Salads, 'Almost Sushi', Acai Smoothie Bowls, Coconut Parfaits and ultra-satisfying raw vegan dessert bites. Their big community table, covered in cookbooks and cool material, is a great place to hang and make friends.

Meet on Main (Main St)

4288 Main St | 604-877-1292 $$ | Vegetarian

@meetonmain | Visit website

Nuba (Mount Pleasant)

146 E 3rd Ave | 604-568-6727 $$ | Lebanese

@nubatown | Visit website

Radicle Juice

3088 Main St | 604-879-2639 $$ | Juice Bar

@radiclejuice | Visit website

Tractor (Olympic Village)

1751 Quebec St | $$ | Salad Shop

@tractorfoods | Visit website

Stylish salad bar with high ceilings and tons of natural light. Choose from a dozen salads (at least four of which are plant-based), sandwiches, soups, stews and refined sugar-free breakfast cookies. Salads are $3.50 per scoop and my favourite, designed by Chef Brian Skinner, is the Southwest Quinoa with organic quinoa, black beans, grilled corn, red pepper, dates, cilantro, pumpkin seeds, charred tomato vinaigrette.

Friendly Snackbar

2408 Main St | $$ | Snackbar

The Juicery Co. (Main St)

4236 Main St | 778-379-4151 $$ | Health Food Cafe & Juice Bar

@juiceryandco | Visit website

Best Lunch Spots on South Granville

Rangoli

Rangoli South Granville

1488 W 11th Ave | 604-736-5711 $$ | Indian

@vijs_rangoli | Visit website

Dining at Rangoli is a wonderful way to experience Vij's food without a two hour wait.

Heirloom Vegetarian

Heirloom Vegetarian Falafel Salad

1509 W 12th Ave | 604-733-2231 $$ | Vegetarian

@heirloomveg | Visit website

A beautiful dining room with plenty of light and seating. The vegetarian menu (with vegan and gluten-free options) is lengthy and tempting.

Meinhardt Fine Foods

Meinhardt Deli

3002 Granville St | 604-732-4405 $$$ | Grocery Store

@feedurcuriosity | Visit website

From the hardwood floors to the meticulously organized racks of high quality ingredients, South Granville's gourmet grocery store is a treat to shop at. The better-than-average deli meals are worth a try, too, if you're in a pinch.

Bob Likes Thai Food (Broadway)

1521 W Broadway | 604-558-3320 $$ | Thai

@boblikethaifood | Visit website

Casual, award-winning Thai joint run by...you guessed it, Bob!

Best Lunch Spots in Downtown Vancouver

With so many great lunch options in Vancouver's downtown core, which are best? Here's a list of our favourite restaurants serving lunch in the city center.

Yew Restaurant + Bar

791 W Georgia St | 604.692.4939 $$$ | Seafood

@fsvancouver | Visit website

Meat & Bread (Pender)

Meat and Bread Interior

1033 Pender St. | 604-566-9003 $$ | Lunch

@1meatandbread | Visit website

Tractor (Marine Building)

335 Burrard St | $ | Healthy Fast Food

@tractorfoods | Visit website

The second location for Tractor Foods, a stylish cafeteria-style lunch spot serving at least eight different healthy salads (served by the scoop), sandwiches, soups and stews. Owners Steve and Meghan Clarke source locally and organically when possible, and they do offer several meat options, however their menu is plant-forward with many a gluten-free option.

Hawksworth

Hawksworth Restaurant Dining Room

801 W. Georgia St. | 604-673-7000 $$$$ | Local

@hawksworthrets | Visit website

Boulevard

845 Burrard St | 604-642-2900 $$$$ | Seafood

@blvdyvr | Visit website

Best Lunch Spots in Abbotsford

Where to find a great lunch in Abbotsford? This small Fraser Valley town has a handful of options, but this one is my favourite.

Duft & Co. Bakehouse

103-2636 Montrose Ave | 604-744-2443 $$ | Bakery Cafe

@duftcobakehouse | Visit website

Duft & Co. is an Abbotsford hotspot run by husband-and-wife team Tyler Duft and Cassie Crocco. He handles savouries, she mans the sweets. Lunch is served on weekdays and includes a menu of soups and sandwiches, like this Grilled Cheese with Jalapeno, basil pesto and roasted red pepper. Their bread is a highlight. Made in house, you can choose from at least eight different varieties.

Best Lunch Spots in Squamish

Driving through it, you might assume Squamish has little to offer. Wrong. Though small, there are a handful of gems that will satisfy the most discerning palates, whether you're on the hunt for health or comfort food. Here are my favourite lunch restaurants in Squamish.

Fergie's Cafe

70002 Squamish Valley Rd | 604-898-1537 $ | Comfort Food

@sunwolfbc | Visit website

Tiny and adorable Fergie's Cafe offers brunch from 12-3 daily. Main seating is outdoors, which means during winters, prepare to eat lunch on their heated patio in the middle of a snow-covered backyard! It's quite invigorating. Their small, comfort-food menu will keep you warm. Try the veggie bowl with braised beans, yam, kale and a poached egg from Stony Mountain Farm just up the road.

Zephyr Cafe

38084 Cleveland Ave | 604-567-4568 $$ | Mainly Vegetarian

@zephyrcafe | Visit website

Welcome to healthy bowl heaven! Zephyr Cafe is a progressive cafe whose menu encourages healthy (aka plant-based) eating. Choose from their falafel wrap, veggie chilli, big salads, rice bowls, lasagne, veggie burgers and raw pad thai. Flavour is not compromised here. You might even beg the staff for recipes like we did. Coffee, smoothies, beer and wine are also on offer.

Best Lunch Spots on The North Shore

On the hunt for North and West Vancouver's best lunch spots? From sandwich-specializing bakeries to gourmet groceries stores, here are our favourite spots.

The Workshop Vegetarian Cafe

296 Pemberton Ave | 604-973-0163 $$ | Vegetarian Japanese

@workshopvegcafe | Visit website

A bright and cheery, modern Japanese cafe serving breakfast and lunch Monday to Saturday from 8-6. This family-run business specializes in ramen (try the mushroom broth with shallot-truffle oil), but offers warm acai bowls, avocado toast, buddha bowls and baked goods, too -- all vegetarian with many vegan options. Short on an ingredient? They might stock it in their mini-market adjacent the dining room.

Yanaki

1449 Marine Dr | 604-708-5006 $$ | Japanese

| Visit website

Ki Isu (West Van)

1532 Marine Dr | 778-279-8843 $ | Japanese

| Visit website

Savary Island

1533 Marine Dr | 604-926-4021 $$ | Bakery

| Visit website

Whole Foods (West Van)

925 Main St | 604-678-0500 $$$ | Grocery Store

@wfmvan | Visit website

Temper Chocolate and Pastry

2409 Marine Dr | 604-281-1152 $$ | Bakery Cafe

@temperpastry | Visit website

BEST LUNCH SPOTS NEAR COMMERCIAL DRIVE

Bandidas Taqueria

2781 Commercial Dr | 604-568-8224 $$ | Mexican Fusion / All-day Breakfast

@bandidastacos | Visit website