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.

Virtuous Pie

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

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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

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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

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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 rustic, off-the-beaten path lunch cafe and grocery with made-to-order salads and epic sandwiches like Brie-Pear-Prosciutto-Walnut. In warm months pull-up a lawn chair and lounge the day away with an organic coffee from Finch's brass, eagle dome Bezzera espresso machine.

Matchstick (Chinatown)

Matchstick Chinatown Baking

213 E Georgia St | 604-336-0213 $ | Coffee Shop

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If good coffee is a lunchtime essential, head to Matchstick where sandwiches and salads (including vegan options) are available from 11am to 3pm. Their organic ingredients -- from suppliers like Urban Digs (eggs), Inner City Farms (produce) and Klippers Organic Farm (produce) -- are as local and seasonal as possible.