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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

The Juice Truck (Gastown)

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

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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

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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

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