New Restaurants in Vancouver 2015

Whether you’re new to Vancouver or are a seasoned-yet-always-on-the-hunt-for-the-next-STAR restaurant connoisseur, this guide aims to promote and honour quality, character-rich, design-forward and fabulously delicious local food venues. Responsible ingredient sourcing and progressive menus (that offer a variety of plant-based options alongside the usual, more traditional expectations) are our favourite. What have we missed? Feel free to share your recommendations with us via Twitter (@erinireland) or email (erin at itstodiefor dot ca).

Prado Cafe (Fraser St)

604-255-5537 | 4208 Fraser $$ | Coffee House

@pradocafe | Visit website

This is entrepreneur and coffee guru Sammy Piccolo's third coffee shop, featuring a constant rotation of 49th Parallel beans, quality baked goods (non-GMO flour, free-range eggs, organic housemade bread and brioche), sandwiches, soups and other light snacks. The cozy atmosphere might inspire you to stay awhile -- and go ahead, this a spot you can feel comfortable lounging at all day. Enjoy free wifi, too.

Buro Coffee

346 Water St | $$ | Coffee Shop

@buro_coffee | Visit website

Buro's iconic location at the entrance to Gastown is overflowing with natural light, raw wooden tables and some of the most carefully poured espresso drinks in the neighbourhood. This beautiful new concept comes to us from the owners of Coffee Bar (another Gastown hot spot), who use 49th Parallel beans at all their three locations. French pastries, banana bread, house-baked muffins and more are served, as well.


2042 W 4th Ave | 604-739-2042 $$ | West Coast

@missionkits | Visit website

Located in the heart of Kitsilano, this is the first solo venture from Chef Curtis Luk (Top Chef Canada Season 2) and Sommelier Chase MacLeod. Their focus is sustainability paired with a nose-to-tail philosphy. Food offerings include two tasting menus (vegetarian and meaty) with a la carte options. Think cauliflower porridge with wheat berries, stuffed Walla Walla onion and fava bean hummus. Mission is open every night but Tuesday.

Beach Bay Cafe and Patio

1193 Denman St | 604-685-7337 $$ | West Coast

@beachbaycafe | Visit website

ZEND Conscious Lounge

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

@zendlounge | Visit website

Bowen Island Pizza Company

113-123 Carrier Cates Crt | $$ | Pizzeria

@bowenpizzaco | Visit website

Fat Mao

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

@fatmaonoodles | Visit website