6 Food Tours in Vancouver That You Shouldn't Miss

May 21, 2022 Hana Mouser

Vancouver was founded as “Gastown” by an Englishman with a penchant for beer and storytelling. Today Gastown is a historic section of the Canadian metropolis, and the lively pubs still reflect the area’s former status as a sort of community drinking center. The city’s forests, grand parks, and impressive suspension bridge beckon travelers to explore them, as do the city’s shops and museums. Relive the glory of the 2010 Winter Games with visits to Olympic venues and the marvelous Olympic Cauldron.
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1. Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Vancouver

200 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6C 1S4, Canada Secret Food Tours Vancouver
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This tour takes you down the main strip of Gastown, where you will be able to eat delicious foods that can only be found in Vancouver and Canada, all while feeling as if you are walking through a small town in Europe. Our food tour is specifically designed to hit your taste buds in all the right places as we make our way through the town from place to place. On our Secret Food Tour in Vancouver, you will get to try many dishes that locals have come to love. They are made with fresh and local ingredients and are restaurants that you will find in no other city. We have created a relationship with these local companies which ensures top notch service. As a private tour, everything works around you! Our start times are much more easy going, dates can open up. It's a much more intimate and cozy experience. No need to shout over other tourists, you will have every question answered, and leave feeling like a native yourself!

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Reviewed By TommsL

Our guide, Liam was very knowledgeable and friendly. I guarantee we would not have found these restaurants on our own and each stop was better than the last. It wasn't too much walking at all, but the Gas Light area where we was clean and interesting. I would recommend taking one of these tours especially if you like adventurous eating. (It was also a good way to scope out some shopping sites as you walked to the next stop)

2. A Wok Around Chinatown: Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour Led by a Chef

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K2, Canada A Wok Around Chinatown
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It's no secret that Vancouver's off-duty chefs love to shop for themselves and choose from the freshest local and exotic fruits, vegetables, seafoods, and meats. Chinatown is where they go!. This is a 3.5-hour culinary and cultural walking tour of the colourful & historic Vancouver Chinatown District,.Our knowledgable guides will showcase a beautiful Classical Chinese Garden, historic Chinatown landmarks, then explore the exotic food, cookware, pastry, tea and herbal medicine shops. A delicious dim sum lunch is also a part of this unique, small-group tour.

Inclusions: Walking tour that includes food samplings, tea, and dim sum lunch

Exclusions: Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Reviewed By faerylight1

Robert who guides the tours is such a knowledgeable and lovely person. We seemed to have him all to ourselves on our trip. His amazingly kind and welcoming, with tons of knowledge about the food, area and history. We enjoyed every single food sample that we were introduced to - and such a great way for a foodie to look around granville !!! we would happily book this up again and do it all over - you will come away wanting to buy everything so be warned haha!!

3. The Vancouver Art Deco & Chocolate Tasting Tour

Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L2, Canada Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours
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Saunter through Downtown Vancouver of the 1920s and 1930s to discover the riveting stories (Glamour! Intrigue! Deceit!) behind the city’s best Art Deco architecture, all while sampling decadent delicacies from the finest chocolatiers in town.

Inclusions: Professional guide, Food tasting, Snacks

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Reviewed By CantW8t2GetThere

It was my partner's birthday and I was struggling to find something we could do that would bring his friends together but in a way that was social distanced and safe. Forbidden Walking Tours to the rescue! They don't normally operate on Monday's but I emailed the to see if I could arrange a private tour. They were incredibly accommodating. The tour has been adapted to be fully outside and they are following provincial orders by ensuring that all guests stay distanced and are wearing masks. The staff even helped to organize keeping it a surprise from my partner which was greatly appreciated. Our guide was terrific, adaptable (they were filming a tv show in the area so he had to work around the film crews) and it was so great to hear some interesting tales about the city that we call home. And if you're concerned at all about weather, don't be. You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance. Can't recommend highly enough. Everyone in our group had a great time. Wouldn't hesitate to do it again.

4. Secret Food Tour of Vancouver w/ Private Tour Option

200 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6C 1S4, Canada Secret Food Tours Vancouver
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City Manager Austin's experience of Vancouver food and culture is a powerful one. Outgoing and charismatic, he grew up in small town Ontario and moved to Vancouver 7 years ago and fell in love with the area right away. He enjoyed the seafood, sushi and the mountains right away and his energy on these topics will be sure to rub off on you. He has travelled to 35 countries and Vancouver is the place he always ends up back at. Being an athlete most of his life, his need for food as fuel made him a foodie automatically due to such high dietary needs. He thus made food an important part of his life. Living in Gastown himself as an actor, he is far from silent when it comes to giving tips and sharing his passion for the culture and food in

Inclusions: Food tasting

Exclusions: Hotel drop-off, Hotel pickup, Hotel pickup and drop-off, Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option not selected), Transportation to/from attractions

Reviewed By TommsL

Our guide, Liam was very knowledgeable and friendly. I guarantee we would not have found these restaurants on our own and each stop was better than the last. It wasn't too much walking at all, but the Gas Light area where we was clean and interesting. I would recommend taking one of these tours especially if you like adventurous eating. (It was also a good way to scope out some shopping sites as you walked to the next stop)

5. Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour

Waterfront Station, 601 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G1, Canada Taste Vancouver Food Tours
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The Legendary Gastown Food tour takes you through the cobbled stone streets of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood. Enjoy local craft beer, Japanese Kar-age style chicken, freshly made Sicilian Tortellini with local wine, battered fish with hand cut fries, tasty Carolina-style pulled pork BBQ sandwiches, organic smooth soft ice cream, creamy awarding winning cheesecake, and delicious hand-made chocolates! On this 2.5 hour walking food tour, a professional improv comedy actors full of passion for the city and its food will share the fascinating and funny little-known stories about Vancouver and its “Wild West” history that dates back 150 years. Learn about Gassy Jack, Gastown’s notorious founder and the stories that him famous and put Vancouver on the map.

Inclusions: 7 Food tasting & 2 alcoholic tastings (non alcoholic options available), Professional tour guide, GST (Goods and Services Tax)

Exclusions: Tour guide Gratuities (15-20% recommended)

Reviewed By 92Springer

We spent two great hours touring Gastown with our host, Sean. We visited 6-8 restaurants and each one was excellent, many of which we will go back to. Although we are locals, we learned a lot about Gastown. The pace of the trip was just right, enough time at each location to savour and then on to the next stop. We finished the tour with full tummies and thankful for an afternoon we'd love to repeat.

6. Maple Ridge Ale Trail Explorer Private Tour

Canada Place, 999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 3T4, Canada Beautiful Vancouver Explorer

You will visit the scenic forested community of Maple Ridge, a location with outstanding views of majestic mountains, gentle rolling farmland, refreshing streams, rivers, lakes, and wildlife viewing opportunities for sighting eagles, hawks, herons, and cranes. For the food lovers, Maple Ridge is a city with a flourishing bistro culture, gastropubs, craft breweries and quaint cafes. An ever-growing number of places offer dishes made of local quality ingredients, some of which come from neighbouring farms. You will visit Cheesecrafters, Foamers’ Folly Brewing Company, Silver Valley Brewing Company, Maple Meadows Brewing Company, and Ridge Brewing Company. You will learn each of their unique brewing process, relax in the tasting lounge, sample and taste plenty of frothy goodness, relax with your fellow beer lovers and locals. Pull a chair, start a conversation. Enjoy dining at Black Sheep Pub or Kingfishers Waterfront Pub & Grill by the waterfront, or finger food at the pubs if you like.

Inclusions: Private tour - just you and your group, Premium transportation - Mercedes Benz Sprinter van, Private guide, Live commentaries in English, Beers - 4 flights, 16 destinations

Exclusions: All other out of pocket expenses, Gratuities for the driver guide - at your discretion, highly appreciated

Reviewed By 1971RustyM

It was just to sad too much tourist when we went here but we took the bike around this place, amazing amazing LOVE CANADA :)

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