Vancouver's Best Restaurants in Chinatown: Where Old and New Meet

Canada's largest Chinatown can be found right here in Vancouver. The neighborhood is filled with unique shops, restaurants, bakeries, and all sorts of vendors that make it an adventurous place to explore, day or night. Over the years, Chinatown has seen an increase in trendy restaurants popping up among traditional mainstays in the area that have been around for eons.

A visit to Chinatown is not complete without a meal at Phnom Penh. This Cambodian and Vietnamese restaurant may just be Chinatown's most sought after restaurant. The line ups at lunch and dinner bring plenty of hungry people who're eager to sink their teeth into the flavorful dishes. Make sure to order the butter beef and chicken wings; they're legendary.

Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie's menu offers a modern approach to Chinese cuisine, taking inspiration from Taiwan, Shanghai, and the Sichuan province. Here, dishes are perfect for sharing so it's best to go with a couple of people so that you can try a handful of dishes. If there's a wait, head to The Keefer Bar for a drink while you wait.

Vietnamese subs (banh mi) aren't just tasty, they're incredibly affordable at Ba Le Sandwich Shop in Chinatown. These delicious subs are freshly made and cost between $3 and $4.50 each. It doesn't get much better than that.

There's plenty of metered street parking throughout Chinatown and it's usually not too hard to find a spot to park.

Nestled right on the corner of Keefer and Gore, Oyster Express is a cozy and inviting restaurant where you can sit back and enjoy some freshly shucked oysters. As the name suggests, the stars of the show here are the oysters they have to offer....  Read More

If you're craving German street food, you best head to Bestie in Chinatown. The menu is small, simple, and straight to the point. Craving Germany's most popular street food? Make sure to order Bestie's Currywurst. An all natural sausage is...  Read More

In the heart of Chinatown, you will find Mamie Taylor's. The eccentric and jokey decor make this place fun and lively; vintage taxidermy is alive and well here. While they like to have fun with the decor, make no mistake, they take their food...  Read More

In the 1920s, Sai Woo Chop Suey called this Chinatown address home and it was a popular restaurant amongst locals. After the space was abandoned for many years, veteran restauranteur, Salli Pateman, saw major potential and made it a reality. The...  Read More

When you walk into The Union, you are greeted by wooden communal tables, buzzing tunes, and steel light fixtures; it's sort of warehouse chic here. The communal seating make it a great place to come for drinks and a meal with friends. If you...  Read More

In the mood for Hong Kong style diner food? Goldstone Bakery and Restaurant in Chinatown is where locals go to get their fix. The restaurant is nothing fancy, but the food is what keeps people coming back. On a cold day in Vancouver, a hot plate...  Read More

Dining around Vancouver can add up if you're eating out all the time and it's nice to find hidden gems that offer good eats at very affordable prices. Ba Le Sandwich Shop calls Chinatown home and is a favorite among Vancouverites looking for a...  Read More

Cheap and cheerful traditional Chinese comfort food is served up at Gain Wah Restaurant in Vancouver's Chinatown. There's nothing glamorous about this joint, just simple and wholesome food that will leave your belly full and won't cost a...  Read More

Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie offers a Western twist on Chinese classics. Dishes are served tapas style and are best enjoyed with a group of friends. The atmosphere is trendy, yet comfortable and you will find a hip crowd of hungry bellies who are...  Read More

East Side

Before we get into the details, we have to warn you that you may become seriously addicted to Phnom Penh. The secret is out in Vancouver and locals and visitors alike are lining up for Phnom Penh's Cambodian and Vietnamese goods. The deep...  Read More


Meet Natasha John

Natasha is not born and raised in Vancouver, but is pretty certain it's her spirit hometown. After jumping around Canada, Texas, Arkansas and the UK, she has her feet firmly planted in...  More About Natasha