Vancouver's Best Restaurants in Chinatown: Where Old Meets New

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. Over the years, Chinatown has seen an influx in trendy restaurants popping up amongst 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 one of Chinatown's busiest restaurants. The line-ups at lunch and dinner bring plenty of hungry people who are 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.

Plant-based food is on the rise in Vancouver and Chinatown seems to be cultivating a vegan-friendly community. For healthy bowls that nourish and taste delicious, hit up Kokomo. A short walk away is Virtuous Pie, Vancouver's ever popular vegan pizza parlour. The nut cheeses they use aren't your typical dairy-free substitute you'd find in a grocery store. They're flavorful and texturally pleasing.



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...  Read More



If you're craving sausage and fries, you better 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



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. You'll likely...  Read More



Good vibes, colorful vegan bowls and healthy smoothies are just some of the ingredients that go into making Kokomo a local favorite. This plant-based eatery in Chinatown has quickly become a go-to for hungry Vancouverites looking to fill up on...  Read More



When you walk into The Union, you're greeted by wooden communal tables, buzzing tunes, and the alluring smell of bold flavors coming from the kitchen. For food, the menu boasts share plates like fried pork dumplings and kimchi fries, curries...  Read More



On any given night, this plant-based pizza parlour is busy slinging pizza after pizza. Virtuous Pie is a first for Vancouver because they use exclusive nut cheeses on their pizzas. When paired with quality ingredients and their three-day dough,...  Read More



When you want modern and delicious Chinese food with equally tasty cocktails, hit up Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie. The space is pretty intimate and the menu is best enjoyed shared. Their "schnacks" section has a number of small bites that are...  Read More

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What was once a hole-in-the-wall secret in Chinatown is now one of the neighbourhood's busiest restaurants. Vancouverites and visitors alike just can't get enough of Phnom Penh's Cambodian and Vietnamese eats. A visit here isn't complete...  Read More



Cheap and cheerful Chinese comfort food is served up at one of Chinatown's Gain Wah Restaurant. There's nothing glamorous about this joint and that's part of the charm. Here, you'll enjoy simple, home cooked food that will leave your belly full...  Read More



At first blush, you may not think Japanese and Italian food would make a merry pair, but Kissa Tanto knocks it out of the park. Inspired by "the delicate flavours of Japan and the warmth of ltalian cooking", the menu here makes for a harmonious...  Read More


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