By Joyce Chua of Vancouver Foodie Tours
Ask anyone, biking Vancouver’s picturesque seawall is an absolute must-do. Stretching 28 kilometres (about 17.5 miles) long, biking the seawall is a fun and leisurely way to take in the beautiful West Coast scenery.
A lesser-known secret? Biking is just half the fun…you’ve got to EAT your way around the seawall for the full Vancouver experience! For a bite here, a craft beer there, there isn’t a stretch of the seawall without something to devour.
So, hop that bike and start your appetite. Here are 17 stops to eat your way around the seawall:
- Local Public Eatery
A legendary watering hole for a day at the beach. Nachos, Fish Tacos, Tuna Club sandwiches, craft beers, lucky lemonades and all the usual suspects.
- Viva Fine Foods & Bakery
For a quick bite and a killer mocha.
- Go Fish at Fisherman’s Wharf
One of Vancouver’s best fish & chips stops. A little blue shack hidden behind a large hedge; you may only notice Go Fish from the line up of eager foodies lining the seawall.
- Edible Canada Restaurant
Sit down for a refreshing glass of BC wine and Oxtail Poutine. There’s always a seasonal menu featuring the best of BC fare.
- The Patio at Mahoney & Sons
A glorious outdoor seating area to enjoy a cold beer and traditional Irish eats.
- Terra Breads
Excellent sourdough bread, pastries, and treats! The fresh flatbread pizzas are unique to this location. Indoor and outdoor seating.
- Earnest Ice Cream
A 2-minute walk from the seawall at Olympic Village. The whisky hazelnut, cookies and cream, and vegan mint chip are local favourites. Take a pint for the road or have a cone on the spot.
- Red Truck Brewery
A 5-minute walk from the seawall at Olympic Village. Taste the famous Red Truck Lager and indulge in gourmet hot dogs, burgers, and mac and cheese from the “truck stop” menu. Indoor and outdoor seating.
- Beta 5 Chocolates
Immaculate cream puffs, unlike any other. Award-winning chocolates and sweet treats. No seating available.
- Bella Gelateria
As winners of the largest international gelato competition, Bella Gelateria is no joke. This is their second location in Vancouver, which features gelato, chocolate on tap, and traditional Neopolitan pizzas.
- Che-Licious Desserts & Snacks
A fun and casual stop for Vietnamese subs and refreshing blended drinks.
A perfect pre-sunset destination, 1-minute from English Bay. Consistently voted as Vancouver’s best tapas. Opens at 5:00pm daily.
- Soirette Macarons & Tea
A delightful sugar boost.
A casual Japanese café with a West Coast twist. Ahi poke bowls and wasabi mayo chicken cubs make for perfect combinations of hearty and healthy.
Waterfront and Convention Centre
- Giovane Café
Local foodies beeline to the Fairmont Pacific Rim café for their famous sugar buns – freshly baked, cream-filled buns of joy. A wonderful stop for coffee, pastries and knick knacks.
- Tractor Foods
Gourmet salads by the scoop, homemade stews and hearty sandwiches. The summer lemonades are ultra-refreshing.
- Bella Gelateria
Yes – again! The original Bella Gelateria, known for some of the the best gelato in the world, will likely have a line wrapping around the block on a hot summer day. One taste of the salted caramel or dark chocolate sorbetto and you’ll know why it’s worth the wait.
Vancouver Foodie Tours runs food tasting and cultural walking tours to explore to one-of-a-kind dishes that define Vancouver’s culinary scene. Find out more at foodietours.ca.