By Jackie Dives
The Central Valley Greenway is an all-levels ride that takes you from Vancouver all the way to New Westminster. It’s mostly flat, separated from most vehicle traffic, and it’s easy to detour off for some hidden food gems. The more experienced you are, the more leisurely your food (and beer) stops will be along the way!
Starting at Olympic Village in Vancouver, the food options are plentiful. Tractor is a fresh, healthy, leafy, crispy, hot or cold flavourful option at a good price point. They have salads and sandwich combos that are actually worth buying for both components full of favourites like grilled avocado, various protein options of the veggie and non-veggie variety, nuts, seeds, and cheeses. They are licensed, and also have kombucha on tap.
Alternatively, Terra Breads is nearby if you just need a snack. Hit up Tap and Barrel for beers with a view, and Mario’s Gelati if you need a cold treat.
Just up the street a couple of blocks is one of my favourite local breweries, R&B Brewing, both for their beer and for their scrumptious pizza.
I tend to be a fan of loading a pizza with all the toppings but, I’ve gotta say, that their margarita pizza does something for me that other pizzas just don’t do. I wake up craving this pizza. Bike-friendly, with many lock up spots, and a patio if it’s sunny, this is a great bike-to location.
If it’s crowded, grab a growler for later, such as their “Dude Chilling Park” beer. The actual Dude Chilling Park is just across Main on 7th Ave and is a lively local spot to take a break on a sunny day. (Make sure to take your photo with the sign.)
If you’re thirsty, you might as well make it a brewery crawl! Some other bikable breweries from here to Dude Chilling park are 33 Acres, Red Truck, Brassneck and Main Street brewing. Stock up your baskets and panniers!
Want more? Read about New Westminster’s Central Valley Greenway
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