By Brittany Tiplady
When visiting a new city, choosing where to eat can be a daunting task, especially when the options are abundant! Metro Vancouver has an incredible amount of culinary options to enjoy, so, why not book a food tour and let your guide make the restaurant selections for you?
Don’t know where to start? If you’re in the mood for fantastic Asian cuisine (Metro Vancouver has no shortage of that!) check out this list of tours available in Metro Vancouver.
Robert Sung’s guided food tours are unparalleled. Mr Sung is a third-generation Chinese Canadian who was raised in BC’s food hospitality industry–his family has been involved the industry for over 70 years. As a member of the Chinese-Canadian Historical Society of BC and a current member of the Vancouver Chinatown Revitalization Committee, Sung has a wealth of local, culinary, and cultural knowledge.
A Wok Around Food Tours offers guided culinary and walking tours of both Vancouver’s historic Chinatown and the colourful, hustle and bustle of Granville Island.
Okay, it’s not actually a trail of dumplings, but it’s pretty close! For those who like to keep their food tours independent, this one is for you. The Dumpling Trail maps out a carefully curated selection of 20 restaurants “serving up some of the most delectable dumplings this side of the Pacific.” Download the Dumpling Trail map directly from their website and set sail on a delicious self-guided expedition. Stretchy pants highly recommended.
If you’ve been wanting to do Dim Sum in Vancouver but don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place. For $75, Canadian Craft Tour guides will take you on a guided tour adventure to some of Vancouver’s best hidden gems. Sample dishes like har-gow (delicious steamed shrimp dumplings, packed with flavour), char sui (white and fluffy steam buns stuffed with BBQ pork or vegetables), xiao long bao (steamed dumpling with pork and broth filling (think inside-out wonton), and sweet egg tarts to top it all off. Vancouver’s Chinatown is the largest in Canada, so why not take the time to learn more about its rich history, and vibrant cuisine?
West Coasters are fortunate to dine on some of the best Japanese food in the country. Dating as far back as 1877 when the first immigrants arrived to the West Coast, the traditions have grown from small fishing villages to complex and distinguished high-end restaurants.
Canadian Craft Tours also offers a Japanese cuisine and sushi walking tour through downtown Vancouver’s incredible selection of Japanese restaurants. Drink pairing options are available with Sake, beer, and cocktails all on the menu! Book this one for only $25 per person.
Vancouver Food Tours are offering a modern spin on the traditional Chinatown food tour. Warning: this experience doesn’t cover the more traditional restaurants in Chinatown, so prep your palate for some fusion-fare. Take a tour through the new offerings popping up Vancouver’s growing Chinatown, while drinking, and dining to your heart’s content and learning about what’s new just east and west of Main Street. This $115 guided tour includes four courses and drink pairings at each location.
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