The Best Tours of Vancouver’s Food and Drink Scene
There are plenty of incredible tours to explore Vancouver's food and drinks scene | © Mauro Toccaceli / Alamy Stock Photo
Known for its seafood, beer and wine, Vancouver’s culinary scene rivals that of any major city. Culture Trip’s list breaks down tours that help you see the city through breweries, markets, and its bustling Chinatown and Little Italy neighborhoods.
A coastal seaport, Vancouver lies on the Pacific Ocean, which explains its standing as a city with some high quality seafood. Known for its sushi (the California roll was invented there), oysters and candied salmon, this Canadian destination is home to some great local delicacies. This list brings together seven tours that highlight the city’s food and drink scene.
ActivitiesStreet Art and Craft Beer Tour
Vancouver is home to incredible artists and brew masters that have graced the largely residential suburb of Mount Pleasant. This 3-hour walking tour will give you an understanding of Vancouverites two favourite pleasures, Street Art and Craft Beer. This Tour is about sharing street art and craft beers with new friends. The vibrant murals and graffiti pieces in Mt Pleasant are spectacular. After taking a moment to absorb every stunning detail, your local guide will encourage you to share your thoughts on the piece, then share statements, quotes, and commentary from the artists themselves, giving you the full picture. Sample local craft beer right from the breweries with VIP access and discounts included. Learn how the beer fermentation process works with your Private Behind The Scenes Brewery Tour.
Your Street Art & Craft Beer Tour of Vancouver starts in front of Pacific Central Station and ends at Main St. Brewery, equipped with numerous barley sandwiches to sample.
ToursA Wok Around Chinatown: Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour Led by a Chef
It’s no secret that Vancouver’s off-duty chefs love to shop for themselves and choose from the freshest local and exotic fruits, vegetables, seafoods, and meats. Chinatown is where they go! This is a 3.5-hour culinary and cultural walking tour of the colourful and historic Vancouver Chinatown District. Our knowledgable guides will showcase a beautiful Classical Chinese Garden, historic Chinatown landmarks, then explore the exotic food, cookware, pastry, tea and herbal medicine shops. A delicious dim sum lunch is also a part of this unique, small-group tour.
ToursGastown Walking Food Tour
The Legendary Gastown Food tour takes you through the cobbled stone streets of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood. Enjoy local craft beer, Japanese Kar-age style chicken, freshly made Sicilian Tortellini with local wine, battered fish with hand cut fries, tasty Carolina-style pulled pork BBQ sandwiches, organic smooth soft ice cream, creamy awarding winning cheesecake, and delicious hand-made chocolates! On this 2.5 hour walking food tour, a professional improv comedy actors full of passion for the city and its food will share the fascinating and funny little-known stories about Vancouver and its “Wild West” history that dates back 150 years. Learn about Gassy Jack, Gastown’s notorious founder and the stories that him famous and put Vancouver on the map.
ToursLittle Italy Walking Food Tour
Get the full Italian experience in one of Vancouver’s most diverse and colorful neighborhoods, The Drive. From Naples-certified pizza to freshly baked cannoli, this 2.5-hour tour takes you on a tasting adventure with mouthwatering surprises waiting for you at each of the 8 stops. Sample paninis, pizza, pasta, Italian meats, cheeses, and several desserts such as cannoli and gelato. End the tour people-watching with an Italian cappuccino to complete the experience. You’ll be led by a passionate local who will share tips and stories about the area, and introduce you to the interesting people behind the scenes. From savory to sweet, if you are a fan of Italian food you will love the “Little Italy Food Tour”.
ToursNorth Van Shipyards Food Tour
North Vancouver’s Lower Lonsdale’s Shipyard District hosts its emerging foodie scene. On this 2.5-hour food walking tour, you will learn about the historic ship building industry and early settlers to the area as you savor a delicious culinary experience. A scenic 15-minute seabus ride from Vancouver’s downtown Waterfront Station will bring you Vancouver’s North Shore and the famous Lonsdale Quay Market and Shipyards District. Enjoy candied salmon, brie and pear pizza, homestyle meatloaf, local BC wine and craft beer, crispy calamari, chocolate avocado tart treats, freshly made coffee buns and locally made ice cream. While enjoying some great food and magnificent scenery learn all about Vancouver’s historic shipyard district. Our fun and engaging tour guides will insure you have an informative and entertaining afternoon.
ToursVancouver Behind-the-Scenes Brewery Tour
Explore Vancouver's craft beer scene by hopping on the city's #1 brewery tour. Visit 3 breweries in 3 hours on our Vancouver Brewery Tour. Enjoy behind-the-scenes tours at each stop and learn about the brewing process, all while sampling a generous variety of craft beers. We'll also send you home with a souvenir Vancouver Brewery Tours beer glass!
ToursFraser Valley Wine Tour
Come explore Vancouver's Backyard! This is an all-inclusive 6-hour day out to get a snapshot of British Columbia's thriving wine industry at four different wineries. Your guides are Vancouver locals who are very knowledgeable about BC wine and love chatting about it as little, or as much as you want!
*Pick Up and Drop off for this public tour - Yaletown Roundhouse Skytrain Station - Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6B 0H8
- No private pick up/ drop off