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.
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.