Noted in the Paris Saveur, this restaurant is a favorite among local and international critics. Le Crocodile is a sophisticated eatery, with walls painted in deep yellows and offset by French artwork. Ornate furniture and fixtures contribute to the opulent feel. Known for its Alsatian cuisine and presentation, the dishes are considered as much art as meals. Samples from the basic menu include Ris de Veau Pôelé with garlic, spinach and calvados and Atlantic Salmon grilled with a spinach and saffron sauce. The restaurant remains closed on Sundays, call ahead for open hours.
When it comes to describing the food plated at the Hawksworth Restaurant, patrons complement the clean tastes, perfect ingredients and exemplary culinary technique. With a kitchen steered by chef David Hawksworth, the restaurant has achieved its fame by sourcing the best in local ingredients and creatively complementing natural flavors. The menu covers breakfast through dinner including a wonderful spread for brunch. Pair you meal with a wine from their selection and finish off with a classic dessert. The perfect place to dine, especially if looking to indulge and impress.
Nestled in the 130-acre Queen Elizabeth Park, Seasons in the Park offers 360-degree views of the stunning Vancouver skyline, Pacific Ocean and the North Shore mountains. The combination of exceptional service and west coast cuisine make this restaurant one not to be missed. The menu features classics such as New York steak and rack of lamb, but the real focus is on fresh local seafood. Try the Queen Charlotte's dungeness crab and risotto cakes or the maple-glazed wild BC sockeye salmon. Seasons in the Park also offers an amazing selection of rare and vintage wines at surprisingly good prices.
Formerly known as The Railway Club, this small, second-floor downtown club has been home to famous performers playing everything from folk and country to jazz and rockabilly. The front room is the most intimate, while the corner room, separated by a long bar, has a more relaxed air. Drop in to catch up on the latest music and the hottest night scene around town. A hip place, plan your most exciting parties here and create memories to cherish for life. Check out the website or call ahead for more information.
Watch the late afternoon sun slowly setting on the horizon on English Bay in Stanley Park. Voted the most romantic restaurant in Vancouver, its featured tea rooms are full of character, setting a serene dining mood. The West Coast menu includes delicious varieties of mushrooms for appetizers. The brunch, lunch and dinner menus feature some mouthwatering seafood, and desserts like the chocolate Milano cake and white chocolate cheese cake end the meal perfectly.
Blue Water Cafe is touted as the city's haunt for seafood. While the chef cooks up a sumptuous west coast cuisine, the master at the raw bar, effortlessly caters to the needs of sushi lovers. From salads and shrimp cocktails, to main courses of lobster and crabs, straight out of the tank, guests can enjoy a sumptuous seafood meal. Contained within a former warehouse, Blue Water Cafe is in the heart of historic and popular area of Yaletown.
Because of its proximity to city hall, public employees often hang around this café-cum-deli. Patrons may even catch the city's mayor snacking on a bagel and coffee. It serves breakfast all day, including the Ham 'n' Eggwich, French toast, pancakes, Eggs Benedict, bagels and the standard coffee and toast. Sandwiches are included in the lunch specials along with chicken, corned or roast beef, turkey and tuna salad. All are served with soup or salad. An espresso from the cappuccino bar makes a good finish to a light meal. Payment is in cash only.
Kirin Seafood at the City Square Mall has a great selection of Cantonese food. Watch the food being cooked with care and effort and in elegant surroundings. Go for the live seafood that is cooked to your liking in contemporary or the traditional style to suit your palate. Enjoy the great mountain view while you eat delicious southern Chinese cuisine at this downtown restaurant. Fresh dim sums are served here daily at lunch. Check website for more details and other locations, including in Richmond.
Fans of burritos have a lot to cheer in Broadway. This is where Adobo Burrito, a small eatery famous for its Mexican fast food range, is located. Apart from burritos, they have quesadillas, enchiladas, tacos and fajitas. A good option for lovers of Mexican flavors, though it'd be wise not to expect a refined atmosphere at Adobe. Call ahead for details.
This relaxed yet sophisticated café offers what is arguably the best java in town. It's no wonder, with organic coffee beans that are roasted twice a week and high-end Clover machines to do the brewing. The mellow atmosphere is a draw to the business crowd and hipsters alike. Linger over a signature hand-poured cappuccino while surfing the web on the free wireless service. Want a bite to eat with your latte? Elysian also offers casual café selections such as tortilla wraps as well as a range of wheat-free and sugar-free baked goods.
With more than 23,000 branches over the globe, Starbucks is easily one of the most recognized coffeehouses in the world. This Vancouver branch is often frequented by professionals who wish to get work done using their free WiFi facilities while enjoying pastries, snacks and coffee. The beverage menu includes Starbucks Willow Blend brewed from whole beans, Peppermint Hot Chocolate and kid's drinks like Caramel Apple Spice. For snacks, guests can relish Chonga Bagel, Cheesecake Brownie, Turkey Rustico Panini and Greek Yogurt with Honey Parfait among other selections.
Caffè Cittadella is situated in a heritage house, which is a bright red and gray building resembling a toy house. The place offers a variety of gourmet espressos and light snacks. Its beverages are often served with coffee art and complemented by sandwiches or sweet treats such as chocolate croissants and muffins. With a bold sign and creepers at its entrance, a prominent red roof and a charming patio, this coffeehouse is an absolutely charming destination for a coffee date. The interiors too are replete with vintage elements, stairways and walls adorned with artworks, and are fun to explore. Try the garden seating, full of shrubberies and creepers and enclosed by a white fence, for the best experience.