Food Vancouver Select Guide: Lower Robson Street
Food Vancouver’s culinary walkabout continues with a look at lower Robson Street; west of Bute and towards Stanley Park. Here is where high fashion ends and the hotels begin.
Accommodation can be found in the 1200 block of Robson at the upscale Pacific Palisades hotel whose restaurant - Zin, is well worth a visit. If you’re looking for a more budget-wise hotel, then try the Blue Horizon hotel with more casual food at it’s Inlet Cafe Continuing along Robson, there is Shenanigans, an Irish-themed pub. Across the street you can find Indian food at India Flavours and Flavours of India. Other cuisines include: Japanese at Sushi Bento Express or the Konbinya convenience store that also serves crepes; Mexican take-out at Red Burrito; Chinese at Flaming Wok and Spanish tapas at the Coco Rico Bistro. Thirsty? Then stop in at Liberty Wine Merchants for a wide variety of BC and international wines.
Moving further west past Jervis Street you will love the Listel Hotel and it’s O’Doul’s Dining Room and Jazz Bar (picture above) where you can listen to the local Jazz scene. There is a cigar shop as well as four hotels for the budget-minded – The Greenbrier, Barclay, The Robsonstrasse and The Tropicana. Dining choices in this area include Ezogiku Ramen Noodle House (Japanese with big picture below), Ho Ho Fast Food (Chinese), Spice Alley Restaurant and Bar (Korean), and Fogg and Suds for nachos, wings and beer. A little further on there is fresh sushi at Miko Sushi, bubble tea at Bubble World Tea House and for those late-night cravings, pizza at White Tower.
Onto the 1400 block of Robson, you will discover the Empire Landmark Hotel with the Cloud Nine Revolving Restaurant. As the name suggests it has absolutely amazing views of English Bay and Burrard Inlet. For an interesting combination of bubble tea and unlimited chocolate fondue, visit the Capstone Tea and Fondue. For something different, try Japanese Izakaya (roughly translates to tapas)- Vancouver’s latest food craze at Hapa Izakaya.
Traveling across Nicola Street, there is a new residential project blooming as well as a plethora of Asian choices. The Saigon for Vietnamese, Gyoza King,(small picture below) both Robson Sushi and Ehawa Restaurant for Japanese, and Norboo for Korean. Coffee and pastries can be found at Illy and pizza at Cinch. For the home bodies, find those special kitchen gadgets at Chocolate Mousse Kitchenware.
Once you arrive at Cardero Street, visit the Robson Street Market. It‘s not as big as Granville Island Market, but it does contain many coffee options as well as a large variety of shops including the Robson Gourmet Butcher, The Salmon Shop ( for raw seafood), a Korean and Japanese Store and Mediterranean Market where you can purchase unique spices and sauces. Also try the tiny Mui Garden Delight’s for exquisite Malaysian curries.
Next to the market there are two Korean establishments: Club Book Kyung for karaoke and Apgujung. Nearby you can enjoy the ever-popular Japanese tapas at Guu with Garlic. The north side of the 1600 block houses Roscoe’s Eastern European Restaurant and the spectacular whole foods market – Capers.
Once you cross Bidwell Street, you’re almost at the end of you Robson Street journey. Just to the south on Bidwell Street you’ll find a European Market as well as the more familiar Starbucks and McDonalds. There is another Korean favourite (Jang Mo Jib), pre-packaged sushi at Sushi Robo, frozen yogurt at Blueberry Yogurt, pancakes at De Dutch, the family favorite Pizza Hut and a Subway for those on the go. For a more leisurely meal, try The Chef and Carpenter (a French bistro). Hot wing fans can order up a dozen (or more!) at Sammy’s Hot Wings, which also serves burgers and souvlakia along with beer on tap.
And once you cross Denman Street you are on your way into the internationally famous Stanley Park.
By Cassandra Anderton
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