Gastown knows food and we know how to eat it.
With an abundance of options, cuisines and styles, the neighbourhood is yours to devour!
Here we have put together a list of great places to grab a delicious lunch or a quick bite and have it come in at $15 or less.
Kofka Meatball Kitchen is a Gastown hotspot for a fast delicious lunch. Choose from customizable Meatball Bowls at $10.5 and Meatball Baguettes at $9. Kofka also has salads, soups and sliders. Everything is locally sourced, free range and hormone free.
Joe Pizza. New in the neighbourhood, Joe Pizza cooks up delicious “al taglio” Roman style pizza by the slice. Prices range from $6-$10 with salads at $6. Locally sourced with organic flour and made from high quality ingredients.
Bao Down has been a popular Gastown haunt for quite a while. It gets real busy at lunch but it’s totally worth the wait. Serving Bao Buns (soft and thick rice buns) – choose from 10 tasty Boss Baos $6-$9 and 5 different loaded fries from $4-$12.
Momo Sushi on Water Street is a great place for all the usual sushi fare. Their lunchbox specials offer excellent value for money and are available until 5pm on the weekdays. Boxes are perfect for taking out and come with miso soup and rice. Prices range from $8.95 to $12.95
Gastown’s Poke Shop serves up big bowls full of goodness, fast and fresh. Here you can create Hawaiian Poke Bowls that can be customized any way you want. Choose from an endless amount of toppings, protein and sauces. The regular size bowls clock in at $14.50
Haru Korean Kitchen on Cambie is relatively new and has become quite popular. The menu is classic Korean with Stone Bowl, Namul, Fresh Green and Kimchi Bi-Bim-Bap, Kimchi Fried Rice, Bulgogi Rice and Spicy Stir Fried Chicken. All main come with multigrain rice and a side salad with prices ranging from $11-$15.
Family run Bambo Café has served Gastown with love and hearty home made food for 12 years now. Made to order toasted focaccia sandwiches and owner Azzi’s homemade soups are what have made Bambo Cafe a Gastown favourite for so many years. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon treats, or dinner. Most sandwiches, salads and soups range from $6-$15.
Smartmouth Café serves freshly made soup and sandwiches in a comfortable rustic setting. The patio gets lots of sun when it’s out and it’s perfect for people watching and chilling out. Prices are around $6 – $13
Mensch Jewish Deli is new to Gastown and brings to the neighbourhood legit, slow brined, smoked and hand cut hot pastrami sandwiches and the best Reuben on fresh baked rye bread you can find. Included on the menu is a beet cured Lox on a poppy seed bagel and a delicious Egg salad on a fresh and sweet challa bread. 5oz Hot Pastrami Sandwiches are $10, Ruben 5oz are $11, Lox Bagels $14 and Egg Salad Sandwiches $9. A large Matzo Ball Soup is $5
Birds & Beets attracts Gastown locals of all sorts into a warm, inviting atmosphere with its exposed brick, fresh flowers and community vibe. Food here is home cooked, fresh and delicious. Locally sourced ingredients go into the sandwiches (they also bake their own bread) with options from turkey, pork, fish and charred veggies. Prices range from $8.5 -$11 for sandwiches and $3-$5 for salads.
Nelson the Seagull is certainly independent café culture at its finest. They run their own in house bakery, producing fresh bread for their sandwiches and to be sold by the loaf. Sandwiches include CARNIVORE, HERBIVORE and the PLOUGHMAN’S. A nice option is their SOUP – a daily roast vegetable and vegan and served with sourdough bread or a their SALAD – with both a leafy or a grainy option. Prices are around $7-$12
Vera’s Burgers cook up fresh beef patties prepared a ton of different ways. Choose from 16 different options with 9 delicious sides. Combo it up with fries and a pop for an extra $5.
Burgers range from $7-$13, side $1-$7 and weekly specials are combos at $13.50
Tacofino. One of the most popular Mexican fusion food restaurants in Gastown. Head to their takeout counter off of West Cordova for awesome burritos at $10-$13. Tacos are also available at $6 as well as tortilla soup at $6.
Gringo serves up street side cheap Mexican style eats in Blood Alley. Burritos, quesadillas and tacos all under $15.
Brioche has been a foodie mainstay in Gastown since 2003. Head Chef and owner, Eduardo Bilardello, brings his Sicilian cooking style with Italian passion and puts it into every dish he serves. Their sandwiches are worth waiting for; made fresh and to order, from daily house made focaccia, sourdough or baguette. Panini’s run from $9.25 -$15
The newest kid on the block, Crab Park Chowdery brings New England clam chowder and sourdough rolls a la San Francisco style, to the neighbourhood. This great little nook on Abbott, serves comfort food that comes up fresh and quick. The location is bright, friendly and full of character. Choose from classic clam chowder, smokey tomato, vegan chili or the chowder of the day. All can be served in a sourdough bread bowl and prices range from $7 – $12.50