If you’ve been following along, you know I took a quick jaunt to Surrey, BC a few weeks ago. Well, I just couldn’t keep myself from visiting another part of British Columbia when I was granted a few extra days off before the holiday season. I recently returned from Vancouver, a place I have long wanted to visit, and wow, it did not disappoint. I’ll be posting some of my meals from the trip over the next few days, but in the meantime, I’ll tell you a little about the city itself. 

Vancouver is a huge, global city on the coast of western Canada in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. It’s currently the most populous city in the province with around 650,000 people (which seems a bit small to me!). That said, the greater Vancouver area has almost 2.5 million, which means there is quite a bit of urban sprawl. Vancouver has the highest population density in Canada with over 5,400 per square kilometer. I found that kind of crazy. 

Vancouver is also extraordinarily ethnically and linguistically diverse. More than 50% of its residents have a first language other than English, and almost 50% have neither English nor French as their first language. Around 30% of the city’s inhabitants are Chinese. The city is also consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life, and I can now tell you from first-hand experience, that is absolutely true! 

You might also notice that most of my restaurant recommendations are for desert places. If you haven’t noticed, I have a bit of a sweet tooth, especially when it comes to east Asian desserts. Vancouver did not disappoint on that front. From boba teas and red bean ice creams to chocolate cakes at 11 p.m., Vancouver is a dessert-lover’s playground. So, without further ado (or maybe with a little ado, because I’m going to post these incrementally), here are some of my favorite Vancouver places to eat.