Find Something Fresh: 12 Top Vancouver Food Tours + More
Oh, Vancouver: cultural and gastronomical gem of West Coast Canada. The city that truly has it all. You might be visiting Vancouver’s breathtaking historical districts, its gleaming city center, or discovering the local wilderness, but one thing’s for sure. Vancouver will leave you breathless, inspired, and energized.
Indeed, like the city itself, Vancouver’s food scene is innovative, multicultural, and full of life. Above all, you can always count on high-quality ingredients. On your plate, you’ll find: seafood fished mere kilometres away from the city center, and fresh produce and wine from Fraser River Valley and the Okanagan. So jump into an authentic Vancouver culinary experience through one of these food tours. Let some of the most passionate and knowledgeable local food guides lead you through Vancouver.
Vancouver Food Tours
Learn about the city’s fascinating history and thrill your taste buds along the way on these Vancouver food tours!
1 – Vancouver Food Tour
Dubbed the ‘original’ Vancouver culinary experience Vancouver Food Tour offers a wide range of food tour options. Their tours really highlight seasonal foods and sustainable focus on adapting menus to seasonal foods, sustainable gastronomy, and specific diets (Vegan Food Tour, anyone?) If you’re not sure where to start, check out the Gastown Tasting Tour. During the tour, you’ll traverse the cobble-stone paths of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood – and discover its vibrant restaurant scene at the same time. Already been to Gastown? No problem, Vancouver Food Tour also covers most popular neighbourhoods and brewery sectors.
2 – Vancouver Foodie Tours
When you take a Vancouver Foodie Tour, you already know you’re in the hands of experts. All their team members are specialized in storytelling and in Vancouver history. As they infuse your tour with the stories of the people and places that make Vancouver’s culinary scene so great, you’ll find yourself unconsciously grinning along. Vancouver Foodie Tours always provide a strong insight into the real Vancouver food community, which makes experiences like their Granville Island Market Tour all the better. On this tour, you’ll be able to skip lines and talk to food vendors, producers, and chefs directly. At the same time, you’ll feast your way through over 20 tastings of local produce, baked goods, cheese and meats! For more fun, delicious experiences, check out their Gastown or Downtown Vancouver food tours!
3 – Taste Vancouver Food Tours
Taste Vancouver Food Tours founders Doug and Jewel are sort of the godfather and mother of the Vancouver food tour community. After all, they’ve been together for over forty years, and a part of the city’s culinary scene for over twenty. Their tours are more than just food tastings. Instead, you’ll meet Doug and Jewel’s friends and close acquaintances. These are people they’ve known forever – and who they can trust to show you the best that Vancouver has to offer. We recommend their Little Italy Tour, a delightful area where many of the original Italian families who settled in Vancouver in the 1950s still own shops today. If you love an authentic slice of pizza, plate of creamy pasta, and generous scoops of gelato, this is the tour for you. Also, good news if you’re looking to book a private tour – Taste Vancouver Food Tours accommodate tours for large groups and private events!
4 – Off the Eaten Track Culinary Walking Tours
Off the Eaten Track Culinary Walking Tours offer unique Vancouver food tours that stray from busy tourist spots. Instead, you’ll be introduced to less familiar areas and interesting, innovative food choices. When’s the last time you went to a food tour in Railtown, or the Olympic Village? They also offer themed and custom tours, like their Eat Like a Canadian tour that highlights classic Canadian specialities. Satisfy your cravings for sweet and salty on their Gourmet Ice Cream and Pizza Tour. Off the Eaten Track is great for anyone with a bit of a curious stomach!
5 – Robert Sung Tours
Can you really say you’ve been to Vancouver without having visited Chinatown? Without the right guide, this part of the city can be truly labyrinthine. The solution: book Robert Sung Tours. Robert Sung is much more than just a guide; he is also a former chef (and his family has been in the Vancouver food and hospitality for over 70 years), a historian, and is involved in the Chinatown Revitalization Committee. In A Wok Around Chinatown, Robert leads you through a picturesque tour that includes speciality shops, restaurants, gardens and museums. And of course, alongside the crispy duck and dim-sum, Robert masterfully weaves in anecdotes and facts about Chinese cuisine and culture. For a similarly immersive experience, but in a different neighbourhood, you can check out Robert’s other tour: A Wok Around Granville Island.
Vancouver Walking Tours
Vancouver is full of adventure. With these free tours and unique experiences, it’s yours to discover!
6 – Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours
There’s really no tour like a Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tour. Let yourself be enchanted, shocked, delighted by these themed walking tours, complete with actors and environmental story-telling. Their award-wining tours are also incredibly thematically unique. For instance, discover Prohibition-era Vancouver on their Forbidden Vancouver Tour, or hear the raucous chronicle of Vancouver’s LGBTQ2+ history on their Really Gay History Tour.
7 –Tour Guys
Tour Guys feature informational, interesting tours in all the classic neighbourhoods: Downtown, Granville Island, Gastown, and Chinatown. They host daily free walking tours from May to October, but also take school, work, or private group bookings – which can be customized according to your interests!
8 – Vancouver Toonie Tours
If you’re looking to discover Vancouver’s art and culture scene (preferably, with a drink in your hand), then Toonie Tours’ Street Art and Craft Beer Tour is the one for you. Weave your way through the Mt. Pleasant neighbourhood, stopping at some of the most stunning outdoor art in Vancouver and local craft breweries. Vancouver Toonie Tours also offers a free walking tour around the city, and an amazing Stanley Park Tour – on bike!
9 – Talaysay Tours
Talaysay Tours is the only First Nations owned tour company in Vancouver. Through their tours, you’ll get to learn about Aboriginal cultures, and gain a new perspective about the relationship between land and man. Take their Talking Trees Tour, for example, to discover the local flora and fauna of Stanley Park, and to see the park through the eyes of your Coast Salish guide.
Vancouver Cycling Tours
With a bicycle underfoot, you can even pedal the urban jungle and the wildest of places.
10 – Cycle City
Vancouver’s wide roads and beautiful environment make it excellent to explore by bike. Why not make some wheel-head friends at the same time by joining one of Cycle City’s Vancouver bike tours? A convenient way to travel through the city – while of course fitting in time for photo ops, information session, and snack breaks! Cycle City even offers some alternatives to the typical bike tour – check out their Night Bike Tour or their Craft Beer Tour!
11 – Vancouver Bike Tours
Vancouver Bike Tours offers themed, family friendly bike rides in popular areas such as Stanley Park and Chinatown. Great tours for bikers of any age!
12 – Into the Wild
Everyone at Into the Wild Cycling Tours has two things in common: a love of biking, and a desire to experience the natural beauty of Vancouver. Through tours like their Vancouver City Highlights Tour, you’ll get to experience the city like never before as you ride by vibrant cultural landmarks, beautiful scenery with the breeze dancing in your hair. In the winter, check out their Snowshoe Tours for more fun.
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