Ringed by soaring mountains, with gleaming glass skyscrapers reflected in the still waters that surround its downtown core, Vancouver is easy to love, says local food writer Nikki Bayley. Over 40 percent of Vancouver's residents were born outside of Canada, and the city is home to robust Chinese, Indian, and Filipino communities, just to name a few. The thriving urban hub of British Columbia is "a proudly immigrant city," Bayley says. "The combination of chefs from around the world bringing their own culinary traditions to the exceptional produce from the Lower Mainland and superb seafood from the cold clean waters around Vancouver Island has created a delicious and new style of west coast cuisine."
The city's most beloved and vital dining experiences reflect this blend. From traditional soup dumplings to top-notch (and affordable) sushi, Vancouver is spoiled for choice when it comes to Asian dining. Locavore dining is the city's signature. "Casual and super-healthy with an eye to sustainability, the city ticks in time with the sharply defined seasons and everything from spot prawns to ramps are duly fêted," says Bayley. "Add in mushrooming brewery and distillery scenes and an intoxicating variety of wine varietals from the nearby Okanagan and you'll see why Vancouver's reputation as one of the world's best places to eat and drink is more than deserved."