For the cynical traveler, Vancouver can just be an extension of Pacific Northwest stalwarts Seattle and Portland. Case in point, the funky and punky eateries that dot the trendy East Vancouver area of the city.
Located among like-minded business and near the community college, the burger-minded diner The Cannibal Cafe has walls lined with every rock band you listened to back in the day but forgot about because you are old and washed.
As I do with any city, I determined the best burger joint and since this popped up often and had the punk rock angle, this was my place. Then, it was within walking distance of some breweries and divey-drinking holes.
The burger was big, and intense I went with the Bacon Bad — Bacon & cheddar stuffed patty, applewood smoked bacon, Canadian cheddar, maple bacon bourbon jam, roasted garlic mayo, L.O.T.P. For reals, Canadians love their maple products.
When you visit the same bakery three times in four days, you know it’s a thing of beauty. It’s worth the embarrassment when the person behind the counter says, “Weren’t you here yesterday?”
As with any major city in North America, there will be dozens of quality bakers from the local legends that have been there for decades to the up-and-comers.
When Purebread came up in my search to get my breakfast pastry, the website photography was so beautiful that I need to head right there on my first morning.
I asked the staff what they known for, which they explained that while they have popular items like the carrot cake and almond cookies, they switch up their selection every day to keep people interested and bakers inspired.
As you can tell with the spread, they have anything with any flavor — scones, croissants, muffins, tarts. For the late-afternoon tea nosh or save for later dessert — cakes, pies, cookies, brownies. Then whole loafs for you weekly carb intake.
The chocolate cake was amazing, the apple pie was amazing, the carrot cake was surreal, the scones were magical. I can go on.
It almost made me sad that I didn’t have enough time to go on my last morning before my flight.
There’s one large location in the centrally located Gastown Vancouver and two in the original location in Whistler.