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8 Best Vancouver Food Tours for Signature Local Eats in 2023

Vancouver food tours are the best way to indulge in this gastronomic paradise’s vibrant streets and hidden gems.

So buckle up and get ready to embark on a culinary adventure in beautiful Vancouver! We’re about to spill the beans on the hottest tours in town. From savoury bites to sweet treats, this city has it all.

So, grab your fork and join us as we munch our way through the best Vancouver food tours for 2023.

The Best Vancouver Food Tours

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Gastown Historic Food Walking Tour – The Best Vancouver Food Tour

Location: Gastown | Length: 2.5 hours | Cost: From $129.15

This is one of the best Vancouver foodie tours because it incorporates a fascinating historical element into their culinary crawl.

You’ll be transported across Gastown’s classic cobblestone streets with an improv comic as your guide. With this in mind, you can expect a colourful reenactment of the area’s vibrant, if sometimes dark, history.

Add seven food tastings at the best Gastown restaurants and three alcoholic drinks, and it’s without a doubt the best Vancouver food tour for meeting people.

On the food front, you can expect things like Japanese chicken karaage, Sicilian handmade tortellini, and the famous poutine: Canada’s national dish of handmade fries topped with cheese curds & gravy.

Throw in some local BC wine, some of the best Vancouver craft beer, a swirl of soft organic ice cream, and Vancouver’s award-winning cheesecake, and you’re in for a treat.

Each Gastown walking food tour includes:

  • Improv comic guided walking tour of Gastown
  • 7 food tastings and 3 alcoholic drinks (non-alcoholic options available)
  • Learn about the colourful local history of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood

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A Wok Around Chinatown – The Top Vancouver Food Tour of Chinatown

Location: Chinatown | Length: 4 hours | Cost: From $114.80

For fans of oriental flavours, there’s nothing better than taking a walking food tour of Vancouver’s Chinatown.

Never mind food tours – this is one of the best sightseeing tours in Vancouver, period.

On this Vancouver Chinatown food tour, you’ll prowl for goodies at traditional medicine shops, cookware stores, and a Chinese bakery. And it’s all led and narrated by a neighbourhood chef.

You’ll also visit Chinatown’s best restaurants for everything from the crispiest BBQ duck to some of Asia’s finest teas.

In addition to food, this cultural tour explores Chinatown’s most iconic landmarks and markets. And for a nice bonus, the tour includes entrance to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

This delicious Vancouver food tour ends with a full dim sum lunch

Each Chinatown walking food tour includes:

  • A chef-guided tour of Canada’s largest Chinatown
  • Entrance to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
  • Sweet and savoury food samples from local markets and restaurants
  • Tour of local markets, apocatheries and landmarks
  • Full dim sum lunch

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Food Walking Tour of Granville Island Market – The Best Vancouver Foodie Tour of Granville Island

Location: Granville Island | Length: 2 hours | Cost: From $88.20

Join an off-duty chef and up to 10 fellow gourmands to tour Vancouver’s foodie nerd nirvana.

A standard visit here is already one of the best things to do in Vancouver. Adding some insider knowledge to the Granville Island Public Market stalls to grab the most sought-after snacks takes up about six levels of umami.

Over this two hour Granville Island Food Tour you’ll dig the deepest corners for fresh and delicious market treats.

Highlights typical of these Vancouver culinary tours include maple-cured salmon, artisanal chocolates, and a taste of Seth Rogen’s favourite local snack.

Each Granville Island food tour includes:

  • Chef-guided tour of the Granville Island Public Market
  • Samples of the finest local products (charcuterie meats & cheeses, bread, olives, seafood, and more)
  • A guided tour of Granville Island’s history, craft beer scene, art galleries, and restaurants.

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Fraser Valley Wine Tour – The Best Vancouver Wine Tasting Tour

Location: Langley | Length: 5 hours | Cost: From $190.00

The city of Langley is located in the Fraser Valley, about 45 minutes East of Vancouver. Surprisingly enough, the area is considered to be one of BC’s prime wine-making regions.

In fact, it’s even located on the same meridian as France’s vaunted Bordeaux region (I almost didn’t believe it!). While we may not yet be quite on that level, BC wines have begun making inroads in international wine competitions.

What better way to sample the best the area has to offer than by partaking in one of Vancouver’s best wine tours?

On this day trip from Vancouver, you’ll receive hotel pickup/drop off in a luxurious Mercedes Benz Sprinter van alongside up to 11 additional guests.

You’ll then be transported to 4-5 Fraser Valley wineries to taste the very best that they have to offer.

You’ll wrap up the day with a scrumptious lunch.

This wine-tasting tour includes:

  • Hotel pickup/drop off and transportation to 4-5 Fraser Valley wineries
  • Sample wines at each destination for a fee (waived with wine purchase)
  • Unique lunch at the end of the tour
  • Limited to 11 people

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Authentic Asian Eats of Richmond – The Top Asian Food Tour of Vancouver

Location: Richmond | Length: 3 hours | Cost: From $180.01

The suburb of Richmond is Canada’s most Chinese city and home to many of Vancouver’s best restaurants.

It’s also one of the most authentic ethnic neighbourhoods in the world. Most tourists head to Chinatown for their Asian food kick, but the best Chinese cuisine in North America can be found in Richmond’s Golden Village.

Get ready to dive into a world of mouthwatering delights, such as Dim sum, dumplings, Peking duck, and Chinese pastries.

Don’t worry if the signs and menus seem like a puzzle in Chinese because good food speaks a language we all understand. So, bring your empty stomachs and prepare to feast like there’s no tomorrow.

Each Authentic Asian food tour includes:

  • 3-hour guided food tour of Vancouver’s Richmond neighbourhood
  • A custom Richmond foodie map with exclusive tips & discounts
  • A variety of food samples along the tour route

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Vancouver Downtown & Gastown Donut Tour – The Best Vancouver Food Tour for Dessert Lovers

Location: Downtown | Length: 2 hours | Cost: From $67.63

Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth? Well, this is the tour for you. This tasty adventure kicks off right in the heart of downtown at Breka Bakery. Prepare to have your taste buds in pastry paradise.

Brace yourselves for some mind-blowing donuts, folks, because we’re headed to 49th Parallel Café & Lucky’s Doughnuts where donuts are crafted with love and served fresh daily. You’ll even catch a glimpse of these magical treats being made right before our eyes.

From there, we’ll saunter along the waterfront, soaking in the beauty of the Olympic Cauldron and Canada Place. But wait, your donut adventure isn’t over yet! You’ll make a pit stop at a super cute cafe that boasts some of the most famous donuts in Vancouver.

Last but not least, you’ll wrap up your journey in the charming Gastown neighbourhood. Your final destination? None other than Cartems, the donut haven that consistently steals the show as one of Vancouver’s best. Get ready to taste pure donut bliss, my friends.

Each donut tour includes:

  • 2-hr guided Vancouver food tour
  • Donut/pastry samples at numerous locations
  • Coffee/tea
  • Stops at several Coal Harbour/Gastown attractions

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Vancouver Craft Brewery Tour – The Best Vancouver Craft Beer Tour

Location: East Vancouver | Length: 3 hours | Cost: From $120.00

OK, so we’re going to go a bit off course here as these won’t be Vancouver foodie tours per se, but snacks are included during this visit to some of Vancouver’s best bars.

Beer aficionados will be thrilled to learn of this popular tour of the city’s burgeoning craft brewery scene. Here, you’ll jump in an air-conditioned bus near Canada Place with up to a dozen like-minded friends.

You’ll then trek out to “Yeast Van” (East Vancouver with a ‘y’, clever) to explore four of the city’s most popular breweries.

Past participants include Parallel 49, Bomber Brewing, Andina Brewing and Off the Rail.

The locations are subject to change, but at each location, you’re guaranteed four 4-ounce tasters, a decent haul indeed.

This East Van beer-tasting tour includes:

  • Guided tour of 4 East Vancouver breweries
  • Transportation from downtown Vancouver to East Van and back
  • Four 4 oz tasters at each location
  • Inside tips on Vancouver’s craft beer scene from your expert guide

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Related: Your Vancouver Craft Beer Guide

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Vancouver Behind the Scenes Brewery Tour – Best Vancouver Brewery Tour

Location: Brewery Creek/East Van | Length: 3 hours | Cost: From $125.00

If you’re on the lookout for an alternative to the Craft Brewery Tour, you’re in luck.

Unlike the previous craft beer tour, this is more of a look behind the scenes into the brewing process at three top breweries. The tour guides are brewmasters themselves.

In essence, you’ll be drinking less but learning more. That said, expect ample beer tastings.

Vancouver Brewery Tours also offers convenient pick-up near Waterfront Station.

This Vancouver brewery tour includes:

  • Transportation from convenient downtown Vancouver location
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of each brewery
  • A variety of tasters at all three locations
  • Free souvenir beer glass to take home

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Food Tours Vancouver FAQs

What are the best places for food tours in Vancouver?

You’ll find the best food tours in Vancouver at Granville Island, Chinatown, and Gastown. And others venture out to East Van (typically Craft Beer Tours) and Richmond (Asian Food Tours).

What are the best Vancouver food tours?

In general, if you’re looking for local flavours it’s best to take the Granville Island Market Tour for fresh local delicacies right from market stalls. If you’re looking for more of a gourmet vibe with some history thrown in then the Gastown Historic Food Walking Tour is your best bet.

Which experiences are best for culinary tours in Vancouver?

Taking the Chinatown Food Tour is the best cultural experience, as it not only delves into the history of Vancouver offers eats from bakeries, dim sum shops, and a Hong Kong BBQ place. Also included in the foodie tour is entrance to the legendary Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens. The Gastown Food Walking tTour also brings a historic element, with a great mix of local cuisine.

How long do the food tours in Vancouver typically last?

The duration of Vancouver food tours can vary depending on which one you choose. On average, our food tours last around 2 to 3 hours. But trust me, time flies when you’re busy devouring delicious bites!

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Still Looking for a Food Tour Vancouver?

That completes my list of our favourite Vancouver BC food tours. In it, I feel it’s a comprehensive selection covering different cuisines, neighbourhoods, and attractions – but maybe I’ve missed something!

If you have any additional questions about Vancouver I’m here, as always.

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Julian

I've used online guides on five continents to find the world's greatest travel spots and this is my chance to give back - with insider info on my home, the mighty Vancouver BC!

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