Newly opened Vancouver restaurants – Summer Edition 2019

Here are the new Vancouver restaurants opened in June – August, 2019. If you have more new openings to share, please email

Basha [Waterfront] is located at the Waterfront Centre food court. It is the first branch in BC from the Lebanese and vegetarian restaurant chain founded in Quebec in 1977, featuring the “what you see is what you eat” concept that illustrates the cleanliness and freshness of the food presented directly to the clients. @basharestaurants

Big G Fried Chicken [Downtown] is known for their famous, Taiwanese night market-style, giant chicken steaks. The Richmond restaurant has opened its new outlet in Vancouver at 382 Robson Street. @biggfcs

BlackBall [Richmond] is located at unit 1061, 8300 Capstan Way in Richmond. The famous Taiwanese dessert chain is specializing in grass jelly, aiyu jelly, matcha desserts with signature toppings like yamQ, taroQ, boba, konjac jelly, mini sesame balls, mini matcha balls, and many more. They also offer signature dessert waffle (Qffle), egg cakes, and a variety of cold drinks including classic Taiwanese milk tea. @blackball.canada

BlackBall Richmond

Buttermere Patisserie and Cafe [Chinatown] has opened doors at 636 Main Street. Fans of the patisserie may have enjoyed its sweet treats at Leisure Center and Torafuku. Known for its Parisian pastry techniques fused with Asian flavours, Buttermere offers a great selection of desserts at its new shop. Instagram: @butter.mere [DailyHive]

Catoro Cafe [Mount Pleasant] is located at 666 E. Broadway, offering visitors to bond with rescue cats in a unique setting. The concept is inspired by famous Japanese anime, My Neighbour Totoro. Instagram: @catorocafe [Straight]

Catoro Cafe

Downlow Burgers [Strathcona] has opened in The American at 926 Main Street. The concept has come from the wildly successful Downlow Chicken Shack crew on Commercial Drive, where the burgers have popped up every Monday for many months, featuring robust 7oz patties of dry-aged Two Rivers beef. Instagram: @downlowburgers [Scout]

Flourist [Commecial Drive] formerly known as GRAIN), is the Vancouver-based fully traceable grain, bean, and flour company. The newly-rebranded artisan flour miller and farmer-direct dry goods supplier just announced it has opened a new bakery and cafe in East Vancouver, located at 3433 Commercial Street. The 2,800 sqft spot also features fresh flour stone-milled on site. Instagram @flourist [DailyHive]

Fufu Cafe  [South Granville] is the new Japanese souffle pancake shop located at 1200 West Broadway. Fufu is short for Fuwa Fuwa in Japanese, and it means fluffy. Owners of Fufu were inspired by their visit to Japan and determined to bring the popular baked delicacies to Vancouver. Instagram: @fufupancakecafe [Vanfoodies]

FuFu Cafe photo by

El Guapo [Yaletown] has opened doors at 1009 Hamilton, transformed from Fayuca, owned by the same team involved in Nuba and Chancho Tortilleria as well as Nude Vodka as well as the new partnership with Nude Vodka. They are calling it “a Mexican inspired collaboration.” Instagram @elguapovancouver [Vancouver is Awesome]

Grand Chinese Restaurant [Yaletown] has taken the long-vacant spot in Yaletown at 1233 Hamilton Street. Similar to the original location in Burnaby, they offer spiced up Sichuan style Chinese cuisine. Instagram: @grandchineserestaurant [DailyHive]

GPO Bar & Kitchen [Downtown] is located at 1224 Granville Street. It takes its name from Dublin’s General Post Office, a landmark associated with the rising that led to Irish Independence. You can find live music on weekends, Turntable Thursdays, and live music on weekends; then there are its extensive, accessible food and drinks menus, including brunch daily till 3 p.m. Instagram @thegpobar [Straight]


Hanlin Tea House [Richmond] is the Tawainese tea and dessert shop brand at 1121-8328 Capstan Way, Richmond. Signature desserts include the realistic Peach Cake, alongside a menu of drinks like the Panda Black Tea Latte made with a combo of tapioca and black pearls. Instagram @hanlinteahouse [DailyHive]

Jamjar Canteen [North Vancouver] is the Lebanese restaurant chain’s latest establishment at 125 Victory Ship Way, North Van (Shipyards). Expect their favourite eats served as wraps, mezzes, or rice and salad bowls. Instagram @jamjarcanteen

Kind Cafe [Mount Pleasant is the new spot for coffee and food at 3080 Main Street featuring an eco-friendly and plant-based eats focused on both sustainability and kindness. Instagram: @kindcafeyvr [VancovuerIsAwesome]

Le Doux Ciel [Yaletown] is the newly opened French dessert shop at 65 Smithe St, offering croissants in flavours of matcha, salted caramel, and cheese and ham, and 13 different kinds of macarons along with tarts, petit four, and of course, a stellar selection of cakes. Instagram @ledouxciel_vancouver [DailyHive]

Le Petit Belge [Strathcona] has opened doors at 1007 Main Street. The quiet and charming Belgian cafe serves traditional Brussels waffles with an array of sweet and savoury toppings. Instagram @lepetitebelge

The Loft Lounge [West End] is located at 1184 Denman Street, where English Bay meets Palm Springs, with bright space, dynamic menu, and fun vibes. Instagram: @loftloungeondenman

Loku Japanese Cuisine  [Commercial Drive] is the low-key Japanese eatery Sushi Loku recently moved from 592 East Broadway to 2280 Commercial Drive, the former location of Jamjar. It is known for quality eats like sushi, udon, ramen, and rice bowls, as well as vegan options. Instagram @sushiloku [DailyHive]

Matchstick Coffee [West End] has opened the latest location (5th overall) at 1305 Davie Street, like at other outlets, offering artisan coffee, eats, and a welcoming space shared by the community. Instagram @matchstickyvr

Off The Grid Waffle Cafe [Sunset] is located 5943 Fraser Street, offering brunch, chicken & waffles and other wild waffle creations. Instagram @offthegridwaffles

One Bowl [Kerrisdale] has opened doors at 5687 Balsam Street, offering a unique and pleasant “One Bowl” food experience for the benefits of finding the balance of health and energy. Instagram @onebowlvancouver

The Praguery [Gastown] is the popular Vancouver truck that has officially opened a shop at 221 Abbott Street (the former location of Crab Park Chowdery). They are known for Chimney Cakes (spit cake made from rolled dough traditionally topped with sugar and nuts) and Prague Cones filled with delicious soft serve and topped with a variety of sauces. Instagram: @thepraguery [DailyHive]

Prime’s Thai Tea [West End] opened up a location in White Rock last year and has just opened a new outpost at 1194 Robson Street. A Chinese brand which specializing in Thai-style milk teas, it was founded in 2015 and originated from Jianmen, Guangdong. Prime’s Thai Tea now has over 500 stores. Instagram: @primethaitea [Foodgressing]

Prime’s Thai Tea photo by @foodgressing

Prive Kitchen + Bar [Fairview] has opened doors at 200 – 1001 W Broadway, Vancouver. Once “Privé night club” in downtown Vancouver, now rebranded as an entertainment centre with karaoke bar and restaurant. The occupied space, previously home to “Red Robins” , now hosts 10 karaoke rooms, a 2,000 square foot patio, a common area with a giant tv screen; and plenty of tables and chairs that can be removed to convert the space into a dance floor. Instagram: @privevancouver [VieAMaggi]

Protoype Coffee [Downtown Eastside] can be found at 883 E Hastings, on the same block as Les Amis du FromageThe Garden and Strathcona Beer Company. Owner Matt Johnson, former manager of Gastown’s Revolver Coffee,  opened the 16-seater with three small Bullet R1 roasters from Denmark, smart coffee instruments from GINA, and new Mod Bar AV espresso machine. Johnson will aim to have 10 to 14 different coffees available at a time and serve cold brew in taster flights. Instagram [Scout]

Rocky Mountain Flatbread [Surrey] is located in Panorama Village, 105 – 5570 152nd Street in Surrey. The award-winning family pizza & pasta restaurant chain is known for using local and organic produce, Ocean Wise seafood as well as free-range organic meats. There are also gluten wise, vegan, vegetarian options which are always nut-free. Instagram @rockymountainflatbread [Vancouver Mom]

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Surrey

Soytalk — [Richmond] has opened doors at 4380 No 3 Road at Parker Place in Richmond. As the name suggests, SoyTalk’s offerings are soy-based, including soy milk, soy pudding, soy milk bread, and soy ice cream. Instagram @soytalk [Foodgressing]

Sprezzatura [Mount Pleasant] is the new beautifully designed Italian eatery at 265 Kingsway with a casual vibe. A custom 900-degree oven prepares the eatery’s Neapolitan-style pizzas, with flavours like a classic margherita, prosciutto and arugula, roasted pork belly, Italian sausage and rapini, and shrimp cocktail. Instagram @sprezzatura_van [Straight]

Stanley Park Brewing & PubStanley Park]is new 10,600 sq. ft. S Restaurant and Brewpub that took the space of the old Fish House at 8901 Stanley Park Drive, which closed its doors in 2015 after 25 years of service. The brewpub features a full-service menu, an 82-seat tasting room, a 68-seat outdoor deck, and a 40-seat outdoor patio.
Instagram @stanleyparkbrew [DailyHive]

Sushi Mura [River District] has opened a new location at 3545 Sawmill Crescent, in addition to their 6485 Oak Street. Instagram @sushimura_vancouver [DailyHive]

UMAI Savory Hot Dogs [West End] has opened doors at 1331 Robson Street,  in the former space of Chef Lien Vietnamese Cuisine, gearing up to give Japadog a run for its money. Umai was launched as a food cart in 1992 in San Jose, California, by Loi Tran, known for combining sushi and hot dog ingredients, and chose the only Japanese word he knew, which means “yummy”, for the name of his business. Instagram @umaihotdogssj [Straight]

Yummy Yogurt [Kerrisdale] can be reached at 2070 West 41st Ave and known for its yogurt boba. And their selection of unique flavours included Blueberry, Strawberry, Purple Rice, Salted Egg Yolk, Mango, Taro and Dragon Fruit. The business started at Richmond Night Market, but now finally have their very own storefront in the city. Instagram @yummyyogurt_vancouver [604Now]

Zocalo Modern Cantina [Mount Pleasant] is located at 646 Kingsway, has replaced the recently-closed Crowbar Restaurant, offering a selection of share plates and mains like Queso Fundido, Empanadas, Flautas, and Ceviche. [DailyHive]

Zocalo Modern Cantina

* Featured image by The Loft Lounge


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