A colourful neighbourhood full of character, Fraser Street has gone a noticeable transformation in recent years. Referred to many as the “new Main Street” this area has become a hot destination for many reasons, especially when it comes to food and drink. Just 15 minutes from the downtown core, Fraser Street offers endless options of ethnic cuisine and cool independent shops. An area worth exploring where you can eat and sip to your heart’s desire. Check out the following:
10 New Bhaia Sweet Shop and Restaurant
5740 Fraser St
If you’re looking for authentic Indian food, Fraser Street is the hood to hit up. Craving a samosa? The samosas at New Bhaia do not disappoint. In fact, they’re pretty f***** amazing. Hands-down some of the best we’ve tried.
9 Dosa Hut
7233 Fraser St
Two words: dosa pizza. If you’ve never had a dosa, 1. You’re missing out and 2. It’s essentially a giant, fermented pancake made from rice batter and lentils. In addition to being healthy, (gluten and dairy-free) it’s also a cheap eat. Dosa Hut serves up this South Indian staple in the form of a pizza and it’s pretty damn delicious.
8 Boba Monster
5766 Fraser St
Satisfy your sweet tooth at Boba Monster! There are a few other bubble tea joints in the hood however Boba Monster stands out with some of their creative flavours, cute decor and friendly staff! They also have board games, including Jenga (shoutout to our childhood!), making it a fun hangout.
Lactose-intolerant? They have a soy option for an additional $0.25.
Try: Passionfruit or the Strawberry Cheesecake if you’re feeling adventurous.
We’ve called this cafe/bistro the most ‘underrated’ spot in Vancouver multiple times because it’s 100% true.
Cozy and charming with classic French offerings, Les Faux Bourgeois is (in our opinion) the closest you’ll get to experiencing a taste of France in the city.
TIP: It gets busy so we recommend making a reservation ahead of time.
6 Earnest Ice Cream
3992 Fraser St
I scream, you scream, we all scream for some earnestly good ice-cream. A spot loved by many Instagrammers, Earnest specializes in creating fun and unique small-batch flavours like apple pie, blackberry coriander, bourbon peach, cinnamon heart, elderflower, miso ginger – the list is literally endless.
They also offer vegan options (the vegan chocolate is our go-to.)
Enjoy a scoop or two inside and don’t forget to take home a pint or two.
5 Crow Bar
646 Kingsway (off Fraser Street)
Cocktail enthusiasts prepare to swoon over the drinks at Crow Bar. This new Fraserhood eatery and cocktail bar not only has amazing cocktails but also amazing plates that will keep you coming back time and time again.
Need more convincing? Check out their IG page: @crowbareastvan
Open Mon-Sat, 5pm til midnight.
4 Savio Volpe
Boasting the qualities of a proper osteria, award-winning Savio Volpe utilizes local and fresh ingredients to create authentic Italian dishes that you won’t try anywhere else in the city.
Check out our video on Savio Volpe here
3 Gia Minh
6181 Fraser St
For some seriously delicious Vietnamese pho, subs, and other dishes at affordable prices don’t skip out on Gia Minh. The food here is fresh and flavourful and the service is friendly and fast.
Must try: lemongrass chicken on rice.
2 Bows x Arrows
4194 Fraser St
Hailing from Victoria, this family and friend run business is making its mark in Vancouver. Every hip area needs a hip coffee shop and Bows x Arrows is just that and then some. This coffee shop meets cocktail/craft beer bar is a unique hybrid that caters to customers needs and cravings. So whether you need a mid-day boost of caffeine or something a little stronger to get you through the remainder of the day, they’ve got you.
1 The Eastwood
4245 Fraser St
End (or start) your tour of Fraser Street at The Eastwood. Either way, this new addition to the Fraser hood has become quite the community watering-hole. If you’re looking for a place with a great bar atmosphere and great food and drinks, you’ll love The Eastwood. With big screens throughout the restaurant and bar, it’s also a good place to watch any sports game!
Did we miss any? Let us know!