Kitsilano has more to offer than the beach, The Local and city’s most Lululemon-clad residents. When it comes to food and drink, this ‘hood has serious appeal.
2222 W 4th Ave
Our love affair with this traditional Greco-Roman restaurant began quite serendipitously. A warm, summer stroll down West 4th landed us inside Simpatico and thankfully so. The portions here are generous, the staff are super friendly and attentive and the meatballs are some of the best, if not THE best, we’ve tried in the city.
1898 W 1st Ave
In a city with limited Latin fare, Cacao should be at the top of your list. Cacao serves up beautifully presented dishes made using true Latin American flavours created by Chef Jefferson Alvarez. Mixologist/Mastermind Sergio Gandolfo has a flair for true innovation when it comes to his concoctions and his pisco sour is a must-sip.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every Tuesday to Sunday.
2042 W 4th Ave
Experience a true taste of the PNW at Mission on West 4th! This restaurant has made it their mission to focus on sustainability, live and cook by a nose-to-tail philosophy and their tasting menus are amongst some of the best in the city!
Take advantage of their happy hour from 5:30 to 6:30pm Monday through Friday featuring popular cocktails and share plates at half-off!
6 Arbutus Coffee
2200 Arbutus S
A classic landmark spot in Kits, Arbutus Coffee is has been a fixture in the neighbourhood for decades. This must-visit coffeehouse has a cozy and relaxing atmosphere and because of where it is situated, is also an ideal spot for people watching. Hole up inside with a book or grab a seat out on a picnic table.
1822 W 1st Ave
This one’s for the coffee snobs. If it’s quality and consistency that you crave, Kahve Coffee has you covered. They serve single origin coffee from Phil & Sebastian (one of our personal favourites) and good food made in-house.The baristas at this bright and modern coffeeshop really know what they are doing and go above and beyond to create an overall positive experience.
Make sure to order: Matcha latte & avocado toast.
4 Be Fresh
1900 W 1st Ave
If bright, cozy and cute cafe markets are your jam, you’ll easily become smitten with Be Fresh on Cypress St. One of multiple locations, this spot has really become a neighbourhood favourite. A one-stop shop, grab a coffee and treat and pick up some fresh produce on your way out!
1809 W 1st Ave, Vancouver
For cocktails that thrill the palate, few places do it quite like AnnaLena. This contemporary Canadian eatery has a flair for mixing spirits that pair well with their outstanding tapas style menu. Everyone always raves about the ‘comfortable’ ambiance here and with good reason. Seriously worth checking out.
1938 W 4th Ave
They hold the title of Restaurant of the Year awarded to them by Vancouver Magazine in 2016 for their role in “transforming Vancouver’s dining scene” but it’s not just their food that they deserve recognition for. Their cocktails are equally noteworthy, made using their own house-made bitters and syrups.
Not feeling boozy? Their mocktails are just as addictive and a great choice if you’re working on that summer beach bod.
1 The Oakwood Canadian Bistro
2741 W 4th Ave
Cozy and cocktails. Those are the first two words that come to mind when we think about The Oakwood. The dishes are savoury and their cocktail list is never dull and always evolving.
Our cocktail picks: The Shrubbery , Blackbeard’s Vice and Passion Gone Sour.
Did we miss any? Let us know!
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