Eat, drink and be merry, then eat again. Here are some of the best seasonal delights Vancouver has to offer:
Carnivores rejoice! Now here’s a holiday tradition for the sandwich lovers out there. Meat & Bread will bring back their signature “turducken” sandwich back for this week only. The leftover-holiday-dinner-style-sandwich, features chicken stuffed in duck, stuffed in turkey, all of which are gloriously roasted and served on fresh bread, accompanied by their signature seasonal fixings. The sandwich will only be available on December 22-23.
Meat & Bread
370 Cambie St, Vancouver BC
1033 W Pender St, Vancouver BC
Located inside Chinatown’s beloved Pazzo Chow, Brown Paper Ice Cream serves up some of the best tasting (and best looking) ice cream in the city. This year they’re offering up fresh baked holiday goodies as well as seasonal ice cream sandwiches (eggnog bourbon ripple ice cream with a ginger cookies), not to mention their exquisite looking pints of Salted Pistachio ice cream. Drool.
Brown Paper Ice Cream and Pazzo Chow
620 Quebec Street, Vancouver BC
It’s the holidays and holidays = pie. Enough said. Fortunately, the Pie Shoppe is serving up a full seasonal mine, including dark chocolate with orange & peppermint bitters, d’anjou pear & cranberry ginger oat crumbles and even some savory options like traditional mincemeat. Everything is made from scratch and 100% delicious.
The Pie Shoppe
1875 Powell St, Vancouver BC
4. Seasonal Local Beer
Spiced ales, strong porters, and tasty milk stouts… Winter beer is here! With so many local breweries to choose from, you’re sure to find something for the perfect holiday pairing. Parallel 49’s Ugly Sweater Milk Stout is a local favourite, as well as Bridge Brewing’s Sleigh Booster Imperial Red Ale. Make sure to check out the seasonal menus at all the local microbreweries.
Whether you’re throwing a holiday get-together or leaving treats out for Santa, Cartems mini doughnuts are a delightful way to switch up the holiday baking game. Available in egg nog, chocolate mint, mulled wine, cranberry glaze with pistachio drizzle, as well as their usual flavours, you’ll definitely have a very happy household this season.
534 W Pender St, Vancouver BC
2190 Main St, Vancouver BC
3040 W Broadway, Vancouver BC
6. German Delicacies at the Vancouver Christmas Market
From traditional Glühwein & Feuerzangenbowle (mulled wine), to schnitzel, spätzle and bratwurst, the Vancouver Christmas market has every authentic, German-style food you could think of. Come hungry, because there’s plenty to choose from.
Vancouver Christmas Market
1085 Canada Place, Vancouver BC
Last summer, you might have seen the “sweet boy” biking around East Vancouver on his portable cream puff cart. Now in his permanent location on Gore Avenue in Chinatown, he’s serving up sweeter treats than ever before. He’s currently taking orders for his Christmas special, which he’ll hand deliver on Christmas Eve. The holiday cream puff will feature vanilla Chantilly cream, sour cherry, caramel and eggnog custard. He’s serving other seasonal flavours daily.
Sweet Boy Cream Puffs
663 Gore Ave, Vancouver BC
8. Gingerbread Houses at Liberty Café
Liberty Café’s excellent baking staff serves up stunning, high quality desserts throughout the year and this month is no exception. Their gingerbread house kits have been hand cut by their pastry chefs and made with quality ingredients, including rich Irish butter. We won’t judge you for eating them before you get the walls up.
3699 Main Street, Vancouver BC
It’s probably a good idea to guzzle some healthy, fermented tea before sitting down to those gut-busting Holiday feasts. BC-based Nineteen02 will host a Pop-up Kombucha shop in downtown Vancouver, where they’ll serve up the sparkling beverage from 6 rotating taps, some of which will include their 12 Kombuchas of Christmas seasonal flavours.
Nineteen02 Pop-up Kombucha Shop
430 Homer Street Vancouver, BC
10. Candy Cane Mocha Cookie at Cadeaux Bakery
Cadeaux Bakery may appear cute and maybe event dainty, but their desserts pack a serious punch. Rich, indulgent, sweet and satisfying through and through, their Candy Cane Mocha Cookie is sure to fill you with holiday cheer and give you that extra “pep” you need to finish up your last minute holiday shopping.
172 Powell St, Vancouver, BC