What are the best Vancouver food experiences?

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Hayley Bosch

Perched on the banks of the Strait of George and heavily reliant on the fruit of the sea, the cuisine of Vancouver is definitely one for the books. With its British history and heavy Asian tourism, you’ll find a sort of melting pot in the City of Glass. No matter what cuisine you prefer, there are a few dining ventures you have to discover. Here’s our Forbes Travel Guide editors' list of the best Vancouver food experiences:

1. Bishop's. Intimate, modern and airy, with a loft-like yet upscale feel, Bishop's, housed in a chic duplex, is known for West Coast continental cuisine with a menu that emphasizes seasonal, organic produce and locally sourced seafood. It isn’t uncommon to spy celebrities nibbling on these delicious dishes. For those who like to sample lots of different wines with dinner, Bishop’s offers a nice selection of wines by the glass and an outstanding range of wines by the half-bottle.

2. Tojo’s. Graced by the city’s stellar waterfront location, Tojo’s serves up some of the best sushi known to mankind. Considered the home of the California roll, this Vancouver restaurant is a must-visit. If you want to fully experience Tojo’s, opt for the Omekase and leave your meal up to the chef. All you have to do is let the server know how much you want to spend, what you like and if there is anything you can’t stand or are allergic to and the rest is in the hands of the kitchen. You’ll chow down on hot and cold dishes, as well as sushi, all of which will likely be the freshest thing that’s ever touched your lips.

3. MARKET by Jean-Georges. Situated inside the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver, this celebrity chef’s restaurant is an experience to be had. You’ll choose from four unique “destinations” for your table and let the culinary journey begin. The menu features many of Jean Georges’ classic hits, but the exciting part is exploring new flavor combinations and various spices from different regions of the world.

4. West. This Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant is one of those sleek, heavenly spots that make sipping cocktails for hours on end an easy task. It is an ideal choice for gourmets in search of an inventive, eclectic meal, as well as those who crave local flavor and seasonal ingredients. Located in Vancouver’s chic South Granville neighborhood, West offers diners the chance to sample the vibrant cuisine of the Pacific Northwest region. Stunning, locally sourced ingredients are on display here thanks to the masterful kitchen staff.

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