Meals on Wheels: Vancouver

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Abutting the Pacific Ocean on Canada’s beautiful west coast, Vancouver (and its eco-conscious mayor) have been putting in a lot of overtime in an effort to make the city more bike-friendly. From increasing the bike paths in the city centre to revamping bridges to include protected bike lanes, cycling in the city is becoming safer, easier and more enjoyable. For any visitors (or locals) who plan on exploring Vancouver, we can heartily recommend pedals over public transport, especially in the region’s heady summer months. But every adventure needs victuals, so we’ve put in the leg work for you and sussed out the best spots for portable, on-the-go grub.

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Dragon Ball  1007 W King Edward Ave, Vancouver, BC V6H 1Z3
With near-constant out-the-door queues (don’t worry, the line moves quickly), Dragon Ball is the place for bubble tea in Vancouver. An East Asian specialty made of flavoured—sometimes milky—teas served with balls of tapioca (often referred to as “pearls” or “boba”), bubble tea is as fun to play with as it is to drink. Dragon Ball always smells of fresh pearls, and they specialize in fresh fruit bubble tea featuring traditional Asian flavours, like jackfruit, persimmon and Asian pear.

Japadog Various locations
Japadog’s name and slogan (“Japanese style hot dog in Canada”) might have you scratching your head at first, but wait ‘til you get a bite and it will all make sense. In fact, you’re likely to wonder why you’d never come across the concept before. Hit up their famous traditional street-corner hot dog stand at Burrard & Smithe or head to any of their many bricks-and-mortar outposts around town. Then put aside your reservations and dig into their Terimayo dog with teriyaki sauce, mayonnaise and seaweed.

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BETA5 413 Industrial Ave in Vancouver
Well off the beaten path but so worth the detour, BETA5 is one of Vancouver’s most original chocolate shops, featuring gorgeous chocolates that look almost as good as they taste (great for gifting to friends back home), dreamy cream puffs and out of this world ice cream sandwiches. Hit them up on the weekend, when they have off-the-menu ice cream sandwich flavour specials. Our recommendation: the spumoni, with chocolate macaron cookie, pistachio and cherry ice cream.

Finch’s 353 West Pender St Vancouver
Head to Finch’s for excellent sandwiches in downtown’s city centre. Lock up your bike and enjoy your sandwich in their artfully decorated tearoom or grab a bite, head down the seawall and enjoy your meal as you watch the waves lapping the shore. Go for the pear baguette with pear, prosciutto, blue brie, roasted walnuts, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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TacoFino 15 W Cordova St Vancouver
One of Vancouver’s premiere taco spots, TacoFino is great place to get some grab-and-go Mexican grub on any urban adventure. Orginiating in a surf shop parking lot in Tofino on Vancouver Island, TacoFino has since grown to become one of the region’s most beloved spots for mouthwatering savoury fare. Locals recommend the crispy chicken burrito, with crispy chicken, rice, black chili mayo, sriracha, cabbage, guacamole and cilantro. Thank us later.