On my visit to Vancouver, Canada in May 2017, I opted for a Vancouver Foodie Tour to get to know Vancouver's oldest part of town – the historic and trendy Gastown quarter. As it turned out, the Gastronomic Gastown Tour was a perfect blend of food, history – and world-famous film locations…
What is it all about?
The so-called Gastown Quarter is Vancouver's oldest part of town. It was here during the 1860s when European immigrants, including a certain "Gassy" Jack Deighton after which "Gastown" was named, set up Vancouver's first permanent "city settlement".
Today, the Gastown district is a lively restaurant and shopping quarter where you can still feel plenty of the "Old World Charm".
A Fifty Shades of Grey Hot Spot
Vancouver in general, and Gastown in particular, are also pretty popular with filmmakers. Among the Hollywood films that were shot on location in Gastown are The Age of Adaline (2015), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009).
Although set in Seattle, both films were largely shot on location in Vancouver – and quite often in the historic Gastown district.
For example at this restaurant…
… which is directly opposite Vancouver’s famous “steam clock”:
About the Tour:
During the tour, you will visit 4 legendary restaurants where you can sit down and enjoy your samples of authentic Vancouver food.
So while you are getting filled up with the best pizza, craft beers and desserts in town, your tour guide will fill you in on all the historical and cultural facts you need to know about Vancouver and Gastown.
What will I see and eat?
1. Stop: Canadian Poutine
It's THE Canadian dish, so our first stop just had to be a place where we tasted the famous "Poutine". The mix of chips and vegetables always comes with gravy sauce, but in my case a vegetarian one.
2. Stop: The Sandwich Place
These were no ordinary sandwiches. It almost looked like an artistic process when the guys and girls at Bread & Meat prepared the yummy bread rolls for us.
3. Stop: Old World Neapolitan Pizza
You don't have to go all the way to Naples in Italy to experience the pizza bliss that Julia Roberts alias Liz Gilbert indulges in when having her piece of heavenly Neapolitan Pizza in Eat, Pray, Love (2010).
As our guide told us, the ingredients of the most delicious Neapolitan Pizza in Gastown are delivered straight from Italy and strictly controlled for quality.
4. Stop: Dessert and "cocktail" with edible flower
The yummy finish was a heavenly dessert with edible flowers and a non-alcoholic cocktail.
What's included in the Food Tour?
- A small plate of a Canadian Poutine and vegetables
- A sandwich
- Several pieces of Neapolitan Pizza
- A Dessert
- Non-alcoholic drinks at all stops (unless you would like alcoholic drinks, which you can book for an extra 20 CAN Dollars)
- Leaflet with addresses for best places to eat and drink in Gastown as well as discount vouchers
I really enjoyed the fact that we sat down at every restaurant we visited. Since the tour started at 3 pm in the afternoon, it was really quiet in most places. In the 3 hours that were allowed for the tour, we had enough time to enjoy our food and learn more about the Vancouver’s intriguing history from our guide.
The samples were really filling, so I had my lunch and dinner sorted in one afternoon.
Overall, a great mix of food, history and filming locations!
Other Food Tours in Vancouver:
Aside from Gastown, Vancouver is famous for its Granville Market, which you can explore on the Granville Market Tour.
For those that want to try even fancier food, check out the Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Tour.
And for the most authentic Vancouver street food, try the World’s Best Food Truck Tour.
One final tip:
Make sure you book several days, perhaps even weeks in advance as the tours are very popular and do tend to sell out, especially at the weekends.
For more information, visit Vancouver Foodie Tours.
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Unless otherwise credited, all photos by © Sonja Irani | filmfantravel.com
Disclosure: In order to write my review, I received a complimentary ticket for the Gastronomic Gastown Tour by Vancouver Foodie Tours. The views expressed in this blog post, however, are entirely my own and reflect my personal, unbiased experience. I'll receive a small affiliate fee if you book your tour via GetYourGuide.com.