Best Places to Eat Near YWCA Hotel
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Best Places to Eat Near YWCA Hotel

Every great vacation begins and ends with amazing food to fuel your sightseeing adventures. There are many great places to dine just steps away from YWCA Hotel Vancouver, where you can grab an Instagram-worthy bite at one of the many local eateries and enjoy West Coast hospitality at its finest. Don't know where to start? We've got you covered with this handy guide to dining options that are no more than a 5 to 15-minute walk from the hotel. Here are our recommendations for amazing places to eat downtown near the YWCA Hotel:


Budget friendly:

Sciué Roman Street Eatery

Delicious flatbread pizzas at Sciué. Photo source: Sciué

Baked goods, pizzas, soups and a mean cup of coffee, you can sit-in or grab-and-go at this little cozy café. Best visited for breakfast, lunch or a quick bite, Scuié is literally steps away from the hotel and right across from BC Place. Drop by right before your day trip to fuel up.

Address: 101 Robson St. (down the street from the hotel). Click for directions.


JJ Bean Coffee Roasters

Source: JJ Bean

If you need to visit a local coffee-chain, this is the one. JJ Bean is a well-loved and well-established local chain that roasts their own coffee beans. Enjoy a casual and friendly atmosphere with quick and attentive service. All pastries are baked fresh every morning and their coffee blends pay homage to areas of the city including Railtown and Vancouver's Eastside. Their muffins are a generous size and your best bet for a filling and inexpensive breakfast. The closest JJ Bean to our hotel is only two blocks – at the CBC Radio Station on 740 Hamilton Street.

Kiosk - 740 Hamilton St. (4 mins from the hotel) Click for directions.
Café - 425 Dunsmuir St. (8 mins from the hotel) Click for directions.


Loved by locals:

Jam Cafe

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This is one of the busiest breakfast destinations in the city but locals will tell you that the experience is well worth the wait. Jam Café boasts a mouth-watering west coast-style breakfast that gets both locals and visitors lining up for a visit. With warm, industrial interiors and a cozy casual atmosphere, you’ll feel relaxed while savouring your salmon benny. Try creative dishes like green eggs and ham, pork belly benedict or red velvet pancakes paired with a bacon-garnished Caesar, mimosas or spiked Jam coffee in this lively spot. The café is located inside a rustic wood and brick heritage building.

556 Beatty St.(4 mins from the hotel). Click for directions.


Nemesis Coffee

Source: Nemesis Coffee

What locals love about Nemesis is its space and atmosphere - modern, airy and bright, yet cozy. Locals also love to soak up the sunshine and work from the café. In addition, Nemesis offers some famous local pour over coffee, espresso-based drinks and unique food combinations like their breakfast sandwich with duck sausage and the upscale beef and squash hash. They also offer spruced up basics like granola, toast with toppings such as baked beans, mushroom, egg or avocado.

302 West Hastings St. (9 mins from the hotel). Click for directions.



Medina Cafe

Photo of coffee and waffles at Medina Cafe. Source: Medina Cafe

Boasting traditional, deco-style furnishing and incredibly high ceilings, the popular Medina Cafe is a local favourite that offers tantalizing Middle Eastern dishes with ingredients such as grilled halloumi, lamb meatballs, chickpeas, black olives and tahini dressing. Try the liege style waffles with a variety of toppings including classic dark or milk chocolate or the more adventurous pistachio rosewater or creme de fruit de passion. A cozy and comfortable well-lit space that is great for kids and families.

780 Richards St. (7 mins from the hotel). Click for directions.



Budget friendly:


Photo of a Japadog stand by City Foodsters on Flickr.

A Japanese twist on the classic hotdog and a must-try for many visiting celebrities. A street-side vendor with multiple locations, you can find them around the downtown core. They also have a storefront restaurant on Robson Street with limited seated inside. Try the 'terimayo' topped with teriyaki sauce, mayonnaise and seaweed, or their wasabi or butter and shoyu flavoured fries.

Storefront: 530 Robson St. (9 mins from the hotel). Click for directions.


Straight Outta Brooklyn

Photo from Straight Outta Brooklyn NYC pizzeria.

Seating is limited and service is fast. You’ll be straight out of the restaurant and onto your next excursions in no time. Thin crust, high quality ingredients and generous portion sizes make this Brooklyn-style pizzeria a favourite spot for a quick bite. Directly across the street is the Vancouver Public Library where you can sit in the plaza and enjoy your slice.

350 Robson St.. (5 mins from the hotel). Click for directions.


Loved by locals:


Photo of some glorious sandwiches at Meat & Bread. Source: Meat & Bread

Widely recognized as serving the best meat sandwiches in the city, MEAT & BREAD offers a simple menu in a chic industrial setting. This is a great casual lunch spot offering unique daily specials and sandwich staples such as meatball, buffalo chicken, grilled cheese and porchetta varieties. There are two locations near the hotel, each with a few seats inside the store but tons of chairs and picnic spots outside the storefront and in the nearby plazas.

370 Cambie St. (5 mins from the hotel). Click for directions.
625 Robson St. (6 mins from the hotel). Click for directions.



Photo of a yummy poke bowl from Pokerrito. Source: Pokerrito.

Another grab-and-go spot with fascinating selections, Pokerrito is a fun spot with not your usual offerings. Poke is a colourful Hawaiian-style dish consisting of seasoned raw fish with various toppings. This busy lunch spot serves it in a bowl, as a salad or rolled up in a pokerrito (poke burrito). It’s mmm-mmm healthy and good! Several of their dishes are named after places in the Lower Mainland including Diamond Head, Sunset Beach and the North Shore.

558 Dunsmuir St. (10 mins from the hotel). Click for directions.



Fanny Bay Oyster Bar & Shellfish Market

Photo of a wonderful looking plate of oysters. Source: Fanny Bay Oyster Bar & Shellfish Market.

Oysters, oysters and more fresh BC oysters are a must at Fanny Bay. Modern, classy and offering an authentic BC seafood experience, Fanny Bay is part of the Taylor Shellfish family of farms and brings a variety of oysters from British Columbia and Washington State right to your table. There is also a seafood market area right inside this restaurant. Try geoduck sashimi salad, local Dungeness crab or, for the less adventurous, classic dishes like clam chowder and fish and chips.

762 Cambie St. (3 mins from the hotel). Click for directions.



Budget friendly:

Jinya Ramen Bar

Photo source: Jinya.

A ramen lover’s dream! One of the many beloved ramen spots in Vancouver, Jinya is furnished with a mix of high table tops and large tables. There’s a good chance that you will be offered a “sharing table experience” just like in Japan. They offer pork bone ‘tonkatsu’ ramen and chicken-based broth with the option to add extra noodles or toppings. They also have rice bowls, salads, appetizers, dessert, a kids meal and a happy hour. Don’t forget to try their taco shells and crispy chicken!

541 Robson St. (9 mins from the hotel). Click for directions.


Loved by locals:


An amazing spread featuring delightful Lebanese crusine. Photo source: Nuba

Tucked downstairs and easy-to-miss, this little Gastown nook features a cozy, bustling atmosphere and has captured the hearts of Vancouverites. Nuba offers healthy Lebanese dishes with vegetarian, gluten free and vegan options. You can't go wrong with their roasted cauliflowers. Choose from a selection of hot and cold appetizers, share a feast or try one of their main dishes followed by a selection of Lebanese pastries for dessert.

207 West Hastings St. (9 mins from the hotel). Click for directions.


Devil's Elbow Ale & Smokehouse

Photo of a glorious Montreal Smoked Meat burger at the Devil’s Elbow. Photo source: Devil's Elbow Ale & Smokehouse

Considered one of the best spots to visit before and after games at the stadium, the Devil’s Elbow offers a variety of excellent meat dishes including smoked pork back ribs and beef brisket, beer sausages or fried chicken. Patrons will say they have great BBQ dishes and a good selection of beers. The restaurant is named after a popular white water rafting spot on BC’s Elaho River near Squamish.

562 Beatty St. (4 mins from the hotel). Click for directions.




Fine dining at Chambar. Photo source: Chambr.

A great place to celebrate a special occasion, Chambar offers a rustic, romantic atmosphere with vaulted ceilings, exposed brick walls and an outdoor patio. Dishes are meticulously-prepared and consistently worth drooling over. A must-visit for foodies.

568 Beatty St. (4 mins from the hotel). Click for directions.


Black Rice Izakaya

Aburi style prepared at the table. Photo source: Black Rize Izakaya

One of the most underrated options in the city, this hidden gem is a must-try for sushi lovers. A classy low-lit Japanese bar serving trendy aburi-style sushi, tapas, and wagyu beef in an open, relaxed atmosphere. Always great food with many new takes on old favourites. Special care is given to the presentation of each dish with gorgeous, photo-worthy results. You can always bet on high quality ingredients, perfectly prepared rice and an amazing ambience.

782 Cambie St. (4 mins from the hotel.) Click for directions.



Loved by locals:


Mouthwatering selections from Purebread. Photo source: Purebread

Grab some treats to-go or sit in and indulge in their cozy atmosphere for a quick half an hour. This well-known bakery started in Whistler and has expanded to include several locations in Vancouver. Ask a local and watch their faces light up at the mention of “Purebread”. In addition to offering variety of fresh bread, they have a mouth-watering selection of decadent pastries. Everything from meringues, macaroons, cheesecake, brownies and more! Highly recommended!

159 West Hastings St. (9 mins from the hotel). Click for directions.


Cartems Donuts


Fresh Earl Grey donuts at Cartems. Photo source: Cartems Donuts

If you’re looking for some of the best donuts in Vancouver, look no further than Cartems Donuts – one of the most beloved donut shops in the city! They offer a wide selection of yeast, cake, baked (vegan/gluten-free!), and ‘stuffie’ (cream-filled) donuts. Cartems prides themselves on making fresh donuts from scratch daily with quality ingredients. Their menu features permanent staples such as the beloved Earl Grey cake donut and Apple Fritter. Whether you are looking for a quick donut and coffee or a box to share, Cartems is a must-visit shop. Just make sure you eat your fresh donuts that day – not that there will be any left after giving them a try.

534 W Pender St. (10 mins from hotel). Click for directions.




A plant-bases burger at MeeT. Photo source: MeeT

This place is a vegan’s paradise! Even if you don’t follow a plant-based diet, the vegan comfort food MeeT serves is sure to make your mouth water and hit the spot. From Oyster Mushroom Kalamari to Butter Chikkin Poutine, there is something for everyone. They even have bennies for brunch (eggless, of course). There are two locations of almost equal distance from the YWCA hotel – MeeT in Yaletown and MeeT in Gastown.

1165 Mainland St., MeeT in Yaletown (10 mins from hotel). Click for directions.
12 Water St., inner Courtyard, MeeT in Gastown (12 mins from hotel). Click for directions.