Attention, foodies! New research by food box subscription provider Chef’s Plate reveals the top cities in Canada for eating out, and perhaps unsurprisingly, Toronto and Vancouver are at the top of the list.

What might come as a shock is that Vancouver scored the number one spot, with a nearly perfect score!

Looking at 30 of Canada’s largest cities and towns, the study awards scores out of 100 determined by each city’s number of restaurants, reviews, food costs, and public demand.

Here are the metrics used to score each of the best cities in Canada for foodies:

  • Number of restaurants on TripAdvisor per capita (from 2021 Census)
  • Percentage of restaurants with a rating of 4 or above on TripAdvisor
  • Estimated cost of a meal for two at a mid-range restaurant (Numbeo)
  • Average monthly Google search volumes for “food in [city/town]”

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Here are the top 10 cities for foodies in Canada, according to Chef’s Plate:

chef's plate best cities in canada for foodies
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According to the study, Vancouver received a “near perfect rating” (100/100) due to having the highest number of four-starred restaurants or above – at 67.1%. With the city’s diverse range of fine dining options, laid-back eateries, farmers’ markets, and food trucks, there’s plenty to add to your plate here.

In second place, Toronto (95.6/100) boasts the largest social media presence on the list, with over 103,000 posts tagged #torontofood. The city’s “unparalleled diversity” means that there is no shortage of culinary options to explore, with authentic cuisines from across the globe calling Toronto their second home.

Coming in third, Victoria (86.9/100) stands out from the crowd for its “coastal location and abundance of fresh seafood,” according to the study. So fish and sushi lovers, take note!

The provincial capital leads the way with the highest number of restaurants per capita, at 67.

Following close behind is Calgary, with an overall score of 78 out of 100. As a rapidly growing city in Canada, this is the foodie destination to watch out for, with new restaurants popping up across the city every day.

In terms of quality, the study shows that Halifax and Quebec City also offer a high number of top-rated restaurants, which have ratings of 56% and 52% respectively.

So there you have it, foodies! Whether you’re already based in Canada or planning a trip sometime this year, you’ve got plenty of delicious options to eat your way through.