Vancouver is no stranger to the diner scene, in fact, we’ve got a bunch of delicious diner options at all price ranges. Whether you want a cheap breakfast, a great burger, or an upscale brunch with a touch of nostalgia, there is something out there for you.
Here are 10 diners for of the best diners in Vancouver for every and all occasions, listed alphabetically (for diner-level convenience).
Sitting just off Main Street and 2nd Ave, Argo Cafe came under new ownership in 2004 and has been shining ever since. A classic diner with a wide variety of fusion dishes, Argo definitely has something for everyone. Keep it simple with a burger and a side of soup, or go for broke with one of their daily specials.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 7AM-4PM and Saturday, 8:30AM-2PM, Closed Sunday
Where: 1836 Ontario Street
Definitely the cheapest diner on this list, Bon’s is a greasy spoon like none other in the city. Grab a classic breakfast (they’re $2.95), or explore one of the dozen other menu items if you’re feeling adventurous. We never are, though.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 7AM-8PM and Saturday/Sunday, 8AM-8PM
Where: 2451 Nanaimo Street
With two locations in Vancouver, Deacon’s Corner started in Gastown in 2009 and hasn’t looked back since. The food is a little more classy here, but the menu items are just as blue collar as anywhere else. Case in point is the Big Mountie, which uses three slices of brioche, pulled pork, swiss cheese and fried chicken.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8AM-6PM, Saturday, 9AM-6PM and Sunday, 9AM-5PM
Where: 101 Main Street
Open 24 hours, Lucy’s is better as a novelty meal than as a destination breakfast. If you want the best experience, go one night after some heavy drinking and treat yourself to one of the signature milkshakes and their fried egg sandwich.
Hours: Open 24/7
Where: 2708 Main Street
If you find yourself deep in the south, or you’re making a trip to Ikea in Richmond, then this is the spot for you. Nestled inside Northern Building Supply, the Northern Cafe is the most authentic diner on this list. Grab some lumber or hardware, then treat yourself to a burger or some chicken strips before you start your home improvement project.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 7AM-3PM and Saturday, 8AM-3PM, Closed Sunday
Where: 1640 East Kent Avenue S
One of the oldest restaurants in Vancouver, Ovaltine has been in operation since 1943. Great food and one of the best diner atmospheres in the city, check out our full write up on the Ovaltine here.
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 6:30AM-6PM and Sunday, 6:30AM-2PM
Where: 251 E Hastings Street
A Gastown staple, Save On Meats prides itself on some of the best burgers in the city. Build your own, and then get a boozy milkshake alongside it to complete the experience. Heck maybe, even pick up some ground chuck at the adjacent butcher shop.
Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 9AM-8PM and Friday/Saturday, 9AM-11PM
Where: 43 W Hastings Street
Open since 1988, Sophie’s is a favourite amongst the university crowd and has certainly earned it’s spot amongst the best diners in Vancouver. Sitting on 4th Ave, this spot has a great interior, a nice patio for summer brunch. It’s so kitschy that it’s fun, and the food is as filling as it is tasty.
Hours: Monday/Tuesday, 8AM-2:30PM and Wednesday-Sunday, 8AM-8PM
Where: 2095 W 4th Avenue
The Templeton won an outstanding achievement award from the BC heritage society back in 1997 and has been a diner since 1934 under various names. Probably the highest quality diner on this list, The Templeton is the place to go when your parents or grandparents want to have a great breakfast in a setting they would have experienced as kids.
Hours: Sunday/Tuesday to Thursday, 8:30AM-10PM, Friday/Saturday, 8:30AM-11PM and Sunday, 8:30AM-11PM
Where: 1087 Granville Street
Described as a ‘modern diner’, The Wallflower is sure to be one of the spots where you can look back in 10 years and be happy you went. With vegan, celiac and dairy free options, the Wallflower is the perfect place for going for breakfast with all of your non-omnivore friends.
Hours: Sunday to Wednesday, 9AM-10PM and Thursday to Saturday, 9AM-11PM
Where: 2420 Main Street
And that’s our roundup of the best diners in Vancouver. Use this list to impress your friends the next time it’s your turn to pick a breakfast or burger joint.