Alright, foodies. Get your forks and napkins ready, because we’re about to spill on some of the tastiest new spots around town. From The Farmhouse to the highly-anticipated launch of Novella Coffee Bar, here are 12 new restaurants & cafes to check out around Vancouver this December.

Now open

The Farmhouse

The Farmhouse is a rustic, intimate spot that keeps things simple so that the emphasis is all on the food. Serving Northern Italian fare in a comfy space, you’ll definitely feel like you’re dining in someone’s home when you’re here. The new spot is officially open from Wednesday to Sunday from 4 pm to 10 pm (and until 11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays), so book those resos while you can!

Where: 352 East 10th Avenue

The Brightside Cafe


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Don’t be deterred by the “coming soon” message on their website – The Brightside Cafe is officially open from 8 am to 4 pm every day of the week. And the new space is perfect for a cozy catch-up with friends or a cup of espresso during your lunch break. Dinner and drink options are coming soon, but for now, guests can enjoy a variety of fresh pastries, coffee, breakfast, and lunch options.

Where: 3040 West Broadway

Sector 7 Kitchen & Bar


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For a new fine dining option that has just as many innovative cocktails as it does plates, check out Sector 7 Kitchen & Bar in Richmond. The new spot serves up everything from Korean chicken wings and Shanghai crispy noodles to birria tacos and burgers. Think old-school vibes meet new-school tastes.

Where: 9371 No 5 Road #10, Richmond

Pistachio Sweetery Cafe

Pistachio Sweetery Cafe might be new to the scene, but they’ve already garnered a rep for having some of the best cheesecake around. The dessert-focused cafe is 100% halal and has a plethora of Middle Eastern pastries and sweets to choose from – including authentic kunafa and baklava. Oh, and they host regular Arabian Music Nights!

Where: 686 Seymour Street

The Darkside


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A new culinary “playground” and Asian-inspired gastropub just launched in Vancouver this November – and it’s definitely on our must-visit list this month. Their specialty? A mix of “fast-casual dishes” inspired by the West Coast. And what better way to create intrigue than with a name like The Darkside?

Where: 219 Union Street

To Live For Cafe

Vegan food lovers, this one’s for you. Erin Ireland’s famous banana bread finally has a permanent home in East Van, and you can officially enjoy some in a brand-new space, complete with cozy nooks and hanging plants. The cafe is open from 7 am to 5 pm daily.

Where: 1508 Nanaimo Street

Chop Steakhouse & Bar – Coal Harbour

Attention steak lovers! Joining the newer Vancouver International Airport location is another Chop Steakhouse & Bar, making it that much easier to enjoy a delicious steak and glass of vino. The powerhouse restaurant serves up everything from filling salads & power bowls to Chili Garlic Shrimp. And in terms of tasty drinks to pair with your meal, we’re eyeing the sparkling sangria and the Tony Mendez.

Where: 26-1055 Canada Place

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FiorDiLatte Cafe


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FiorDiLatte Cafe (FDL for short) might already have an OG spot in Burnaby, but the new spot on Commercial Drive is now officially open too. So get ready for all the specialty coffee and pastries you can eat – and follow along via their socials for the latest scoop.

Where: 1858 Commercial Drive

Wild Thing Snack Bar on Main 


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From nostalgic brunch options to a variety of natural wine and spirits to sip on, Wild Thing is bringing all the snacking you need this winter. And now, the beloved snack bar has opened a new late-night spot on Main Street, open 10 am to midnight from Sunday to Thursday and until 1 am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Where: 2420 Main Street

Milk Bar Vancouver


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ICYMI, Milk Bar recently launched its first location in Vancouver at Nordstorm’s downtown. And if you’re a person with a massive sweet tooth, this spot is a must-try this holiday season. From pies, cookies, and truffles to seasonal bites like the Peppermint Snaps, the options are limitless.

Where: 799 Robson Street, level one of Nordstorm Pacific Centre

Opening soon

Novella Coffee Bar 

After a year of build-up, Novella Coffee Bar is finally set to open in Mount Pleasant on Thursday, December 8th. Coming from the folks behind the acclaimed Published on Main, Novella is a multi-concept cafe, grocery store, and hangout spot. Think along the lines of other Vancouver greats like Le Marché St. George and Aperture. In addition to their own creations, guests can expect to sip on coffee roasted by House of Funk Roasting and treats from Butterboom Bakery.

When: Thursday, December 8th
Where: 2650 Main Street

Hynes’ Irish Pub

When: TBA this month
Where: 3468 West Broadway

And that’s a wrap on some great new restaurants and cafes to check out around Vancouver. Bon AppĂ©tite!