From steaming bowls of Afuri ramen and Peruvian-inspired plates to donuts, craft brews, and everything in between, there are a ton of new flavours hitting the food & drink scene in Vancouver this month. But before we dive in fork-first, it’s important to know which places are open, and which are still in the works. So, let’s get into it. Here are 18 new restaurants, breweries, and cafes to check out in Vancouver this September.

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Suyo

 

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We’re starting off this list with one of the most recent openings, if not the most recent. The highly-anticipated Peruvian restaurant and wine bar Suyo (meaning ‘homeland’), has officially opened its doors, serving an array of traditional plates as well as fusion dishes like Yucca Fries and Cauliflower Steak served with quinoa tabbouleh. Plus, delicious wine to wash it all down.

Where: 3475 Main Street

Afuri Ramen + Dumpling

Named after Mt. Afuri in the Kanagawa prefecture of Japan, Afuri Ramen + Dumpling is known for their MSG-free dishes like their signature Yuzu Shio Ramen, killer gyoza game, and their now famous soft shell crab bun. And now, they’ve expanded to Vancouver following the success of their Richmond outpost.

Where: 2801 Main Street

Bamboo World Kitchen – West Broadway

Speaking of dumplings, Bamboo World Kitchen recently opened a second location in Vancouver for tasty, healthy international fare. Its menu strikes the perfect balance between high-protein health bowls and wraps, all-day dim sum, and some pretty amazing smoothies and salads too – if you want to dine light.

Where: 794 West Broadway

Karma Indian Bistro

Lovers of authentic Indian food, get ready for a great new addition to the Vancouver scene. Karma Indian Bistro is serving up delicious soups, pakoras, curries, and rice dishes for folks of all dietary preferences – and they recently opened their doors in Kitsilano. And if you’re looking to pair your meal with some tasty cocktails – they’ve got plenty of those, too.

Where: 2741 West 4th Avenue

Caffè Soccavo

 

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Commercial Drive’s newest cafe addition offers authentic Italian pastries and sandwiches, espresso drinks, and best of all – daily happy hour specials. Oh, and the Caffe is soccer-themed, so soccer enthusiasts and lovers of Italian culture alike are in for a treat.

Where: 1321 Commercial Drive

Brasserie Coquette

If you’re a fan of daily happy hour menus – you’ll definitely want to check out Brasserie Coquette in Kits if you haven’t already. The French-inspired spot opened its doors back in July, but we think another shout-out is definitely in order. After all, where else can you gorge on lemon Absinthe crepes or pickled garlic scapes??

Where: 2685 Arbutus Street

Tru Cafe

 

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Looking for a new spot to hit before heading to Granville Island on a busy day? Enter Tru Cafe – the newest Starbucks replacement following the string of closures across Canada last year. The new coffee shop doubles as a gelato spot, serving a range of caffeinated bevies and treats, gelato, and affogato.

Where: 1500 West 2nd Avenue

Faubourg Bakery – Yaletown

If you haven’t yet had the chance to visit the Parisian-style cafe & patisserie, don’t sweat it. They recently opened up a new spot in Yaletown, and its menu has a ton of delicious eats to sample. From traditional French pastries, macarons, smoothies, and fancy espresso drinks, to seasonal delights like last year’s Hazelnut and Gianduja Brioche and the Lychee, Rose & Raspberry Danish – there is plenty to choose from.

Where: 302 Davie Street

NUTTEA

NUTTEA Canada has officially opened in Kitsilano – which means you can finally get their famous vegan milk tea (‘nut-mylk’) right here in the country’s unofficial vegan capital. It’s only fitting. From Matcha or Quinoa-oatmeal Nut Mylk Tea to Earl Grey Tea with Chocolate Nut Cream – there are so many tasty options to choose from. They even have vegan pour-over coffee options and non-caffeinated smoothies, depending on your mood or preference.

Where: 1958 West 4th Avenue

North Point Brewing Cafe

 

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North Van’s North Point Brewing just launched a new brewery-patio-cafe concept in downtown Vancouver. Its location? “The Den at Dunsmuir Patio” at the Bentall Centre – and visitors can expect everything from amazing craft beers, hot pizza, and locally roasted coffee to wash it all down. Time to gather your friends for after-work brews or stop by for a lunch date!

Where: 1025 Dunsmuir Street

Brewing August

Kitsilano finally has a solid brewery to call its own, so if you’re in search of a new local watering hole – this could be it. Enter Brewing August’s first-ever outpost, AKA – the go-to spot if you’re a fan of long, summer days and beach-inspired brews. Hang on to the season for a little longer in this minimalist haven and get the craft beer flowing!

Where: 1614 West 3rd Avenue

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Mello Kerrisdale

 

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Donut lovers take note. Mello Vancouver (AKA- Chinatown’s sweet shop gem) recently opened a second donut outpost in Kerrisdale. You know what that means – folks have yet another spot to load up on their famous Butterscotch, Cinnamon Cream Cheese, and Lemon Curd donuts. And if you’re feeling adventurous, there’s even an everything bagel donut you can try!

Where: 4635 Arbutus Street

Hype Chocolate Co. 

Next door to Strathcona Beer Company is a new ice cream shop specializing in chocolate treats and nostalgic ice cream floats – so you know where we’ll be for the remainder of summer! What began as a chocolate-exclusive business in December 2021 has exploded into a full-blown retro-style sweet shop where folks can indulge in ’90s-inspired treats. This is the perfect spot if you’re taking a break from the brews and craving something sweet!

Where: 855 East Hastings

Opening soon

Mount Pleasant Vintage & Provisions

We’re starting off this section with a spot that’s been on our radar since early spring. And although no official opening date has been set for Mount Pleasant’s Vintage & Provisions just yet, the retro bar & grill has been teasing an opening “this week.” Hopefully, they mean this this week. Situated inside a small, white character house in between corporate offices and industrial buildings, it’s no wonder this spot is garnering attention from folks all over the city. Fingers crossed it won’t be too much longer until we can feast on their charcoal-grilled BBQ!

When: Opening on Thursday, September 1st
Where: 67 West 6th Avenue

Rewind Beer Co. 

Now, don’t get too excited – but we’ve seen discussion of a potential opening date of Labour Day weekend (unconfirmed) on Rewind’s socials. If you’re a fan of throwback nights or decade-inspired drinks, then you’ll love this newest addition to Port Moody’s Brewers Row. As the name implies, Rewind is all about the 90s. And the 80s. And 70s and 60s…honestly, we’re not too sure how far back the brewery plans to derive its inspo. But we’re excited to see the result “by the end of summer,” whenever that may be.

When: TBA this summer
Where: 2809 Murray Street, Port Moody

Par-Tee Putt Vancouver

With 18 themed holes, Toronto’s smash hit Par-Tee Putt is coming to Vancouver this summer, offering guests a nostalgic, quirky indoor space to putt and drink with friends. Folks can sign up at this link to gain early access to the tee times, and be one of the first to play when the bar opens!

When: Opening mid-September
Where: 670 Smithe Street, above Dublin Calling
Cost: $24.95 for early bird pricing

Wild Thing Snack Bar – Main Street

After a mere 6 weeks of opening downtown, the wine & snack bar announced the opening of a second location on Main Street. Its name? TBA. But its solid plant-based menu and team of creatives aren’t going anywhere! If you’re looking for a neighbourhood spot for vegan and vegetarian fare that also offers incredible natural wine, this is it.

When: Opening this summer, TBA
Where: 2420 Main Street

To Live For Cafe

An iconic Vancouver pop-up and vegan staple, To Live For has finally secured a spot for its own bakery-cafe in East Van. In other words, Erin Ireland’s famous banana bread will finally have a permanent home, and just in time for the season of pumpkin spice! The opening date? Late summer to early fall, so hopefully that means this month. And for now, folks can still order from their curbside pick-up menu.

When: Opening TBA, late summer or early fall 2022
Where: 1508 Nanaimo Street

And that’s a wrap on what’s new and coming soon, Vancouver. We hope you get to hit all of these spots eventually, but the ‘divide and conquer’ strategy might be best in this case since there are so many tasty options to choose from.