There’s a lot to check out at this year’s Eastside Culture Crawl—East Van’s annual festival (runs through November 18) that showcases the best in visual arts, design, and crafts.
But wandering to all the different studios can work up an appetite. If you find yourself hungry for some tasty grub, there are plenty of food spots around the neighbourhood.
From freshly baked pastries to sushi combos to craft beer, here are 5 places to find great food during the Crawl.
1. Cadeaux Bakery (172 Powell Street)
This well-loved establishment is known for its beautiful cakes, but it also offers a variety of baked goods and treats for those who aren’t necessarily looking for an 8-inch buttercream birthday cake. Indulge in rotating items like croissants, cookies, cupcakes, tarts, quiche, bars, and other mouthwatering goods.
2. Fujiya Japanese Foods (912 Clark Drive)
Besides offering a wide selection of Japanese products (think produce, tea, and rice), this hot spot also serves up plenty of affordable ready-to-eat items. The most popular sushi here is the classic California roll ($2.95), but you’ll also find other sushi, nigiri, and sashimi on the menu. Salads, gyoza, kaarage (fried-chicken), and salmon teriyaki are also available.
3. Strange Fellows Brewing (1345 Clark Drive)
Vancouverites are spoiled for choice when it comes to craft breweries, and Strange Fellows is among the list. Its beer is created by using traditional techniques and West Coast flavours, so visitors will find unique aged beer here. Some of the hops on tap include Talisman (West Coast pale ale), Guardian (White IPA), and the Familiar (English Brown Ale), which can all be paired with some eats in its tasting room.
4. Union Market (810 Union Street)
Tucked away in the Strathcona neighbourhood is this hidden gem, where customers can find traditional Portuguese foods, homemade meals, freshly baked breads, and coffees. Go for the Portuguese custard tarts, orange fritters, fried chicken, croissants, or salads.
5. Uprising Breads Bakery (1697 Venables)
If a place has been open for a couple of decades, then you know it’s good. This local bakery focuses on sustainability and using the freshest ingredients, while also giving back to the community. Its menu is large, which can make it hard to decide what to order. Some of its creations include muffins, scones, cookies, pies, cold-cut and veggie sandwiches, samosas, soups, salads, and a variety of caffeinated beverages.