As a tribute to my home for the past two years, I wanted to put together a little guide to Davie Street. Known as the heart of Pride in Vancouver, Davie street is also a melting pot of so many international cultures and also only a few blocks away from the beach. There’s a lot of delicious and cheap food around! Read on for my top picks of things to do on Davie street! (It’s mostly a food guide but that’s not a bad thing right?)
There are more than 10 sushi options within just a few blocks of each other! But my top two recommendations are Sushi Mugen and Tom Sushi. These two places check off all the boxes – pleasant ambiance, friendly service, reasonable prices, and above all, great tasting sushi. I’d recommend Sushi Mugen a bit more if you’re looking for rolls and Tom Sushi more if you’re leaning towards nigiri. I was really impressed by the nigiri at Tom Sushi!
I have not tried all the coffee options yet on Davie street but my favorite is Matchsticks. I’m more into the hipster coffee shop vibe so I love the decor at Matchsticks. My go to is a flat white there but they have a seasonal menu that is always enticing!
Another local favorite is Caffe Mira. They have a super cute interior but I find the seats are almost always full! They have classics as well as some Asian inspired drinks like the Okinawa latte. I find their drinks a tad on the sweet side but a super cute spot to relax. If you’re more into cozy neighbourhood old school vibes check out Amoka Coffee and Cardero Cafe
Grab Take Out
There are a lot of small shops along Davie which makes them perfect for takeout! I’ve had my fair share of take out on Davie Street and here are some of my favorites:
- Al Basha – shawarma wraps
- Disco Cheetah – Korean fried chicken
- Los Amigos – tacos
- Davie Dosa Company – dosa and curries
- Poke Bar – poke bowls
LGBTQ+ is widely celebrated all across the city but is especially prominent on Davie Street. For entertainment, the Junction is a really well known spot. Additionally Numbers Cabaret hosts weekly drag shows in the summer and Celebrities nightclub is the place to go for a fun night out. The cross streets of Bute and Thurlow has been turned into a pedestrian plaza often with art installations and pop up events.
One of my favorite things about living by Davie Street is the close proximity to the beach. Sunset Beach is often overshadowed by English Bay but it’s honestly gorgeous! You get the view of the ocean along with Burrard bridge, Granville Island, Kitsilano, and the cityscape. The seawall also has palm trees which makes you feel like you’re on vacation. I’d highly recommend grabbing some take out and going for a walk along Sunset Beach.
Side note, it is a deep decline which means a steep incline on the way back. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
There’s a lot to eat and celebrate in just a few blocks. I hope this local’s guide to Davie Street was helpful and inspires you to take a little trip to this corner of Downtown Vancouver!
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