Unexpected: 9 Hidden Restaurants & Cafes

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Everyone’s been to the big name restaurants in the city, as well as to the little guys who have made a name for themselves, but these 10 spots are still under the radar — either in profile or because of their hidden location. Wander off the beaten path and try one out, you’ll likely be in for a surprise.

Unexpected: 9 Hidden Restaurants & Cafes

By Vancouver Is Awesome

Everyone's been to the big name restaurants in the city, as well as to the little guys who have made a name for themselves, but these spots are still under the radar. Take a look & be in the know!

  • Bird's Nest

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    One of the more well-known underground restaurants in the city (how's that for an oxymoron?), Bird's Nest is relatively affordable at with a 'suggested donation' model; yet the cuisine is delectable.

  • The Mighty Oak

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    This grocery store/cafe crossover is located near the Cambie Village, serving up coffee & tea alongside your groceries. Need another incentive? They also sell Earnest Ice Cream!

  • Endless Meal

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    This Gastown underground restaurant serves parties of 8-10, by reservation only. For $50, you'll be treated to a 4 course dinner & dessert, all in an upscale yet laid-back space.

  • The Wilder Snail

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    Another neighborhood grocery store/cafe fusion, The Wilder Snail serves the Strathcona community, selling anything from household products to Americanos. They even accept Bitcoin as payment.

  • Farm 2 Fork

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    Farm 2 Fork, as their name suggests, aims to bring fresh, local ingredients straight to your plate. Another Gastown underground restaurant, Farm 2 Fork focuses on progressing the local food movement.

  • Prophouse Cafe

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    The Prophouse Cafe might be a bit better known, but the atmosphere feels anything but public. Built to support middle/low income artists, Prophouse is as much a creative space as it is a cafe.

  • No Fixed Address

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    Unlike the other underground restaurants on this list, No Fixed Address calls for diners to meet anywhere from a Mount Pleasant home to railway tracks. No matter the location, the food is delicious.

  • Plate Invaders

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    If you're a vegan searching for a supper club that meets your dietary needs, Plate Invaders is perfect for you. They promise "cruelty-free indulgences" like coconut bacon or marinated sunburst squash.

  • Le Marche St. George

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    Le Marche St. George is located in the heart of Mt. Pleasant and is a modern neighborhood shop tucked away just off Main St., offering up chai lattes to artisan flatbread alongside exotic groceries.

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