Vancouver could soon be home to Canada’s Best Restroom

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When it comes to bathrooms, not all cans are created equal. Sure, when nature calls, our needs are pretty basic. But our wants, well, those can turn a regular ol’ john into a restroom that’s damn near a work of art. That’s where the annual Canada’s Best Restroom competition comes in.

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Laurence and Chico Cafe/Facebook

Bravely exploring the nation in search of the sweetest of facilities, the Cintas company puts together this annual recognition of the finest places to drop the kids off at the pool coast to coast. After taking submissions from everyday users, Canada’s Best Restroom has now revealed the final, oh-so-very-flush-worthy, five, and the list includes two loos right here in Vancouver.

Both Bauhaus restaurant in Gastown and Laurence and Chico Cafe in the West End are on the list, and your votes can help determine the dearest of johns.

Here’s the scoop on Bauhaus’ bathrooms: “Bauhaus Restaurant was inspired by the early 20th-century design movement ‘Bauhaus’ translated to ‘construction house’ which was famous for its unique approach to architecture and design where every form has a function. The restaurant’s Berlin street art-inspired washrooms were commissioned by Naza del Rosal Ortiz (Almería) and Juan Rico (Salamanca/Madrid) are Olliemoonsta, an art duo from Spain with a background in Fine Arts and Graphic Design. The washrooms feature quotes from Walter Gropius, the ‘Bauhaus’ School founder and original graphic designs and graffiti in celebration of the Bauhaus design movement.”

And meanwhile, over at Laurence and Chico: “The Laurence and Chico Café was designed by Laurence Li and Chico Wang, complete with whimsical wallpapers, tiles and furnishings replicating their signature prints. You can Instagram every corner of the café, including the washrooms, which offer customers an escape from reality. One of the washrooms is rubber ducky themed where if you look up, you’ll see the ceiling adorned with them. Another is a floral-themed washroom featuring paper mâché flowers.”

The other finalists are the Beaverhill Shell in Lac la Biche, AB; Cluny Bistro in Toronto; and Cosmos Cafe in Quebec City.

Last year, Vancouver’s Anh & Chi restaurant was among the finalists.

The public voting period opened up July 15, and wraps up on August 16, 2019.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom