Located about an hour away from downtown Vancouver, Langley is a bustling municipality with lots to offer - especially for those who build their excursions around terrific eats.
Langley offers a mix of rural and urban experiences; it's a growing city nestled up against sprawling agricultural land. That means you can expect to find farm-fresh local products and an increasing array of independent restaurants. You can tuck into diner fare that's been pleasing crowds for decades, dig into fresh waffles loaded with just-picked berries, or sip cocktails while feasting on bold globally influenced eats.
Though by no means an exhaustive list, here's a quick and easy guide to some fantastic spots that will give you a great taste of what Langley has to offer.
Fair warning: If you order up at this 1940s no-frills roadside diner, you may not be able to eat anytime soon after. Known for their mile-high plates of scratch-made breakfast and lunch fare, Hilltop has been a local favourite for decades. You may have seen this tiny, quirky diner on TV (including on Food Network's You Gotta Eat Here), too. Dishing up the goods daily until 2:30 p.m., the massive menu runs the gamut from basic a.m. egg dishes to signature eats like their French Toast made with super-thick cinnamon swirl bread, a breakfast sammy with an Apple Fritter "bun," plus platters of sandwiches, burgers, and fries. Among Hilltop's epic eats are the Mountain (double) and Everest (triple) burgers, which redefine "whopper." If possible, you're urged to save room for pie; the diner is beloved for its famous slices.
Address: 23904 Fraser Hwy, Langley, B.C.
Food fans are all but obligated to pay a visit to Well Seasoned, which features aisles of local and imported specialty ingredients and products, as well as baking and cooking supplies and decor. But the real star at Well Seasoned is the store's house-made foods, which include a number of frozen items and things like ready-to-bake cookies and scones, soups, and more. They're also bundling up "fully-loaded" picnic sets to-go, perfect for easygoing summer days at a local park (of which there are plenty in Langley).
Address: 20353 64 Ave #117, Langley, B.C.
One of Langley's buzziest spots is Haven, a modern restaurant that features cocktails and an exciting menu of approachable eats with global touches. Equally appealing for family meals, date night, or drinks with friends, Haven's menu includes shareable starters like crunchy tempura prawns dusted with coconut and an elevated take on poke, along with dazzling mains like their signature brick chicken or a flat-iron steak with warm potato salad and kale. The popular restaurant also does up dishes like a burger, chicken wings, noodle bowls, curries, and salads - including several items with a pan-Asian flare. Pair your meal with one of their craft cocktails, too.
Address: 19664 64 Ave #105, Langley, B.C.
Talk about a full-spectrum farm experience. You can pick the berries, eat the berries, and buy all sorts of packaged foods made with the berries at Kruase Berry Farms. This family-friendly spot is a local legend, with good reason. Kick-start your day with a fluffy waffle loaded with the best of the current crop from the fields and some whipped cream before doing u-pick. The walk-in Waffle Bar runs year round, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the toppings are seasonal. Vegan waffles are available. Krause's onsite store is packed with decorative items, local goods, and all sorts of foods from the farm, like jams and pickles, fudge and popcorn and their signature pies and piled-high pizzas.
Address: 6179 248 St, Langley, B.C.
This charming fully plant-based casual restaurant is packed with baked goodies and a menu of dishes that won't make you miss meat for a second. Many an omnivore takes delight in hitting up D2E, as it's known, for their flavourful and creative creations. Lunch is the central focus here, where you'll find totally vegan eats like noodle salads, a French Dip sandwich, or the hearty Korean Pancake, which includes a crispy scallion pancake, bulgogi soy curls, shaved cucumber and radish, kimchi mayo, and a tangy-sweet ginger soy dipping sauce. "Little sprouts" can get a perfect kid-sized combo featuring sliders and fresh fruit and veggies to nibble on. D2E also offers up a tempting weekend brunch.
Address: 8912 202 St #100, Langley, B.C.