Food and Eating Out

The many different cultures in Vancouver bring a huge variety of exciting food options. Whether you are cooking at home or eating out, there is something for everyone.

On campus

UBC Food Services provides many great facilities directly on campus to satisfy your hunger. A full list of locations and opening hours for all restaurants and eateries is available online.

University Marketplace

Additional restaurants are available in direct proximity of campus in the University Marketplace, such as several Sushi places, Chinese Restaurant, fast food and a food court in the lower level.

Eating in

Granville Island

Granville market is open every day from 9 AM to 7 PM and offers fresh produce including seafood, meat, fruit and vegetables and baked goods. It has a large range of other stalls too.

Large supermarket chains

Some supermarket chains in the city include Canadian Superstore / No Frills, Walmart, Safeway, IGA and Costco. Costco requires membership and you buy in bulk to make savings.

Grocery stores

There are several smaller or specialty grocery stores across the city. Some of the most common are Choices MarketEast End Food Co-op, Marketplace, Urban Fare, Kin's Farm Market and Nesters.

Eating out

There are restaurants and cafés to suit every budget in Vancouver (including several on campus). Tourism Vancouver provides a good database of places to try.

Even the top restaurants in Vancouver can be within your budget at least once a year. Dine Out Vancouver is an annual event allowing food lovers to eat out at specially reduced prices.



It is customary to tip your food server or bartender. The usual rate is 15% of the price of the meal or drinks.


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