Breakfast In The Neighborhood

Our goal at the Bee & Thistle Guest House is to give our guests a wonderful experience of Vancouver and what better way to do that than to introduce them to our wonderful food scene?  Vancouver is a wonderful blend of cultures, which is reflected in our food. To come to Vancouver and not wander our neighborhoods and check out our fantastic food culture would be to miss a good part of what Vancouver is all about.

The Bee & Thistle is located near Commercial Drive, known locally as “the Drive, which was the original Italian area of Vancouver but which over the years emerged as a popular destination for foodies, or anyone, seeking to satisfy their taste buds with flavors from around the world.

With more than 60 restaurants, cafes and coffee shops within easy walking distance, exploring “the Drive” for breakfast will introduce you to the “real” Vancouver – a very diverse culture with a wide range of ethnic and economic groups, which has melded into a fun, vibrant, eclectic area filled with coffee shops, cafes and restaurants to meet every budget and taste.

As you walk down the street you can sample coffee and baked goods at any of the numerous coffee shops & bakeries, Jerk Chilaquiles at “the Reef” Jamaican restaurant, Pulled Pork Benny at Havana’s Cuban Restaurant, Andouille Hash at Fets Whisky Kitchen, healthy Sprouted Buckwheat Granola at Eternal Abundance Vegan Restaurant, great waffles, etc. at Scandalicious (Scandinavian cuisine – opens at 7:00 a.m. with a $4.99 bacon & egg breakfast on weekdays), a budget breakfast or “Mega Baconator Caesar” at the Storm Crow Brewing Company, “modern Mexican” food at La Mezcaleria, a $5.00 earlybird breakfast at the Tangent Cafe if you’re an early riser (8:00 – 10:00 a.m.), or a wholesome & economical vegetarian breakfast burrito at Bandidas Taqueria. If those suggestions don’t tickle your tastebuds, there are a couple of great diners on nearby Hastings Street. Yolks is very popular (usually with a lineup), The Red Wagon is quite famous for their signature Pulled Pork Pancakes with Bourbon Syrup and, one that we haven’t yet tried but it’s getting good reviews, Jackalope’s Neighborhood Dive for their “Southern Comfort” Brunch. This list is by no means a complete list of the restaurants in our neighborhood, but just a sample of what you can expect to find. Come and see for yourself and let us know your favorite restaurant “find”!

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