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Best Vancouver Cheap Eats!!

Hop & Vine Taphouse

Hop and Vine Taphouse

Seafood Sundays serves King Crab Legs for $4 and sleeves of North Coast Brewing for $4.50, but what really makes this place worth the trip is when they play “Score or Scrap” on Canucks game days. Before each game they choose a random player, and if he scores or scraps the entire bar gets a free round!

Address: 1601 Burnwood Drive, Burnaby



During Toonie Tuesdays you can get a waffle with butter and syrup for $2.00 all day long.

Address: 1340 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Thierry Patisserie

Theirry Patisserie

Chef Thierry’s savoury Croissant Au Jambon is made with flakey pastry, Italian ham, Emmental cheese and béchamel.

Address: 1059 Alberni Street, Vancouver

ManCakes Bakery


With flavours like Bacon Chili Lime, Buffalo Wing, and Rum and Coke, ManCakes is taking cupcakes to a whole new level. Go for the ManCake and coffee combo for $4.99.

Address: 288 Robson Street, Vancouver

Kessel & March


On Tuesdays the entire lunch menu at Kessel & March drops to fit our $5 budget, which means we can score calzones, quiches, or sandwich + soup combos.

Address: Unit No. 109-1701 Powell Street, Vancouver



If it’s a light lunch you’re looking for, Ebi-Ten serves mini Pork Teriyaki Bowls for $3.95 or two sushi rolls for $5.

Address: 388 Robson Street, Vancouver

Brother’s Café & Bakery

Brothers Cafe Bakery

Located just a few steps from the Stadium/Chinatown Skytrain station, these breakfast sandwiches are perfect for a quick grab-and-go.

Address: 193 Keefer Place, Vancouver

On-Lok Restaurant

On Lok

On-Lok has a ton of great dishes for $5 or less, including curry beef brisket, wonton, and BBQ duck noodle soups. You can also get a wide variety of congee for around the same price.  If you’re not in the mood to slurp, they also serve steamed chicken, beef, pork, or duck on steamed rice within our budget.

Address: 2010 E Hastings Street, Vancouver

Ba Le Sandwich Shop

Ba Le

Who doesn’t love Banh Mi for $3?! Head to Ba Le for some seriously good sandwiches.

Address: 633 Main Street, Vancouver

Sal Y Limon

Sal Y Limon


Tacos, tacos and more tacos. Choose from beef, sausage, lamb, chicken, pork, or vegetarian tacos at Sal Y Limon. They’re $2.25 each, or $2.75 with cheese.

Address: 701 Kingsway, Vancouver

Guu Otokomae


The Takoyaki for $5 will keep you coming back to Guu’s six locations around Greater Vancouver. Puffed deep-fried balled octopus in a batter dressed with wasabi mayo, bonito flakes, dried seaweed and other delicious sauces are simply too guu’d to share.

Address:  375 Water Street, Vancouver

Fire Pizza

Fire Pizza

This family-run pizza joint on The Drive serves innovative flavours that keep crowds flocking. That and the pizza combo special: two slices and a pop for $4.50.

Address: 1918 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Liquids + Solids

Liquids And Solids

Head to one of Liquids + Solid’s three locations to grab soup, stew, chili or chowder for less than $5! Every day boasts a rotating selection that will be sure to please everyone. Plus, everything is made from scratch and sourced locally.

Address: 1550 West Broadway, Vancouver 

Milk and Sugar Cafe

Milk and Sugar

For lunch, try the $5 teriyaki rice bowl. Choose from toppings like beef, chicken or salmon over a mountain of basmati rice.

Address: 101-3365 Kingsway, Vancouver

Well that rounds out just a few highlights from the past 52 weeks of cheap eats. If you have a favourite spot that you think deserves a shout out, tell us in the comments below! For more meal ideas for $5 or less, sign-up to Chowmenow and get the inside scoop on cheap eats around Greater Vancouver.

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Images From: Paul V, Paone Creative, Flavour Hunter, ManCakes, Sean R, Kessel & March, Ebi Ten, Kenneth N, David W, Serious Eats, Sherman,ErikaEatsEverything, Sarah Y., Brittany W, Vanessa