The West End has some new-ish restaurants and cafes worth checking out. Ritual, Cacao 70 and Whistler’s well known Peaked Pies are new to the West End having been open for only a few months. Timber and Molli Cafe already have a couple years behind them (hence new-ish) but are both hidden gems worth checking out.
Ritual – 774 Denman Street
Ritual is located on Denman Street, just north of Robson. This cozy restaurant describes itself as farm to table comfort food. They offer house made bread, pastries, braised natural meats, slow simmered sauces and more. Brunch is on the menu every day and a dinner and cocktail menu is available on the weekend.
Peaked Pies – 975 Denman Street
Originally from Whistler, Peaked Pies now has a location in the West End. They offer authentic aussie meat pies, artisan coffee and a selection of dessert items. Be sure to try your pie peaked, which has your favourite pie topped with mashed potato, mushy peas and gravy.
Cacao 70 – 1047 Denman Street
If you’re a chocolate lover you’ll want to check out Cacao 70. This Montreal based chocolate bistro offers all kinds of chocolate treats: shakes, cakes, fondues, ice cream, smoothies, iced coffees and chocolate pizzas. They also offer non-chocolate items such as sandwiches, salads, waffles and more to balance out all the sweetness.
Molli Café – 1225 Burrard Street
Molli Café is a relaxed, Mexican cafeteria style eatery. The Mexican inspired coffee shop features tortas, tacos, soup and salad. Their menu is small but hard to beat.
Timber – 1300 Robson Street
Timber is Chef Chris Whittaker’s second restaurant in the West End. The first is Forage. Timber is described as Canadian comfort food offering items such as Turtle Valley Ranch bison burgers, deep fried cheese curds and strip-side prawn mac and cheese. They also offer a selection of craft beers to enjoy while you watch the latest sports event.
If you’re ever in the area, be sure to stop by and try out one of these great spots!