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TOP 4 Mexican Restaurants in Vancouver


Named one of UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity cuisines, authentic Mexican food is based on ancestral culinary techniques and offers a unique vibe. As one of the many types of food you can find in Vancouver; it’s one of Canada’s most loved cuisines that stands out for its spiciness and dozens of ways to use corn tortillas, salsa and cheese.


From street tacos with cilantro to spicy enchiladas, Vancouver offers exceptional Mexican food that attracts locals and tourists alike. And the best part for you is that you can experience the true essence of Mexico right in the heart of British Columbia! Let us tell you about 4 of the best restaurants you need to try ASAP.

 

1. La Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop


La Taqueria has become a place everyone loves. If you are a taco enthusiast, this place is meant for you and should be on your bucket list. La Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop offers a complete menu of tacos (of course) with different types of meat. Pastor, carnitas (we're getting hungry), and barbacoa with exceptional flavor! The handmade tortilla and salsa are two of the best parts. Not a taco person? Perhaps you'd prefer an incredible burrito. 


Don’t worry, they care about everyone! If you’re vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free, you will also find many options. Portobello mushroom tacos head the list, but the nopales (cacti) tacos are more common as a menu item in Mexico. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, La Taqueria is budget-friendly for students, so you won’t spend a fortune having a meal here.


Locations:

📍2450 Yukon St, Vancouver, BC V5Y 0A

📍322 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1K6

📍851 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2E5

 

2. Sal y Limón


A Mexican restaurant that is known as a hidden gem in the city. The original restaurant is located in East Vancouver, and it is a medium-sized restaurant that features decorations that will remind you of Coco, the Disney Pixar movie. Its menu offers traditional Mexican dishes like:


  • Cochinita Pibil, a slow-roasted pork (they also have chicken) marinated in achiote and sour orange

  • Tortilla soup

  • Quesadillas, a simple but satisfying dish served with cabbage and sour cream

  • The famous and rich mole sauce, made from a secret family recipe

  • Aguas Frescas, we recommend you try Horchata with cinnamon

  • Flan & Tres leches cake for a sweet finish to your meal


Locations:

📍701 Kingsway #5, Vancouver, BC V5T 3K6 (original location)

📍1752 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 4A3

📍2428 160 St #10, Surrey, BC V3Z 0C8

 

3. Chancho Tortilleria

Chancho Tortilleria has quickly gained a following. Their authentic Mexican Cuisine stands out for its fresh ingredients, including corn tortillas, handmade daily, making the tacos taste much better. If you don’t believe us, go and try them! This restaurant focuses on crafting authentic Mexican dishes using organic and sustainable ingredients, creating the perfect tortilla and salsa. 


The menu features various options, including succulent carnitas and spicy shrimp tacos. For a unique dining experience, try their Tlayuda, a traditional Oaxacan dish often called "Mexican pizza."


Location:

📍2096 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4B2

 

4. La Mezcaleria

If you want to try a different experience that mixes food and drinks, La Mezcaleria is your best option. The restaurant includes a variety of mezcal, tequila, or Mexican beer to complement any dish you request. The classic guacamole is a MUST if you come here, and you should try their enchiladas. 


Also, talking about mixing, the menu is a fusion of traditional and contemporary Mexican flavors, but it’s an experience we cannot describe to you. Go for dinner with a friend and try it out. La Mezcaleria is perfect for a fun night out with friends.


Locations:

📍1622 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3Y4


Vancouver's Mexican food is a true joy that enriches Vancouver’s cuisine. Whether you crave the simple pleasure of a taco or want to venture into a culinary path of Mexican essence, the city has something to offer everyone. From La Taqueria's casual charm to Sal y Limón's upscale dining and Chancho Tortilleria's commitment to handmade tortillas, these Mexican restaurants in Vancouver have brought the authentic taste of Mexico to your plate. So, the next time you find yourself in Vancouver, explore these restaurants to get the best Mexican food!


¡Buen provecho! (enjoy your food)

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