Grab a big juicy burger and fries from local chain Vera’s Burger Shack (with locations around town). Little Nest, on Commercial Drive, has a play area and organic, locally sourced food. The menu changes often, but count on whole wheat baguette sandwiches, organic salads and peanut-free treats.
When you are ready for a treat head for La Casa Gelato on Venables Street and try to pick one of the 218 flavours available.
Other local must-tries include bubble tea — fruity drinks laced with big gooey bubbles sucked through an extra fat straw — and Nanaimo bars, a home-grown chocolate, icing and wafer crust concoction available at bake shops around town.