Explore the flavours of the world at the heart of the Island. Our rich heritage has produced the perfect combination of classic techniques with local twists, and nouveau flavours steeped in homegrown ingredients.

Come to Nanaimo to enjoy delicious entrées from local kitchens, seasoned with experience and presented with panache. We have world-class fine dining options, quirky diners serving down-home favourites, traditional Coast Salish fare on Saysutshun plus floating restaurants with the freshest seafood, sushi shops, street vendors, and cultural experiences that bring you to their homeland for a dish or two.

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"We've got three breweries in town, one brew pub. You can really occupy a lot of your time traveling from one drink establishment to another. We've got pretty much everything here."
Harley Smith, Brewmaster
"Everyone knows about the famous Nanaimo Bar, so we always share the Nanaimo Bar Trail and all of the amazing local restaurants, cafes, bakeries & breweries where visitors can try Nanaimo Bar inspired products!"
Gina Bethell
"We love that Nanaimo has one of the most capable communities who can grow their own food, build and make their own products, and support each other in a way that no other community can."
Mei Dunlop and Janice Roberts
Craft Breweries
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Craft Breweries
One of the best things about visiting a creative community is experiencing the delicious combinations made possible through the local terroir. In Nanaimo, we have an excellent selection of craft breweries that create your new favourite lagers, ales, stouts, and more. Enjoy a freshly-poured brew on-tap or pick up a commemorative growler to take it to-go.
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Nanaimo Bar Trail
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Nanaimo Bar Trail
Rumoured to be a staple in the lunchboxes of the coal miners of the early 1900s, the Nanaimo Bar is a tasty treat savoured around the world. Take a trip on the Nanaimo Bar Trail to celebrate our connection to this delicious combination of the 4 C’s – coconut, custard, chocolate, and (graham) crackers. Try a Nanaimo Bar latte, cupcake, cocktail, tea, or number of different takes on this local classic. And if sweets aren’t your thing, you can still enjoy the experience with a Nanaimo Bar pedicure, massage oil, Funky Monkey adventure, artisanal soap, and more.
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Food and Drink Tours
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Food and Drink Tours
In Nanaimo, you have the luxury of booking a customized Craft Brewery or Taste of Nanaimo Tour with Vancouver Island Expeditions. Leave your keys at the hotel and climb aboard with travel curator Leif for a customized tour including breweries, estate winery, vodka distillery and even a hops farm.
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First Nation Flavour
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First Nation Flavour
No trip to Nanaimo is complete without a visit to Newcastle Island – or Saysutshun, as it's been called for generations by the Snuneymuxw First Nation. Work up an appetite as you tour the island, then stop at the Saysutshun Bistro for a locally inspired menu of burgers, seafood chowder, local salmon, and house-made bannock – an unleavened bread that pairs well with everything. Enjoy your meal with a local beer or wine, then finish it off with an excellent selection of desserts.
Farmers Markets
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Farmers Markets
There’s nothing like the taste of homegrown and handmade, and you can try local favourites at our various Farmers Markets, featuring sweets and savouries as well as soaps, seeds, suds, handcrafted gifts, and all kinds of creative expression.
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