Try This: 7 Chic Cultural and Culinary Experiences in Richmond

Next time you’re in Richmond, be sure to explore more than just the airport.

May 14, 2018

By Kate Black

Richmond is more than a hidden gem. Bursting with culture and charm, it has quickly become a go-to destination for some of the West Coast’s best food and historic sites. A day trip can quickly turn into an overnight affair when you’re strolling along the water, sampling delicacies and steeping yourself in Pacific coast culture and history.

The next time you’re visiting Richmond, whether it’s for an extended stay or just passing through, be sure to put these unique experiences at the top of your list.

1. Dim Sum at Chef Tony Seafood Restaurant

Metro Vancouver is filled to the brim with some of the best authentic Chinese food in Canada. But the locals know Richmond is the place to visit for the best dim sum on this side of the Pacific—and Chef Tony Seafood Restaurant is a cut above. House specialties include mouth-watering desserts like steamed buns filled with salty egg yolk lava (for which Chef Tony was awarded at the 2018 Vancouver Chinese Restaurant Awards) and pork dumplings topped with black truffle shavings. Leave room so you can sample other treats like pan-fried taro and pumpkin cake and delicate egg white custard tarts.

2. Gulf of Georgia Cannery Guided Tour

For a taste of pacific history, visit the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, which packed nearly 2.5 million cans of salmon every year in its heyday. As a national historic site, it’s a must-see for history buffs. Plus, the cannery’s farmers market provides ample opportunities to sample treats like artisan chocolates and browse through the wares of many talented vendors. Walking tours through the heritage Herring Reduction Plant and the Canning Line promise a uniquely coastal experience and a newfound appreciation for what’s on your plate.

3. Wine Tasting at Country Vines

Richmond Country Farms has been in the same family for over 40 years and has recently burst into the wine market with an impressive collection of vino. Sample some (or all) of the 19 varieties in the Country Vines Winery tasting room, complete with outdoor patio seating for warmer days. While you’re there, don’t forget to stop by the market to pick up some local organic produce and meet the farm’s furry residents.

4. Surf n’ Turf at Steveston Seafood House

After checking dim sum off your Richmond culinary bucket list, we suggest stopping at one of the city’s finest seafood spots: Steveston Seafood House. The dishes let West Coast flavours sing, and include spectacular creations like the Mighty Fraser, which consists of filet mignon topped with Pacific crab, asparagus, béarnaise sauce and a smoked salmon rosette.

5. High Tea at London Heritage Farm

London Heritage Farm whisks visitors out of the urban hustle and into the quaintness of 19th-century farm life. Blending the past with the present and the international with the local, high tea at the farm serves up homemade jam, scones and its signature “London Lady” tea in imported fine English bone china. After snagging some china or homemade honey from the gift shop, be sure to stroll the grounds to get a taste of rural Richmond of yesteryear, which includes a heritage perennial flower and herb garden.

6. Walk the Wharf in Steveston Village

Photo: Tourism Richmond

The charming streets of Steveston feel like a world of their own. And in a way, they are: you may recognize it as the fictional town of Storybrooke from ABC’s Once Upon A Time. Framed by the village’s artful exteriors are a bevy of artisan shops, like Best of British Food & Gifts and Pieces. If you’re visiting during the summer, be sure to visit The Steveston Farmers and Artisan Market, which highlights the best of the Lower Mainland’s artisans.

7. Shopping at McArthurGlen

Just three minutes from the Vancouver International Airport via the Canada Line, it’s hard to miss the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet before heading home. Stacked with designer labels like Coach, Armani and Michael Kors, you’ll find something within every budget. McArthurGlen’s food options also make it stand out from your run-of-the-mill outlet, with authentic Chinese food at Neptune Noodle House, fresh seafood at Ryuu Japanese Kitchen and classic Neapolitan pizza at Bibo Pizzeria.

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