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New Data Reveals Canada’s Top Foodie Hotspots Ahead of a Predicted Tourism Boom

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As online restaurant reviews soar and TikTok continues to entice the appetites of over 50 million active users daily, the foodie landscape in 2024 is undergoing a revolution. 

But given the sheer volume of options, it can be overwhelming to know where to head for brunch, a light lunch, dinner for a special occasion or even date night.

Using data-driven insights, new research from food box subscription provider, Chefs Plate, has uncovered the ultimate list of foodie hotspots to visit in Canada.

The research looked into the volume of restaurants in each location, restaurant reviews, food costs and public demand. From iconic eateries to hidden gems, Canada is home to a variety of destinations that are perfect for a food-oriented getaway or staycation. Check out the best destinations in Canada for foodies to visit below.

Top 10 Canadian cities for foodies to visit

City / town

Total score (/100)

Vancouver

100

Toronto

95.6

Victoria

86.9

Richmond

81.6

Calgary

78.0

Montreal

71.8

Mississauga

60.9

Hamilton

56.4

Burnaby

53.0

Windsor

53.0

Vancouver came out on top with a near perfect rating, boasting the highest number of restaurants rated 4* or above at 67.1%. From high-end dining venues to laid-back eateries, food trucks, and vibrant farmers’ markets. Vancouver’s diverse and thriving food scene undoubtedly cements its position as the ultimate foodie destination in Canada.

In second place, Toronto boasts the largest social media presence, with over 103,000 posts tagged #torontofood.  The city’s unparalleled diversity offers a range of culinary options that span the globe with authenticity and innovation, firmly establishing it as a top spot for foodies.

In third place, Victoria stands out for its coastal location and abundance of fresh seafood, featuring salmon, halibut, Dungeness crab, and local shellfish. Foodies can enjoy seafood-centric dishes, from traditional West Coast cuisine to innovative fusion creations.

Victoria leads with the highest number of restaurants per capita, at 67. In contrast, Longueuil has the fewest restaurants per capita, with only 11 restaurants per 10,000 of the population, meaning demand is at an all-time high.

In terms of quality, several other cities and towns also offer a high number of restaurants rated 4* or above, following Vancouver – Victoria, Halifax, and Quebec City, which have ratings of 65%, 56%, and 52%, respectively.

Whether you’re a foodie visiting Canada or you’re a Canadian searching for the best restaurants in Canada to try, consider planning your trip around these foodie cities, and make sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

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