Vancouver Christmas Market 2016

Where did I eat?

Vancouver Christmas Market at Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver.

What do they specialize in?

German style street food.

What was the vibe?

Cute, festive, rustic.

What did I eat?

Traditional Cheese and Caramelized Onion Spätzle

  • This was my favourite item of the day and I would highly recommend the traditional version because of how cheesy it is.
  • The spatzle noodles were delicious and they are fried up which results in some pieces getting a crunchy.
  • I also loved the German cucumber salad on the side which was crisp, tart, and refreshing


Gulasch – braised BC beef, carrots, potatoes, and Hungarian paprika topped with sour cream drizzle and served in a bread bowl

  • This gulasch had excellent flavour and was smoky and warm with a strong essence of paprika
  • I was impressed with the amount of large beef pieces in the bowl which made it really hearty and filling


Das Brat Bratwurst

  • When you visit the Christmas market getting a bratwurst is a must.
  • This stall has several different sausages available, but I went with the “das brat” which is the traditional bratwurst style
  • Getting the onions and sauerkraut is a must-do because of the crunchy texture and tangy flavour it adds, but they do make the bun a bit soggy so be prepared to eat fast


German Pizza – Black forest bacon, onion, crème fraîche

  • The pizza has a thin crust that is more crunchy than chewy and similar to a flatbread
  • The black forest bacon is like a prosciutto and has a salty flavour that tastes great with the onions and creamy sauce


Handbrot and Pea and Ham Soup

  • The pea and ham soup was delicious and had a velvety thick texture and a well-balanced comforting ham flavour
  • The handbrot is a “hand bread” that is baked in a wood fire oven and filled with ham and gouda cheese and topped with sour cream. The sour cream on top makes it difficult to eat, but the struggle is worth it for the rich creamy flavour it adds.

Disclosure: I did not pay for my meal.

Final Thoughts?

There are lots of tasty and interesting food options at the Vancouver Christmas market and I like how it gives people an opportunity to try German food which isn’t normally prevalent in Vancouver.


Categories: Downtown, European, Metro Vancouver, Vancouver


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