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Saturday, 12 January 2013

The Armoury District Tour - Part 1

The Armoury District is by far the fastest growing neighbourhood in Vancouver. It is three blocks east of Burrard Street between 1st and 4th Avenues.

And it seems to be focused on unique food shopping and unique art galleries and shops.

So this weekend I had the privilege of being taken on a tour of The Armoury District by someone I refer to as the Mayor of the District (more on this in part two tomorrow).

The first few stops were of not-so-new establishments in the district, starting with volcano ash covered cheeses at Les Amis du Fromage.

And that is only the beginning of the cheese surprises.

Goat cheeses, European cheeses, flown-from-Paris cheese wrapped in vine leaves and soaked in armagnac, and on and on. Love it.

Les Amis Du Fromage
1752 West 2nd Avenue
Vancouver, BC

Les Amis Du Fromage on Urbanspoon

Right next door is the most impressive cookbook store in the city - Barbara Jo's Books to Cooks. And is it a coincidence that the front table features cheese cookbooks?

Knowledgeable owners, great selection, not to mention delicious cookies to sample from their latest cookbook and cooking classes calendar.

 Barbara Jo's Books to Cooks
1740 West 2nd Avenue
Vancouver, BC

One door east is a very unique place in our city - Patisserie Lebau.

A real Belgium freshly made waffles with real butter and all natural ingredients (and you can tell by the taste and texture).

Plus you can have them in every flavour, topping, savoury or sweet that your heart and taste buds desire.

The only problem is finding a place to sit. But their take-out is fast and the wait is sure worth it. You can even buy their frozen waffles to savour at your leisure.

Patisserie Lebau
1728 West 2nd Avenue
Vancouver, BC

Patisserie Lebeau on Urbanspoon

Going south to West 3rd avenue, fancy banners arrest you as you approach Burrard.

It is Quince - Hand Crafted Cuisine. They describe themselves as a boutique food shop and cooking school, specializing in artisanal food to cook, to eat, to go.

I found it a pretentious place with lots of interesting oils, condiments and frozen foods. 

Some products they carry are unique enough. 
But others you can find at many German or Italian stores and delis for less than half the price Quince is selling them for. 

1780 West 3rd Avenue
Vancouver, BC

Quince on Urbanspoon

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