First off, head to Yaletown’s Marinaside and try to snag a table at the very recently opened Bella Gelateria Yaletown (located at 1089 Marinaside Cresent). If you haven’t heard (or tried) the world famous, award-winning gelato created by James Coleridge, then you must sleep under a rock. This new location isn’t just about the gelato, though you should save room for a taste. James has kicked things up a notch and is now owner of a swanky 80-seat restaurant/lounge featuring Napoletana pizzas to die for.
Mahoney & Sons’ new Stamps Landing location is another spot that opened the doors at the tail end of summer. We’re betting it’ll be your go-to spot for pints as the NFL and NHL seasons gear up. Having spent big bucks on a full renovation of what used to be Monk McQueen’s, you won’t recognize the room. With multiple levels, two spacious, wraparound bars on both floors, three patio sections (one of which is covered and features fireplaces), there’s no shortage of space.
Coming soon to the YVR dining scene is none other than Au Comptoir, which is set to bring a little updated taste of French cuisine to Kitsilano later this fall. Featuring a classic Parisian tin bar (custom made), this 50-seat spot will be brought to life by friends Julien Aubin and Maxime Bettili and aims to add a unique twist on the traditional Parisian-style bistro. Both owners (who coincidentally met about 16 or so years ago at culinary school in France) have a clear vision and plenty of experience to draw upon having collectively worked at a handful of noteworthy French hot spots around town. We’re counting on a menu loaded with classic French-inspired comfort foods with a twist.