Vancouver staples Japadog, Hawksworth join YVR’s food and beverage options

An Air Canada jet takes off against a bank of fog from Vancouver International Airport on Tuesday morning. Late Monday, the federal government updated its advisory for travellers to China ‘due to the risk of arbitrary enforcement of local laws.’

An Air Canada jet takes off against a bank of fog from Vancouver International Airport on Tuesday morning. Nick Procaylo / PNG

Forget taking the Canada Line downtown — starting this summer, you’ll be able to enjoy some of Vancouver’s best food and drinks without even leaving the airport.

Already regarded as one of the world’s best airports, YVR is about to get even better, as it prepares to open more than 20 new spots to eat and drink while you wait for your gate to open, as well as 10 new retail shops.

Among the establishments coming to the Vancouver International Airport: Hawksworth Kitchen, from internationally renowned Canadian chef David Hawksworth, and set to open in 2020; a Japadog cart; and an expanded, artisanal craft beer scene with the arrival of Steamworks Bar & Restaurant, Whistler Brewing Lodge and Red Truck Beer Stop.

To that, we have only one thing to say to the Richmond hub: Stop. You had us at Japadog.

Other concepts set to open as early as summer 2019 include airport versions of Beatty Street’s chef-driven hometown deli The Dirty Apron; the pitch-perfect pork belly bao of Pender Street’s Heritage Asian Eatery; and the grab-and-go Pacific Farms Market, with coffee from 49th Parallel and baked on-site goods from Purebread Bakery.

In other words, don’t worry that your stopover doesn’t leave enough time to explore the city’s food scene — you can sample a host of Vancouver faves in the international and domestic terminals. Save the unappetizing stuff for the flight and grab a spicy cheese terimayo at Japadog instead.

“When looking at our food and beverage portfolio, we put a lot of focus on local and authentic flavours that provide a distinct British Columbian character, while offering a variety of strong international brands,” said Scott Norris, YVR’s VP of commercial development. “We listened to feedback and this new lineup will ensure our passengers have a range of options for different tastes and price points.”

The 30 new food, drink and retail options round out the YVR’s already award-winning portfolio of more than 170 shops, services and restaurants located before and after security, a point of pride for the Vancouver Airport Authority.

In 2018, YVR was voted best airport in North America for the ninth consecutive year in the Skytrax World Airport Awards, and that was before they had a Japadog.

“At YVR, we strive to provide an outstanding customer experience and that includes offering a variety of compelling concepts that appeal to a diverse group of travellers across our food and beverage and retail portfolio. We are excited about expanding on our strong commercial portfolio with the addition of these concepts,” said Norris.

“Our vision for YVR’s commercial experience is to remain relevant and authentic, while creating an engaging environment with a balance of local and international brands.”

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