Heading to Whistler soon? Lucky you. Whistler is a foodie’s dream, offering up a huge variety of cuisines at a variety of price points that are bound to suit just about anyone. Take a look at our guide, pick out your favourites and then get your stomach ready to eat your way through town.
1. The Green Moustache
Forget your standard ski resort offerings of hot chips and burgers. The Green Moustache offers up all-organic food that’s made from scratch and packed full of goodness to keep your body happy and healthy. If you can’t remember the last time you had a vegetable that wasn’t a pickle on your Caesar, go for one of their smoothie bowls, a wrap or – our personal favourite – the Veggie Chilli. Be sure to also keep an eye out for their raw vegan desserts, all made in-house with superfoods (so you won’t feel at all bad about indulging in baked goods).
2. Bar Oso
The ultimate après spot, Bar Oso offers up a variety of Spanish-influenced small plates, tapas, and house-made charcuterie. It’s hard to go past a cheese board paired with a glass of wine when you’ve had a big day of skiing – or, even better, an entire jug of sangria.
If you’re a fan of carbs, PureBread is essentially heaven. It’s where carbs come to live a very happy but brief life, all together, looking all delicious and smelling out-of-this-world good. This family bakery was established in Whistler and offers up fresh bread along with every other savoury or sweet baked good you could possibly imagine, including croissants, scones, pastries, cakes and more. If you’re looking for a quick breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or even just a bribe for a loved one, PureBread will quite literally go down a treat.
4. Il Caminetto
Perfect for a date night, this beautiful Italian restaurant offers up the best of antipasti, primi and secondi – including house-made charcuterie, the best pasta outside of Italy, and a build-your-own cheese platter option with a wide selection of cheese. Bring your stretchy pants and be sure to make a reservation.
5. Peaked Pies
If you find yourself in Canada desperately missing all things Australian, pay a visit to Peaked Pies. It’s run by an Aussie-Canadian couple who serve up handmade Aussie pies – including savoury, sweet and breakfast pie options – along with Aussie-style coffees. You can even choose from a variety of toppings to up the ante on your pie, and grab a lamington, an Anzac biscuit or a vanilla slice for dessert.
6. Mount Currie Coffee Co.
The team at Mount Currie are self-confessed coffee geeks, and they will do everything in their power to make you the best coffee available in Whistler. Anyone who’s ever been to North America looking for a decent coffee in vain will hugely appreciate their efforts. They also offer a variety of breakfast and lunch options for those wanting a snack alongside their coffee, with everything made in-house using organic freerange eggs.
Wander into the Fairmont Chateau, Whistler and find Portobello’s. They’re famous for their made-to-order sandwiches, but also for their donuts – in particular, the Bacon Maple Cream doughnut which has essentially built itself a legacy in the town of Whistler. Wash it down with a hot chocolate from their Belgian Hot Chocolate menu – yes, an entire menu for hot chocolate.
8. Crystal Hut
If you’re skiing on the Blackcomb side, you’ll surely see the line-up at this little cabin on the mountain. People flock to Crystal Hut for the waffles, which get rave reviews and are well worth the ski break. Load up on chocolate sauce, whip cream and berries then keep skiing knowing that you’re well-fuelled for the day ahead.
9. The GLC Bar & Grill
The Garibaldi Lift Company – generally referred to simply as the GLC – is above the Whistler gondola spot and offers great people and slope-watching. It’s hard to go past the classic Canadian après menu items on offer, such as nachos or butter chicken poutine – but we’re personally obsessed with the Caesars on offer. Relaxing on the GLC patio with one in hand on a sunny afternoon is a Whistler must-do activity.
10. Aura at Nika Lake Lodge
Aura works with seasonal produce to pull together a gorgeous dining experience in their lakeside setting. Enjoy the views and the vibes as you taste your way through the seasonal menu, a combination of west coast ingredients and traditional French cooking techniques.
What are your favourite spots to wine and dine in Whistler (or just get delicious doughnuts)?