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Craving fresh corn tortillas and rich, juicy fillings? Alongside its renowned  Japanese restaurants   and craft breweries , Vancouver has some incredible taqueria joints that you don’t want to miss.

 

La Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop

322 W Hastings, 2549 Cambie, 1305 Welch

With an emphasis on resembling the taste and feel of street tacos, La Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop offers authentic Mexican tacos made with traditional recipes, local ingredients, and multiple options for fillings. Try one of their four locations in either Gastown, Cambie Street, North Vancouver or Victoria. Need another reason to go here? They were just voted number 3 of 100 places to eat in Canada by Yelp.

La Mezcaleria

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In addition to the incredible tacos, a visit to La Mezcaleria would be incomplete without trying their infamous Queso Fundido, a scorching hot Aztec volcanic rock pot filled with molten cheese. Get there in time for happy hour to kick off the meal with a refreshing tequila-based Paloma for only $5.

Tacofino Commissary

15 W Cordova, 2327 E Hastings

Whether you decide to visit one of their restaurants or food trucks, Tacofino attracts a crowd for a reason. Expect generous portions and a wide variety of fillings to please all tastes, from classic grilled meats and fish to unique vegetarian alternatives. They also have one of the best cocktail lists around.

Sal Y Limon

701 Kingsway

Sal Y Limon  is a vibrant Mexican restaurant with an art gallery feel. Gather with friends and enjoy looking at works by Mexican artists while you eat such classics as Carne Asada (grilled beef) and beef tongue (a popular menu item).

Patron Tacos & Cantina

265 Robson

With a flair for personalized service, Patron Tacos & Cantina   offers all of the classic Mexican dishes such as flautas, enchiladas, huaraches and more in addition to fresh made tacos. Order the Traditional Three Milk Cake for the perfect ending to your dining experience.

Chronic Tacos

382 W Broadway

While this Mexican grill may be a franchise, it comes from Southern California where they know a few things about what makes a great taco. Chronic Tacos feeds you well with monster burritos as well as beautifully handcrafted tacos (they also offer gluten-free options). Come experience the Taco Life.

Los Amigos Taqueria

1118 Davie

Los Amigos Taqueria   is a traditional Mexican taqueria with a relaxed, cozy ambience. Enjoy the taste of Mexico with tacos that showcase the traditional flavours found at big fiestas and taquerias from down south. Located on Davie Street, consider getting your order to go so you can enjoy them with an ocean view at English Bay.

The Mexican Antojitos Y Cantina

1049 Granville

Centrally located on Granville Street, The Mexican Antojitos Y Cantina consistently gets great reviews for its authentic Mexican recipes (check out their Facebook page for the specifics). Our suggestion? Start with fresh ceviche featuring smoked prawns and citrus marinated scallops before moving on to the classic tacos menu.

Tacomio

435 Abbott

Tacomio’s  fresh tacos are based on simple recipes and ingredients. Layers of fun and exciting toppings add flavour and attitude, ensuring that each taco is unique. Start your taste adventure by choosing from ten different stewed fillings, ranging from Papas con Chorizo (house-made chorizo) to Frijolitos (pinto beans with chipotle pepper).

Gringo

27 Blood Alley

Love bright neon and pink flamingos? Gringo is the perfect blend of incredible tacos and an awesome environment. This upbeat, inexpensive taco bar is tiny and almost always packed, but it’s well worth the wait. If you go here often enough, you’ll start to learn the names of the awesome people who work here. By the way, the beer is also really cheap and you can spice up your tacos with dozens of hot sauces from their impressive hot sauce wall.

Lolita’s South of the Border Cantina

1326 Davie

Lolita’s Restaurant  is one of the best spots in the West End to enjoy flavourful tacos. Try a twist on the classic taco with fillings such as chipotle maple squash, chimichurri Atlantic cod, and Pemberton Meadows beef brisket.

Bandidas Taqueria

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Crave tacos at all hours of the day and night? Come Summer 2016, Badidas Taqueria will be your new go-to 24-hour restaurant. This eco-friendly vegetarian restaurant packs so much flavour into their dishes that you won’t even notice the quiet absence of carne asada or pollo.

Budgie’s Burritos

44 Kingsway

Another spectacular option for vegetarians, each taco made at Budgie’s Burritos  is a work of art. Enjoy the random décor and fresh flavours of classic ingredients in this quirky locale. Feeling extra hungry? The nachos are also an excellent choice here.

Molli Café

1225 Burrard

Given that it’s a Mexican-inspired coffee shop, Molli Café is not often seen on a list of Vancouver’s taqueria shops to try. However, if you haven’t been, this Mexican cafeteria-style shop is worth the visit. Showcasing Mexican food that can be found in the Central Mexican Plateau, Molli focuses on a small but well-executed menu made with high quality local products and organic meat whenever possible.