How to Spend a Day Eating in Kelowna
Five restaurants you need to visit on your next trip to the Okanagan.
Kelowna is spoilt with amazing restaurants and, if you’re anything like us, you want to try them all. From breakfast and mid-afternoon coffee breaks to happy hour and farm-to-table dinner fare, we’ve found the best spots to eat and drink in downtown Kelowna. Consider this the ultimate foodie itinerary.
Brunch: The Bohemian
The best brunch places always have a lineup outside and the Bohemian is no exception. Luckily, the turnover rate is quick—and the food is well worth the wait. At this family-run eatery (decorated with mismatched chairs, movie posters and eclectic artwork), the menu is inspired by comforting, home-cooked meals: eggs Benedict, blueberry oatmeal pancakes and corned beef hash. We recommend the BOH combo, which allows you to choose four of your favourite breakfast items for only $15. The ABOHcado (half an avocado stuffed with salsa) is delicious, especially with a sprinkle of pink himalayan salt on top.
Coffee Break: Pulp Fiction Coffee House
With giant Pulp Fiction posters adorning the facade, this downtown coffee shop is hard to miss. The inside has a retro-cool vibe and, you guessed it, Pulp Fiction-themed artwork throughout. But this is no ordinary coffee shop: adjacent to the café is Robbie Rare Books (a bookstore named after owner Max Sloan’s poodle) and Britannia Antiques, a shop full of rare treasures. This cozy spot is the perfect place to grab a cappuccino and sticky cinnamon bun while you spend a few hours reading your newest paperback.
Happy Hour: Bacaro
This Kelowna wine bar and restaurant has a divine drink menu and some stellar happy hour deals. From 5 to 6 p.m., you can enjoy buck-a-shuck oysters and save $2 on draft beer, wine, original cocktails (the Devil’s Akvavit is a refreshing mix of orgeat, aquavitus pineapple, lime and ginger beer) and appetizers. The seasonal menu includes prosciutto-wrapped portobello mushrooms and pan-seared halloumi with glazed beet carpaccio. And with warm weather and extended daylight hours on their way, happy hour is about to get a lot longer, starting at 3 p.m. (beginning in May).
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Dinner: Krafty Kitchen and Bar
Featuring seasonal menu items and beloved mainstays (Burgundy-braised beef cheek! Grilled octopus!), owner and chef, Chris Shaften’s farm-to-table restaurant is the perfect date-night spot. It’s trendy-yet-cozy, styled with industrial wooden tables, metal chairs and hanging incandescent light bulbs. Though there will always be meat on the menu, Shaften says a number of vegan dishes will be featured this spring. Look for the “not tuna tartare taco,” which features compressed watermelon in a seaweed vinaigrette—according to Shaften, it looks and tastes like the real thing.
Late Night: Tree Brewing Beer Institute
End your night with a few beers at the Tree Brewing Beer Institute. In addition to offering seasonal beers and year-round favourites, this local brewery also features a ‘tank to tap’ selection—a rotating lineup of experimental beers for patrons to try. You can visit the institute during the day for a behind-the-scenes tour of the beer-making process, but after dark is better suited for sipping brews and playing boardgames.