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You are in the middle of a busy work week and cannot wait until your computer clock turns to 12:00. You have been craving for food bursting with flavour to give you energy for the rest of the afternoon, but you also don’t want to spend your hourly wage on lunch. Have you ever been in this predicament? Here are three budget lunch places in downtown Vancouver that will break your morning fast but not your wallet.

Firecrust Custom Salads and Pizza 

Firecrust thrives on providing stone oven Neapolitan pizza at a very reasonable price. For only $11.95 you can get a 12 inch pizza and load it with whatever toppings you want – everything from cheeses, meats like salami and chicken, and vegetables such as sundried tomatoes, peppers and caramelized onions. If you don’t want a carb overload you can instead make a customized salad with all the same toppings. Firecrust also offers both vegan and gluten-free options.

La Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop

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La Taqueria is known for its tantalizing tacos, massive burritos and mouth-watering churros. You can feast on 4-inch corn tortillas for only $3 each. Each taco is stuffed with grilled beef, beef cheeks, pork confit, chicken or fish and garnished with salsas, sauces and pickled onions. The tacos stay true to Mexican flavours. Choose from chipotle, salsa verde and chocolate mole. The tacos are unique and delicious. They are sure to satisfy your appetite.  


This would not be a list of budget lunches in Vancouver without at least one poke option. Poketime offers signature bowls between $12.95 and $13.95 or customers can customize their entire poke bowl for only $12.95. These customized bowls can include two scoops of protein, a salad or rice base, and unlimited toppings! You can decorate your bowl with everything from pineapple, seaweed salad or crab salad. Garnish the bowl off with aioli and of course some garlic or onion crunch.

Karina Pangilinan

Karina Pangilinan

Karina is a CPA and foodie with a unicorn spirit animal. You can find her hiking on one of Vancouver’s beautiful trails, running along the seawall or teaching piano to aspiring musicians.