With an influx of visitors from around the world, including one of the largest Indian populations in the country, Surrey’s culinary scene is heating up with attention. Food and Wine Magazine praised its diversity, and over seventy restaurants, bars and cafes now make up The Spice Trail. There are more than 75 Surrey-area enterprises listed in the trail. Whether you’re craving curries, dim sum, kebabs, African classics or less exotic comfort food, Surrey will tickle the tastebuds. Would you like that extra-spicy?
Cost: With options ranging from markets and food trucks to high-end restaurants, it all depends on the restaurant.
Best time to go: Year-round
Where to Stay: Civic Hotel in downtown Surrey, part of the Autograph Collection for Marriott, is steps from the SkyTrain and close to the outdoor recreation areas of Green Timbers Urban Forest and Holland Park.
Where to Eat: Oh gosh, where to start? Highlights include Kerala Kitchen, Di Reggae Café, Chacha’s Tandoor & Grill, Meks Delight, Spice of Nepal, and celebrity chef Vikram Vij’s My Shanti.
Official Site: https://discoversurreybc.com/spice-trail
Getting There: is located close to Vancouver off Highway 1, Highway 99, and two international border crossings. It is serviced by both Vancouver and Abbotsford International Airport.
Photo by Ian Harland / Courtesy Discover Surrey
Vikram Vij at My Shanti: photo by Ian Harland / Courtesy Discover Surrey
Afghan Kitchen: photo by Ian Harland / Courtesy Discover Surrey
Tommie's Jerk: photo by Ian Harland / Courtesy Discover Surrey