Flavours of Kimberley: A Food & Drink Overview of Our Yummiest Neighbourhoods
When you come to Kimberley, be sure to bring an appetite. From multi-course feasts to sweet treats and all the fresh, seasonal produce you can manage, we’ve got something to please the foodies, picky palettes, and everyone in between.
Our Food and Drink Overview is an a la carte offering of the beverage and culinary hot spots in our town’s different neighbourhoods. No matter which season you visit in, or what activities you choose to do while here, each of these food-filled neighbourhoods offer exciting ways to taste the town, stock up on adventure fuel, or celebrate the good times when the day is done.
Start with: Breakfast
Where to begin? All proper days here start with a little breakfast and a “damn good” cup of coffee. Each of these breakfast spots is centrally located near our downtown core, which ensures that you can easily hit the trails, attractions and shops as soon as you leave the table.
- Our Place. This is our local Platzl breakfast joint. It has been a staple here for years, and a favourite among families due to its kids-specific menu and tons of variety. Expect classic breakfast favourites and hearty portions here.
- Sullivan Pub. Just outside of the Platzl on Ross Street, the Sullivan Pub is open for breakfast 7 days a week, and offers standards like loaded omelettes, as well as unique twists on the classics, like their lobster benedict. This one’s for the 19+ crowd, and is perfect for anyone looking to add a caesar or a mimosa to the first meal of their day.
- Cafes. We’ve got our fair share of coffee culture here in Kimberley. For those on the move, opt for grab n’ go breakfasts or homemade baked goods from Grace Cafe & Preservatory, the Snowdrift Cafe, or the Bean Tree Cafe. Bonus: many of our Cafe’s offer drip coffee from North Star Roastery or Chaos Coffee, which are our two local Roasthouses in town.
Once you’ve loaded up on adventure-fuel in the morning, embark on your Kimberley activities and save plenty of room for goodies later on. Those sticking close to our downtown core might opt for lunch and dinner options in our Platzl or Flume neighbourhoods, while those planning to hit the slopes or hike the Mountain might refuel in our Ski Hill neighbourhood. For those looking to ride the Rails to Trails, a cruise to Marysville and some tasty treats there are in order. No matter where your adventures take you, rest assured that a yummy dish or two can be found in every direction.
Neighbourhood #1: The Platzl
Our first featured neighbourhood is the Platzl: our pedestrian-only main street and the true heart of our community. The Platzl is easily accessed by strollers or wheelchair users and features a variety of shops, restaurants, arts, and Kimberley culture. This area is also a short walk or bike away from the North Star Rails to Trails, the Kimberley Nature Park, the Lois Creek Trails, and the Kimberley Alpine Resort. As you cruise around the Platzl, grab tea and lemon squares from the counter in the Old Crow Emporium, enjoy margaritas and enchiladas at the Burrito Grill, or dig into bigger meals meant to satisfy the whole family at:
- Creme Cheese Shop. Here, you can find a large variety of specialty cheeses and charcuterie necessities, plus a full menu of loaded paninis, homemade soups, and fresh salads
- Stonefire Pizzeria. This is our wood-fired pizza joint, and the only place in town to enjoy authentic Neapolitan pizza while grooving to live music on their garden patio. Here in the fall? Be sure to check out the annual Larch Fest hosted here, or come back in the winter for intimate indoor concerts and more of that thin-crust ‘za
- Pedal & Tap. Beloved and busy, this is the place to “get mucked up” while noshing on fusion foods and elevated pub grub. While the mucky fries are their most famous offering, the P&T’s seasonal menus keep things fresh and delicious all year long
- The Shed. Beer & BBQ aren’t the only things on offer here. The Shed is a place to clink glasses with friends and learn the name of your bartender on night one. Guests are family here, and no matter which smoked meat, scrumptious side, or saucy sandwich you choose, a good time is always on the menu
Neighbourhood #2: The Flume
The second featured neighbourhood is the Mark Creek Flume. Two blocks away from our Platzl, this is the natural first stop after any outing on our trails, and the perfect place to cool-off while you re-fuel. The Mark Creek Flume flows right through our downtown area, is close to the Kimberley Nature Park and the North Star Rails to Trails, and houses many businesses and residences nearby. From here, you’re in close proximity to some uber tasty grab-n-go, light meal, and refreshment options.
- Julie's Cook Shack. This unassuming food truck parked next to Togs Family Consignment Store offers globally-inspired foods and a tasty rotating menu. Enjoy the grab n’ go options on their cozy seating area, or pack your goodies across the street to the Bohemian Spirits’ outdoor patio to wash your meal down with a creative cocktail
- Bohemian Spirits. This is our local distillery and tasting room, and a place to enjoy flavourful cocktails, casual charcuterie boards, and a relaxed creek-side atmosphere
- Attached to Bohemian Spirits is the juicery that squeezes some of the best cold-pressed drinks around. Stoke Juice is available at Stoke Market, just a few steps further south down Wallinger Avenue
- Grist & Mash. One of our two beloved breweries, Grist & Mash offers rotating craft beers, cocktails on a sunny patio, and delicious food collaborations with other local businesses like Grubstake Pizza (located right next door). Look out for their summertime BBQ events, and grab a bottle of beer or two to go when you leave. For more home-brewed suds, be sure to check out Overtime Beer Works a little further north up Wallinger Avenue
- Bread & Butter. This micro bake shop stone mills their organic grains before turning the resulting flour into delicious bread and sweet creations. Grab a few of their ancient grain or sourdough loaves, and snag some flaky pies and decadent scones while you’re at it
Neighbourhood #3: The Ski Hill
This neighbourhood is home to the Kimberley Alpine Resort, the Kimberley Nordic Club, and many of our accommodation options. This is the perfect area of town to grab a bite or a drink after a long day hiking or biking the trails in the summer, or skiing, snowshoeing and fat-biking in the winter.
- The Old Bauernhaus. This is the place to enjoy European-style dining with a local flair. Dig into the multi-course Bavarian Feast here, or opt for classic German dishes like Spaetzle and Schnitzel. The Bauernhaus is also known for using fresh, regional produce whenever possible, and featuring craft beers and local spirits on their drink lists
- Buckhorn & Main Mountain Eatery. Found at the base of the Kimberley Alpine Resort and within the Trickle Creek Lodge, Buckhorn and Main provide everything from pub grub favourites to elevated dishes like mussels, prime rib, and curry bowls. Stop by before an afternoon ski or bike ride, or end your day of fun with a drink and bite here later on
- Stemwinder Bar & Grill. Every run leads to the Stemwinder. Found at the base of the Kimberley Alpine Resort, the Stemwinder Bar & Grill is the place to refuel after a long day on the slopes. Enjoy pub favourites, cold BC beers, and live music here throughout the winter months
Neighbourhood #4: Marysville
The last featured neighbourhood is “Marysville,” located in South Kimberley. Wander a little further away from our downtown core to find favourite attractions such as the Marysville Falls & Eco Park, charming artisan shops, and some great restaurants, cafes, and snack options. To get to Marysville, bike or walk the first 8km stretch of the paved North Star Rails to Trails, or simply drive a couple of minutes south from the traffic lights in downtown Kimberley.
- Timber Hitch Coffee Shop & Drive-Thru. While we love the creative coffee drinks and light-lunches here, it’s the desserts that really shine. Enjoy something sweet while perusing the unique gifts in the attached store, Rustic Hutch
- Koffee Kan. This drive-thru coffee shop is a great way to start the day and the perfect place to nosh on homemade soups and sandwiches at lunch. Enjoy some sunshine on their rooftop patio, then see if you can score a take-and-bake bag of their homemade pierogies. Those things are deadly!
- Lickity Split. Located right across from the Marysville Falls, Lickity Split is packed with light lunch options and enough ice cream to keep you cool and comfortable on any warm, summer day
- Meat Matters. For a protein-packed punch or your next great BBQ meal, look no further than Meat Matters. This is our local butcher shop here in Kimberley, and home to the best jerky you’ve ever tasted
- The Nest Restaurant. Open for dinner during the week, the Nest Restaurant in Marysville (South Kimberley) also offers a delicious Sunday Brunch every weekend. The Nest is all about attention to detail and homemade everything, so expect elevated cuisine here. The menu here is seasonal and rotates often, while always keeping fresh, local ingredients and gourmet goodies in mind
End with: Dessert in the Platzl
We’re big believers in dessert here, and hope you are, too. No matter which neighbourhoods you choose to spend most of your time in, no stay here is complete without letting ice cream drip down your face or decadent mousse cakes fill up your belly. As with our breakfast offerings, all of our favourite dessert spots are centrally located near the Platzl and close to many of our accommodations.
- De Lights. Found on the corner of our one-and-only intersection just outside of the Platzl, De Lights is the best place in town to enjoy ice-cold Stolen Church Gelato in homemade waffle cones
- Grow Cakes & Chocolate. Grow is our decadent chocolate and mousse cake shop. They have a wide array of chocolate bars, bonbons, and weekly mousse cakes by the slice or by order. This is a must-visit during any stay here
- La Lune de Chocolat Candy Shoppe. Known lovingly as “the sweetest shop in town,” La Lune is a family-run business in the heart of the Platzl that offers both a huge selection of homemade sweets and nostalgic candy favourites
- Mark & Niki’s Snack Hut. Found in the Platzl, the “Snack Hut” is where ice cream treats and kid-friendly grab n’ go foods shine. Any hot summer day calls for a visit (or two) here
About Julie: Julie is the owner and operator of Tog’s Family Consignment Store and Julie’s Cook Shack food truck in Kimberley, BC. To learn about Kimberley’s Market scene, check out her A Taste of the Town blog. For insight into a local’s take on Kimberley, check out her From Kimberley, with Love blog.