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  • 11 Filipino Stores In Vancouver When You're Craving A Taste Of Home

    The Philippines never feels too far away even when you're living in Canada.
    by Julia Escaño .
11 Filipino Stores In Vancouver When You're Craving A Taste Of Home
PHOTO BY Tindahan Grocery and Edsa Mart via Facebook
  • Congratulations, you made it to Canada! You may have received a few documents from the government by now, telling you about life here and the opportunities waiting for you. But if you’re the first in your family to immigrate, there’s probably still a lot of anxiety. (How cold is cold? How wet is wet? Is it all just cold and wet?)

    The good news is, with one of the fastest growing immigrant populations in Canada, the Philippines never feels too far away – especially when it comes to food.

    11 Filipino stores in Vancouver

    If you’re living in Greater Vancouver, you’ll be glad to know that there’s no shortage of Filipino stores here to help keep your pantries stocked. Once you’ve settled into your new home and taken in the city’s ocean and mountain views, check out these stores that will bring you closer to the flavors of home.

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    Vancouver

    Sari-Sari Filipino Store

    It's only a few steps from the Joyce-Collingwood Station of the Expo Line in East Vancouver. Like most of the other stores on this list, they also offer remittance services. They’re best known for their store’s cleanliness and helpful staff.

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    Aling Mary’s Filipino Store

    Located in Mt. Pleasant, this store is the go-to for Pinoy pastries. The family-owned outfit is known all over the metro for their pan de sal, which is available freshly-baked only in this store. They also sell jams and various palaman to go with their awesome breads.

    Richmond

    Tindahan Grocery

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    Tindahan Grocery is the first Filipino store to open in Richmond. They have a wide array of products, including frozen meats, which are not always available elsewhere. They also have lutong-bahay available for takeaway (the beef caldereta and empanadas are crowd favorites).

    Edsa Mart

    Edsa Mart is a small but particularly neat and well-stocked Filipino store in Richmond just a few blocks from IKEA. They often carry harder-to-find items like frozen turon and yema. If you’re in luck, you may even find some balut!

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    Surrey

    Filcom Market

    This is owned by the Filipino Community Business Association. What makes this place special is that you can request items you don’t find in store, and they will source it for you. They also offer online shopping and delivery for select canned products and frozen meats.

    Big C Sari Sari Store

    It's not only a Filipino store with an exhaustive list of products; it also offers cargo and shipping services by air and sea, remittance, special promos on TFC packages (because why not?), and it’s also a travel agency. Talk about “sari-sari.”

    Burnaby

    Mang Isko Filipino Store is the only Filipino grocery in Burnaby. It’s located right next to Metrotown, which makes it a convenient location for picking up your dinner ingredients post-shopping.

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    North Vancouver

    Fiesta Filipino

    This store has two, independently-owned branches in Lonsdale. While the Central Lonsdale branch at West 15th stocks up on basics, the Lower Lonsdale branch at East 3rd is bigger and offers more items. The former also offers insurance services from the owner himself and the latter has a barber shop and lutong-bahay (though its hours fluctuate).

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    Mabuhay Convenience Store

    This is also on East 3rd and is only a few steps from Fiesta Filipino. Apart from Pinoy staples and standard remittance services, you can also inquire here about SMDC real estate when you’re ready to invest back home. 

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    Osaka Supermarket

    This one is located in Park Royal South, West Vancouver. It’s a large market that offers a wide array of Asian goods. They have a sizable area dedicated to Filipino products, including all the name-brand and harder-to-find sauces and condiments, snacks, and canned products.

    T&T Chinatown

    It's one of several T&T branches across Greater Vancouver. While it’s also a general Asian store, this branch contains perhaps the biggest assortment of Filipino frozen meats among all the stores on this list. Apart from hotdogs (which are widely available for the most part), they also have longganizas, tocinos, tapas, and a variety of our favourite fish (galunggong in Vancouver, anyone?). 

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