This picturesque European-style mountain town set inside BC’s Kootenay Rockies is a haven for outdoor adventurers.
Nothing works up an appetite in Kimberley like hiking and biking in the summer, or seeing the area from a different view when skiing or boarding the area’s surrounding mountains.
Bavarian-style town tucked away in the Kootenay Rockies
Many of the restaurants in the Kimberley area focus on experiential dining rather than quick eats. As you walk around town you will find quirky wooden buildings that look like homes from Bavaria, all owning their unique features. Each restaurant offers a different style, with varying cuisines that will never make you feel like you’re having the same experience twice.
Experiential dining meets mountain town culture
From a coffee shop set inside a fairytale style garden, to pubs aimed precisely for that relaxing apres-ski experience, Kimberley gives its spin on mountain town culture with a food scene that you’re not likely to find anywhere else.
If you’re looking for a place with personality, look no further. Once you get close to the restaurant you’re met with stuffed bears greeting you before you even enter the establishment – and that’s just the beginning. The restaurant itself is creatively decorated with vinyl-record art and bear-themed decor. The tables are draped with picnic-table style cloths, keeping everything homey and cozy.
And the food! The menu is all things comfort, hitting the spot every. single. time. From shepherds pie, to ribs or pizza, if you’re looking for a warm tasty meal you’ll have certainly found it. But make sure you bring your appetite because the portion sizes are huge! Finish it off with a slice of coconut cream pie, often labelled as “the best ever”.
Wednesday to Sunday: 10am – 8pm
324 Archibald St
1 (250) 427-3412
Bears Eatery Facebook Page
Pedal & Tap
At Pedal & Tap, the food is delicious and will leave you feeling happily full. The restaurant is a hip establishment, with neat bike-themed decorations, wooden furnishings and hanging lights.
The food is plated to look like it just came out of a magazine, certainly wow-ing you before you even take a bite. Specializing in pub-style cuisine, you’ll find burgers, sandwiches, tacos, pastas, crab cakes and more on the menu. The extensive beer list pairs perfectly with the selection of pub fare.
The food is well-executed – cooked and seasoned to perfection. You don’t even need to take our word for it, because the constant line-ups to get at table at Pedal & Tap speak for themselves!
Wednesday to Saturday: 4pm – 10pm
Sunday to Tuesday: 4pm – 9pm
215 Spokane St
1 (250) 427-3325
The Old Bauernhaus
Come and dine at The Old Bauernhaus for a full Bavarian-style experience. The building was born 350 years ago in Southern Bavaria, Germany, and later dismantled and shipped to Canada in the 1980s. With most of its original features still intact, The Old Bauernhaus is renowned as one of the most experiential restaurants in Kimberley.
Surely, the most ordered plate on the menu is the Bavarian Feast. With brie cheeses, garlic prawns, mixed greens and bauernplatte-spinach to start, followed by wienerschnitzel, jagergschnetzeltes spatle, pan-fried potatoes, and vegetables for entrees, you won’t be left hungry! The dishes come served on family-style platters, garnering that authentic German experience and perfect for sharing with your group.
The Old Bauernhaus also provides a full vegetarian menu so guests with different dietary needs can still enjoy the adventure. The beverage menu is also extensive, with features like “liquid dessert”, a fantastic selection of German beers and bohemian spirits. Don’t leave Kimberley without dining at this restaurant.
Monday: 5pm – 11pm
Thursdays to Sundays: 5pm – 11pm
280 Norton Ave
1 (250) 427-5133
The Heartbeet Bistro has found the fine balance between a vegetarian and meat-eater’s menu, providing fabulous dishes in both spectrums. The food has a “fresh-first” focus, using various vegetables in creative ways making each meal light and tasty. Ingredients are organic and locally sourced, delivering a top-notch meal every time.
The menu includes everything from burgers, to pasta, to pad thai… and be sure to try their delicious chickpea fries to start. Heartbeet’s aim is to provide great dishes that are simple, yet designed to be incredibly flavourful.
Pair your meal with something from the bar. Choose wines from Heartbeet’s BC wine list, or one of their creative cocktails – and check out their unique spirit list, as it is sure to include at least one option that you haven’t tried before!
A Leavetown tip: don’t leave without trying one of the famous desserts, or sampling an after-dinner Grand Marnier truffle.
Thursday to Sunday: 5pm – 10pm
160B Howard St
1 (250) 581-0366
Nina’s Hillside Garden
Nina’s Hillside Garden is a truly special hidden Kimberley gem, offering an experience like no other. The restaurant’s tables are placed in a stunning garden, perched on a hillside overlooking the town of Kimberley. The garden itself is a work of art, with miniature “villages” of wooden homes placed among the flowers and the plants. Nina’s is a lunch cafe, offering soups and sandwiches plus mouth-watering cakes made on-site by the property owners. The whole adventure is a personal one – from visiting a couple’s home and their garden, to meeting the homeowners, and eating their delicious creations. What’s so amazing about all of it, is you can genuinely feel the devotion and love that goes into every step and details of the process. Truly a unique experience!
Check their Facebook page here for opening dates and hours, as Nina’s is only open in the summer
440 Spokane St
1 (250) 427-4681
Often regarded as the best breakfast joint in town, Our Place is sure to hit the spot with hungry visitors and locals alike. Taking their name literally, Our Place is a local staple, where even a walk in -20°C weather doesn’t stop a routine weekly visit from loyal patrons.
Our Place fosters a genuine warm and friendly culture, where “getting together with the gang” is just as important as enjoying your favourite meal. They serve breakfast and lunch options, so your group can choose if they feel like bacon and eggs or a BLT – and the coffee is bottomless! All visitors are guaranteed an authentic Kimberley experience while visiting this favourite restaurant.
Open 7 days a week from 8am – 2pm
290 Spokane St
1 (250) 427-3739
Our Place Facebook Page
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