Burnaby Student Restaurant Cheap Guide

Burnaby Dining on a Budget: A Student Guide

You’re on the go, with a million things to do. And you still need to eat. Sometimes even the most organized students will need to eat out from time to time. On the plus side, Burnaby’s is host to a multitude of inexpensive restaurants and cafes – that don’t sacrifice flavour or creativity.

One thing that will be abundantly clear to all international students moving to Burnaby is that it is a welcoming city with residents from all over the globe. Burnaby’s diversity is one huge reason why Burnaby’s international students enjoy living in this cosmopolitan city of over 200,000 people. Burnaby has a restaurant scene that is vibrant and authentic. The following restaurants are Burnaby favourites for you to enjoy when you’re pressed for time, but also want to stay within your budget!

Tried and True Italian is a Big Hit with Locals

You can never go wrong with a restaurant when you see a big lineup outside the door. Such is the case with Anton’s Pasta Bar, which has been a Burnaby favourite since 1983. This restaurant serves very generous portions (many patrons take home their leftovers), and prides itself on homemade pasta sauces with fresh ingredients you can taste from the first bite. Locals have been loyal to this establishment for its friendly service and quality food. Even Burnaby residents who have moved away always return to this iconic restaurant. Dishes are authentically Italian and prices are affordable! To avoid a long lineup, visit Anton’s on a weeknight.

Try Different Cuisines to Expand Your Horizons

The Heights is one of Burnaby’s oldest merchant districts and many ethnic restaurants are concentrated here. From Thai to Korean to Chinese cuisine, this fun, walkable neighbourhood is where you’re sure to satisfy any food craving you may have. Try Chad Thai for affordable Thai favourites. Enjoy the Tom Kha Gai soup for a flavour sensation. For fantastic sushi at great value try Sushi Bar Kilala. Popular menu items include the avocado rolls and the wild salmon sashimi.

Burnaby Offers Lots of Options for Eating on the Go

A good compromise between pricier restaurant meals, and restricting yourself to the food you’ve prepared at home – is deli food. In this category, Burnaby doesn’t disappoint. Try The Bao Place near Metrotown for their delicious meat steamed buns. For authentic Italian food that is affordable and fast, try Cioffi’s Meat Market & Deli on East Hastings near Boundary Road, which has clients that travel from across Vancouver to shop! Try the Porchetta sandwich, an Italian soda, or check out their extensive cheese selection for your next culinary adventure.

In the Mood for a Treat?

Hastings Street is home to Glenburn Soda Fountain and Confectionery and their delicious hand-dipped milkshakes and malts. Some of the best gelato (Italian-style ice cream) in Metro Vancouver can be found at Nuvola Gelato – an establishment that has a loyal following to match its authentic Italian desserts. Sometimes a sweet treat is just the right reward for some serious studying!

Why study in Burnaby?

With superior academic programs and modern facilities, all located within a city of vibrant green spaces, modern shopping malls, safe residential neighbourhoods, and state of the art public transit, choosing an education in Burnaby is the right choice.


Burnaby School District has one of the largest Advanced Placement (AP) programs in Canada.


Burnaby is located in the centre of Metro Vancouver. Its world-class SkyTrain public transit provides access to downtown Vancouver in just 30 minutes.


Burnaby schools feature modern facilities and state of the art technology.

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