Themed cafes aren’t necessarily a new thing, certainly not 50’s diners at least. The idealization of that time period has been going on ever since it ended actually, what with society always seeming to wish for a ‘simpler’ time that was found in the decade… That being said, there’s nothing cuter than a date night out at your local retro diner. Formulating dates can sometimes be hard, and it’s sometimes difficult to find something that strays away from the every day. In the case of that, may I suggest trying out your local diner? You can go for breakfast, lunch, even an evening date if you so choose. I don’t know about you, but there’s never really a bad time for some french fries and a good milkshake in my opinion. There’s a large selection of 50’s Diners all across the Lower Mainland, a simple google search brings up at least a dozen. What many people don’t know about though, are the hidden gems out of the way of Vancouver that are just the spots to go to for low key dates that your special someone is sure to think are the sweetest.
Rocko’s Diner – Not so unknown considering it was put in the spotlight merely a year ago when featured in a promo for what was once the up and coming show Riverdale, this Mission diner boasts some of the best milkshakes around. As well as one of the largest selections of milkshakes, from simple chocolate to the more complex jolly rancher flavour your sure to find something sweet to share with your lover.
Planet Java’s 50’s Cafe – Fort Langley is picturesque as is, and if you’re looking to go here to eat you may as well stick around and do a little walk through of this adorable city. Somewhat of a hole in the wall, with a simplified menu that keeps bringing people back for more this diner’s been around for quite a long time. One of my favourite items from this shop? Their veggie burger and amazing onion rings.
Lost in the 50’s Drive In – This is a spot that my boyfriend has been raving about for forever. Though we have yet to go so far, the reviews as well as the vibrant decor pasted across social media sites have been drawing me in for quite some time.
Sunshine Diner – This is the spot to go to for your cute little brunch dates. The menu selection and plating style are something a step above your regular run of the mill 50’s diner. The owners of this particular shop have taken the idea of a hole in the wall retro diner and bumped it up with a hint of professionalism and style.