Food courts are rarely praised for their ambiance, but in recent days that’s all changing. Mall culture is seeing a bit of a resurgence in interest, with vendors increasing in quality across the board.

Growing up in Vancouver, CF Pacific Centre basically feels like it’s been around forever. I remember shopping here as a kid, and it was almost always my go-to stop for meeting friends as a retail-crazed teenager for an afternoon of shopping therapy (also known as blowing my last pay cheque). A lot has changed over the last decade, to say the least; with a large expansion, and lots of gorgeous new shops. Throughout the years, CF PAC has managed to be a destination that continues to offer a ton of great options, maintaining itself as competitive player in Vancouver’s ever-changing retail landscape.

Urban Eatery at CF Pacific Centre – Photo © The Food Gays

Today we checked out the all new Urban Eatery, the mall’s refreshed food court concept. To celebrate the opening, Trevor Bird (of Fable Kitchen and Trevor Bird Catering) and his team was on hand to create some mouth-watering bites inspired by some of the different vendors in the newly designed food court.

Everything from upscale bacon BLT bites, thick-cut fries with aioli, to yogurt parfaits were passed around, with caesars and mimosas to sip on while guests mixed and mingled in the fresh, open space.

Urban Eatery at CF Pacific Centre – Photo © The Food Gays

Urban Eatery at CF Pacific Centre – Photo © The Food Gays

The space itself feels bright and welcoming, with plenty of seating throughout. It most certainly has a sit and stay quality about it, designed with warm colours and personal decor touches. Even the washrooms got a makeover — and we all know how important a nice washroom is when we’re out shopping!

This is a trend we’re seeing at more and more malls — attention to details like lighting, furnishings and the overall feel. Little touches like marble, wood, modern prints and comfortable seating make the space feel homey, and create a relaxing vibe that is so often needed during a marathon shopping trip. (No judgement!)

Urban Eatery at CF Pacific Centre – Photo © The Food Gays

Check out CF Pacific Centre’s all new Urban Eatery, now open daily. Visit CF Pacific Centre’s website for more information, and to see a complete list of vendors.

This post was sponsored by CF Pacific Centre. All opinions are ours. 

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