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A Look Back At The Iconic Rainforest Cafe In Metrotown

rainforest cafe metrotown mall burnaby

Photo: Metropolis at Metrotown

Chances are if you grew up in the Metro Vancouver area during the late 90s – you’ve been to the iconic Rainforest Cafe in Burnaby.

It restaurant was so much more than a place to eat, it was a full-blown experience.

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Rainforest Cafe Metrotown

metrotown Rainforest
Photo: Metrotown Mall & Darius Davidson

The eatery opened in Metropolis at Metrotown in June 1998 and closed their doors in October 2001. While its existence was short and sweet, it left a lasting impact on all who ate there.

While you downed some waffle fries, sounds of rain and thunder filled the restaurant—which as a kid made you feel like you’re actually in a rainforest. Plus, all the “animals” lurking around helped create the scene.

The food was pretty much what you’d find at any other chain restaurant, but it’s the atmosphere that kept people coming back for more.

It was also its own brand, selling many clothing items and stuffed animals along with the dining experience.

Today, the eatery’s old space boasts an Old Navy.

For those who miss the beloved restaurant, rest assured it still lives on in many other cities across the globe. The Rainforest Cafe has multiple restaurants throughout the U.S., Ontario, Tokyo, London, Paris and even Dubai.


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