Vancouver is the sushi capital of the world outside of Japan.
That’s according to Google Trends and Chef’s Pencil, an international online food magazine.
In a report containing a global inventory of cities, the magazine said Google Trends data allows it to analyze global searches for sushi information in any language.
The results put Vancouver at the top of the rankings, with a perfect popularity score of 100 out of 100. Montreal, in 11th place with a score of 62, gave Canada the only two North American cities in the world’s top 12. (San Diego  and LA  finished in 13th and 15th places.)
Novosibirsk, Russia, is just behind Vancouver in the city rankings, with a score of 99. Odessa Kharkiv and Kiev, all in Ukraine, took third, fourth and fifth place with scores of 93, 87 and 86, respectively .
The report says sushi in Russia is now as popular as take-out pizza, and the seafood sensation swept Ukraine in the mid-2000s.
In the list of ranked countries, Canada finished 11th with 53 points; Japan led the world to 100 points. Ukraine at 87 and Denmark at 79 finished second and third.
City rankings are the product of analyzed data for the year between January 12, 2021 and January 12, 2022.
The magazine had this to say about Vancouver: “Vancouver…is a foodie’s paradise, and sushi is especially popular locally, making BC’s seaport the non-Japanese sushi capital of the world.” Indeed, a tally puts the number of sushi places in Metro Vancouver at over 600 and there’s something for every taste and budget. »