DoorDash Canada Reveals Hottest Foods in 2023 End of Year Trends Report

Biggest spenders, top grocery items and most loved cuisines are revealed in DoorDash Canada’s 2023 End of Year Trends Report

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DoorDash Canada released its annual year-end food trend report highlighting the top Canadian food-ordering habits of 2023, from top midnight snack orders to the pickiest provinces. Using data from January 2023 to November 2023, DoorDash is providing insight into the top ordered items of 2023 and the quirkiest ordering habits of Canadians to come out this year, regionally and nationally.

“This year we saw Canadians fully embrace the wide variety of options available for delivery on DoorDash,” said Shilpa Arora, General Manager at DoorDash Canada. “From restaurants, to beauty products, to wine and spirits, to grocery, Canadians are choosing the convenience of DoorDash while supporting restaurants and businesses in their communities. We’re thrilled to share the interesting finds revealed by Canadians’ ordering habits. It might even change the way you look at online ordering!”

Whether you ordered from your favourite local restaurants, groceries or upped your gifting game, DoorDash is highlighting some of the biggest delivery moments over the past year.
Some highlights include:

  • Biggest Spender: The most expensive order in 2023 was $3,335 in Markham, Ontario including more than 30 different beauty products ranging from hair and makeup products, to beauty tools.

  • Shortest Delivery Distance Order: The shortest delivery distance was only 120 metres away, which is still 20 metres higher than Niagara Falls! With three of these orders happening in Toronto, Ottawa and Thunder Bay, we can tell that Ontarians love convenience!

  • Healthy Groceries: Bananas, tomatoes and eggs top the list of grocery items ordered across Canada, followed by strawberries.

  • Most Organized: Canadians have been taking full advantage of DoorDash’s advance ordering feature, with Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary topping the charts for highest volume of users.

  • Pickiest Eaters: Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal entered the most special instructions on their orders this year, with Torontonians accounting for over 21% of special requests.

  • Staying Energized: Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary residents stayed energized this year with the most coffee deliveries. Vancouver showed they love their coffee by ordering more than 160,000 coffees on DoorDash in 2023 and Toronto followed closely behind with more than 108,000 orders.

See the full report below.

Biggest Spenders:
The most expensive order in Canada was $3,335 in Markham, Ontario. Here are the top 5 biggest orders in 2023:

  1. 33 different beauty products ranging from makeup to skin care ordered in Markham, ON
    4 pairs of fancy headphones, 2 premium green teas and 1 spring water ordered in Vancouver, BC

  2. 12 tomato soups, 20 salads and 16 catering boxes ordered in Vancouver, BC

  3. 100+ bottles of wine, seltzers and beer ordered in Calgary, AB

  4. 105 burrito bowls ordered in Toronto, ON

Shortest Delivery: The shortest delivery distance was 120 metres – still 20 metres higher than Niagara Falls. Orders with the shortest delivery distance in 2023 happened in these Canadian cities:

  1. Toronto, ON

  2. Vancouver, BC

  3. Ottawa, ON

  4. Thunder Bay, ON

Pickiest Eaters: Top Canadian cities that provided the most special instructions on their orders in 2023:

  1. Vancouver, BC – 21M+ special instructions given

  2. Toronto, ON – 16M+ special instructions given

  3. Montreal, QC – 11M+ special instructions given

  4. Calgary, AB – 9M+ special instructions given

  5. Edmonton, AB – 5M+ special instructions given

  6. Winnipeg, MB – 5M+ special instructions given

  7. Victoria, BC – 3M+ special instructions given

  8. Kitchener / Waterloo, ON – 2M+ special instructions given

  9. London, ON – 2M+ special instructions given

  10. Surrey, BC – 2M+ special instructions given

Fan Favourites: Top restaurants who received the most love in 2023:

  1. A&W Canada

  2. Burger King

  3. Dairy Queen

  4. Little Caesars Pizza

  5. McDonald's

  6. Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

  7. Subway

  8. Starbucks

  9. Tim Hortons

  10. Wendy's

Top Cuisines in Canada: We love to indulge when we order out.

  1. American

  2. Italian

  3. Indian

  4. Sushi

  5. Subs

  6. Mexican

  7. Japanese

  8. Thai

Top 10 Most Ordered Foods in Canada

  1. Hamburgers & Cheeseburgers

  2. Burrito Bowls

  3. Chicken Nuggets

  4. Pitas & Shawarma

  5. Burritos

  6. Chicken Burgers

  7. Fries

  8. Poke Bowl

  9. Coffee

  10. Stir Fry

Top Ordered Items by Province in Canada

Ontario: Sticking to what they know

  1. Hamburgers & Cheeseburgers

  2. Burrito Bowls

  3. Chicken Nuggets

  4. Chicken Burgers

  5. Burritos

British Columbia: Burrito bowls remain the reigning champ of the West Coast

  1. Burrito Bowls

  2. Cheeseburgers

  3. Chicken Nuggets

  4. Fries

  5. Pitas

Quebec: Big shawarma fans, but where’s the poutine?

  1. Hamburgers & Cheeseburgers

  2. Shawarma

  3. Chicken Nuggets

  4. Chicken Sandwiches

  5. Burritos

Alberta: Poke bowls have a place at the top

  1. Hamburgers & Cheeseburgers

  2. Chicken Nuggets

  3. Fries

  4. Poke Bowl

  5. Coffee

Saskatchewan: Sticking to the classics

  1. Hamburgers & Cheeseburgers

  2. Chicken Nuggets

  3. Pitas

  4. Coffee

  5. Chicken Sandwiches

Manitoba: Burrito bowls over burritos for this province!

  1. Hamburgers & Cheeseburgers

  2. Pitas

  3. Burrito Bowls

  4. Chicken Burgers

  5. Fries

Vancouverites love to walk: Cities with the highest number of pick-up orders in Canada in 2023:

  1. Vancouver, BC

  2. Toronto, ON

  3. Calgary, AB

  4. Montreal, QC

  5. Winnipeg, MB

  6. Edmonton, AB

  7. Brampton, ON

  8. Mississauga, ON

  9. Surrey, BC

Favourite Groceries: We love our fruits and veggies! Top 10 most ordered groceries in Canada in 2023:

  1. Bananas

  2. Roma Tomato

  3. Eggs

  4. Strawberries

  5. Water Bottles

  6. English Cucumber

  7. Lemon

  8. Green Onion

  9. Yellow Onions

  10. Lime

Most Organized: Top 10 Canadian cities who plan in advance using the advanced ordering feature on DoorDash app

  1. Vancouver

  2. Toronto

  3. Calgary

  4. Montreal

  5. Winnipeg

  6. Edmonton

  7. Brampton

  8. Mississauga

  9. Surrey

  10. Kitchener

Coffee Lovers: Canadians needed an energy boost! Here are the top cities that ordered coffee in 2023:

  1. Toronto, ON

  2. Vancouver, BC

  3. Calgary, AB

  4. Winnipeg, MB

  5. Edmonton, AB

  6. Kitchener, ON

  7. Hilton, ON

  8. London, ON

  9. St. John's, NL

Midnight Snacks: The top food items that Canadians are craving late-night:

  1. Chicken Burgers

  2. Chicken Nuggets

  3. Hamburgers and Cheeseburgers

  4. Ice Cream