A Local Gem
The Bench Market is one of the top food destinations in the South Okanagan. Ask any local about it, and you’ll get a similar answer; quality food, friendly staff, and a welcoming atmosphere. Offering all day breakfast, weekend brunch, freshly baked goods, gourmet lunches, takeaway meals, catering and groceries, you definitely won’t be left hungry. Oh, and did we mention they brew locally roasted, organic coffee?
Located on Vancouver Hill just outside of downtown Penticton, this quaint eatery & market will often be filled with both locals and visitors. As you enter, you’ll be greeted by the friendly staff and warm ambiance. The shelves are stocked with unique grocery items and retail goods. Stroll through to the back of the store where you’ll find the food ordering bar. Depending on what type of meal you’re after, you’ll order, pay, and wait for your meal either inside the cafe or on the patio outside. There are a few tables inside, but when the weather is warm enough, enjoy the lovely patio complimented by shade umbrellas and beautiful vegetation.
The menus here are thoughtfully crafted to ensure locally sourced ingredients are highlighted in each dish. The meats and eggs are from BC-raised, ethically treated animals, ensuring the highest quality. If you’re lucky, you’ll see farmers and artisans stop by to drop off their goods – does it get more local than that?
Breakfast / Brunch
The breakfast and brunch menu blends healthy ingredients with delicious flavours. This is the best way to fuel yourself for a day of South Okanagan adventure. Our personal favourite is the Bench Breakfast Plate – a classic combination of fresh eggs, Fraser Valley bacon, cranberry bran bread, and freshly picked fruit! If you’re not craving a big meal, opt for the Organic Yogurt & House Made Granola Bowl, an easy, light breakfast that will make you feel great.
Weekends mean Brunch at the Bench. Four types of Eggs Benedict and Fluffy Waffles fill the brunch menu here. You won’t want to miss these mouthwatering dishes! The Bench caters to vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options as well.
When lunchtime rolls around, the masses flock to The Bench to enjoy a wide selection of sandwiches, paninis, soups, and salads. Popular lunch picks are the Sicilian (a tribute to Italy), and the “Chick” Pea (an ode to summer). Pair your sandwich with a side salad or a daily made soup to top it all off. Vegetarian, Vegan, and gluten-free options are also available.
It’s likely that when you visit The Bench Market for a meal, you’ll end up picking up some groceries for the road. The niche grocery store is unlike any other. High quality, local artisan goods fill the shelves here, allowing you to bring the tastes of the Okanagan home with you. Cheeses, dressings, jams, chutneys, chocolate, cookies, take & bake meals, and of course the famous homemade Granola are just a few of the unique groceries you’ll find here. Shop while you wait for your order to be called, but be careful, shopping on an empty stomach is tip toeing a fine line!
For your next party, celebration, or event, use The Bench Market’s amazing catering services. From assorted Sandwich Platters to Lasagnas, Pizzas, and Pies, the extensive catering menu will be sure to satisfy your needs. To order, download the Catering Menu, fill it out, and either bring it in or email it to email@example.com. Catering orders require a minimum of 72 hours notice, so be sure to plan ahead!