We’ve all been through it – feeling lazy and not wanting to cook. Maybe you also wanted to cook but there are no ingredients at home, and we don’t have time to go grocery shopping because we have to hop on a Zoom call in thirty minutes. Well, the good news is Canada is home to some of the best food delivery services in the world. All you have to do is download their app, choose a restaurant, put your order in, and then wait! It’s easy! Here is a list of food delivery apps you might want to consider the next time you’re thinking about food!
SkipTheDishes started in 2012 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, where it first operated locally, then later expanded nationwide to major cities such as Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal. As one of the most popular food delivery apps in Canada, SkipTheDishes partners with over 30,000 restaurants including major chains such as McDonald’s, Subway, Nando’s, Freshii, and Boston Pizza, as well as smaller, local businesses in cities, to serve its one million users across the country.
SkipTheDishes is well known for its options: you can choose to order on the spot or you can put in your order at a select time. Although they no longer operate in the United States, Canadians can enjoy SkiptheDishes by downloading the app onto their phones. The SkipTheDishes app is currently available on Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store and can be used by anyone who creates an account with them.
Uber Eats is another popular food delivery app, best known for being the subsidiary of Uber Technologies, an American mobility service provider. Founded in August of 2014, Uber Eats was initially known as UberFRESH, functioning as a food-ordering and delivery platform around the Santa Monica area in California. In 2015, it was rebranded to Uber Eats, and since then, users have been able to browse through local restaurants, place orders, and add reviews and ratings of their experience and their drivers.
Uber Eats currently operates in multiple countries, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, India, France, Japan, and so on. It is available on Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store, as well as on other Android platforms. It can also be used through a web browser, although users will need to create an account before placing orders.
DoorDash is a simple, user-friendly food delivery app based out of San Francisco, California. It first started as paloaltodelivery.com, with the four founders building and running the app, taking orders and delivering the food themselves. Today, DoorDash dominates the food delivery marketplace, with the company itself and their subsidiaries earning roughly 59% of U.S. consumers’ meal delivery sales in March.
DoorDash is currently partnered with over 340,000 restaurants and serves more than 20 million active consumers in 7,000 cities across the U.S., Canada, Australia and Japan. Its app is available on Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store, as well as on other Android platforms.
Fantuan was founded eight years ago by two Chinese locals in Vancouver. Their first office opened in Burnaby, and they ran their food delivery operation all across Metro Vancouver. Today, the company operates in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal, as well as other major cities across Canada, the U.S., and Australia. Fantuan is most commonly associated with Asian restaurants, including Chinese restaurants, bubble tea shops, as well as Asian snack and dessert shops.
Fantuan also offers unique options that many other food delivery services don’t. For example, with Fantuan, you can choose to ‘skip the tip’ and pick up your order instead. Sometimes, doing so will save you 10% off of your next order. Or, if you’re too tired to run errands, Fantuan can help you buy items or retrieve packages from stores. Fantuan Mart also allows users to enjoy convenient deliveries of products such as groceries, flowers, beauty products, and more!
Sources: DoorDash success story in the US, The Best Food Delivery Apps and Tips in Canada 2022, Fantuan’s New Services