At Uber Eats, we know there’s no better feeling than having your order arrive just as you’d envisioned. And over the past year, delivery orders became even more special as a way for Canadians to support their local restaurants, receive their junk food fix safely, or send groceries to a loved one. 

The third annual Uber Eats Cravings Report is a snapshot of the most popular, the most unusual, and some of the most unique delivery order requests we see each year. As you’ll see below, you really can get anything, just the way you want it, on Uber Eats.

Some of the trends this year include:

  • Manners Matter: While Canada is known for being polite, Nanaimo, Ottawa and Kingston are setting the bar even higher by saying “please” and “thank you” the most in their ordering instructions.
  • Top Tippers: British Columbia is home to Canada’s more generous tippers as Nanaimo, Victoria, and Kelowna round up the top cities that tip the most, followed by Sherbrooke and Quebec City
  • Health Nuts and Green Machines: Eaters in Halifax, Kingston and Montreal ordered the most healthy food last year.
  • Picky Eaters: Eaters in Regina, St. John’s and Kelowna seem to be the pickiest as they often add special instructions to their orders.
  • We Eat Everything: There’s no doubt that Canadians have a diverse taste for food as the top-ordered cuisines include Japanese, Asian, Indian, Mexican and Burgers and Sandwiches respectively. 

“This year’s Uber Eats Cravings Report shows us that as Canadians across the country stayed home to stay safe, they relied on Uber Eats to bring their special requests to life,” says Lola Kassim, GM of Uber Eats Canada. “This year, Canadians wanted spice, extra pickles, and a lot of nuggets on the side. We also saw consumer behaviour shift, with more Canadians looking at delivery for convenience and grocery items, including french onion dip, salt and vinegar chips, and gummy bears.” 

See the full 2021 Cravings Report below. 

Most polite cities in Canada (based on who says please, thank you, merci the most)

  1. Nanaimo
  2. Ottawa
  3. Kingston
  4. Victoria
  5. Lethbridge
  6. Hamilton
  7. Kitchener-Waterloo
  8. Peterborough
  9. Calgary
  10. London

Most picky cities in Canada (based on who has the most special instructions)

  1. Regina
  2. St. John’s
  3. Kelowna
  4. Halifax
  5. Windsor
  6. Prince George
  7. London
  8. Toronto
  9. Gatineau
  10. Hamilton

Most popular special instructions by city

  1. Belleville: Make it spicy
  2. Calgary: Extra pickles
  3. Edmonton: Extra pickles
  4. Gatineau: Extra saucy
  5. Halifax: Extra pickles
  6. Hamilton: Extra pickles
  7. London: Extra pickles
  8. Moncton: Make it spicy
  9. Montreal: All dressed
  10. Ottawa: Extra pickles
  11. Quebec City: Extra saucy
  12. Red Deer: Salt & Pepper
  13. Toronto: Extra pickles
  14. Vancouver: No green onion
  15. Victoria: Gluten-free
  16. Winnipeg: Extra pickles

Most popular cuisine in Canada

  1. Japanese
  2. Asian
  3. Indian
  4. Mexican
  5. Burgers / Sandwiches
  6. Salads
  7. Korean
  8. Italian
  9. Vietnamese
  10. Thai

Most expensive Uber Eats order

  1. Vancouver – $1600+ 
  2. Montreal – $1300+
  3. Toronto: $1200+

Most requested side items in Canada

  1. Nuggets
  2. Fries
  3. Poutine
  4. Hash brown
  5. Miso soup
  6. Onion rings

Most ordered desserts in Canada

  1. Ice cream
  2. Pearl Milk Tea
  3. Cake
  4. Donuts
  5. Chocolate chip cookies

Cities that orders the most “healthy food” (i.e. restaurants labeled healthy in the Uber Eats app)

  1. Halifax
  2. Kingston
  3. Montreal
  4. Kitchener-Waterloo
  5. Vancouver
  6. Victoria
  7. Gatineau
  8. Thunder Bay
  9. Toronto
  10. Trois-Rivieres

Most popular convenience items

  1. Chocolates (assorted bars)
  2. Regular chips
  3. French onion dip
  4. Pepsi 2L
  5. AriZona beverages
  6. Salt & vinegar chips
  7. Monster energy drinks
  8. Gummy bears

Canadian cities that tip the most

  1. Nanaimo
  2. Victoria
  3. Kelowna
  4. Sherbrooke
  5. Quebec City
  6. Gatineau
  7. Trois-Rivieres
  8. Edmonton
  9. Belleville
  10. Calgary