Burdock & Co. (Mount Pleasant): Rustic space with refined, organic small plates meant for sharing and natural wines. Great option for brunch in the heart of Main Street.
The Sandbar (Granville Island): Hotspot for the most delicious fresh seafood.
Umaluma (Chinatown): The best plant-based, dairy-free gelato in the city. Amazing, seasonal flavours with a cashew/coconut base. Try the chocolate macadamia and the black sesame.
Bao Bei (Chinatown): Lively spot for modern Chinese sharing plates and cocktails. Try the marinated eggplant, crispy tofu, vegetarian potstickers, a curry or rice dish and the seasonal veggie sides.
Ernest Ice Cream (Fraser Street): Vancouver's most popular ice cream parlour with amazing seasonal & traditional flavours. Go for a scoop and end up taking a pint-sized tub (or two... or three) home.
Mister Artisan Ice Cream (Yaletown): Nitrogen ice cream. Liquid nitrogen is added to the cream base and while mixing, it rapidly freezes which results in a much more dense final product as there are less ice crystals and less air than found in traditional ice cream. A pure, all-natural dessert that is 10x better than what you are used to.
Kissa Tanto (Chinatown): Italian-Japanese cuisine and cocktails served in a dimly lit space with 1960s Tokyo jazz club design inspiration. Try the housemade sourdough, pickle plate, Japanese eggplant and any other seasonal dishes recommended to you.
Di Beppe (Gastown): Cozy spot for classic Italian fare like antipasti, pizza and pasta. If you’re waiting for a table, move to their cafe space in the front for a cocktail and olives.
Nomad (Riley Park): A hip industrial space with high ceilings and modern features. This restaurant serves sustainable, local cuisine & delicious cocktails. Super creative menu comprised of all seasonal ingredients.
Sun Sui Wah (Riley Park): Very popular spot for dim sum.
Miku (Downtown-Waterfront): Upscale Japanese eatery overlooking the water and famous for their super innovative flame seared sushi rolls (Aburi).
TurF (Kitsilano): Vegan counter serving smoothies, treats, salads and bowls in a space also occupied by a gym.
The Arbor (Riley Park): Vegetarian and vegan comfort food in a relaxed, sleek space. Great menu of burgers, tacos, sandwiches, salads, pizza, pasta, fries and other veggie sides/starters.
The Juice Truck (Mount Pleasant): Best spot for cold-pressed juices, smoothies, salads and other local vegan treats like Say Hello Sweets ice cream sandwiches. Other locations on Main Street and in Yaletown.
Sprig (Granville Island Public Market): One of the many food options located in the market serving fresh and light Middle Eastern cuisine: try the falafel wrap with banana peppers, been skordalia, charred lemon yoghurt & arugula!
Tacofino (Yaletown): A Vancouver gem and a favourite amongst locals with several locations around the city. Some of the best fish tacos ever.
Kokomo (Kitsilano): Bright, vegan restaurant with Cali vibes. Amazing bowls, salads and smoothies. Definitely try the golden laksa noodles and the coastal macro bowl. Another location in Chinatown.
Maenam (Kitsilano): Traditional Thai fare with a contemporary twist served in a hip space. Can’t go wrong with any of the menu items (designed to share)!
Aleph Eatery (Grandview-Woodland): Delicious vegetarian Middle Eastern eats in a chic space. Go for brunch or dinner!
Homer Street Cafe & Bar (Yaletown): Stylish and cozy restaurant specializing in rotisserie chicken. The menu has so many amazing options it's best to share everything. Also great cocktails.
Ayoub's Dried Fruits & Nuts (Kitsilano): An upscale Persian dried fruit and nut shop roasted daily in-store by hand in small batches.
Torafuku (Strathcona): Asian fusion dishes in a contemporary, industrial space. Go for lunch or dinner and try the veggie dumplings and beet fries.
The Naam (Kitsilano): Healthy vegetarian fare in a casual space with a backyard patio. Open 24 hours a day. Huge menu of delicious, comforting dishes like nachos, pizzas, soups, salads, burritos, burgers, wraps, bowls, etc.
Liberty Bakery + Café (Riley Park): Liberty is a cozy and airy Nordic bakery with white panelled walls and old portrait paintings hung to create a unique space. Elegant-meets-homey in this cafe fit for a coffee date or an afternoon spent with a book and snacks.
Terra Breads (Granville Island Public Market): Cafe with great baked goods.
O5 Tea (Kitsilano): Tea shop with a tasting bar in a quiet, serene space.
Gene Coffee Bar (Mount Pleasant): Uniquely narrow corner space serving coffee, tea and snacks.
Pallet Coffee Roasters (Grandview-Woodland): House-roasted brews baked goods and light lunch fare.
Off The Tracks (Granville Island): Organic cafe and a perfect spot to have lunch or a coffee while exploring the island.
Eternal Abundance Organic Cafe & Market (Grandview-Woodland): The loveliest vegan cafe and grocer offering raw and cooked vegan meals and snacks, smoothies and gluten-free desserts. Also a great spot to buy produce, health foods, and bulk items.
Barrio Coffee (North Vancouver): Bright, airy and minimalist coffee shop serving local treats. A good place for a hiking pitstop.
Moja Coffee (Grandview-Woodland): Moja sources, roasts and brews their own coffee and has another location in North Van.
Small Victory Bakery (Yaletown): Bright + modern coffee shop with homemade baked goods, breads, and pastries. Another location on Granville St.
49th Parallel (Mount Pleasant): Cozy coffee hangout with several locations around the city.
Glory Juice Co. (Kitsilano): Cold-pressed juices, smoothies, bowls and snacks. Several locations around the city.
Matchstick Coffee (Riley Park): Minimalist coffee shop with light bites in a cool space with subway tiles and wood communal tables and stools.
Their There (Kitsilano): Coffee shop also serving toasts, sandwiches and pastries.
Elysian Coffee (Mount Pleasant): With several locations around the city, Elysian sources, roasts and brews their own coffee.
Nelson The Seagull (Gastown): Nelson is a Gastown gem. The perfect spot for breakfast, a coffee date, or spending the day with your laptop, a book, or just to daydream.
A Bread Affair (Granville Island): Another great bakery on Granville Island, the smell alone will draw you right in.
Rocanini (Mount Pleasant): Coffee shop and roastery with several locations around the city.
33 Acres Brewing (Mount Pleasant): House-brewed craft beer, brunch, pizza, snacks, coffee, communal tables, light, minimalist space with Cali/Australian vibes.
Juniper (Chinatown): Gin cocktails served in a sleek, stylish space (can also dine here).
Grapes & Soda (South Granville): Cozy, intimate cocktail and natural wine bar also serving seasonal small plates.
Botanist (Coal Harbour): Rooftop restaurant and bar at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel
Tangent Cafe (Grandview-Woodland): Casual bar for beers, cocktails live music and Malaysian fusion fare.
Equinox Gallery (Strathcona): Vancouver isn't exactly known for its arts & culture as much as it is known for it's mountains and nature. But Equinox is a great modern & contemporary gallery featuring works by Canadian and international artists. Cool industrial space.
Delish General Store (Granville Island): Great shop for all locally-made products that you never knew you needed. Home goods, skin care items, cocktail paraphernalia and more.
Pulp Fiction (Grandview-Woodland): Independent, used book shop.
Granville Island Public Market: Granville Island gem: seafood, fresh produce, baked goods, arts & crafts, food vendors and more.
Front & Company (Riley Park): Cool consignment shop on Main Street.
Lynn Canyon Park: Outdoorsy tourist attraction with a suspension bridge, waterfall and trails.
Balance Botanicals (Riley Park): Fair trade & organic apothecary. Bulk store for herbs, spices, salts, oils, teas and more. All ethically harvested and locally sourced.
Neighbourhood Quality Goods (Riley Park): Charming little pop-up shop selling local artisan goods.
Contemporary Art Gallery (Downtown): Independent, non-profit art gallery with works on view by mainly local artists.
Vegan Supply (Chinatown): 100% vegan grocery store with an incredible selection of goods.
Ride Cycle Club (Yaletown & Kitsilano): Great spin studio.
Vincent Park (Riley Park): Unique clothing & accessories, independent labels & apothecary items made by locals & makers abroad.
Old Faithful Shop (Gastown): Minimalist home goods, magazines, decor items.
Van Caissey (Riley Park): A boutique selling clothes, accessories, gifts, lifestyle items and a wide selection of different types of crystals.
Nineteen Ten (Riley Park): Cute home goods store
Nada (Mount Pleasant): Zero waste grocery store.
Blue Heron (Mount Pleasant): 100% plant-based cheese shop featuring cultured and aged cheeses. They also sell butters, yogurts and preserves and snacking accompaniments to your cheeses.
Capilano River Regional Park (West Vancouver): Coastal forested park with hiking and biking trails. Hike up to the Cleveland Dam and park.
Weekend Trip: Whistler
Peak 2 Peak Gondola: Breathtaking views as you travel from Whistler to Blackcomb Mountain.
Il Caminetto di Umberto: Old school Italian trattoria, delicious food and a big patio overlooking the Whistler village.
Stonesedge Kitchen: Great restaurant for Canadian comfort food with wholesome ingredients. A nice option for brunch or dinner and there's a lovely patio out front if you are visiting in the summer.
Mountain Explorer ATV Tour: Take an ATV out for a spin up the mountain.
Lost Lake: Head over to the lake post-ATV for a refreshing dip.
3 Singing Birds: Little clothing and lifestyle boutique carrying mostly local goods but also some international.
Green Moustache Juice: Located at the back of 3 Singing Birds, juice shop serving fresh juices and smoothies along with lighter fare + raw snacks.
Hiking Trails: Great way to explore the mountains on foot.
Naked Sprout: Juice shop with fresh drinks and healthy fare.
El Furniture Warehouse: Chain restaurant, El Furny is a great option for cheap eats. The restaurant has ski lodge theme, matching the vibe of the Whistler Village.