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.
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.
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).
The Juice Truck (Mount Pleasant): Great spot for cold-pressed juices and smoothies.
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!
Homer Street Cafe & Bar (Downtown-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.
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.
Off The Tracks (Granville Island): Organic cafe and a perfect spot to have lunch or a coffee while exploring the island.
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.
Vancouver TheatreSports League (Granville Island): A fun way to spend a night out on Granville Island with a little improv comedy and audience participation.
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.
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.
Kits Beach: Lovely beach to spend a warm day at.
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.