Vancouver

Gastown

Gastown


Eat

Burdock & Co. | Eggs benny with buttered kale and lemon hollandaise on a gluten-free scone.

Burdock & Co. | Eggs benny with buttered kale and lemon hollandaise on a gluten-free scone.

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

Ernest Ice Cream

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

Nomad

Nomad | Sunchoke "wings" with homemade ranch and hot sauce.

Nomad | Sunchoke "wings" with homemade ranch and hot sauce.

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

The Juice Truck

The Juice Truck

The Juice Truck

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

Homer Street Cafe & Bar

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.


Cafés

Liberty Bakery + Café

Liberty Bakery + Café

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.

Small Victory Bakery

Small Victory Bakery

Small Victory Bakery (Yaletown): Bright + modern coffee shop with homemade baked goods, breads, and pastries.

49th Parallel (Mount Pleasant): Cozy coffee hangout with several locations around the city.

Nelson The Seagull

Nelson The Seagull

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.


Hang

Equinox Gallery

Equinox Gallery

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.

Granville Island

Granville Island

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.

Neighbourhood Quality Goods

Neighbourhood Quality Goods

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.

Mary Young ,  Prospector Co. , and other brands at Vincent Park.

Mary Young, Prospector Co., and other brands at Vincent Park.

Vincent Park

Vincent Park

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

Kits Beach

Kits Beach: Lovely beach to spend a warm day at.


Weekend Trip: Whistler

Peak 2 Peak Gondola

Peak 2 Peak Gondola

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.