Let's travel to: Vancouver, BC
Take a hike and don’t forget to bring your appetite – this city’s food scene, triple-threat (think mountains, oceans and forest) setting and adventure-filled culture will convince non-believers that the west really is the better coast.
DO - GO OUTDOORS
- Stanley Park – Surrounded by the ocean, this green oasis will make you think you’ve left the city and embraced nature. Take a stroll on the sea wall and take in the mountain and beach views – best part is it’s only a 15-minute drive from Downtown Vancouver.
- Visit a beach! English Bay, Sunset Beach, Kitsilano – there are an abundance of beautiful beaches and they all feature stunning Pacific Northwest views.
- Take a hike – Vancouverites love hiking. For first-timers Quarry Rock or Lighthouse Park are great options because they provide the best ratio of hard work versus pay-off.
DO – GO EAT
- Meat & Bread (closed Sunday) $ – Amazing roasted meat sandwiches and perfect for grabbing on the go or a quick lunch. Recommendation: The ‘Porchetta’ (salsa verde + pork crackling).
- Phnom Penh $$ – A Chinatown original, this Vietnamese/Cambodian spot is a no-frills winner and always has a line up. Recommendation: The famous chicken wings, butter beef and filet beef luc lac on rice + egg.
- The Mackenzie Room $$$ – With excellent vibes, delicious cocktails and innovative dishes, this creative new institution deserves all the praise and attention it’s received since opening.
- Recommendation: Have a party of 4? Definitely get the “I WANT IT ALL”. If not, the menu is seasonal and the waiters are creative so make some friends and ask them what’s good. I haven’t had a disappointing meal here yet!
- JapaDog $ - You’ve probably heard about these delicious Japanese-style hot dogs and yes, they’re as fun as they sound. Recommendation: Try their signature ‘TeriMayo’ dog and make it a combo because their Shaked Fries are amazing.
- Tacofino $$ - Once just a legendary food truck in Tofino, it has since expanded into a really cute restaurant in the creative hub of Gastown. Recommendation: The pork al pastor always hits the spot. If you have a sweet tooth, their churros and diablo cookie will satisfy any craving.
- Minami $$$ - Vancouver is famous for their Japanese food. Minami and her sister restaurant Miku, paved the way for the “aburi” style pressed sushi craze and provides delicious entrees as well. Recommendation: Aburi Oshi Sushi (all 3 kinds), Beef Carpaccio, Ebi Mayo and the Miso Sakekasu Sablefish & Crispy Prawn Dumpling.
- Naruto Sushi $ - Classic Vancouver special aka really cheap but surprisingly amazing sushi. Recommendation: Sushi Special: any 3 items (there’s a huge list) for $7.25 CAD.
- 33 Acres $ - a little local brewery with a curated list of their own craft beers and a rotating menu of local food trucks. Recommendation: Come here for brunch! It seems weird to go to a brewery for brunch but their waffles are legendary and you can always fill up a growler (or 2!) to take home.
DO: GET OUT OF THE CITY
Vancouver is blessed to have a lot of amazing day trips that are easily accessible if you rent a car. Highly recommend, especially if you’re here for longer than a couple of days!
- Whistler (2 hour drive from Vancouver) – a classic, for those who like Winter sports, this is a world-class place to go snowboarding/ skiing. However, if you’re like me and don’t like the snow, it’s actually a really great place to go in the summer and take the day to just enjoy the gorgeous hikes around the area (highly recommend Joffre Lakes, it’s only an hour away from Whistler) and bustling atmosphere in Whistler Village.
- Deep Cove (1 hour drive from Downtown Vancouver) – A charming part of North Vancouver that is home to Quarry Rock (one of the hikes mentioned above), paddle boarding, kayaking and some delicious honey doughnuts.
- Seattle (2 hour drive from Vancouver) – if a city break is what you’re looking for, Seattle is close and filled with great shopping, amazing seafood and lots of cute coffee shops (including the first Starbucks at Pike Place).
IF IT’S RAINING…
So you met Raincouver… no worries – just bring an umbrella (or don’t if you want to blend in with the locals) and do the following:
- Check out the Vancouver Art Gallery – this city loves art and there isn’t a better place to pretend to get it.
- Vancouver Aquarium – Go say hi to the beluga whales!
- Go on a craft beer crawl – Vancouver’s craft beer game has been really strong these last few years, so look up a route and try everything.
List by: Tiffany Tang
My past-life as a competitive tennis player gave me the wonderful experience of travelling around the world and living in Hong Kong and South Carolina. Today, I live in Vancouver with my Rottweiler-cross, Presley (@presley.themutt) and spend my time marketing the most beautiful hotels at @kiwicollection. My philosophy for travel is simple; always seek the most authentic experience you can in as many places you have the privilege to visit.
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