Guidebook for Vancouver

Sarah

Guidebook for Vancouver

Food Scene
5 houses away from us - amazing local neighbourhood spot! You will feel like you are in France. The croissants, pain au chocolate and crepes are to die for! And amazing coffee / espresso! Opens everyday at 8 AM - perfect spot for breakfast in our no kitchen space. Closes at 6 PM. ** NOT OPEN ON HOLIDAYS **
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Le Marché St. George
4393 St George St
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5 houses away from us - amazing local neighbourhood spot! You will feel like you are in France. The croissants, pain au chocolate and crepes are to die for! And amazing coffee / espresso! Opens everyday at 8 AM - perfect spot for breakfast in our no kitchen space. Closes at 6 PM. ** NOT OPEN ON HOLIDAYS **
Also very close - 300 meters from our suite. Great coffee, sandwiches and lots of amazing cakes (you can buy and entire cake or buy a slice). Big time local favourite spot! Open 9 to 6 everyday.
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Trafiq
4216 Main St
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Also very close - 300 meters from our suite. Great coffee, sandwiches and lots of amazing cakes (you can buy and entire cake or buy a slice). Big time local favourite spot! Open 9 to 6 everyday.
Chain-based coffee shop. Reliable quality. Close / walking distance.
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JJ Bean Coffee Roasters
4287 Fraser St
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Chain-based coffee shop. Reliable quality. Close / walking distance.
Chain-based coffee shop. Reliable quality. Close / walking distance
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JJ Bean Coffee Roasters
3010 Main St
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Chain-based coffee shop. Reliable quality. Close / walking distance
For all the Starbucks lovers - 200 meters away!
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Starbucks
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For all the Starbucks lovers - 200 meters away!
One of the best vegetarian restaurants in Vancouver and walking distance from us. Will cater to vegan as well. Its high end veggie food. You will not be disappointed. No reservations - always a line up - go at 5 and don't wait - or go with the expectation that you will have a drink close by until your table is ready! Either way - it will be delicious food!
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The Acorn Restaurant
3995 Main St
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One of the best vegetarian restaurants in Vancouver and walking distance from us. Will cater to vegan as well. Its high end veggie food. You will not be disappointed. No reservations - always a line up - go at 5 and don't wait - or go with the expectation that you will have a drink close by until your table is ready! Either way - it will be delicious food!
Amazing vietnamese food! Very popular so likely you will need to wait - they do not take reservations unless you are a large group. Great food - highly recommend.
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Anh And Chi
3388 Main St
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Amazing vietnamese food! Very popular so likely you will need to wait - they do not take reservations unless you are a large group. Great food - highly recommend.
Wonderful veggie / vegan restaurant. Low key and casual but very delicious!
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MeeT on Main
4288 Main St
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Wonderful veggie / vegan restaurant. Low key and casual but very delicious!
Amazing Italian but books up 4-6 weeks in advance. They have a first come first serve bar seating area which is worth trying if you don’t have a reservation. Family style restaurant- share everything! If you can get in, you won’t regret it!!
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Osteria Savio Volpe
615 Kingsway
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Amazing Italian but books up 4-6 weeks in advance. They have a first come first serve bar seating area which is worth trying if you don’t have a reservation. Family style restaurant- share everything! If you can get in, you won’t regret it!!
Arguably the best low key sushi in the city! You will likely have to wait but very worth it. All the fish is amazingly fresh. You can’t leave Vancouver without having had sushi!
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Toshi Sushi
181 E 16th Ave
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Arguably the best low key sushi in the city! You will likely have to wait but very worth it. All the fish is amazingly fresh. You can’t leave Vancouver without having had sushi!
Our family’s go to sushi place. Lovely people and the food is always good!
Sushi Mania
3851 Main St
Our family’s go to sushi place. Lovely people and the food is always good!
Parks & Nature
Beautiful iconic Queen Elizabeth Park is well within walking distance from our place - caution there is a lot of uphill to get there. Perched on the highest spot in Vancouver - amazing views surrounded by amazing flowers - changed based on the season. If you are visiting during cherry blossom season this is a MUST SEE!
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Queen Elizabeth Park
4600 Cambie St
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Beautiful iconic Queen Elizabeth Park is well within walking distance from our place - caution there is a lot of uphill to get there. Perched on the highest spot in Vancouver - amazing views surrounded by amazing flowers - changed based on the season. If you are visiting during cherry blossom season this is a MUST SEE!
Beautiful garden set near China town. Delicious options for food around there as well. Highly recommend taking the time to visit.
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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
578 Carrall St
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Beautiful garden set near China town. Delicious options for food around there as well. Highly recommend taking the time to visit.
Essentials
Great supermarket - lots of organic, GMO-free options. Not the cheapest place due to the organic produce. Nice staff and good quality fruits and veggies. They have a small deli - can get sandwiches, samosas, and a large variety of cold salads.
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Nesters Market
4475 Main St
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Great supermarket - lots of organic, GMO-free options. Not the cheapest place due to the organic produce. Nice staff and good quality fruits and veggies. They have a small deli - can get sandwiches, samosas, and a large variety of cold salads.
Best grocery store on a tight budget - prices are unbeatable! Limited organic options. Produce is not always amazing quality but the price is among the best in the city!
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Dean's No Frills
4508 Fraser St
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Best grocery store on a tight budget - prices are unbeatable! Limited organic options. Produce is not always amazing quality but the price is among the best in the city!
Closest Liquor store to us - absolutely walkable distance! Good options - lots of BC craft beer and lots of BC wine options. Cheers!!
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BC Liquor Stores
4423 Main St
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Closest Liquor store to us - absolutely walkable distance! Good options - lots of BC craft beer and lots of BC wine options. Cheers!!
Getting Around
Closest Canada Line stop to us. Canada Line comes directly from the airport and will take you directly downtown. Airport to Downtown in just over half and hour. From this Station you will take the number #25 bus headed EAST to get to our place.
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King Edward Station
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Closest Canada Line stop to us. Canada Line comes directly from the airport and will take you directly downtown. Airport to Downtown in just over half and hour. From this Station you will take the number #25 bus headed EAST to get to our place.
Drinks & Nightlife
Live flamenco dancing on weekends and during the week comedy shows. Check out their website to see what is happening. Cheap and good drinks - local beers on tap. NO COVER CHARGE - its a wicked deal with live entertainment! Walkable from our place - or a very short cab ride if you don't feel like stretching your legs!
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the Kino
3456 Cambie St
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Live flamenco dancing on weekends and during the week comedy shows. Check out their website to see what is happening. Cheap and good drinks - local beers on tap. NO COVER CHARGE - its a wicked deal with live entertainment! Walkable from our place - or a very short cab ride if you don't feel like stretching your legs!
Very popular spot - recommend a reservation! Drinks and music are great. Very popular with locals.
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The Shameful Tiki Room
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Very popular spot - recommend a reservation! Drinks and music are great. Very popular with locals.
Arts & Culture
Hands down my family's favourite museum in Vancouver - showcases beautiful totem poles and lots of culture and heritage of the Native Americans people. A great introduction to the culture and life of our ancestors. We have family from France that visit frequently and they request going every single time they come to Vancouver. Perfect on a rainy day as well as its indoors! Situated at the University of British Columbia - a great way to see the university campus as well. Worth the visit!
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Museum of Anthropology
6393 NW Marine Dr
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Hands down my family's favourite museum in Vancouver - showcases beautiful totem poles and lots of culture and heritage of the Native Americans people. A great introduction to the culture and life of our ancestors. We have family from France that visit frequently and they request going every single time they come to Vancouver. Perfect on a rainy day as well as its indoors! Situated at the University of British Columbia - a great way to see the university campus as well. Worth the visit!
A Vancouver staple! Would recommend taking transit from our place - the Canada line takes you within 200 meters - get off at City Centre. They always have a travelling exhibit - we have had some pretty amazing ones - including Monet and Picasso exhibits - so always check the website to see whats on. I would recommend saving time and going to the Emily Carr exhibit upstairs - a local favourite who painted our beautiful coastline in BC.
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Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby St
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A Vancouver staple! Would recommend taking transit from our place - the Canada line takes you within 200 meters - get off at City Centre. They always have a travelling exhibit - we have had some pretty amazing ones - including Monet and Picasso exhibits - so always check the website to see whats on. I would recommend saving time and going to the Emily Carr exhibit upstairs - a local favourite who painted our beautiful coastline in BC.
Sightseeing
Simply a must see. Even as a local resident we go weekly as the food at the market is unbeatable. Great place for lunch. Beautiful ocean views. Lots of local artisans in surrounding buildings from the market. A fabulous kids store - kids only market if you are looking for a gift for a little one! Highly highly recommend!
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Granville Island Public Market
1669 Johnston St
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Simply a must see. Even as a local resident we go weekly as the food at the market is unbeatable. Great place for lunch. Beautiful ocean views. Lots of local artisans in surrounding buildings from the market. A fabulous kids store - kids only market if you are looking for a gift for a little one! Highly highly recommend!
Beautiful park in the heart of Vancouver. The gem of Vancouver. With over 10 km of sea wall surrounding the park a great and safe biking area. Beautiful and scenic a must see in Vancouver. The Vancouver Aquarium is located inside Stanley park. For the summer - outdoor pool. Also pitch and putt quick public golf course.
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Stanley Park
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Beautiful park in the heart of Vancouver. The gem of Vancouver. With over 10 km of sea wall surrounding the park a great and safe biking area. Beautiful and scenic a must see in Vancouver. The Vancouver Aquarium is located inside Stanley park. For the summer - outdoor pool. Also pitch and putt quick public golf course.
Beautiful ocean wise collection. Very conscious of well being of creatures. No shows like Sea World - lots of biologists to do behaviour discussions but these animals are not treated like circus animals. No large whales. A wonderful establishment that local residents are proud of and support fiercely. World renowned. Highly recommend.
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Vancouver Aquarium
845 Avison Way
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Beautiful ocean wise collection. Very conscious of well being of creatures. No shows like Sea World - lots of biologists to do behaviour discussions but these animals are not treated like circus animals. No large whales. A wonderful establishment that local residents are proud of and support fiercely. World renowned. Highly recommend.