Guidebook for Vancouver

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Guidebook for Vancouver

Drinks & Nightlife

An apothecary-themed cocktail lounge in the heart of Chinatown. This is an internationally renowned establishment, run by an impeccable staff– features live music on (Tuesdays?), outdoor patio with fire.
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The Keefer Bar
135 Keefer St
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An apothecary-themed cocktail lounge in the heart of Chinatown. This is an internationally renowned establishment, run by an impeccable staff– features live music on (Tuesdays?), outdoor patio with fire.
Open till 2am– Cocktails, entres, tapas, friendly staff, and an interesting cross-section of patrons. The Marquis offers dinner packages for The Stanley Theatre crowd, and they serve highballs for $3.25– Dimly lit, european-style bistro.
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The Marquis
2666 Granville St
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Open till 2am– Cocktails, entres, tapas, friendly staff, and an interesting cross-section of patrons. The Marquis offers dinner packages for The Stanley Theatre crowd, and they serve highballs for $3.25– Dimly lit, european-style bistro.

Food Scene

Their food is fantastic. They have wraps and avocado sandwiches and pasta, etc. etc. I've never had a bad meal there.
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Caffe Barney on Granville
2975 Granville Street
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Their food is fantastic. They have wraps and avocado sandwiches and pasta, etc. etc. I've never had a bad meal there.
Excellent coffee - pricey, but worth the trip. Should note, they don't have power outlets...
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Revolver
325 Cambie St
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Excellent coffee - pricey, but worth the trip. Should note, they don't have power outlets...
Second best coffee in Vancouver (tied with Matchstick) aaand they have outlets. Great place to get some work done. They have a patio out the back. It gets sun.
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Elysian Coffee - Broadway
590 W Broadway
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Second best coffee in Vancouver (tied with Matchstick) aaand they have outlets. Great place to get some work done. They have a patio out the back. It gets sun.
Fantastic coffee. They roast the beans in the back. Well-lit, open space with modern meets old design. Perfect for working on the laptop.
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Matchstick Fraser Street
639 E 15th Ave
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Fantastic coffee. They roast the beans in the back. Well-lit, open space with modern meets old design. Perfect for working on the laptop.
Incredible food. Modern Chinese cuisine influenced by Shanghai & Taiwanese style. Simple and Elegant. Small plates, meant for sharing. Excellent cocktails and wine. Romantically lit, antique decor, bar managed by one of my dearest friends, a brother, really... If you're travelling solo, saddle up at his bar and be welcomed by Mr. Jared Fontaine– a charming, kind-souled human being with a deep reservoir of cocktail knowledge.
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Bao Bei
163 Keefer St
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Incredible food. Modern Chinese cuisine influenced by Shanghai & Taiwanese style. Simple and Elegant. Small plates, meant for sharing. Excellent cocktails and wine. Romantically lit, antique decor, bar managed by one of my dearest friends, a brother, really... If you're travelling solo, saddle up at his bar and be welcomed by Mr. Jared Fontaine– a charming, kind-souled human being with a deep reservoir of cocktail knowledge.
Classically beautiful outdoor garden patio, tucked away atop the Vancouver Art Gallery right in the heart of the city. Live jazz! Great for tea and writing. Limited outlets.
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Gallery Café & Catering
750 Hornby St
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Classically beautiful outdoor garden patio, tucked away atop the Vancouver Art Gallery right in the heart of the city. Live jazz! Great for tea and writing. Limited outlets.
House Special Chow Mein. Poor service, excellent food. Classic. Need I say more?
Lin Chinese Cuisine and Tea House
1537 West Broadway
House Special Chow Mein. Poor service, excellent food. Classic. Need I say more?
Best damn steak in Vancouver. If you don't fill up on their amazing cheese bread appies you're in for a real treat. It's pricey, but they earn every penny.
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Hy's Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar
637 Hornby St
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Best damn steak in Vancouver. If you don't fill up on their amazing cheese bread appies you're in for a real treat. It's pricey, but they earn every penny.
It's a revolving restaurant with a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of the city and surrounding mountains. White tablecloth. Great lobster.
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Top Of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant
555 W Hastings St
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It's a revolving restaurant with a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of the city and surrounding mountains. White tablecloth. Great lobster.
Their patio has a stunning view of the boats cruising by underneath the Granville Bridge with English Bay across the water. Beautiful place to eat, day or night.
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The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant
1535 Johnston St
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Their patio has a stunning view of the boats cruising by underneath the Granville Bridge with English Bay across the water. Beautiful place to eat, day or night.
If you wind up with a hangover, don't worry, Pho Hoa Noodle Soup. Five minute walk. Eat pho. Go back to bed. Wake up feeling amazing.
Pho Hoa Noodle Soup - Granville
3121 Granville Street
If you wind up with a hangover, don't worry, Pho Hoa Noodle Soup. Five minute walk. Eat pho. Go back to bed. Wake up feeling amazing.
Greatest tacos in Vancouver. You will be so stoked. Started as a food truck in Tofino and then just...blew up. Multiple locations. I actually can't walk by it without eating a battered fish taco.
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Tacofino Commissary
2327 E Hastings St
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Greatest tacos in Vancouver. You will be so stoked. Started as a food truck in Tofino and then just...blew up. Multiple locations. I actually can't walk by it without eating a battered fish taco.
I've sampled Thai food all over the city, this place has them all beat. Used to go all the way up to main and 33rd for their Panang Curry, but now there's one two blocks away!
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Bob Likes Thai Food
1521 W Broadway
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I've sampled Thai food all over the city, this place has them all beat. Used to go all the way up to main and 33rd for their Panang Curry, but now there's one two blocks away!
Great coffee. Big space. Good patio for working on laptop. Lots of outlets. Amazing doughnuts. Maple Bacon. So good.
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49th Parallel Café & Lucky's Doughnuts - MAIN
2902 Main St
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Great coffee. Big space. Good patio for working on laptop. Lots of outlets. Amazing doughnuts. Maple Bacon. So good.
This is the zaniest doughnut shop in the city. (Earl Grey, Whiskey Bacon? Yep and more) Me and my buddy Mark once ate a whole bag at the start of a road trip...I don't recommend doing this.
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Cartems Donuts
534 W Pender St
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This is the zaniest doughnut shop in the city. (Earl Grey, Whiskey Bacon? Yep and more) Me and my buddy Mark once ate a whole bag at the start of a road trip...I don't recommend doing this.
Dine on the water and watch the float planes taking off. View of the ocean and the north shore mountains. White table cloth. Killer Oyster Burgers.
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Cardero's Restaurant
1583 Coal Harbour Quay
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Dine on the water and watch the float planes taking off. View of the ocean and the north shore mountains. White table cloth. Killer Oyster Burgers.

Everything Else

Fresh produce, fish, meats, etc. Great place to grab a couple things for breakfast/lunch. Full of interesting shops and artist stands, for those looking to buy magical trinkets or fancy hats.
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Granville Island Public Market
1669 Johnston St
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Fresh produce, fish, meats, etc. Great place to grab a couple things for breakfast/lunch. Full of interesting shops and artist stands, for those looking to buy magical trinkets or fancy hats.
Rent a bicycle and ride around the sea wall. You will be so happy.
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English Bay Bike Rentals
1754 Davie St
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Rent a bicycle and ride around the sea wall. You will be so happy.
In case of Emergency...if you aren't actually sick when you get there the shade of green they chose for their interior decorating will push you over the line.
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Vancouver General Hospital
899 W 12th Ave
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In case of Emergency...if you aren't actually sick when you get there the shade of green they chose for their interior decorating will push you over the line.

Arts & Culture

I've seen Les Misérables and The Buddy Holly Story here. Both were exceptional.
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Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Arts Club Theatre Company
2750 Granville St
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I've seen Les Misérables and The Buddy Holly Story here. Both were exceptional.
Looks out at the water. If you want to catch some live music this place books acts seven nights a week. I heard something about live band karaoke on Tuesdays, but this rumour requires confirmation...
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Backstage Lounge
1585 Johnston St
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Looks out at the water. If you want to catch some live music this place books acts seven nights a week. I heard something about live band karaoke on Tuesdays, but this rumour requires confirmation...
Iconic. Historic. Currently featuring the incredible works of Canadian artist and author, Douglas Coupland. Tuesday's are entry by donation. Check the website for upcoming exhibits.
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Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby St
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Iconic. Historic. Currently featuring the incredible works of Canadian artist and author, Douglas Coupland. Tuesday's are entry by donation. Check the website for upcoming exhibits.
Walk to this quaint theater from the apartment. No need to worry about falling asleep in the movie, there's an Elysian Coffee just around the corner to get your espresso fix.
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Fifth Avenue Cinemas
2110 Burrard St
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Walk to this quaint theater from the apartment. No need to worry about falling asleep in the movie, there's an Elysian Coffee just around the corner to get your espresso fix.

Sightseeing

The view at night, with North Vancouver all lit up and the giant tankers lurking on the edge of the inlet, is, breathtaking. Find a log, take a seat, and relax.
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Kitsilano Beach Park
1499 Arbutus St
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The view at night, with North Vancouver all lit up and the giant tankers lurking on the edge of the inlet, is, breathtaking. Find a log, take a seat, and relax.
Vancouver's nude beach, home to hippies, stoners, and other sordid liberal types. Totally isolated from everything - it's another world down there, perfect for midnight beach parties...
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Pacific Spirit Hostel
1935 Lower Mall
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Vancouver's nude beach, home to hippies, stoners, and other sordid liberal types. Totally isolated from everything - it's another world down there, perfect for midnight beach parties...
Beautiful place for a picnic. Look across the water at the mountains...can you spot the sleeping mummy?
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Spanish Banks Beach
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Beautiful place for a picnic. Look across the water at the mountains...can you spot the sleeping mummy?
Do you need to recharge in the middle of the day while out and about in Chinatown? I think that's why this place exists. Get Zen. Feel awesome.
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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
578 Carrall St
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Do you need to recharge in the middle of the day while out and about in Chinatown? I think that's why this place exists. Get Zen. Feel awesome.
This is a good workout of a hike because, unlike most other recreational activities, coming down is the best part...if you take the gondola, that is.
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Grouse Grind Trail
6400 Nancy Greene Way
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This is a good workout of a hike because, unlike most other recreational activities, coming down is the best part...if you take the gondola, that is.
I love Science. As a kid, this was my favorite place ever. If you have kids, they will love it. As an adult, it is a bit like being in a zoo, on the wrong side of the fence...
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Science World
1455 Quebec St
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I love Science. As a kid, this was my favorite place ever. If you have kids, they will love it. As an adult, it is a bit like being in a zoo, on the wrong side of the fence...

Essentials

Take the 99 B Line bus two stops west from the apartment, stock up on groceries, and catch the eastbound one back. Open till midnight. So convenient.
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Safeway West Broadway
2733 W Broadway
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Take the 99 B Line bus two stops west from the apartment, stock up on groceries, and catch the eastbound one back. Open till midnight. So convenient.
I hesitate to put this under groceries. Right around the corner from the apartment. ATMs, terribly unhealthy snacks, cigarettes, pop, you get the idea...
Circle K
2515 Hemlock St
I hesitate to put this under groceries. Right around the corner from the apartment. ATMs, terribly unhealthy snacks, cigarettes, pop, you get the idea...

Shopping

It's just over the Granville Bridge and it's got great hats. Go on a date, try on fancy hats. Life is short. Be silly.
Goorin Bros Hat Shop - Yaletown
1188 Hamilton St
It's just over the Granville Bridge and it's got great hats. Go on a date, try on fancy hats. Life is short. Be silly.
Stationery, arts and crafts supplies, etc. etc. There's some really interesting odds and ends in here. And some beautiful paper and pens.
Paper-Ya
1666 Johnston St
Stationery, arts and crafts supplies, etc. etc. There's some really interesting odds and ends in here. And some beautiful paper and pens.
They filmed Never Ending Story Here! It's really quite the bookstore...
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MacLeod's Books
455 W Pender St
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They filmed Never Ending Story Here! It's really quite the bookstore...