Matthew’s guidebook

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Matthew’s guidebook

Food scene

An amazing dining experience. Make reservations early or be prepared to wait!
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Osteria Savio Volpe
615 Kingsway
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An amazing dining experience. Make reservations early or be prepared to wait!
Great sandwiches, coffee and essentials. This is a well-established neighborhood enterprise
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Finch's Market
501 E Georgia St
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Great sandwiches, coffee and essentials. This is a well-established neighborhood enterprise
Great locally roasted coffee, a cool interior and knowledgeable baristas. Located in Chinatown, in a quickly evolving mix of traditional Chinese shops, restaurants and new hipster joints
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Matchstick Chinatown
213 E Georgia St
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Great locally roasted coffee, a cool interior and knowledgeable baristas. Located in Chinatown, in a quickly evolving mix of traditional Chinese shops, restaurants and new hipster joints
Great Cambodian and Vietnamese dishes. Be ready to wait, but it's worth it! Put your name in then take a walk to Dr. Sun's garden
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Phnom Penh Restaurant
244 E Georgia St
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Great Cambodian and Vietnamese dishes. Be ready to wait, but it's worth it! Put your name in then take a walk to Dr. Sun's garden
Some of the best coffee in the city, with a revolving selection of roasters sourced from around the world (mainly Canada, USA and Europe). Knowledgeable baristas can be a little snooty, but the space is fantastic and the coffee is even better.
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Revolver
325 Cambie St
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Some of the best coffee in the city, with a revolving selection of roasters sourced from around the world (mainly Canada, USA and Europe). Knowledgeable baristas can be a little snooty, but the space is fantastic and the coffee is even better.
I don't know how many dozens of beers this place has on tap (50+). Great rotating beer lists, loads of locals to try, and very good food mixed with friendly service. The renovated former salt building is a great adaptive reuse of an iconic architectural building in an area that's largely been de-industrialized. This is a good place for kids, too.
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CRAFT Beer Market False Creek
85 W 1st Ave
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I don't know how many dozens of beers this place has on tap (50+). Great rotating beer lists, loads of locals to try, and very good food mixed with friendly service. The renovated former salt building is a great adaptive reuse of an iconic architectural building in an area that's largely been de-industrialized. This is a good place for kids, too.
Very good beer in a really excellent space. (3) great restaurants / bars in one renovated building.
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Postmark Brewing
55 Dunlevy Ave
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Very good beer in a really excellent space. (3) great restaurants / bars in one renovated building.
Good wine in the same building as Postmark Brewing, so everyone can get something they love. Unless you love not drinking wine or beer.
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Vancouver Urban Winery
55 Dunlevy Ave
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Good wine in the same building as Postmark Brewing, so everyone can get something they love. Unless you love not drinking wine or beer.
It's locally owned and operated, right across the park. Very good sandwiches and selection of other lunch items, and a good place to get provisions to cook at home.
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Wilder Snail Neighborhood Grocery & Coffee
799 Keefer St
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It's locally owned and operated, right across the park. Very good sandwiches and selection of other lunch items, and a good place to get provisions to cook at home.
Incredible Italian (best Cacio e Pepe we've had since leaving Italy). A good wine list. Be prepared to wait, but there are lots of bars and restaurants around if you want a warm up.
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Nook
1525 Yew St
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Incredible Italian (best Cacio e Pepe we've had since leaving Italy). A good wine list. Be prepared to wait, but there are lots of bars and restaurants around if you want a warm up.
I don't know what they do to their rice, but it's amazing. A good place for cheap eats. Tables available, but not high dining.
Baghdad Cafe
548 Seymour St
I don't know what they do to their rice, but it's amazing. A good place for cheap eats. Tables available, but not high dining.
The one that started it all. Get the porchetta. Just do it.
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Meat & Bread
370 Cambie St
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The one that started it all. Get the porchetta. Just do it.

Neighborhoods

One of the largest and oldest Chinatowns, there is a lot to see and taste here
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Chinatown
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One of the largest and oldest Chinatowns, there is a lot to see and taste here

Outdoors

A great series of trails for hiking, and a free suspension bridge!
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Lynn Canyon Park
3690 Park Rd
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A great series of trails for hiking, and a free suspension bridge!
Biking or walking the seawall is a great way to take in one of the most beautiful parts of Vancouver. The cycling trail runs the entire perimeter of the city, from East of Downtown, all the way around Stanley Park, through False Creek, Granville Island, out past Kitsilano and Point Grey
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Vancouver Seawall
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Biking or walking the seawall is a great way to take in one of the most beautiful parts of Vancouver. The cycling trail runs the entire perimeter of the city, from East of Downtown, all the way around Stanley Park, through False Creek, Granville Island, out past Kitsilano and Point Grey
One of a number of great beaches in Vancouver. Volleyball, a big kids playground, food trucks and people watching.
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Kitsilano Beach
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One of a number of great beaches in Vancouver. Volleyball, a big kids playground, food trucks and people watching.
Great views and a nice easy hike. It's fun to explore, and hopefully see some whales coming in! Google it!
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Lighthouse Park
4902 Beacon Ln
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Great views and a nice easy hike. It's fun to explore, and hopefully see some whales coming in! Google it!
Get ready for a challenge. Wear good shoes, don't carry shopping bags!
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Grouse Grind Trail
6400 Nancy Greene Way
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Get ready for a challenge. Wear good shoes, don't carry shopping bags!
Take a walk down ~400 steps to Wreck Beach and join the fun (naked?). Parking can be a challenge, so I suggest taking the bus. Google Wreck Beach to best find the trailhead (AirBnB isn't finding it properly). Hiking along the beaches here is a lot of fun. Please note, this is a nude-allowed beach!
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Wreck Beach
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Take a walk down ~400 steps to Wreck Beach and join the fun (naked?). Parking can be a challenge, so I suggest taking the bus. Google Wreck Beach to best find the trailhead (AirBnB isn't finding it properly). Hiking along the beaches here is a lot of fun. Please note, this is a nude-allowed beach!
A medium-difficulty hike, not entirely crowded with a great view at the end. Enjoy a good coffee and doughnut down in Deep Cove, then head up!
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Quarry Rock
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A medium-difficulty hike, not entirely crowded with a great view at the end. Enjoy a good coffee and doughnut down in Deep Cove, then head up!
A monster hike, very difficult but worth it at the top! Not recommended for those unable to make long steep hikes. Please wear proper shoes and bring food / water.
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Stawamus Chief
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A monster hike, very difficult but worth it at the top! Not recommended for those unable to make long steep hikes. Please wear proper shoes and bring food / water.
One of (the?) largest urban parks in the world, this is a great place for a ramble, walking / biking the seawall, taking kids to the Aquarium (if you're OK with that) and the stanley park steam train. Also, amazing history and fascinating totem poles to see and learn about.
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Stanley Park
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One of (the?) largest urban parks in the world, this is a great place for a ramble, walking / biking the seawall, taking kids to the Aquarium (if you're OK with that) and the stanley park steam train. Also, amazing history and fascinating totem poles to see and learn about.

Shopping

Fancy shoes (and boots) for fancy feet
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John Fluevog Shoes
65 Water St
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Fancy shoes (and boots) for fancy feet
A huge selection of shoes from mid-priced to high
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gravitypope Footwear Vancouver
2205 W 4th Ave
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A huge selection of shoes from mid-priced to high
A nice selection of simple, clean aesthetic products. A Japanese sensation!
MUJI Robson Street
1125 Robson St
A nice selection of simple, clean aesthetic products. A Japanese sensation!
A Canadian mainstay. High quality products (many with a nice Canadian flag, beaver or moose. Eh?
Roots
1153 Robson St
A Canadian mainstay. High quality products (many with a nice Canadian flag, beaver or moose. Eh?

Destinations

Whistler is a world-class, year round wonderland of skiing, mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing, shopping, dining and and and. Take a stunning drive, bus, or bike (I've done it!) along the Sea to Sky Highway.
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Whistler
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Whistler is a world-class, year round wonderland of skiing, mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing, shopping, dining and and and. Take a stunning drive, bus, or bike (I've done it!) along the Sea to Sky Highway.
It's a great place for kids of all ages. Can get busy, so come early.
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Science World
1455 Quebec St
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It's a great place for kids of all ages. Can get busy, so come early.
There's something for everyone. Foodies, coffee fans, beer gurus, kids, shoppers and those looking for fresh, local produce. Can get busy, I recommend taking a bus or the fun water taxi's
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Granville Island Public Market
1669 Johnston St
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There's something for everyone. Foodies, coffee fans, beer gurus, kids, shoppers and those looking for fresh, local produce. Can get busy, I recommend taking a bus or the fun water taxi's
SPORTS! Also, lots of big concerts are held here
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BC Place Stadium
777 Pacific Blvd
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SPORTS! Also, lots of big concerts are held here
Fun for the whole family. Shopping, the Britannia Ship Museum and getting fresh seafood right from the fishermen/women.
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Steveston Fisherman's Wharf
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Fun for the whole family. Shopping, the Britannia Ship Museum and getting fresh seafood right from the fishermen/women.
Taking in a baseball game, drinking a beer and eating hot dogs in the sun with your friends and family. Does it get much better?
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Nat Bailey Stadium Park
4575 Clancy Loranger Way
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Taking in a baseball game, drinking a beer and eating hot dogs in the sun with your friends and family. Does it get much better?
Fun to stay for the night or just a road trip. Head there in November for the Eagle festival!
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Harrison Hot Springs
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Fun to stay for the night or just a road trip. Head there in November for the Eagle festival!

Sightseeing

A beautiful garden with some of the best views of the city.
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VanDusen Botanical Garden
5251 Oak St
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A beautiful garden with some of the best views of the city.

Drinks & Nightlife

Awesome beer and food, in a cool environment.
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Alibi Room
157 Alexander St
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Awesome beer and food, in a cool environment.
A hidden little spot on Blood Alley with a nice wine list and selection of charcuterie
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Salt Tasting Room
45 Blood Alley Square
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A hidden little spot on Blood Alley with a nice wine list and selection of charcuterie
A fancy restaurant and bar if you want to treat yourself (or others) to a great night.
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Hawksworth Restaurant
801 W Georgia St
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A fancy restaurant and bar if you want to treat yourself (or others) to a great night.