(includes Galiano Island, Granville Island & Richmond)
BAKERIES, COFFEE, ICE CREAM, JUICE & TEA
●Bella Gelateria – 1001 West Cordova Street (Gastown); 604-569-1010; bellagelateria.com.
●Cafe Medina – 556 Beatty Street (Gastown); 604-879-3114; medinacafe.com; great coffee; breakfast and lunch, too.
●Patisserie Lebeau – 1728 West 2nd Avenue (Kitsilano); 604-731-3528; grababetterwaffle.com; bakery cafe.
●Sejuiced – 1958 West 4th Avenue (Kitsilano); 604-730-9906; sejuicedvancouver.com.
●Scoops Ice Cream & Burger Bar – 2540 Sturdies Bay Road (Galiano Island); 250-539-2388.
●Thierry – 1059 Alberni Street (West End); 604-608-6870; thierrychocolates.com; cakes, French confections, handcrafted chocolates & macarons.
●Thomas Haas – 2539 West Broadway (Kitsilano); 604-736-1844; thomashaas.com; baked goods & chocolates.
●Trafiq Cafe & Bakery – 4216 Main Street (Main Street); 604-648-2244; trafiq.ca.
BARS & NIGHTCLUBS
●Alibi Room – 157 Alexander Street (Gastown); 604-623-3383; alibi.ca; popular with film industry types; loftlike space with wooden tables.
●Bar & Lounge – 801 West Georgia Street (Downtown, at Rosewood Hotel Georgia); 604-682-5566; rosewoodhotels.com/en/hotelgeorgia; pre-Prohibition artisan cocktails.
●Cheshire Cheese Inn – 4585 Dunbar Street (Dunbar-Southlands); 604-224-2521; cheshirecheeseinn.ca; can sit outside on deck.
●Diamond – 6 Powell Street (Gastown); di6mond.com; designed cocktails.
●Odyssey – 1251 Howe Street (Davie Street); 604-689-5256; theodysseynightclub.com; roomy and unpretentious.
●Granville Room – 957 Granville Street (Granville); 604-633-0056; granvilleroom.ca; handsome interior of brick walls and chandeliers.
●Guilt & Co. – 1 Alexander Street (Gastown); 604-288-1704; guiltandcompany.com; tavern with live music; onsite-made bitters, garnishes, and tinctures.
●Keefer Bar – 135 Keefer Street (Chinatown); 604-688-1961; thekeeferbar.com; dark, sultry, Chinese-themed bar; cocktails.
●Lobby Lounge & Terrace – 1038 Canada Place (Downtown, at Fairmount Pacific Rim Hotel); 604-695-5300; fairmont.com/pacificrim.
●Pierre’s Champagne Lounge – 1035 Mainland Street (Yaletown); 604-123-4567; facebook.com/PierresLounge; sexy bar with great wine list.
●Pourhouse – 162 Water Street (Gastown, at Combie Street); 604-568-7022; pourhousevancouver.com.
●Salt Tasting Room – 45 Blood Alley (Gastown); 604-633-1912; salttastingroom.com; wine bar with cheese and meats.
●Tiki Bar – 1489 East Hastings Street (East, at Waldorf Hotel); 604-253-7141; waldorfhotel.com; recently renovated; small, pastel-painted rooms.
●Uva – 900 Seymour Street (Downtown, at Moda Vancouver Hotel); 604-683-4251; wine bar.
●Yew – 791 West Georgia Street (Downtown, near Stanley Park, at Four Seasons Hotel); 604-692-4939; yewrestaurant.com; 26' ceilings in plush lobby area; ritzy with creative cocktails.
HOTELS & RESORTS
●La Berengerie – 2806 Montague Road (Galiano Island); 250-539-5392; galianoisland.com/laberengerie; rustic and affordable.
●Fairmont Vancouver Airport – 3111 Grant McConachie (Richmond); 604-207-5200; fairmont.com; despite bogus name, glass tower soundproofed so no noise; rooms have modern design; stone-walled fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling windows; good food and pool.
●Fairmont Waterfront – 900 Canada Place Way (Downtown); 604-691-1991 or 866-540-4509; fairmont.com; 23-story wall of windows faces mountain peaks, Vancouver skyline, and Coal Harbour; elegant; rooftop herb garden; excellent food; bicycle rentals.
●Georgian Court – 773 Beatty Street (Downtown); 604-682-5555; georgiancourthotelvancouver.com; featured in television series Intelligence.
●Hotel Le Soleil – 567 Hornby Street (Downtown); 604-632-3000; hotellesoleil.com; quiet, sumptuous, European-style, neoclassical hotel in financial district; gilded vault ceilings; luxurious rooms.
●Keefer – 135 Keefer Street (Chinatown); 604-688-1961; thekeefer.com; boutique hotel suites.
●Loden Hotel – 1177 Melville Street (Downtown); 604-669-5060; theloden.com; luxurious; 4 stars that feels like 5; floor-ceiling windows; marble baths.
●Moda Vancouver Hotel – 900 Seymour Street (Downtown); 604-683-4251; modahotel.ca; goofy, “hip” hotel.
●Opus Vancouver – 322 Davie Street (Yaletown); 604-642-6787; opushotel.com; funky, Yaletown hotel; brick and glass exterior; modern; Japanese courtyard; excellent bar and restaurant.
●Metropolitan Hotel – 645 Howe Street (Downtown); 604-687-1122; metropolitan.com.
●Pan Pacific – 300-999 Canada Place (Downtown); 604-662-8111; panpacific.com; coastal mountain panorama; seawall begins by property; gorgeous views; good restaurant.
●Rosewood Hotel Georgia – 801 West Georgia Street (Downtown); 604-682-5566 or 888-767-3966; rosewoodhotels.com/en/hotelgeorgia; 1st opened in 1927; recently renovated and beautifully preserved; 52' indoor, salt-water pool.
●Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver – 1128 West Georgia Street (Downtown); 604-689-1120; shangri-la.com/Vancouver; 119 Zen-like rooms and polished service in new skyscraper; well-equipped gym; heated outdoor pool.
●Sutton Place – 845 Burrard Street (Downtown); 604-682-5511; suttonplace.com; beautiful.
●Sylvia Hotel – 1154 Gilford Street (West End); 604-681-9321; historic.
●Waldorf Hotel – 1489 East Hastings Street (East); 604-253-7141; waldorfhotel.com; recently renovated; small, pastel-painted rooms.
●Wedgewood Hotel & Spa – 845 Hornby Street (Gastown); 604-689-7777; wedgewoodhotel.com; 700 square foot penthouse suites have private garden terrace, fireplace, and waterfall views; good food.
●Acme Cafe – 51 West Hastings Street (Gastown); 604-569-1022; acmecafe.ca; diner-style with menu full of sandwiches (choose from 10), salads, soups & comforting classics like mac & cheese, shepherd’s pie, etc.; save room for pie.
●Ask for Luigi – 305 Alexander Street (Gastown); 604-428-2544; askforluigi.com; simple, 1-room eatery where food is king; all pastas made from scratch; try Spaghetti Nero with octopus and grilled jalapeño.
●Au Petit Cafe – 4851 Main Street (Main Street); 604-873-3328; aupetitcafe.com; best Bahn Mi in city & affordable, too; expect lunch line-up at this home-cook-feel restaurant.
●Bao Bei – 163 Keefer Street (Chinatown); 604-688-0876; bao-bei.ca; upscale Chinese brasserie.
●La Berengerie – 2806 Montague Road (Galiano Island); 250-539-5392; galianoisland.com/laberengerie; fixe prix meals.
●Bibo – 1835 West 4th Avenue (Kitsilano); 604-568-6177; thebibo.com; Italian for lunch.
●Black + Blue – 1032 Alberni Street (Downtown); 604-637-0777; glowbalgroup.com/blackblue; upscale steakhouse.
●Blue Water Café – 1095 Hamilton Street (Downtown); 604-688-8078; bluewatercafe.net; not inexpensive but worth visit; stick to raw bar and entrees; this is not place for sushi.
●Bob Likes Thai Food – 3755 Main Street (Main Street); 604-568-8538; boblikesthaifood.com; Thai for lunch.
●Burgoo Bistro – 3096 Main Street (Main Street); 604-873-1441; burgoo.ca; hearty soups & salads for lunch.
●Cafe Medina – 556 Beatty Street (Gastown); 604-879-3114; medinacafe.com; breakfast and lunch, too.
●Chambar – 562 Beatty Street (Gastown); 604-879-7119; chambar.com; Belgian restaurant; chef previously earned 3 Michelin stars.
●Chen’s Shanghai Restaurant – 8095 Park Road (Richmond, at Number 3 Road); 604-304-8288; try xiao long bao (soup-filled bun).
●Cheshire Cheese Inn – 4585 Dunbar Street (Dunbar-Southlands); 604-224-2521; cheshirecheeseinn.ca; good pub grub.
●Cibo Trattoria – 900 Seymour Street (Downtown, at Moda Vancouver Hotel); 604-683-4251; excellent Italian food.
●East Is East – 3243 West Broadway (Kitsilano); 604-734-5881; eastiseast.ca; dim, candle-lit location known for coziness & pillow-covered seats; meat-free selections; make this special priority.
●East Is East – 4433 Main Street (Main Street); 604-565-4401; eastiseast.ca; inspired by ancient Silk Route cultures & cuisine; dream borne from Mustafa & Razaviah, siblings of Afghan descent.
●Epicurean Caffe – 1898 West 1st Avenue (Kitsilano); 604-731-5370; epicureancaffe.com; traditional Italian cafe with great lunches.
●Fable Kitchen – 1944 West 4th Avenue (Kitsilano); 604-732-1322; fablekitchen.ca; farm-to-table restaurant; unique lunch menu with mouthwatering dish for everyone to try.
●Finch’s Market – 501 East Georgia Street (Chinatown); 604-558-1644; rustic, off-beaten path lunch cafe with made-to-order salads & epic sandwiches, like Brie-Pear-Prosciutto-Walnut; great espresso.
●Fisherman’s Terrace – 4151 Hazelbridge Way (Richmond, at Aberdeen Center); 604-303-9739; Asian seafood restaurant; some consider it most authentic Asian culinary & cultural experiences in North America; try steamed duck tongue (not joking).
●Flying Pig – 1168 Hamilton Street (Yaletown); 604-568-1344; theflyingpigvan.com; lunch spot.
●Grub – 4328 Main Street (Riley Park); 604-876-8671; grubonmain.ca; cozy dining room with rotating, small menu; French-Mediterranean; considered top Canadian restaurant, for price.
●Guu – 105-375 Water Street (Gastown, at Combie Street); 604-685-8682; guu-izakaya.com; Japanese tapas.
●Guu Garden – M101-888 Nelson Street (Downtown); 604-899-0855; guu-izakaya.com; serves Japanese tapas and miso-oden; lovely garden.
●Guu Original – 838 Thurlow Street (West End, at Robson Street); 604-685-8817; guu-izakaya.com; Japanese tapas.
●Guu with Garlic – 1698 Robson Street (West End, at Bidwell Street); 604-685-8678; guu-izakaya.com; Japanese tapas.
●Guu Sushi – 2790-4151 Hazelbridge Way (Richmond); 604-295-6612; guu-izakaya.com; Japanese tapas and sushi.
●Hapa Izakaya – 1479 Robson Street (West End); 604-689-4272; hapaizakaya.com; Japanese tapas.
●Hapa Izakaya – 1516 Yew Street (Kitsilano); 604-738-4272; hapaizakaya.com; Japanese tapas.
●Hapa Izakaya – 1193 Hamilton Street (Yaletown); 604-681-4272; hapaizakaya.com; Japanese tapas.
●Harvest Community Foods – 243 Union Street (Chinatown); 604-682-8851; harvestunion.ca; mini eatery known for noodles & ramen (try rice noodles with hazelnut, smoked chili & greens).
●Hawksworth Restaurant – 801 West Georgia Street (Downtown, at Rosewood Hotel Georgia); 604-673-7000; hawksworthrestaurant.com; emphasis on fresh, local ingredients.
●Homer St. Cafe & Bar – 898 Homer Street (Yaletown); 604-428-4299; homerstreetcafebar.com; rotisserie cafe.
●Hummingbird Pub – 47 Sturdies Bay Road (Galiano Island); 250-539-5472; www3.telus.net/hummingbirdpub.
●Jade Seafood Restaurant – 8511 Alexandra Road (Richmond); 604-249-0082; jaderestaurant.ca; great dumplings; also, try Grandpa’s-style smoked chicken.
●Ki Isu – 1275 Pacific Boulevard (Yaletown); 604-899-0366; kiisujapanese.com; solid, little sushi joint (good for dine-in or take-out) with brown rice options; try Salmon Cakes.
●Kibune Sushi – 1508 Yew Street (Kitsilano); 604-731-4482; kibune.com; since 1982; good lunch choice.
●Kingyo Izakaya – 871 Denman Street; 604-608-1677; kingyo-izakaya.ca; order tonkatsu, fried pork cutlet with greens.
●Last Crumb Cafe – 3080 Main St (Main Street); 604-872-0195; lastcrumb.ca; instead of sandwich for lunch (also available), can get sconewich; afterwards, try one of their treats with fun flavors (think peanut butter pie).
●Lost + Found – 33 West Hastings Street (Gastown); 604-559-7444; lostandfoundcafe.com; warehouse-style restaurant-cafe dedicated to philanthropy, art, travel & homemade cooking; organic Republica coffee, hearty salads, sandwiches & baking made with grandma’s bread dough recipe.
●Maenam Thai Restaurant – 1938 West 4th Avenue (Kitsilano, at Cypress Street); 604-730-5579; maenam.ca.
●Marche St. George – 4393 St. George Street (Riley Park); 604-565-5107; marchestgeorge.com; amiable café with European feel.
●Matchstick – 213 East Georgia Street (Chinatown); 604-336-0213; matchstickcoffee.com; if good coffee is lunchtime essential, head here for coffee, salads & sandwiches (11 am to 3 pm).
●Max & Moritz Spicy Island Food – Sturdies Bay ferry terminal (Galiano Island); 250-539-2888.
●Meat & Bread – 370 Cambie Street (Gastown); 604-566-9003; meatandbread.ca; sandwich shop; only 4 sandwiches on menu daily.
●Meinhardt Fine Foods – 3002 Granville Street (South Granville); 604-732-4405; meinhardt.com; from hardwood floors to meticulously organized racks of high quality ingredients.
●Nelson the Seagull – 315 Carrall Street (Gastown); 604-681-5776; nelsontheseagull.com; ciabatta bread here is star – try it thick-cut in sandwich form or keep it simple with avocado on toast.
●Nook – 1525 Yew Street (Kitsilano); 604-734-0099; nookrestaurant.ca; lunch only; Italian.
●Nuba – 3116 West Broadway (Kitsilano); 604-336-1797; nuba.ca; fresh, healthy Lebanese food; several locations.
●Nuba – 1206 Seymour Street (Yaletown); 778-371-3266; nuba.ca; small Lebanese joint with just few seats; try deep fried cauliflower.
●Oru – 1038 Canada Place (Downtown, at Fairmount Pacific Rim Hotel); 604-695-5300; fairmont.com/pacificrim; pan-Asian fusion.
●Patisserie Lebeau – 1728 West 2nd Avenue (Kitsilano); 604-731-3528; grababetterwaffle.com; bakery cafe.
●Peaceful Restaurant – 2394 West 4th Avenue (Kitsilano); 604-559-9533; peacefulrestaurant.com; traditional, Northern Chinese food.
●Pourhouse – 162 Water Street (Gastown, at Combie Street); 604-568-7022; pourhousevancouver.com; very highly regarded.
●La Quercia – 3689 West 4th Avenue (Kitsilano); 604-676-1007; laquercia.ca; intimate, neighborhood restaurant; northern Italian cuisine.
●Railtown Cafe – 397 Railway Street (Gastown); 604-568-8811; railtowncafe.ca; favorite salad spot where “build-your-own” concept taken to next level with gourmet ingredients; often in-house cooked sandwich meats (sous-vide method) & house-made baked goods (chia bars, muffins, sticky buns etc.) are always fantastic.
●Raincity Grill – 1193 Denman Street (West End); 604-685-7337; raincitygrill.com; most of ingredients from within 100 mile radius.
●Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar – 1944 West 4th Avenue (Kitsilano, at Cypress Street); 604-288-7905; refuelrestaurant.com; actually, fairly high-end and highly regarded.
●Sejuiced – 1958 West 4th Avenue (Kitsilano); 604-730-9906; sejuicedvancouver.com; good lunch sandwich spot.
●Shanghai River – 110-7831 Westminster Highway (Richmond, at Number 3 Road); 604-233-8885; bridgeandtunnelclub.com; excellent food; poor service.
●Stanley Park Teahouse – 7501 Stanley Park Drive (Coal Harbour); 604-669-3281; vancouverdine.com/teahouse; popular brunch spot; ask for table by window to look out over English Bay & West Vancouver; after breakfast, use as starting point for park stroll.
●Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant – 3888 Main Street (Downtown, at 23rd Avenue); 604-872-8822; sunsuiwah.com; good dim sum.
●Thomas Haas – 2539 West Broadway (Kitsilano); 604-736-1844; thomashaas.com; long lines for lunch; notable for baked goods.
●Tojo’s – 1133 West Broadway (Fairview Slopes, at Willow Street); 604-872-8050; tojos.com; sushi.
●Tractor Foods – 1903 West 4th Avenue (Kitsilano); 604-222-2557; tractorfoods.com; prime lunch spot to satisfy salad craving, along with soups, stews and sandwiches.
●Trafiq Cafe & Bakery – 4216 Main Street (Main Street); 604-648-2244; trafiq.ca; can build own sandwich featuring made-in-house breads.
●Vij’s – 1480 West 11st Avenue (South Granville, at Granville Street); 604-736-6664; vijs.ca; Indian fusion.
●Yew – 791 West Georgia Street (Downtown, near Stanley Park, at Four Seasons Hotel); 604-692-4939; yewrestaurant.com; seafood.
●Galiano Bicycle Rental – 36 Burrill Road (Galiano Island); 250-539-9906; galianoisland.com/galianobicycle.
●Gulf Island Kayaking – S-24 C-34 (Galiano Island); 250-539-2442; seakayak.ca; rents kayaks and organizes tours.
●Montague Harbour Marina – Montague Road (Galiano Island); 250-539-3443; montagueharbour.com; renting mopeds.
●Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts – 1505 West 2nd Avenue (Granville Island); 604-734-4488; picachef.com; excellent restaurant with affordable prices, open to public.
●Seabus Waterfront Station – 604 West Cordova Street (Downtown, Eastside); 604-953-3333; tripplanning.translink.ca/hiwire?.a=iScheduleLookupSearch&LineName=998&LineAbbr=998; passenger-only ferry service; crosses Burrard Inlet to connect Vancouver and North Vancouver.
●Stanley Park Cycle – 768 Denman Street (West End); 604-688-0087; stanleyparkcycle.com; bicycle rentals.
●YYoga Flow – 888 Burrard Street (Downtown); 604-682-3569; yyoga.ca; large studio with drop-in rates.
●Block Clothing Co. – 350 West Cordova Street (Gastown); 604-685-8885; theblock.ca; international and local design labels.
●Chintz & Co. – 950 Homer Street (Yaletown); 604-689-2022; chintz.com; bath products, jewelry, pillows.
●Equinox Gallery – 2321 Granville Street (South Granville); 604-736-2405; equinoxgallery.com; local photo-artists.
●Finch’s Market – 501 East Georgia Street (Chinatown); 604-558-1644; rustic, off-beaten path grocery.
●Global Atomic Designs – 1144 Mainland Street (Yaletown); 604-806-6223; globalatomic.com; fashion forward boutique.
●Gravity Pope – 2205 West 4th Street (Kitsilano); 604-731-7647; gravitypope.com; shoes in high-end, Parisian environment; also, men’s and women’s clothing.
●Harvest Community Foods – 243 Union Street (Chinatown); 604-682-8851; harvestunion.ca; grocery with well-curated selection of local goods like Nuez Milk, Earnest Ice Cream & Yummus Hummus.
●Hill’s Native Art – 165 Water Street (Gastown); 604-685-4249; hillsnativeart.com; affordable First Nations art.
●I Found Gallery – 4578 Main Street (Riley Park); 604-876-2218; ifoundgallery.com; housed inside former movie theater; eclectic emporium with vintage clothing and eyewear; also jewelry.
●Inuit Gallery – 206 Cambie Street (Gastown); 604-688-7323; inuit.com; outstanding First Nations art.
●Jewellerbau – 2408 Main Street (Mount Pleasant); 604-872-7759; jewellerbau.blogspot.com; Dina Gonzalez Mascaro’s modern industrial jewelry.
●Killa – 46 Alexander Street (Gastown); 604-681-7550; killa.ca; streetwear.
●Lark – 2315 Main Street (Mount Pleasant); 604-879-5275; lark.me; fashion labels like Chimala Jeans.
●Les Amis du Fromage – 1752 West 2nd Avenue (Vancouver, Fairview); 604-732-4218; buycheese.com; try Louis d’Or.
●Mandula – 214 Abbott Street (Gastown); 604-568-9211; mandula.com; brooding, lacy, “goth” designer clothing.
●Marquis Wine Cellars – 1034 Davie Street (West End); 604-684-0445; marquis-wines.com; wide selection.
●Marche St. George – 4393 St. George Street (Riley Park); 604-565-5107; marchestgeorge.com; upscale grocery.
●Monte Clark Gallery – 2339 Granville Street (South Granville); 604-730-5000; monteclarkgallery.com; local photo-artists.
●Obakki – 44 Water Street (Gastown); 604-669-9727; obakki.com; clothing store owned by Nickelback guitarist, Ryan Peake’s wife; ultra-smart, office appropriate.
●Old Faithful Shop – 320 West Cordova Street (Gastown); 778-327-9376; oldfaithfulshop.com; fantasy general store.
●Revolucion – 1062 Mainland Street (Yaletown); 604-662-4427; revolucionstyle.com; and cigars & “fine gifts.”
●Vancouver Special – 3612 Main Street (Riley Park); 604-568-3673; vanspecial.com; stylish design and housewares store.
SIGHTS & SITES
●Cypress Provincial Park – Highway 1 (17 miles from Vancouver); cypresspark.bc.ca; hike out to Hollyburn Lodge (café and music), built in 1926; picturesque; great city views along way.
●Granville Island – take ferry across False Creek; tiny island dotted with markets; try Terra Bread, Lobster Man, and Artisan Sake Maker); can rent bike and ride along seawall.
●Grouse Mountain – 6400 Nancy Greene Way (North Vancouver); 604-980-9311; grousemountain.com; climb along “Grouse Grind” trail to mountain-top; have lunch at top and take cable car down.
●Harbour Centre – 555 West Hastings Street (Downtown); 604-689-7304; harbourcentre.com; take glass elevator ride 553' up to Vancouver Lookout; circular viewing platform.
●Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park – Montague Road (Galiano Island); 250-539-2115; env.gov.bc.ca.
●Stanley Park – 2099 Beach Avenue (Coal Harbour); 604-873-7000; vancouver.ca/parks/parks/Stanley/; good place to rent bike and ride; begin at Teahouse (well-known brunch spot); stroll along Lost Lagoon path (along park’s south side); large blue heron colony.
●Trans Canada Trail – tctrail.ca; when completed, will be longest recreational trail in world.
●Univ. of B.C. Museum of Anthropology – 6393 NW Marine Drive (at UBC); 604-822-5087; moa.ubc.ca; awesome 1st Nation carvings and totem pole collection.
●Van Dusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street; 604-257-8335; vancouver.ca/vandusen; 55 acres with 255K plant samples from around world; don’t miss hedge maze and try to get to monkey-puzzle tree in center.
●Western Front – 303 East 8th Avenue (Mount Pleasant); 604-876-9343; front.bc.ca; artist-run center with arch architecture, galleries, and stages.