Saturday, July 23, 2011


(includes Galiano Island, Granville Island & Richmond)

Bella Gelateria – 1001 West Cordova Street (Gastown); 604-569-1010;
Cafe Medina – 556 Beatty Street (Gastown); 604-879-3114;; great coffee; breakfast and lunch, too.
Patisserie Lebeau – 1728 West 2nd Avenue (Kitsilano); 604-731-3528;; bakery cafe.
Sejuiced – 1958 West 4th Avenue (Kitsilano); 604-730-9906;
Scoops Ice Cream & Burger Bar – 2540 Sturdies Bay Road (Galiano Island); 250-539-2388.
Thierry – 1059 Alberni Street (West End); 604-608-6870;; cakes, French confections, handcrafted chocolates & macarons.
Thomas Haas – 2539 West Broadway (Kitsilano); 604-736-1844;; baked goods & chocolates.
Trafiq Cafe & Bakery – 4216 Main Street (Main Street); 604-648-2244;

Alibi Room – 157 Alexander Street (Gastown); 604-623-3383;; popular with film industry types; loftlike space with wooden tables.
Bar & Lounge – 801 West Georgia Street (Downtown, at Rosewood Hotel Georgia); 604-682-5566;; pre-Prohibition artisan cocktails.
Cheshire Cheese Inn – 4585 Dunbar Street (Dunbar-Southlands); 604-224-2521;; can sit outside on deck.
Diamond – 6 Powell Street (Gastown);; designed cocktails.
Odyssey – 1251 Howe Street (Davie Street); 604-689-5256;; roomy and unpretentious.
Granville Room – 957 Granville Street (Granville); 604-633-0056;; handsome interior of brick walls and chandeliers.
Guilt & Co. – 1 Alexander Street (Gastown); 604-288-1704;; tavern with live music; onsite-made bitters, garnishes, and tinctures.
Keefer Bar – 135 Keefer Street (Chinatown); 604-688-1961;; dark, sultry, Chinese-themed bar; cocktails.
Lobby Lounge & Terrace – 1038 Canada Place (Downtown, at Fairmount Pacific Rim Hotel); 604-695-5300;
Pierre’s Champagne Lounge – 1035 Mainland Street (Yaletown); 604-123-4567;; sexy bar with great wine list.
Pourhouse – 162 Water Street (Gastown, at Combie Street); 604-568-7022;
Salt Tasting Room – 45 Blood Alley (Gastown); 604-633-1912;; wine bar with cheese and meats.
Tiki Bar – 1489 East Hastings Street (East, at Waldorf Hotel); 604-253-7141;; 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;; 26' ceilings in plush lobby area; ritzy with creative cocktails.


La Berengerie – 2806 Montague Road (Galiano Island); 250-539-5392;; rustic and affordable.
Fairmont Vancouver Airport – 3111 Grant McConachie (Richmond); 604-207-5200;; 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;; 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;; featured in television series Intelligence.
Hotel Le Soleil – 567 Hornby Street (Downtown); 604-632-3000;; quiet, sumptuous, European-style, neoclassical hotel in financial district; gilded vault ceilings; luxurious rooms.
Keefer – 135 Keefer Street (Chinatown); 604-688-1961;; boutique hotel suites.
Loden Hotel – 1177 Melville Street (Downtown); 604-669-5060;; luxurious; 4 stars that feels like 5; floor-ceiling windows; marble baths.
Moda Vancouver Hotel – 900 Seymour Street (Downtown); 604-683-4251;; goofy, “hip” hotel.
Opus Vancouver – 322 Davie Street (Yaletown); 604-642-6787;; funky, Yaletown hotel; brick and glass exterior; modern; Japanese courtyard; excellent bar and restaurant.
Metropolitan Hotel – 645 Howe Street (Downtown); 604-687-1122;
Pan Pacific – 300-999 Canada Place (Downtown); 604-662-8111;; 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;; 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;; 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;; beautiful.
Sylvia Hotel – 1154 Gilford Street (West End); 604-681-9321; historic.
Waldorf Hotel – 1489 East Hastings Street (East); 604-253-7141;; recently renovated; small, pastel-painted rooms.
Wedgewood Hotel & Spa – 845 Hornby Street (Gastown); 604-689-7777;; 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;; 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;; 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;; 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;; upscale Chinese brasserie.
La Berengerie – 2806 Montague Road (Galiano Island); 250-539-5392;; fixe prix meals.
Bibo – 1835 West 4th Avenue (Kitsilano); 604-568-6177;; Italian for lunch.
Black + Blue – 1032 Alberni Street (Downtown); 604-637-0777;; upscale steakhouse.
Blue Water Café – 1095 Hamilton Street (Downtown); 604-688-8078;; 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;; Thai for lunch.
Burgoo Bistro – 3096 Main Street (Main Street); 604-873-1441;; hearty soups & salads for lunch.
Cafe Medina – 556 Beatty Street (Gastown); 604-879-3114;; breakfast and lunch, too.
Chambar – 562 Beatty Street (Gastown); 604-879-7119;; 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;; 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;; 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;; 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;; traditional Italian cafe with great lunches.
Fable Kitchen – 1944 West 4th Avenue (Kitsilano); 604-732-1322;; 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;; lunch spot.
Grub – 4328 Main Street (Riley Park); 604-876-8671;; 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;; Japanese tapas.
Guu Garden – M101-888 Nelson Street (Downtown); 604-899-0855;; serves Japanese tapas and miso-oden; lovely garden.
Guu Original – 838 Thurlow Street (West End, at Robson Street); 604-685-8817;; Japanese tapas.
Guu with Garlic – 1698 Robson Street (West End, at Bidwell Street); 604-685-8678;; Japanese tapas.
Guu Sushi – 2790-4151 Hazelbridge Way (Richmond); 604-295-6612;; Japanese tapas and sushi.
Hapa Izakaya – 1479 Robson Street (West End); 604-689-4272;; Japanese tapas.
Hapa Izakaya – 1516 Yew Street (Kitsilano); 604-738-4272;; Japanese tapas.
Hapa Izakaya – 1193 Hamilton Street (Yaletown); 604-681-4272;; Japanese tapas.
Harvest Community Foods – 243 Union Street (Chinatown); 604-682-8851;; 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;; emphasis on fresh, local ingredients.
Homer St. Cafe & Bar – 898 Homer Street (Yaletown); 604-428-4299;; rotisserie cafe.
Hummingbird Pub – 47 Sturdies Bay Road (Galiano Island); 250-539-5472;
Jade Seafood Restaurant – 8511 Alexandra Road (Richmond); 604-249-0082;; great dumplings; also, try Grandpa’s-style smoked chicken.
Ki Isu – 1275 Pacific Boulevard (Yaletown); 604-899-0366;; 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;; since 1982; good lunch choice.
Kingyo Izakaya – 871 Denman Street; 604-608-1677;; order tonkatsu, fried pork cutlet with greens.
Last Crumb Cafe – 3080 Main St (Main Street); 604-872-0195;; 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;; 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;
Marche St. George – 4393 St. George Street (Riley Park); 604-565-5107;; amiable café with European feel.
Matchstick – 213 East Georgia Street (Chinatown); 604-336-0213;; 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;; sandwich shop; only 4 sandwiches on menu daily.
Meinhardt Fine Foods – 3002 Granville Street (South Granville); 604-732-4405;; from hardwood floors to meticulously organized racks of high quality ingredients.
Nelson the Seagull – 315 Carrall Street (Gastown); 604-681-5776;; 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;; lunch only; Italian.
Nuba – 3116 West Broadway (Kitsilano); 604-336-1797;; fresh, healthy Lebanese food; several locations.
Nuba – 1206 Seymour Street (Yaletown); 778-371-3266;; small Lebanese joint with just few seats; try deep fried cauliflower.
Oru – 1038 Canada Place (Downtown, at Fairmount Pacific Rim Hotel); 604-695-5300;; pan-Asian fusion.
Patisserie Lebeau – 1728 West 2nd Avenue (Kitsilano); 604-731-3528;; bakery cafe.
Peaceful Restaurant – 2394 West 4th Avenue (Kitsilano); 604-559-9533;; traditional, Northern Chinese food.
Pourhouse – 162 Water Street (Gastown, at Combie Street); 604-568-7022;; very highly regarded.
La Quercia – 3689 West 4th Avenue (Kitsilano); 604-676-1007;; intimate, neighborhood restaurant; northern Italian cuisine.
Railtown Cafe – 397 Railway Street (Gastown); 604-568-8811;; 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;; most of ingredients from within 100 mile radius.
Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar – 1944 West 4th Avenue (Kitsilano, at Cypress Street); 604-288-7905;; actually, fairly high-end and highly regarded.
Sejuiced – 1958 West 4th Avenue (Kitsilano); 604-730-9906;; good lunch sandwich spot.
Shanghai River – 110-7831 Westminster Highway (Richmond, at Number 3 Road); 604-233-8885;; excellent food; poor service.
Stanley Park Teahouse – 7501 Stanley Park Drive (Coal Harbour); 604-669-3281;‎; 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;; good dim sum.
Thomas Haas – 2539 West Broadway (Kitsilano); 604-736-1844;; long lines for lunch; notable for baked goods.
Tojo’s – 1133 West Broadway (Fairview Slopes, at Willow Street); 604-872-8050;; sushi.
Tractor Foods – 1903 West 4th Avenue (Kitsilano); 604-222-2557;; prime lunch spot to satisfy salad craving, along with soups, stews and sandwiches.
Trafiq Cafe & Bakery – 4216 Main Street (Main Street); 604-648-2244;; can build own sandwich featuring made-in-house breads.
Vij’s – 1480 West 11st Avenue (South Granville, at Granville Street); 604-736-6664;; Indian fusion.
Yew – 791 West Georgia Street (Downtown, near Stanley Park, at Four Seasons Hotel); 604-692-4939;; seafood.

Galiano Bicycle Rental – 36 Burrill Road (Galiano Island); 250-539-9906;
Gulf Island Kayaking – S-24 C-34 (Galiano Island); 250-539-2442;; rents kayaks and organizes tours.
Montague Harbour Marina – Montague Road (Galiano Island); 250-539-3443;; renting mopeds.
Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts – 1505 West 2nd Avenue (Granville Island); 604-734-4488;; excellent restaurant with affordable prices, open to public.
Seabus Waterfront Station – 604 West Cordova Street (Downtown, Eastside); 604-953-3333;; passenger-only ferry service; crosses Burrard Inlet to connect Vancouver and North Vancouver.
Stanley Park Cycle – 768 Denman Street (West End); 604-688-0087;; bicycle rentals.
YYoga Flow – 888 Burrard Street (Downtown); 604-682-3569;; large studio with drop-in rates.

Block Clothing Co. – 350 West Cordova Street (Gastown); 604-685-8885;; international and local design labels.
Chintz & Co. – 950 Homer Street (Yaletown); 604-689-2022;; bath products, jewelry, pillows.
Equinox Gallery – 2321 Granville Street (South Granville); 604-736-2405;; 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;; fashion forward boutique.
Gravity Pope – 2205 West 4th Street (Kitsilano); 604-731-7647;; shoes in high-end, Parisian environment; also, men’s and women’s clothing.
Harvest Community Foods – 243 Union Street (Chinatown); 604-682-8851;; 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;; affordable First Nations art.
I Found Gallery – 4578 Main Street (Riley Park); 604-876-2218;; housed inside former movie theater; eclectic emporium with vintage clothing and eyewear; also jewelry.
Inuit Gallery – 206 Cambie Street (Gastown); 604-688-7323;; outstanding First Nations art.
Jewellerbau – 2408 Main Street (Mount Pleasant); 604-872-7759;; Dina Gonzalez Mascaro’s modern industrial jewelry.
Killa – 46 Alexander Street (Gastown); 604-681-7550;; streetwear.
Lark – 2315 Main Street (Mount Pleasant); 604-879-5275;; fashion labels like Chimala Jeans.
Les Amis du Fromage – 1752 West 2nd Avenue (Vancouver, Fairview); 604-732-4218;; try Louis d’Or.
Mandula – 214 Abbott Street (Gastown); 604-568-9211;; brooding, lacy, “goth” designer clothing.
Marquis Wine Cellars – 1034 Davie Street (West End); 604-684-0445;; wide selection.
Marche St. George – 4393 St. George Street (Riley Park); 604-565-5107;; upscale grocery.
Monte Clark Gallery – 2339 Granville Street (South Granville); 604-730-5000;; local photo-artists.
Obakki – 44 Water Street (Gastown); 604-669-9727;; 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;; fantasy general store.
Revolucion – 1062 Mainland Street (Yaletown); 604-662-4427;; and cigars & “fine gifts.”
Vancouver Special – 3612 Main Street (Riley Park); 604-568-3673;; stylish design and housewares store.

Cypress Provincial Park – Highway 1 (17 miles from Vancouver);; 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;; 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;; take glass elevator ride 553' up to Vancouver Lookout; circular viewing platform.
Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park – Montague Road (Galiano Island); 250-539-2115;
Stanley Park – 2099 Beach Avenue (Coal Harbour); 604-873-7000;; 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 –; 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;; awesome 1st Nation carvings and totem pole collection.
Van Dusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street; 604-257-8335;; 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;; artist-run center with arch architecture, galleries, and stages.

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