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Guidebook for Vancouver

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Guidebook for Vancouver

Food Scene
Just a block away around the corner, it's our neighbourhood cafe that serves great lattes and crepes.
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Commercial Street Cafe
3599 Commercial St
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Just a block away around the corner, it's our neighbourhood cafe that serves great lattes and crepes.
I like the interior, coffee, and snacky foods. All healthy and well put together.
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Matchstick Fraser Street
639 E 15th Ave
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I like the interior, coffee, and snacky foods. All healthy and well put together.
Another favourite east van coffee shop. Designery and delicious.
BOWS X ARROWS
4194 Fraser St
Another favourite east van coffee shop. Designery and delicious.
More than a coffee shop... French shabby chic in the true sense. Hidden in a residential neighbourhood, I often wish this establishment was right next to my place. Delicious crepes, quiches, baked goods, proper lattes, and the occasional homemade italian sugar sprinkled donuts arrive in a hand basket.
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Le Marché St. George
4393 St George St
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More than a coffee shop... French shabby chic in the true sense. Hidden in a residential neighbourhood, I often wish this establishment was right next to my place. Delicious crepes, quiches, baked goods, proper lattes, and the occasional homemade italian sugar sprinkled donuts arrive in a hand basket.
Located in the heart of Gastown, intimate decor and setting, with food and service that never disappoint. Everything is amazing on the menu. Also a great place just to have a cocktail. I would go there solo, on a date, or good for small groups. This has been a favourite restaurant of mine since it opened years ago.
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L'Abattoir
217 Carrall St
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Located in the heart of Gastown, intimate decor and setting, with food and service that never disappoint. Everything is amazing on the menu. Also a great place just to have a cocktail. I would go there solo, on a date, or good for small groups. This has been a favourite restaurant of mine since it opened years ago.
After shopping on Robson Street go to Chewies Oyster Bar in Coal Harbour for their happy hour buck-a-shuck. Highly recommended to order their fried chicken as an entree - best fried chicken I have ever had. CHEWIES COAL HARBOUR Happy Hour & Buck-A-Shuck Times *Monday to Sunday 3pm - 6pm
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Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar - Coal Harbour
1055 W Hastings St
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After shopping on Robson Street go to Chewies Oyster Bar in Coal Harbour for their happy hour buck-a-shuck. Highly recommended to order their fried chicken as an entree - best fried chicken I have ever had. CHEWIES COAL HARBOUR Happy Hour & Buck-A-Shuck Times *Monday to Sunday 3pm - 6pm
I love the expansive space, wine list, lobster macaroni (I think it's still on the menu?), and the luxury of it all. Great place for weekend brunch also.
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YEW seafood + bar
791 W Georgia St
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I love the expansive space, wine list, lobster macaroni (I think it's still on the menu?), and the luxury of it all. Great place for weekend brunch also.
Fantastic space for some appie style foods to go with tasting their wines and beers from the Vancouver Urban Winery. I like to head here for a small snack and glass of wine if the line up at Ask for Luigi's is quite long.
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Belgard Kitchen
55 Dunlevy Ave
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Fantastic space for some appie style foods to go with tasting their wines and beers from the Vancouver Urban Winery. I like to head here for a small snack and glass of wine if the line up at Ask for Luigi's is quite long.
Tiny, delicious, italian, local, no reservations taken, go early, amazing, highly recommended. If you . Once you get your name down and you need to wait longer than 30 min, walk over to Belgard Kitchen for a glass of wine and a snack. I also hear they have amazing brunch but I haven't had the chance to go myself.
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Ask For Luigi Restaurant
305 Alexander St
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Tiny, delicious, italian, local, no reservations taken, go early, amazing, highly recommended. If you . Once you get your name down and you need to wait longer than 30 min, walk over to Belgard Kitchen for a glass of wine and a snack. I also hear they have amazing brunch but I haven't had the chance to go myself.
French cuisine inspired bistro hole in the wall. No reservations taken. If there's a wait put your name down and walk down to the distillery for a bevy while you wait. I always order their steak and frites and the financier dessert is heavenly. Not pricey - good value for the quality of food.
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Bistro Wagon Rouge
1869 Powell St
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French cuisine inspired bistro hole in the wall. No reservations taken. If there's a wait put your name down and walk down to the distillery for a bevy while you wait. I always order their steak and frites and the financier dessert is heavenly. Not pricey - good value for the quality of food.
Hipster breakfast joint known for their pulled pork pancakes with Jack Daniels infused maple syrup. Not for the low calorie eater. Expect a line up on the weekends unless you go to arrive right for when it opens at 9am.
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The Red Wagon
2296 E Hastings St
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Hipster breakfast joint known for their pulled pork pancakes with Jack Daniels infused maple syrup. Not for the low calorie eater. Expect a line up on the weekends unless you go to arrive right for when it opens at 9am.
Authentic Japanese izakaya (bbq tapas) restaurant. Reservations recommended on peak days Thursday to Saturday. BBQ sea salt chicken livers, shishamo, and BBQ rice with cheese onigiri are some of my favourite tapas items on their menu. Not pricey but can add up. Another location on Denman and Robson area in English Bay.
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Zakkushi Dining on Main
4075 Main St
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Authentic Japanese izakaya (bbq tapas) restaurant. Reservations recommended on peak days Thursday to Saturday. BBQ sea salt chicken livers, shishamo, and BBQ rice with cheese onigiri are some of my favourite tapas items on their menu. Not pricey but can add up. Another location on Denman and Robson area in English Bay.
Family run tiny Japanese restaurant with a long history in Vancouver. I've been going here since Shiro himself was still making the sushi himself when I was in going to university many moons ago. Authentic, freshest ingredients, local, and quaint. When you just want really good unpretentious japanese sushi, come here.
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Shiro Japanese
3096 Cambie St
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Family run tiny Japanese restaurant with a long history in Vancouver. I've been going here since Shiro himself was still making the sushi himself when I was in going to university many moons ago. Authentic, freshest ingredients, local, and quaint. When you just want really good unpretentious japanese sushi, come here.
If you want high-end japanese cuisine, come to Miku. Pricey but worth it. Beautiful decor and location overlooking Coal Harbour.
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Miku Vancouver
200 Granville St
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If you want high-end japanese cuisine, come to Miku. Pricey but worth it. Beautiful decor and location overlooking Coal Harbour.
Casual atmosphere and food inspired by thai, cambodian, vietnamese, & korean flavours. Highly recommend ordering the following: Thai Fried Tofu with a side of roti, Street Hawker Thai wings, and the Cha Ca Hanoi.
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The Union
219 Union St
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Casual atmosphere and food inspired by thai, cambodian, vietnamese, & korean flavours. Highly recommend ordering the following: Thai Fried Tofu with a side of roti, Street Hawker Thai wings, and the Cha Ca Hanoi.
Best authentic wood fired Italian pizza in town. I just came back from Naples, Italy myself and I have to say this is how they make it there. The meatballs at this place is also the best in town. Usually a long line up earlier in the evening. If you go around 9pm you can get a seat right away.
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Via Tevere Pizzeria
1190 Victoria Dr
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Best authentic wood fired Italian pizza in town. I just came back from Naples, Italy myself and I have to say this is how they make it there. The meatballs at this place is also the best in town. Usually a long line up earlier in the evening. If you go around 9pm you can get a seat right away.
New italian restaurant with old school vibes in former Nick's Restaurant location from the 1930's.
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Pepino's Spaghetti House
631 Commercial Dr
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New italian restaurant with old school vibes in former Nick's Restaurant location from the 1930's.
Drinks & Nightlife
Gastown is a historic neighbourhood of downtown Vancouver where you will find some of the best restaurants, bars, and more intimate nightclubs. Some of my favourite restaurants and places for drinks are in this neighbourhood such as the Diamond, Rodney's Oyster Bar, L'Abbatoir, and Lamplighter Bar.
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Gastown
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Gastown is a historic neighbourhood of downtown Vancouver where you will find some of the best restaurants, bars, and more intimate nightclubs. Some of my favourite restaurants and places for drinks are in this neighbourhood such as the Diamond, Rodney's Oyster Bar, L'Abbatoir, and Lamplighter Bar.
Come here for a cocktail to start, continue, or end your evening. Located on the upper floor of one of Gastown's heritage brick buildings with eclectic old world decor, the Diamond has great windows to sit by where you can look out over the street activity. Can get packed on the weekends.
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The Diamond
6 Powell St
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Come here for a cocktail to start, continue, or end your evening. Located on the upper floor of one of Gastown's heritage brick buildings with eclectic old world decor, the Diamond has great windows to sit by where you can look out over the street activity. Can get packed on the weekends.
Local watering hole on Commercial Drive. Best to sit at the bar and shoot the shit with the bartenders and the locals.
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The Charlatan
1447 Commercial Dr
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Local watering hole on Commercial Drive. Best to sit at the bar and shoot the shit with the bartenders and the locals.
Sightseeing
Stanley Park is one of the most stunning parks in the world. It is one of my most favourite places to bike around on the seawall or just go for a drive. Views are jaw dropping. Having a glass of riesling on the patio of the Teahouse Restaurant watching the sunset is highly recommended.
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Stanley Park Drive
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Stanley Park is one of the most stunning parks in the world. It is one of my most favourite places to bike around on the seawall or just go for a drive. Views are jaw dropping. Having a glass of riesling on the patio of the Teahouse Restaurant watching the sunset is highly recommended.
Everyone goes to Granville Market. Tamer version of Seattle's Pike place market. Great place to eat some fish and chips, pies, seafood on the rooftop deck of Sandbar, shop the wares of local artisans from pottery to painting and jewellery.
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Granville Island Public Market
1669 Johnston St
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Everyone goes to Granville Market. Tamer version of Seattle's Pike place market. Great place to eat some fish and chips, pies, seafood on the rooftop deck of Sandbar, shop the wares of local artisans from pottery to painting and jewellery.
Tourist attraction but I finally went last year to see what it was all about. I have to say it was impressive. Will actually go back again and this time I won't wait 20+ years. If you are deathly afraid of heights do not go.
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Capilano Suspension Bridge
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Tourist attraction but I finally went last year to see what it was all about. I have to say it was impressive. Will actually go back again and this time I won't wait 20+ years. If you are deathly afraid of heights do not go.
Parks & Nature
Easy hike and a fantastic place to take your dogs hiking off leash. The viewpoints out to the ocean are stunning. Great place to have a picnic on the rocks.
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Lighthouse Park | West Vancouver
4902 Beacon Ln
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Easy hike and a fantastic place to take your dogs hiking off leash. The viewpoints out to the ocean are stunning. Great place to have a picnic on the rocks.
Rain or shine best hiking loop for those that are a little more adventurous. Hike ascends up then descends down through the forests of North Vancouver mountains. The loop takes about 1.5hrs. Dogs are permitted on leash (though you will find many dogs are off leash).
Lynn Loop
Rain or shine best hiking loop for those that are a little more adventurous. Hike ascends up then descends down through the forests of North Vancouver mountains. The loop takes about 1.5hrs. Dogs are permitted on leash (though you will find many dogs are off leash).
If you like nature and experience hiking with a masochistic tone, then take on the 3km vertical climb up the Grouse Grind. It never actually gets easier but it's always rewarding and you feel like a champ when you get to the top. Knowing you will burn 1000 calories and that there is cold beer at the top is also a good motivator. PS. You can also just take the gondola up but that is a costly option. Recommended you take the gondola ride back down for $10. Many other sight seeing attractions are found at the top. Trail open from May long weekend to October long weekend and weather permitting. Check the website to make sure it is open: https://www.grousemountain.com/current_conditions
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Grouse Grind Trail
6400 Nancy Greene Way
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If you like nature and experience hiking with a masochistic tone, then take on the 3km vertical climb up the Grouse Grind. It never actually gets easier but it's always rewarding and you feel like a champ when you get to the top. Knowing you will burn 1000 calories and that there is cold beer at the top is also a good motivator. PS. You can also just take the gondola up but that is a costly option. Recommended you take the gondola ride back down for $10. Many other sight seeing attractions are found at the top. Trail open from May long weekend to October long weekend and weather permitting. Check the website to make sure it is open: https://www.grousemountain.com/current_conditions
Arts & Culture
Intimate gallery that is a a perfect size to see in just a couple hours. The gallery cafe is also one of the best patios in the city.
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Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby St
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Intimate gallery that is a a perfect size to see in just a couple hours. The gallery cafe is also one of the best patios in the city.
Shopping
Unique local shops, restaurants, cafes, and markets. Some of my favourite shops in this area is The Soap Dispensary, Eugene Choo, Umeboshi Shoes, Vancouver Special, Front and Co, and many more.
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Main Street
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Unique local shops, restaurants, cafes, and markets. Some of my favourite shops in this area is The Soap Dispensary, Eugene Choo, Umeboshi Shoes, Vancouver Special, Front and Co, and many more.
Recently opened is COS. It is an international brand with timeless modern designs and mid range pricing.
COS Store
10 Water St
Recently opened is COS. It is an international brand with timeless modern designs and mid range pricing.
Modern minimalist designed clothing low to mid range pricing. Originally a Vancouver only store, this brand has now expanded throughout Canada and the US. Similar in aesthetic to COS.
OAK + FORT
Modern minimalist designed clothing low to mid range pricing. Originally a Vancouver only store, this brand has now expanded throughout Canada and the US. Similar in aesthetic to COS.
In walking distance to the house, the Dollar Tree is a two level dollar store that seems to offer everything $1.25 and up.
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Dollar Tree
1409 Kingsway
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In walking distance to the house, the Dollar Tree is a two level dollar store that seems to offer everything $1.25 and up.
This is a very Main Street type of shop. If you want eco-friendly personal hygiene and cleaning products come here. Just bring your empty bottles and jars and get them filled at a much cheaper price than buying pre-packaged product. You can also buy the natural ingredients here to make your own make-up. Just neat shop.
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The Soap Dispensary and Kitchen Staples
3718 Main St
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This is a very Main Street type of shop. If you want eco-friendly personal hygiene and cleaning products come here. Just bring your empty bottles and jars and get them filled at a much cheaper price than buying pre-packaged product. You can also buy the natural ingredients here to make your own make-up. Just neat shop.
Check out the farmer's market every Saturday from 10am to 2pm at the North End of Trout Lake park. Recommended you walk from the house as parking is not permitted along the neighbourhood streets during this time. Runs from May long weekend to October. Got to eatlocal.org for more info.
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Trout Lake
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Check out the farmer's market every Saturday from 10am to 2pm at the North End of Trout Lake park. Recommended you walk from the house as parking is not permitted along the neighbourhood streets during this time. Runs from May long weekend to October. Got to eatlocal.org for more info.
Essentials
Famous Foods is the local grocery store in walking distance to the house (about 4 blocks). It is known for organic foods, health products, great bulk selection, and the best deal for non-medicated grass fed steaks.
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Famous Foods
1595 Kingsway
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Famous Foods is the local grocery store in walking distance to the house (about 4 blocks). It is known for organic foods, health products, great bulk selection, and the best deal for non-medicated grass fed steaks.