Vancouver, BC: A Short Travel Guide
Vancouver is located on the west coast of British Columbia in Canada. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Coastal Mountains, this city has stunning natural surroundings and a vibrant urban scene. But Vancouver is also renowned for its diverse culture and multicultural neighborhoods, offering a rich tapestry of cuisines, festivals, and arts. So whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or cultural immersion, this city has it all. In this travel guide, we share 12 of the best things to do in Vancouver as well as great places to stay, eat, and drink.
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Best Things To Do In Vancouver
Meander around Gastown
Relax at Kitsilano Beach
Stroll around Queen Elizabeth Park
Enjoy scenic views of the city from Cypress Mountain or the Vancouver Lookout Tower
Visit Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge (Alternatively: Capilano Suspension Bridge)
Explore the downtown area (Go on a free walking tour)
Visit Granville Island
Visit Deep Cove and hike Quarry Rock
Bike around Stanley Park (guided bike tour)
Go on a day tour to one of the beautiful mountain towns or provincial parks (Options include: Whistler, Squamish, Lions Bay, Golden Ears Provincial Park, Garibaldi Provincial Park, or Joffre Lakes Provincial Park)
Places To Stay In Vancouver
King Edward house ($): Affordable rooms near Vancouver Olympic Centre, Queen Elizabeth Park, and South Granville. It has a garden and offers free Wi-Fi throughout the property. It's close to the King Edward SkyTrain station on the Canada Line.
HI Vancouver Downtown - Hostel ($$): A hostel located in Vancouver's West End, one block from Davie Street and its shops, restaurants, and cafes. It offers free Wi-Fi, a coworking space, a fully equipped shared kitchen, a games room with free billiards, a sunny patio, and a library.
Vancouver West Cozy Retreat by Host Launch ($$): A hotel located in Vancouver South, about a 15 minute walk to the Langara-49th Avenue Station (Canada Line). It offers free Wi-Fi throughout the property and rooms with air conditioning.
Rosellen Suites At Stanley Park ($$$): A hotel located in a quiet residential neighborhood in downtown Vancouver, within walking distance of Stanley Park, English Bay beaches, and the shops of Robson Street. It offers spacious suites with full kitchens, separate bedrooms and bathrooms, dining areas, and living rooms.
Places To Eat And Drink In Vancouver
49th Parallel Café & Lucky's Doughnuts - Thurlow: big fat doughy donuts
Black Frog Eatery: casual restaurant that serves pub food, including burgers, sandwiches, and salads.
Brioche Ristorante & Catering: Italian restaurant that serves pasta, pizza, and other classic Italian dishes.
Bump n Grind Cafe: great coffee shop with a variety of breakfast and lunch items, including sandwiches and pastries.
Catch 122 Cafe Bistro: an amazing place for brunch, might get busy
Cottage Deli Ltd: great deli for lunch, with sandwiches, soups, etc.
Di Beppe Restaurant: Italian restaurant in Gastown with delicious pastas and pizzas
Dosa Corner: southern Indian food, with huge delicious dosas
Earnest Ice Cream: a city-wide favorite that has the most delicious ice cream – perfectly rich and flavorful
Glowbal: fine-dining restaurant that serves global cuisine
Granville Island Brewing: brewery and restaurant on Granville Island that serves a variety of craft beers (beer tasting available) and pub food
Granville Island Public Market: public market with a variety of food stalls and vendors, serving everything from pastries to Italian, Asian, and Greek food.
Honey Doughnuts & Goodies: great pastries, doughnut and coffee shop in Deep Cove, visit after you do the Quarry Rock hike
Indian Delicacy: great Indian restaurant with tandoori dishes, curries, and other classic Indian dishes
Jam Café: famous brunch spot, but also gets busy!
JAPADOG: Japanese-style hot dogs that are to die for (try the Spicy Cheese Terimayo)
Kinara Indian Cuisine: Indian restaurant that serves curries, biryanis, and other classic Indian dishes
La Belle Patate: Canadian "poutine", with loads of different toppings to choose from.
La Casa Gelato: 200+ different flavours of ice cream
La Petit Belge: Belgian waffle and breakfast restaurant that serves a variety of sweet and savory waffles
Lovelarte: another great coffee shop
MeeT: vegan and vegetarian restaurant that serves a variety of creative dishes
Momo Sushi: great sushi restaurant in the heart of Gastown
Nuba: Lebanese restaurant that serves a variety of Lebanese dishes, including hummus, falafel, and shawarma.
Oakberry Açaí Bowls & Smoothies: smoothie and açaí bowl chain
Penang Bistro Fine Malaysian Cuisine: Malaysian restaurant that serves a variety of delicious Malaysian dishes, including laksa, nasi lemak, and roti canai
Phnom Penh Restaurant: Cambodian restaurant that serves a variety of Cambodian dishes, including chicken wings, butter beef, and lok lak.
Sake Maki: Japanese restaurant that serves some delicious sushi rolls as well as teriyaki, udon, and other classic Japanese dishes
Salmon n’ Bannock: Native Canadian restaurant that serves a variety of Native Canadian dishes, such as wild fish, game meat, and bannock
Steamworks Brewpub: Brewpub that serves a variety of craft beers and pub food
Steve’s Poké Bar: Hawaiian-style poké bowls, made with fresh fish, vegetables, and toppings of your choice
Tacofino taco bar: Mexican-inspired tacos, made with fresh and locally-sourced ingredients
Tandoori Palace: Indian restaurant that serves a variety of classic Indian dishes, including tandoori chicken, butter chicken, and naan bread
The Cambie Bar & Grill: casual restaurant that serves a variety of pub food, including burgers, sandwiches, and salads
The Diamond: fine-dining restaurant that serves a variety of global dishes, made with seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients
Twisted Fork: another great brunch place,
Water St. Café: casual restaurant in Gastown that also has live music in the early evening
WestOak: fine-dining restaurant that serves a variety dishes, such as pastas, steaks, and salads
Zarak by Afghan Kitchen: Afghan restaurant that serves weekend brunch and dinner, with a variety of traditional Afghan dishes, such as kabobs, biryani, and mantu (need a reservation)
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Use These Websites To Save Money On Your Trip To Vancouver
Booking.com for places to stay
Skyscanner for cheap flights
GetYourGuide for local tours
Rentalcars.com for affordable car rentals
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