Vancouver is one of my favorite cities. It’s got everything. A city skyline, an ocean, a forest, and mountains nestled all around it. It’s a beautiful city with much to explore. It’s a super expensive place, but if you have the money to visit, even for a weekend, I suggest taking a trip!
I don’t even know where to start with food. There are so many restaurants to check out in Vancouver. I wish I could try every single one because every place I’ve been to has been pretty delicious. Caffe Barney is a great casual place to check out. It has a cool vibe on the inside and their sandwiches & wraps are pretty tasty. Speaking of cool vibes, Pazzo Chow in Chinatown is a must on all fronts. This place has a true Italian vibe, it’s tiny, but filled with friendly people and amazing eats. It’s a gem of a place and a true must if visiting or living in Vancouver. Meat & Bread has some of the most delicious sandwiches. Funny enough, their meat and their bread are superb — these guys will surely make you and your tummy happy. Savio Volpe has some of the best service I have ever received. They really know how to make a gal feel special and let me tell you that no matter what you order, you’ll be happy. Not to mention, the atmosphere (pictured above) is marvelous and I just love this place.
COFFEE & TREATS
Culprit Coffee seems to be a favorite for many, and for good reason! It’s cute and quaint in all the best ways. If you are gluten-free then this place is for you – it’s got a ton of options! A true favorite is Matchstick Coffee. The simplicity of their digs make for the perfect place for you to just chill out and enjoy some delicious coffee and pastries. If you want some photo’s for your Insta, than their cute shop is perfect! Revolver Coffee is one of my favorite coffee shops I have ever been to. I am obsessed with their vibe. Their coffee is also some of the best I’ve tried. If coffee isn’t the most important thing to you, but treats are, then I would check out Lucky’s Doughnuts. It’s hard to screw up doughnuts, especially if you stick to the classics & this place does that well. If you are picky than I would check out Purebread, which has something amazing for everyone with every taste. It’s hard not to pick out a couple of things when you go here, so be warned!
PARKS & OUTDOORS
I know Stanley Park is listed on every tourist thing to do list, but it’s for good reason. This is my favorite park, ever. I love how it has everything. It has bocci ball, tennis courts, bike path, hiking trails, a pond with a city view, gardens, the beach with the ocean view…there is seriously so much to do at this park & that alone make me wish I lived in this city. Another very touristy place I just love is, VanDusen Botanical Gardens. These gardens are gorgeous and perfect for a Sunday stroll. There is also a conservatory nearby where you can walk through tropical plants and look at tons of different species of birds. If you are looking for something a little more adventurous, than the Capilano Suspension Bridge park is perfect for you. Nestled in the beautiful forest, your eyes will not be able to get enough.
You’ll never be able to stop shopping in Vancouver. There are just too many cool places. Cos, is a very popular shop, but I just never have been to a place that had one, so I am always excited to go. It’s filled with simple clothing with clean lines. Speaking of simple, Kit and Ace, also located in Gastown has the most amazing clothes. Everything just feels amazing. It’s like being able to wear your pajamas out for the day. It’s pretty expensive but worth the investment for their quality. Old Faithful Shop is beloved and I get why. You can find lovely gifts and everything you would need to make your home feel and look amazing. Litchfield is not just a prison, it’s a lovely home & lifestyle shop filled with the most beautifully designed products. If you are on a hunt for some unique clothing to truly make a mark with your style, then look no further than One of a Few. There pieces are so darling, you’ll be sure to find something that just screams you.
If you are looking for something to do in the evening than I would check out Shipyards Night Market in North Vancouver, that has loads of food trucks and artists selling local goods, art, and jewelry. There are a ton of restaurants nearby and a spectacular skyline view. Richmond Night Market is also famous and you will be completely happy and full when you leave.
Whether it’s shopping or dining, you’ll never get bored in Vancouver.