Guide to Vancouver

A bustling city surrounded by nature, a long weekend in Vancouver is the perfect getaway. There are countless adventures and hikes to fill the day and incredible restaurants to try downtown in the evening. Within our first day in Vancouver, Griff and I were researching how to get permanent residency.

See & Do

Carve out a morning and go hike the Grouse Grind. This 1.8 mile hike up the face of Grouse Mountain is a favorite for tourists and locals. I feel like I’m in pretty good shape, but was completely humbled by the steep climb to the top. Once you climb the 231 floors, grab a beer at the top and take the gondola down.

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Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge is essentially a smaller, less crowded Capilano. With beautiful trails, swimming holes, and free admission, this is a must see.

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Take a walk through Stanley Park and enjoy the world’s longest, uninterrupted waterfront path. You can choose 5 or 14 miles and catch incredible views either way. Head a little further into the park and see the First Nations totem poles and beautiful gardens.

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Eat & Drink

The cutest little coffee shop flower shop hybrid, The Birds and the Beets is full of serious California vibes. Grab a sandwich to go or enjoy muesli and a breakfast sandwich at a window seat.

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If avo toast is available, I’m very predictable and always order it. Nelson the Seagull’s in house bread is incredible and really made the avocado toast. Cute little spot to bring a book or your laptop to camp out and get some work done.

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Get a reservation for dinner at Wildebeest. You won’t regret it! With a creative menu and extensive wine list, this was one of my favorite meals ever. I remember being reluctant to go because the menu is very meat centric but I was so pleasantly surprised.

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A great spot to grab brunch, 33 Acres Brewing offers house brewed beer and ciders and a killer waffle. The waffle flavor changes weekly so make sure to ask! This was our first stop and the avocado toast and benedict were the perfect way to start the trip.

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If you like beer flights, head to Alibi Room. There are over 50 local and imported beers on tap along with some tasty small bites.

Other considerations:

  • Pick up an artisanal sandwich at Meat & Bread. They have four new combinations daily.

  • Head to La Mezcaleria for spiked horchata and tacos. Need I say more?

  • Vij’s, an Indian restaurant with a cult following serves classics and really interesting options like lamb popsicles. They don’t take reservations, so get in line early!

  • I love a natural wine bar! Grapes & Soda checks all the boxes and when you need a bite to eat, head next door to their sister restaurant the Farmer’s Apprentice.

  • Try Vancouver’s best croissant, a cardamom kouign-amann, for yourself at Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe


Stay

In the heart of Gastown, we stayed in the most incredible loft. Spacious, thoughtfully decorated, with plenty of plants and exposed brick, the space is located in the middle of the bustling Gastown district. The location is incredible and you can walk to restaurants, bars, and shops. As with any neighborhood full of nightlife, it can get a bit noisy at night.

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Secluded in Deep Cove with sweeping views of the water, our little apartment had everything we needed. Deep Cove was the adventure leg of our trip so we didn’t spend too much time relaxing in the space, but it was in the perfect location to get to hikes, swimming holes, and suspension bridges.

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Use this link to get $40 off your first trip with Airbnb.

Shop

There are so many lovely shops in Gastown. My absolute favorite is Old Faithful, full of curated home goods, books, and stationary. So much fun to browse and almost impossible to leave empty handed.  

If you forget sunglasses like I did, Bailey Nelson is a great place to stop and pick up a pair. They’re my new everyday sunnies.  

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Community Thrift and Vintage is full of previously loved treasures.

Get an espresso flight at Revolver coffee in between the shops. The baristas are super knowledgeable and the coffee is fantastic.

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