Hey guys! So as some of you already know (due to my many Instagram stories and posts), I spent a week in Vancouver last month. Vancouver will forever be one of my fave cities, if not my fave city so far. It’s vibrant, unique, the landscapes are amazing and the people are very welcoming.
I received a lot of direct messages through Instagram about places to visit, nice restaurants and coffee shops and what to do when in Vancouver. I’m here to help you guys with some recommendations in the city. I don’t know everything about Vancouver, but I know some really good spots. 😉
1. 49th parallel coffee shop (many locations)
This coffee shop is the most popular coffee brand in Vancouver. 49th parallel is really known for their great coffee quality and the amazing non-bitter taste. Did you know that a lot of Montreal coffee shops import their coffee to use in house? Maybe you already tried this coffee here without knowing! 😉
They have many locations in Vancouver, but the main one is the one downtown. They also serve really good breakfast sandwiches; a bit pricey but oh so worthy.
2. The Art Gallery
3. Buddha Full (North Vancouver)
4. Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge (North Vancouver)
Free hike right here! The suspension bridge is awesome. Please don’t pay to go to Capilano Suspension Bridge (almost 45$), go for this one instead. It’s really worth it and beautiful.
5. Kitsilano Beach, Jerricho Beach, Spanish Banks
So many beaches around Vancouver. The water is a bit cold, yes, but the view there is amazing. My fave beach it Kitsilano beach; not so far from downtown. I always feel so relaxed whenever I sit at the beach and I try to as often as possible.
6. Rain or Shine Ice cream
The ice cream flavours are really unique and tasty, but the cones are okay. I’d rather get my ice cream in a cup than in a cone at this place. My favourite flavour: honey and lavender, yum!
7. The Old Spaghetti Factory
This gem in Gastown is the place to go to. It cost you about 13$+tax for a 4 course meal and some fresh pasta. The Old Spaghetti Factory is a must go when in this area of the city. I would recommend this place for lunch, sitting outside on the terrace!
8. Nelson the Seagull
My favourite coffee shop in Vancouver. The interior design is amazing. I couldn’t stop myself from taking 100 pictures. Unfortunately, the coffee is not the best, but the food looks really good. Next time I’ll go, I’ll make sure to order an avocado toast and some good london fog. Great place to get some work done (wi-fi super fast), or simply to relax and chat with some friends.
“Lively Gastown is known for its whistling Steam Clock and mix of souvenir shops, indie art galleries and decor stores in Victorian buildings. A trendy food and drink scene includes chic cocktail lounges and restaurants serving everything from gourmet sandwiches to local seafood. Hip eateries also dot the neighboring Downtown Eastside area, while the up-and-coming Railtown district is home to edgy fashion studios.”
Source – Gastown.org
Amazing neighbourhood. It’s a mix of the Montreal Old Port/Mile-End.
10. Granville Island
Granville Island is a peninsula and shopping district in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is located across False Creek from Downtown Vancouver, under the south end of the Granville Street Bridge. They have this amazing indoor market where you can buy fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, fresh pastries and bread, etc. It’s really fun to go there on the weekends as there is some artists singing outside, right next to the water. It’s a very romantic spot!
10. Ramen Gojiro
I am craving these ramen ever since I got back. Ramen Gojiro, you got my heart. It was AMAZING, very cheap and really nice ambiance. We waited in line for about 20 minutes but it was SO worth the wait.
11. Queen Elizabeth Park
Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver’s horticultural jewel, is a major draw for floral display enthusiasts and view-seekers, and as a popular backdrop for wedding photos. At 152 metres above sea level, it’s the highest point in Vancouver and makes for spectacular views of the park, city, and mountains on the North Shore. I highly recommend you go there, at any season you’re visiting Vancouver. It’s a drive from the actual city but it is so worth it. I spent at least 2 hours there contemplating the flowers.
12. Honolulu Café
Hawaiien vibes in the heart of Vancouver. Must go for incredible matcha lattés.
13. Dynasty Seafood restaurant
This place is a typical dim sum chinese restaurant but the food is amazing. I always go whenever I’m in Vancouver. They serve really fresh and traditionnal dim sum and the prices are not that expensive. Highly recommend if you are with a group of friends or family.
Do not hesitate to contact me for further questions! I’d love to help. xo
See you soon, Vancouver!