You only have a couple of days this weekend to adventure – but we’ve got you covered. Swing over to Vancouver, the food capital of Canada, for a weekend packed with culinary delight, plenty of sight-seeing, and enough nightlife to satiate your thirst for excitement for months to come. Finding things to do
in Vancouver is easy with this day-by-day itinerary to keep you occupied from sunup to sundown.
Once you get settled into the city, begin your exploration in the Vancouver Chinatown District. A bustling community comprised of unique shops, restaurants, bakeries, and all sorts of vendors that make it an adventurous place to explore, Chinatown is not a spot to miss during your trip. Parking is ample, and it won’t be hard to find a spot to park on the street.
Stop for lunch or dinner at Phnom Penh
, a local favorite that is reasonably priced and generously portioned. This Cambodian and Vietnamese restaurant has lines out the door during both lunch and dinner, with hungry patrons eager to order their phenomenal chicken wings with lemon and pepper sauce or their Lu Lac beef special.
Once you’re full of some of that phenomenal Chinese food, wander to the Millennium Gate and snap your quintessential Chinatown tourist photo near its beautifully intricate arch. Then walk to the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden
and up your zen near some stunningly manicured botanicals.
As evening approaches, hop back in your car and drive toward Yaletown, a quirky and hip neighborhood located along the south side of the downtown Vancouver peninsula. Yaletown is bordered by Homer Street, Robson Street and False Creek.
The center of Yaletown nightlife and dining are Mainland St. and Hamilton St., which run parallel to each other, (loosely) bordered by Davie St. to the south and Smithe St. to the north. This rectangular area is packed with top restaurants, bars, and nightspots, making it easy to bar hop or dine in one and then have after-dinner drinks at another. We recommend hitting up Hello Goodbye Bar
, one of Yaletown’s most stylish venues, for a classic cocktail served up neighborhood-style by highly-skilled bartenders.
Begin your Saturday morning in Vancouver with a stroll down Robson Street, one of the city’s oldest and most international locales. Being right in the heart of the downtown core, you’ll find yourself walking right alongside locals on their way to the office, sports fans heading to the game, and students lining up outside noodle shops. It’s got BC stadium at one end, Stanley Park at the other, and plenty of shopping in between. For a breakfast pick-me-up, Nero Belgian Waffle Bar
will have you in a dreamland of whipped cream, fresh fruit, and steaming hot coffee.
To help work off that magnificent morning meal, rent a bike from Spokes
in Stanley Park. The park spans 1,001-acre public park surrounded by the Harbour and English Bay. Begin a light cycling adventure around the seawall that circles the park, a total of 6 miles in length. Now you’re in Kitsilano Beach, (or, as the locals call it, Kits Beach), where you can spend hours exploring the beaches, parks, and people.
By mid-afternoon you’ll be ready to grub up once again, and you’re in the perfect place for seafood at The Boathouse Kits Beach
, a Vancouver favorite specializing in premium steaks and fresh seafood from the coast of B.C. and around the world.
When you’ve had your fill of sand and surf, finish out your Saturday with a night at Guilt & Co. in Gastown. Whether you’re down to choose the path of the righteous or that of the immoral, Guilt & Co.
features imbuements ready to satiate the desires of every mortal. If Guilt & Co. is just the beginning of your night, explore the Gastown neighborhood for a variety of bars and venues. How’s that for a heavenly night?
For Sunday breakfast, Café Medina
is recommended to end your trip on a high, Mediterranean-style. We especially recommend the Coca, a signature dish featuring a blistered woodstone fired Flatbread, pork ragout, and sfoglia cheese, topped with truffled potato purée and oven-dried tomatoes alongside some Hannah Brook Farms Greens and a sizzling fried egg.
Before you head out, spend a few hours exploring the Vancouver Art Gallery, one of North America’s most respected and innovative visual arts institutions. The gallery is open daily from ten to five and features a wealth of touring installations, as well as a vast permanent collection.
Thanks to our guest author Matt Lawler, a lifestyle blogger in Arizona where he attended Arizona State University. Whenever he can step away from the computer, Matt enjoys looking for things to do in Phoenix such as playing sports, traveling and exploring the great outdoors