Vancouver, Canada City Guide

Looking for a quick getaway this winter? Vancouver, BC is calling! There are so many wonderful places to eat and drink, and activities are endless in this outdoor oriented city.

Eat:

Bambudda (Gastown)

Head here for their Happy Hour in the bar for 50% off small plates. It’s only an hour, but if you miss it, we still recommend eating from the full menu. Each dish we had was delicious and had us wanting more! Make sure to snag their dumplings and bison tartare – really, there’s no way you can go wrong ordering at this place! If you’re feeling adventurous, order the Chef’s Choice Menu at $38/person. Find their menu here.

 

Baodown

We were really craving bao, so searched high and low for the best place in Vancouver. This place is also in Gastown – we found ourselves in this neighborhood a lot! Their bao buns are the perfect consistency and the restaurant has a really great selection of flavors. If you’re not feeling bao, they have other items on the menu (next time we’ll have to try the poke)! Gauck over their food on the Baodown instagram.

 

Jam

Jam is an all day breakfast and lunch spot in Vancouver and totally lives up to the hype. You will probably have to wait in a line outside because they don’t take reservations, but don’t be scared away – it’s worth the wait! Their huevos rancheros and smoked salmon eggs benedict are effing amazing; every bite was devoured in record time. Top it off with a hot chocolate or latte and you’ll sure be ready to take on the day. Check out their menu here.

 

Soft Peaks

If you find yourself in Gastown (again), stop by Soft Peaks for a sweet treat. They have a ton of tasty soft serve concoctions – the Salty Himalayan and Blackcomb are freaking delicious (get them!). If you don’t want that, they have ice cream sandwiches and other treats to satisfy your sweet tooth. Peep their instagram.

   

 

Drink:

Revolver

I love finding really good coffee shops in new places, but didn’t do the best on this trip. BUT, I have one place that you’ll definitely want to check out. Their coffee is delicious, and the pastries are just as good. Revolver has plenty of room for you to work or hangout. Try their pour over if you like a good drip! Here’s their instagram.

  

 

Do:

Stanley Park

Stanley Park is beautiful (even without the snow!). It’s super big, with a road winding through the whole park. Take a half day to rent a bike and pack a picnic – there’s always something going on in this park so if you like people watching, this is the place for you!

 

 

Granville Island Public Market

If you’re from Seattle, this will remind you a lot of Pike Place Market. Take your time and browse all of the local vendors, then leave with some handmade pasta or a nice bouquet of flowers! You can grab a bite to eat or some coffee here too. I loved checking out all of the local made art!

 

What’s your favorite in this city? Let me know if I missed anything you love!

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