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The Most of Vancouver for the Least!

3 Jun 2006  Enjoying living there through my own lean times.
4.0 of 5 bubbles based on 9 votes

A Perfect (Budget) Vancouver Day in the West End / Downtown!

  • Category: Perfect day
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Never been before, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with teenagers, Seniors, Students, Budget travellers , Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Cheap Eats for Breakfast

    Teresa's Family Restaurant on Denman Street for tasty, cheap breakfast. If it's warm, you can sit outside and watch the Denman Street activity. Pick up a local alternative paper beforehand and read through it over coffee, checking for free musical or other events (often many!)
    1188 Davie St.

  • 2. See what people come from 'round the world to see

    After eating, take your bottle of water on a 2-3 hour amble - you can walk the seawall all the way around Stanley Park, or walk part way around and cut through the Park and see what fewer visitors see by taking inner park trails to places like Beaver Lake. Depending on the season, see the cherry blossoms, the rose garden, or goslings at Lost Lagoon. In the summer, take the free Stanley Park shuttle when you're footsore. Stop for refreshment at Prospect Point or the Stanley Pavilion, or at one of the beach concession stands.

  • 3. Tour Chinatown and the public part of the Chinese Classical Gardens

    Catch a bus to Chinatown and find an inexpensive lunch from the one of the bakeries or restaurants. The noodle soups are filling and not costly. Then explore the area, including the classical gardens. Beside the main part of the gardens (for which there is an entry fee) is a free public portion. You can get peeks into the paid portion (or you might decide to splurge on that admission fee.) If you need to buy gifts for anyone, you can find inexpensive and interesting things in the many shops in Chinatown.

  • 4. Splurge on a drink in order to have a world-class view

    Catch a bus or walk back to the West End in order to splurge on a drink and an appy in order to see Vancouver from 42 floors up. It's just an amazing view, and gives you a great orientation to what you've been seeing and will see. Sometimes there is a cover charge at certain times when there's live music but you should be able to plan around that if it isn't in your budget.

  • 5. Cheap Eats for Dinner

    Walk a block on Robson Street from Cloud 9 to Hon's Wun-Tun House and choose from a HUGE menu while watching them MAKE the wontons. It means Chinese food twice in a day, but you'll remember both experiences - but if you don't want a double-heloping of Chinese food, then head back to Denman Street, to the Falafal King for the best Chicken Shwarma i've had anywhere, for about $6, including hummus, pita and tabouleh.

  • 6. Music? Other freebie?

    If you get a chance before your "perfect day" to check out the free music events around the city, here'a a good site to use for your search. You can also pick up a copy of the Georgia Straight once out and about. If nothing there appeals, there's always the discount cinema just off Denman on Comox Street.

  • 7. Relaxing at English Bay until bedtime

    Walk back to English Bay and sit on the beach (assuming the weather cooperates), giving your feet a rest and giving yourself an opportunity to enjoy resting in beautiful surroundings. There are lots of coffee, gelato and other interesting food places on Denman Street should you want a snack.