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Vancouver's best spots

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Vancouver is a major tourist city in the summer but it can be enjoyed year round. There are plenty of places to see, restaurants to try and things to do.

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  • Friends
  • Foodie
  • Like a Local

18 Places

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18 Places

Buckstop

Restaurants

Fable

Restaurants

Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill

Restaurants

Meat & Bread

Restaurants

Stanley Park

Parks

Vancouver Downtown

Neighbourhoods

Granville Island

Islands, Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

English Bay

Bodies of Water

Vancouver ChinaTown

Neighbourhoods

Kitsilano Beach

Beaches

Wreck Beach

Beaches

South Granville

Neighbourhoods

Gastown

Neighbourhoods

Robson Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Canada Place

Architectural Buildings, Conference & Convention Centres, Piers & Boardwalks, Theatres

Yaletown

Historic Sites, Neighbourhoods

False Creek

Bodies of Water

Vancouver Seawall

Geologic Formations

spalla67's City Tips

  • Everything downtown is walking distance.
  • Buckstop
    Restaurants (American, Bar, Barbecue, Canadian)
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    spalla67 Says:

    Great place for Sunday brunch. Great food, good service informal atmosphere

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Excellent place
    From the community
    Ranked #650 of 3,046 restaurants in Vancouver
    • Late Night Eats 12/09/2018
    • No Actually. You Don’t Gotta Eat Here 27/08/2018
    • Buckstop
    Address:
    833 Denman St
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 2L7
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-428-2528
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Mon - Fri
    4:30 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
    Sat
    10:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
    Other:
  • Fable
    Restaurants (Canadian, Contemporary)
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    spalla67 Says:

    This restaurant has a farm to table concept. The food is perfectly prepared, fresh and innovative. The wine selection is good and the atmosphere fun and not pretentious.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Reservations are required.
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 3,046 restaurants in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • We fly from California to eat here on our anniversary...so good! 09/10/2018
    • Very good food from the farm to the table. 08/10/2018
    • Fable
    Address:
    1944 4th Ave W
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 1M5
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-732-1322
    Price range:
    US$14 - US$24
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill
    Restaurants (Italian, Mediterranean, European)
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    spalla67 Says:

    Probably one of the most famous restaurant in town. It is not unusual to spot a movie or sport celebrity here. The food is excellent and the wine list very very good. It is rather pricy so be prepared.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • In summer try to make a reservation for the patio, it is definitely worth it.
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 3,046 restaurants in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good food 07/10/2018
    • Classic and Classy 26/09/2018
    • Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill
    Address:
    1129-1133 Hamilton St
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5P6
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-688-7466
    Price range:
    US$31 - US$50
    Hours:
    Tue - Sat
    5:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Meat & Bread
    Restaurants (Fast food, Canadian, Soups)
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    spalla67 Says:

    This restaurant has the best porchetta sandwich ever! You go there for the porchetta and you will be happy!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • They are close on weekends
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 3,046 restaurants in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stumbled Upon It & Didn't Regret It 19/10/2018
    • Fresh tasty and filling! 13/10/2018
    • Meat & Bread
    Address:
    370 Cambie St
    Hastings
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2N3
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-566-9003
    Price range:
    US$3 - US$7
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Mon - Wed
    11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Thu - Sat
    11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Stanley Park
    Parks
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    spalla67 Says:

    No visit to Vancouver is complete without a tour of Stanley Park (the park for locals). In summer time it is easy to walk around the seawall or rent a bike a go around the park.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Early morning and sunset are the best time to go.
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 310 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely... even on a brisk day with overcast skies 23/10/2018
    • Stanley park is a must visiting place 23/10/2018
    • Stanley Park
    Address:
    Stanley Park Causeway
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 1Z4
    Canada
    Other:
  • Vancouver Downtown
    Neighbourhoods
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    spalla67 Says:

    Great for shopping or simply stroll around Vancouver Downtown is the perfect place to spend few hours in the city.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • No need to dress formal.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 310 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Vibrant and interesting city 23/10/2018
    • Compact and fun 23/10/2018
    • Vancouver Downtown
    Phone:
    +1 604-801-5515
    Other:
  • Granville Island
    Islands, Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    spalla67 Says:

    Perfect place for a walk and to grab lunch. The market is the busiest place here, but it is always possible to find a quiet place to enjoy a sunny day.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Avoid the weekends it gets really busy
    • Take the aquabus to go there it adds to the experience
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 310 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of Canada’s great markets! 23/10/2018
    • Scout before buying. Try candied salmon 23/10/2018
    • Granville Island
    Address:
    1661 Duranleau Street
    (Underneath the Granville Street Bridge)
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3S3
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-666-6655
    Other:
  • English Bay
    Bodies of Water
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    spalla67 Says:

    Great place for a summer stroll at sunset. The Beach can get really really busy during th day.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Family
    Tips
    • Great for family
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 310 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not particularly English, but great 12/10/2018
    • A Good Place for an Evening Walk 12/10/2018
    • English Bay
    Address:
    1795 Beach Ave
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 1Y9
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-358-4259
    Other:
  • Vancouver ChinaTown
    Neighbourhoods
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    spalla67 Says:

    I've never been to China but I think that Chinatown Vancouver is the closest place to China outside of it.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • It can get really crazy busy, specially on weekends
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #271 of 310 things to do in Vancouver
    • Chinatown is changing 22/10/2018
    • Ole China 19/10/2018
    • Vancouver ChinaTown
    Address:
    106 Keefer St
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 1X4
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-632-3808
    Other:
  • Kitsilano Beach
    Beaches
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    spalla67 Says:

    This is a great beach for outdoors beach sports, mostly volleyball. It is a great place for a picnic as well.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • It is walking distance from downtown
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 310 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awesome way to spend a day outdoors 21/10/2018
    • Wonderful Beach Walk 19/10/2018
    • Kitsilano Beach
    Address:
    Cornwall Ave
    North End of Yew St
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    Canada
    Other:
  • Wreck Beach
    Beaches
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    spalla67 Says:

    This clothing optional beach is world famous. Getting there is a bit of a hike but once there you won't regret.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • On a weekend summer sunny day it can be really busy, get there early
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 310 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best beach in Vancouver! 02/10/2018
    • Excellent beach isolated from “people” 31/08/2018
    • Wreck Beach
    Address:
    6344 University Blvd
    (Foot of Spanish Banks)
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2
    Canada
  • South Granville
    Neighbourhoods
    spalla67 Says:

    This stretch of Granville street is where lots of locals shops. It is a great place for an afternoon stroll, window shopping or real shopping.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Shop like a local
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #115 of 310 things to do in Vancouver
    • Gallery Row has many great art galleries 27/01/2018
    • A place and a time 28/08/2017
    • South Granville
    Address:
    Granville St
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3J3
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-558-0200
    Other:
  • Gastown
    Neighbourhoods
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    spalla67 Says:

    This area is the new yip and coming area of downtown. It used to be a run down part of the city but in the last few year it became the most fun and vibrant part. Great for shopping, good for food and lots of nightlife.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Restaurants here can get really packed, make a reservation.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 310 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Friends from UK had heard of Gastown... so we had to go... and loved it 23/10/2018
    • Touristy but atmospheric 23/10/2018
    • Gastown
    Address:
    Waterfront between Granville and Main Sts.
    North of Hastings St.
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2K7
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-683-5650
    Other:
  • Robson Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    spalla67 Says:

    This is the heart of downtown. The perfect place for a stroll, for shopping or to look at a street performer. In the summer at Robson Square (corner of Robson and Howe) there are a lot of really good food truck for a good quick lunch.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • The best part of the street is between Granville street and Bute St.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 310 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wide Variety of Stores 19/10/2018
    • Crowded, With High Priced Shops...just okay. 15/10/2018
    • Robson Street
    Address:
    Robson Street
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-428-5866
    Other:
  • Canada Place
    Architectural Buildings, Conference & Convention Centres, Piers & Boardwalks, Theatres
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    spalla67 Says:

    This is a great place for a walk in summer time. From here you have a lot of photo opportunity, you can watch the seaplanes land and take off, watch at the cruise ships docked here.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be sure to walk all the way to the tip of the pier for the best photos opportunities
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 310 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing waterfront 23/10/2018
    • Canada Place 22/10/2018
    • Canada Place
    Address:
    Canada Place Building 780-999 Canada Pl
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3C1
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-775-7200
    Other:
  • Yaletown
    Historic Sites, Neighbourhoods
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    spalla67 Says:

    This area used to be part of the port of Vancouver but in the late 80's it turned into a residential and shopping area. Lots of restaurants and bars are located here and it is definitely a good place to go for lunch or dinner.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Some restaurants here can be quite pricy be aware.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 310 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Serenity in the City 13/10/2018
    • History in modernity 01/10/2018
    • Yaletown
    Address:
    Yaletown Business Bldg. 1152 Mainland St
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 4X2
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-683-7473
    Other:
  • False Creek
    Bodies of Water
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    spalla67 Says:

    This area offers some of the best views of downtown. It is walking distance from downtown, but it can be easily reached via public transit. The newly built Athletes village was the place where the athletes for the 2010 winter olympics stayed. Now it is a residential area with a lot of pubs and coffe shops.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Walk around the seawall from here to Granville Islands.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 310 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • False Creek Ferry Station 23/10/2018
    • Great views 17/10/2018
    • False Creek
    Other:
  • Vancouver Seawall
    Geologic Formations
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    spalla67 Says:

    Vancouver Seawall is really long, it goes from Canada Place all the way to Kitsilano Beach. The best parts are the Park, English bay to Yaletown and False Creek to Kitsilano. There are few area where it is possible to rent a bicycle that offers an alternative to walking.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • On a sunny weekend day can be really busy bu
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 310 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • If you like scenery.. 23/10/2018
    • Take your Time and Enjoy Mountain and City Views 22/10/2018
    • Vancouver Seawall
    Address:
    Stanley Park
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 3E2
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 902-837-7415
    Other:
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