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Hi Afar lovers! I am headed to Vancouver for the marathon in the next fews week and would love some options on restaurants! Especially the big meal before the race. Also, I will be spending a few days after the race to take in the beauty of the mountains/water/city...so any activities on an adventure level and a meditative level would be great! Thank you!

Posted on Apr 18, 2012

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I can't help with adventures (although I know everyone raves about kayaking), but I can help with restaurants! I don't know which area you're staying in, so I'll list the ones worth going out of your way for.

Bishop’s: 2183 W 4th Avenue, Kitsilano
John Bishop, the friendly owner, is renowned for his fresh, seasonal food, served in his elegant dining room lined with local artworks. The menu changes weekly; a good excuse to come back.
Lumiere: 2551 W Broadway, Kitsilano
Rob Feenie – Vancouver’s most famous chef – created Lumiere to cater to a growing demand for fine dining. While he’s no longer in the kitchens, Lumiere continues to serve deceptively unfussy French-inspired, Asian-brushed cuisine and does so very well.
Sequoia Grilla: Ferguson Point, Stanley Park
The cheery-chic Sequoia combines a brightly-painted, artsy interior with a small menu of seasonal classics. The terrace has killer views of English Bay.
Sandbar: 1535 Johnston Street, Granville Island
Seafood heads the menu at this restaurant-with-a-view. The rooftop deck is heated in winter and open in summer, which makes an excellent place to consider the 1800 bottles nested in the cellar.
Raincity Grill: 1193 Denman Street, West End
A great showcase of fine West Coast cuisine. The weekend brunch is a local legend.
La Bodega: 1277 Howe Street, Downtown
The most authentic Spanish country-style tapas bar in town. Pull up a chair, order some sangria and choose from a list of sharable plates. The atmosphere is great; don’t be surprised if you spend a couple of hours here.
Salt Tasting Room: Blood Alley, Gastown
All things salty and delicious. Diners select from a rotating list of cured meats and cheeses to create their own tasting plate. Other menu options are available, plus a great wine list, plus some beer and sherry. Perfect for post-show supper.
Asahi-Ya: 1230 Robson Street, West End
You’ll be rubbing shoulders with chatty Asian language students at this friendly and decidedly unpretentious diner. Have the sizzling chicken teriyaki; it will bring you back for more.

Chambar: 562 Beatty Street, Downtown
This swanky brick-lined cave is a great place for a lively chat. The wine list is international and the cocktail list exemplary.
Irish Heather: 217 Carrall Street, Gastown
The best traditional pub and the only real exponent of the European gastropub. Great beers are offered alongside quality gourmet comfort food.

Hope this provides some assistance!

Posted Apr 24, 2012

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WOW! Phoebe thank you! Mouth is watering already...

Posted on Apr 25, 2012

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I assume you mean Vancouver, BC! I would recommend going to Whistler/Blackcomb if you have a day or two. That is where the Winter Olympics was held last. If no skiing when you do, there are still lots of summer things to do there in the Cascade Mountains. There are great lodging facilities there too.

Posted Apr 19, 2012

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Hi Matt! Thanks for the recommendation!!! Will check out the mountains...not sure if we will have enough time to get to Whistler though.

Posted on Apr 21, 2012

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Jill Greenwood
AFAR Staff

Susan, you are going to be pleasantly surprised with the Vancouver food scene. Some of my current favourites include L'Abbatoir (in Gastown), Blue Water (for amazing seafood, in Yaletown), Vij's (to die for contemporary Indian, on 11th at Granville), Bin 941 for small plates (on Davie, but go early as it's a tiny place and no reservations), and Chambar for the most delicious Belgian food (frites! moules!). For a special meal, check out the new Hawksworth restaurant in the Rosewood Hotel Georgia - gorgeous room, gorgeous food, gorgeous hotel.

Here's a local Vancouver blog that also makes great foodie recommendations:

There is still so much snow on the local mountains so hiking may not be an option, but you can snowshoe at the top of both Grouse and Seymour mountains.

Have a great time, and good luck in the marathon!

Posted Apr 20, 2012

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Thank you so much Jill! I have a 5 nights of eating...will definitely check these places out. I was planning on going zip lining through grouse mountain...

Posted on Apr 21, 2012

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A great hole in the wall (not really) is Stepho's Tavern on Davie Street. Fantastic massive heaps of Greek food, and it is cheap (local institution). We always went at 11:30 (no line ups) after a run around the sea wall. If you get there after 12 it is packed. There are so many other restaurants, but it depends on what you enjoy. Then there is GoFish on Granville Island - also a local institution. It is a shack that makes wicked fish tacos etc.Well worth it. Walk around Stanley Park. Grouse is awesome, Lighthouse park is stunning and worth checking out. There are so many places, I could go on forever!

Posted Apr 20, 2012

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Thanks Kendra! I am all about fish tacos and every time I go for a long run I always crave mexican food after. This just might be my place after the race!

Posted on Apr 21, 2012

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