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