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The Perfect Day in Vancouver

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A world's worth of fanastic food, time outdoors, stellar shopping, an adventure or two, and an expertly-mixed cocktail (or maybe a craft beer?). Vancouver's many charms add up to a perfect way to spend a day. (Though a day will never ever be enough time.) Start early with a run around the Seawall to Stanley Park to watch the sun rise over the mountains, and end the day bar-hopping Gastown and sipping craft cocktails. Add an extravagant twist on the day by taking a Helijet trip to see the city from above.
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Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
Vancouver’s most famous urban space, the thousand-acre Stanley Park, epitomizes everything that locals here love about the outdoors, and visitors have many ways to explore the expansive grounds. Hiking trails weave around totem poles and hemlock...
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1669 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9, Canada
This former industrial site is a one-stop shopping spot for last-minute souvenirs. Weave in and out of the countless alleys and stalls; among the art galleries, toy shops, crafts stores, farmers market and waterfront restaurants, you’re...
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45 Blood Alley Square, Vancouver, BC V6B 1C7, Canada
This little hideaway in a back alley, with its communal tables and chalkboard menus, is where I go with friends when we want to share snacks. They match wines to "tasting trios" selected from their cheese and charcuterie cellar. It’s best to let...
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261 E 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 0B4, Canada
A departure from the familiar, tried-and-true brands of downtown Vancouver, the stores on this Mount Pleasant thoroughfare embrace an independent spirit. There are design boutiques selling eco-fashion labels and vintage furniture, funky record...
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455 W Waterfront Rd, Vancouver, BC V6B 5E8, Canada
The first time I took a trip on Helijet I can remember whooping with excitement as we slowly hovered about ground and then –swoop! Off we went. It’s a thrilling way to travel over this most picturesque city and to get a birds' eye view of the...
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777 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E 3V5, Canada
Sure, in the summer there is absolutely no better place to be than on the patio at Joe Fortes, enjoying their lavish hospitality in their sun-trap garden in the heart of the city, but really, every smart Vancouverite knows, that Joe’s is great...
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3715 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3N8, Canada
I adore this little boutique on Main Street that’s simply stuffed with gorgeously girly styles and flirty retro clothes. You can find plenty of Canadian designers here too, and there’s an especially good selection in the jewelry section. While you...
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350 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J3, Canada
Pidgin may be known for their deceptively simple East-meets-West Asian-inspired menu with a decidedly French edge, but their cocktails are all kinds of fantastic too, and in a casual but cool spot like this, it’s most fun to combine the two. Try...
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1154 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1B2, Canada
There’s no better place than Vancouver to try a Vancouver cocktail, it’s the perfect pre-dinner sharpener, although it works rather well as an after-dinner treat too. It’s said to have been created at the Sylvia Hotel down on English Bay in the...