The Perfect Weekend in Vancouver
Collected by AFAR Editors , AFAR Staff
One of British Columbia's best-known cities, Vancouver's star has been on the rise in recent years. From dining in award-winning restaurants to skiing at Grouse Mountain and the chance to watch sea otters play and orcas breach, the city spills over with delights. No matter how you focus your weekend in Vancouver, you can't go wrong. Want to spend it touring microdistilleries and craft breweries? No problem. Want to shop locally-made crafts and clothing designs? The city offers that all up as well. Prefer a mix with plenty of time outdoors in Stanley Park throws in? We've got the perfect plan for you.
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...
750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7, Canada
Western Canada’s largest public art museum weighs in at almost 12,000 works. The collection here is strong on Emily Carr, a modernist compatriot of the Group of Seven (Canadian landscape painters from the 1920s who were deeply...
845 Avison Way, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2, Canada
Presiding over Stanley Park, Canada’s largest aquarium houses more than 50,000 creatures, from penguins to sea otters to three-toed sloths. Don’t miss the star turns from the rescued Steller sea lions Izzy and Rogue, who swoop...
849 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2L9, Canada
You’ll find a few branches of Cafe Milano around the city, but my go-to is the one on Denman Street in the West End where I stock up on beans to take home, and also treat myself to one of their smooth, velvety lattes. Their master roaster is a...
801 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6C 1P7, Canada
On the Howe St side of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, look for the red velvet rope and head downstairs to this gloriously grown-up cocktail bar with live music and some of the most creative cocktails in town. Take, for instance, the Inception...
413 Industrial Ave, Vancouver, BC V6A 2P8, Canada
Masters of the art of chocolate and cream puffs, the international award-winning team at BETA5 inspire deep devotion from their fans and one bite of their lighter than-air puffs will show you why. Tucked away in an industrial estate by the railway...
1059 Alberni St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1A3, Canada
Born in Auvergne, Thierry Busset trained with European masters before taking his pastry prowess to London’s Le Gavroche and Marco Pierre White (both of which peaked at three Michelin stars). His talent even tamed the famously mercurial...
1070 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6E 2Y2, Canada
Established in Singapore, this luxury brand opened its first North American tea salon in December 2016, taking over a gorgeous retail space on West Georgia Street. Here, elegant tins of more than 800 single-estate blends flank the walls, ranging...
1725 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V5L 1H6, Canada
Tucked away in East Van’s brewery district, Odd Society make some of the city’s most interesting small batch spirits, such as their truly mouth watering Bittersweet Vermouth and their popular Crème de Cassis made with local blackcurrents. From...
11220 Horseshoe Way, Richmond, BC V7A 4V5, Canada
Geek-chic abounds at this Richmond brewery, which vows to “keep beer weird.” Swing by the Ironwood taproom—just 1.25 miles northwest of the BC Ferries terminal—for a retro video game battle, sweetened by a Last...
Okanagan-Similkameen, BC, Canada
More than 130 wineries cluster in this valley 240 miles east of Vancouver. Here, Okanagan Lake moistens a semi-arid, shrub-steppe landscape, creating the ideal environment for growing world-class grapes. Microclimates produce 60-plus...
54 E 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 1E8, Canada
Today, the area around Mount Pleasant houses a growing concentration of craft breweries. It all began in 1888, when Charles Doering dammed the waterway to drive a grain mill and launched Vancouver’s second brewery. Prohibition set the suds...
578 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K2, Canada
Amid the bustle of Chinatown stands this lovely 15th-century-style garden, named for the father of modern China. Even though it was built in 1986, artisans from Suzhou constructed the entire property without nails, screws, or power tools. The...
Public Market, 1689 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9, Canada
A former industrial backwater, Granville Island has changed a lot since the 1970s. Where once there were factories, now there are buskers, theaters, artisan studios, a marina, and a superb culinary scene, anchored by a public market. Jump on the...
Vancouver, BC, Canada
When the warmer months arrive, Grouse Mountain opens the roof of its cable car gondolas, which run 5,282 feet (1,610m) up the city’s iconic peak. The ride feels daring, despite the helmets, safety lines and thick railings that comfort...
15 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1C8, Canada
This urban icon started as a hippie food truck housed in a surf shop parking lot on Vancouver Island. It has since blossomed into three restaurants, two burrito bars, a taco joint, and two food trucks, located everywhere from Hastings-Sunrise and...
200 Granville St #70, Vancouver, BC V6C 1S4, Canada
Vancouver is home to some of the best sushi outside of Japan, and this waterfront restaurant is no exception. Opened in 2008, Miku introduced the city to Aburi-style cuisine, which involves nigiri with grilled fish. Start your meal with the salmon...
31 West Pender, Vancouver, BC V6B 1R3, Canada
Canada’s first aboriginal arts hotel opened in 2014. Part luxury hotel and part social enterprise, Skwachays Lodge ticks all the right boxes. On the luxe side: plush linens, Hypnos beds (the same as the British royal family sleep on),...
1100 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y7, Canada
This retro 1950s motor hotel sits on a busy street in Vancouver’s downtown core, just steps from the financial district and bustling shopping areas of Robson and West Georgia streets. With its eye-catching neon sign and pastel paint, it...
900 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2W6, Canada
Affectionately nicknamed by locals as the “Castle in the City” for its copper-green, fairytale-like roof, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver was once a Canadian Pacific Railway hotel—a fact that’s intertwined with the history of...
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