Collected by Natalie Taylor , AFAR Local Expert
1253 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9, Canada
Located "around the bend," in the beautiful Granville Island district is the Dockside Brewing Company. There's eight different brewed beers here. My favourite was the Jamaican brew, blended with hibiscus. The piece de resistance is the gorgeous...
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...
616 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2G5, Canada
Yamato Sushi doesn't have a big space but if you're looking for one of the best cheap eats in Vancouver, it's worth it. You may have to wait, but it won’t be for long. The value here was phenomenal: over nineteen rolls plus gyoza and green tea...
801 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6C 1P7, Canada
Hotel bars can come off as stuffy, but Hawksworth inside the historic Hotel Georgia is a sophisticated and intimate place to imbibe. The drinks are executed in speakeasy fashion. I cannot say enough about the expertise of the staff here. It's an...
530 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2B7, Canada
Japadog is one of those odd and wacky combinations of a hot dog with Japanese toppings, but it works! I had the Terimayo, a teriyaki-drenched dog topped with seaweed. Not substantial for the $5 price tag, but a good snack. The location on Robson...
3651 W 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6R 2G2, Canada
Browns Socialhouse was a last-minute but solid decision before getting back on the ferry from Kitsilano to downtown Vancouver. From the funky interiors to no-nonsense drinks, it was a great decision. We took advantage of the Margarita Special for...
6 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1E9, Canada
A clandestine spot to imbibe in Gastown, the Diamond is the speakeasy when you're in Vancouver. Bar none, one of the best bars I have been to on recommendation from Nathan at Judas Goat. They will make you anything here, like a tasty pisco sour....
370 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7, Canada
Like the name says: just braised or slow-roasted meats, served on ciabatta buns. They are known for their hand-carved porchetta, but I order the daily special—that is, if I can get there before 2 p.m. The restaurant is first come, first served, so...
Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
In Vancouver, B.C., on business this fall, I spent one morning zipping around Stanley Park on a bike I borrowed from my hotel. These totems, which were carved and painted by people from the Squamish Nation, stand to honor the original residents of...
6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4K9, Canada
At the top of Grouse Mountain I came across the bear enclosure and managed to see this beautiful baby Grizzly Bear. Whilst being Summer time, there was still snow prevalent on the top of the mountain, which is also called the Peak of Vancouver.
4760 Inglis Dr, Richmond, BC, Canada
I had never been in a seaplane before and it was quite the experience! As opposed to the ferry (which is a three hour ride not including the hour to get to and from each terminal to the downtown core), the seaplane connects you to each city in...
3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4J1, Canada
A quick side trip from Vancouver is the Capilano Suspension Bridge. It's high, it's surrounded by delicate and gorgeous scenery and is something that you can't do everywhere. High above the ground, you are transported to a wonderland in the forest...
1669 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9, Canada
Granville Island Market was pulsing with energy from musicians, tourists, and a frenzy of food markets. After living in a desert region for so long, it was awesome to get a hold of fresh fish, fresh fruit, and the German sausage was pretty amazing...
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