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540 Fisgard St, Victoria, BC V8W 1R4, Canada
Venus Sophia, located in the heart of Chinatown, is a quaint vintage-meets-modern tea room and vegetarian restaurant. The name Venus Sophia is symbolic for beauty, love and wisdom. The service is friendly, tea is wonderful and the loose leaf tea...
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1175 Beach Dr, Victoria, BC V8S 2N2, Canada
My first time in British Columbia did not disappoint. I stayed at the newly renovated Oak Bay Beach Hotel just outside Victoria. Despite it's convenient location near the city, the property feels world's apart, which is a major perk for those...
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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...
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8501 Stanley Park Dr, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2, Canada
Vancouver has two really fabulous outdoor, public, beachside swimming pools, which are great places to cool off in the summer. I love Second Beach Pool in Stanley Park becuase of the views of English Bay and all the kids it attracts. The pool is...
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2305 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1B6, Canada
During Vancouver’s short summers, there’s no better place to get a workout and work on your tan than Kitsilano Pool (affectionately known as Kits Pool). While there are dedicated lanes for the Michael Phelps wannabes, there’s also a large area for...
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Go full monty at North America’s largest nude stretch of sand. Adjacent to the University of British Columbia, Wreck Beach sits on traditional Musqueam land, wrapping around the western edge of the Point Grey headland in Pacific Spirit...
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Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
One of my favourite events in the Vancouver summer calendar is when the nights get long and warm, and the open air cinemas roll out. There’s nothing better than curling up on a blanket in Stanley Park with hundreds of like-minded movie fans...
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325 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2N4, Canada
If you’re a coffee nerd, Revolver is the place to go for personal-size, pour-over coffees brewed from their unique lines of beans. Hang out for a while and you’ll run into everyone who lives at this end of Gastown. (604) 558-4444. As told to...
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315 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6A 0A7, Canada
The owners at this breakfast and lunch spot make almost everything from scratch and by hand, from grinding chickpeas for their hummus to making almond milk for the granola. They even offer vegan butter. (604) 681-5776. As told to Rhonda May. This...
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994 Nicola St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2C8, Canada
The West End is the largest neighbourhood in Vancouver's downtown core, and has a broad demographic. Greenhorn Espresso Bar opened up smack in the middle of the West End, in between heritage apartment buildings, corner grocery stores, and a few...
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1938 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4A7, Canada
Set in a quiet part of Commercial Drive; Prado, with its large windows and high ceilings, is a great place to recharge. The shop serves Vancouver's best, 49th Parallel coffee, along with a small selection of baked goods. Read a book and relax, or...
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2198 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1N7, Canada
This award-winning local roaster has paired with a delicious doughnut maker to be a one-stop shop for that perfect combo. It’s always a tough call at 49th Parallel for me: which doughnut to try today? Although let’s be honest, I rarely get past...
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639 E 15th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 2R6, Canada
Matchstick is a small batch roaster, who specialise in single origin coffees and hand crafted prep. Visit their Fraser Street branch at E15th St, and if you’re lucky, you can get a delicious latte made by Ian Chagunda, who just won the 2015 latte...
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159 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H5, Canada
This Whistler-based family bakery does extremely well at Vancouver farmer's markets, and finally opened up a downtown bakery on Hastings Street. This is particularly handy if you grab a sandwich at Meat & Bread around the corner, and want...
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700 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 3B7, Canada
To try a taste of traditional UK-style tandoori, look no further than my beloved Soho Road truck which you’ll usually find outside the Vancouver City Centre Skytrain station. There’s nothing I don’t adore about this little black van that makes the...
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Vancouver, BC, Canada
The city's very own mountain soars above the Downtown core, just 20 minutes drive away from town. If you're feeling active try the 'Grouse Grind', a punishing 2.9-kilometre trail up the face of Grouse Mountain, commonly referred to as “Mother...
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36800 BC-99, Squamish, BC V0N 3G0, Canada
Rain or shine you'll have an amazing time at the new Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, just an hour's drive down the picturesque Sea to Sky Highway from Whistler. The Gondola whisks you on an 885 meter climb above sea level, giving show stopping...
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Whistler, BC V0N, Canada
Already a world class ski town, Whistler was completely revamped to prepare for the Winter Games in 2010. But don't think it's just a winter town, it is now a year round destination. The ski runs become a world class mountain biker's haven, there...
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121 Lower Ganges Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2T4, Canada
Downshift on this groovy Gulf Island, just a 35-minute seaplane ride from the city. Here, artist studios abound, as do makers of artisanal food and beverages. Classic stops include the summertime Saturday Market, the Blue Horse Folk Art Gallery,...
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Victoria, BC, Canada
If you can afford to go by air, then flying over the Salish sea is a fantastic way to go to Victoria: both Helijet and Harbour Air offer great deals, so check their sites to bag a bargain. That said, travelling by BC Ferries is kind of magical...
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Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
Explore the verdant 400-acre Stanley Park with First Nations guides from Talaysay Tours. During the trek, you’ll take a short stroll along the seawall, discovering the area’s indigenous history along the way. You’ll also...
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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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51 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1E9, Canada
Lynnsteven carries beautiful fashion pieces and accessories; the lingerie and handbags from emerging Canadian companies such as Fortnight and Ella are downright irresistible. Check out the 14-foot tower of recycled paperback books that encloses...
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355 Water Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B8, Canada
If your theory behind clothing is 'simple and uncomplicated', look no further - you've found a kindred spirit at Oak & Fort. This Vancouver-based brand now has stores across Canada, and there's a reason why they've achieved success nationally....
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780 Richards St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3A4, Canada
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Without a doubt the longest queues in the city form every day to eat the ambrosial offerings at Café Medina, but smart diners beat the crowds and head there at off peak lunch hours (especially Tuesdays and Wednesdays) or at 2pm, the last call is...
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888 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1X9, Canada
Vancouver is Yoga-City, there are dozens of studios across town with every possible permutation of yoga on offer from basic Ashtanga and Hatha classes, to Hip Hop or Hammock-based yoga. Vancouver is also the birthplace of cult yoga-wear company,...
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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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Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2, Canada
The Vancouver Seawall is the most popular recreation location in the entire city, if not in all of Canada, and it's for good reason. This stunning 22-km long trail leads from downtown along the shoreline of Stanley Park and offers some of the most...
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1669 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9, Canada
The market community at the Public Market really makes Granville Island a must-visit in Vancouver. The vibrant colors of the fruits and vegetables that aren't on the East Coast really stand out, especially on farmers market days. The market goes...
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Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R8, Canada
One of the best ways to see Vancouver is from the water, and unless you have a friend with a boat, the best (and cheapest) way to do that is by buying an all-day pass on False Creek Ferries which allows you to hop on and off all day long. The...
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350 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J3, Canada
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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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2042 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M9, Canada
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Vancouverites are beating a path to chef Curtis Luk’s Kitsilano restaurant, Mission to try his deceptively simple farm-to-table, root-to-stem menu which offers four and six-course tasting menus for both meat eaters and vegetarians, which can also...
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841 Bidwell St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2J7, Canada
It’s been tough for veggies or those who don’t eat pork who’ve been left out of the ramen trend, but everyone can enjoy the tasty bowls of soup at the Ramenman who only serve Toripaitan (chicken-based) and vegetarian broth. This is a very cool...
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1133 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 1G1, Canada
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One of the word’s most famous sushi rolls was invented right here in Vancouver, by culinary legend, Hidekazu Tojo. Take a seat in his elegant restaurant over on West Broadway and either put yourself in chef’s hands and order the omakase or try a...
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3995 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P3, Canada
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Acorn, one of the city’s favourite Main Street neighbourhood restaurants has an award-winning team who cunningly create a menu that’s likely to satisfy everyone from the most hardcore vegan to meat-obsessed diners. It’s a small space and very...
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243 Union St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2Z7, Canada
Part community grocery store offering local products and part awesome ramen and udon spot, Harvest is a favourite hang out for off-work chefs who adore chef Andrea Carlson’s healthy West Coast take on ramen and soba noodle bowls. You’ll always...