For our first time to the west coast, Vancouver definitely did not disappoint! We only had a few days to spend, and we could have easily spent more time exploring. We did not rent a car while we were there, so we walked or rode the bus everywhere. We focused a lot on the food/restaurants and let me tell you, were they amazing. Below are some of the things we did, compiled into a neat itinerary if you plan to travel to Vancouver!
Get breakfast at Catch 122. We were able to be seated within 30 minutes, which is not easy to do for brunch on a Sunday in Vancouver. But, let me tell you – the food was amazing so don’t overlook this spot. Get the eggs benny (you can split the proteins you get on each egg; the hubby recommends half smoked salmon and half pulled pork).
Take the bus to Stanley Park and rent bikes to ride along the seawall. This was one of my favorite activities of the whole vacation! The views are fantastic and the ride is flat so it’s not too exhausting. We rented bikes with the Mobi app.
Explore Granville Island. We mistakenly rode our bikes this far from Stanley park, but you can take a bus if you’d like! Stroll through the Granville Island Public Market and grab some fresh fruit and flowers. Don’t miss: Granville Island Brewing and Tony’s Fish and Oyster Cafe right outside of the market.
Get sushi… basically anywhere. There are tons of awesome sushi restaurants around that will not disappoint.
Drinks at Score on Davie. This is a fun spot any night of the week. Everyone is super friendly and the drinks are great. We also had to take a shot-ski while we were there. When in Canada… that’s how the saying goes, right?
Go to Jam for breakfast. There was an hour wait on a Monday and it was well worth it. They have a great selection and the food is excellent. Order the London fog and the gravy coops. You will be happy you did… and you will be SO full (portions are generous). I’ll admit we went twice…
Take the seabus to Lynn Canyon Suspension Park. You’ve heard of Capilano Suspension Bridge I’m sure, but this is the free version – saving you $42/person (and lots of locals said just as good!). Once you pass over the suspension bridge there are plenty of walking paths, and if you like cold water you can go for a dip in their crystal clear water! Get there by following these super helpful directions – the seabus is an awesome way to travel with great views!
Grab a hot dog at Joppadog. If you like funky, this is the spot for you. It started as a food truck and now they have multiple locations, even one brick and mortar!
Explore Gastown. This area has so many shops and cool spots to check out. Don’t miss: The steam clock!
Grab drinks and food at Steamworks Brewing. Don’t miss: The flight of all their beers on tap! It was the perfect amount for Rob and I to share.
Get gelato at Bella Gelateria. SO. GOOD. I wish we could have stopped here multiple times. I recommend the matcha with chocolate drizzle, but you really can’t go wrong with any flavor.
Get breakfast at Medina. Another very long wait and very filling food. If I went back I would get a plate full of their waffles with raspberry caramel dipping sauce – They live up to the hype.
Kayak at Kitislano Beach. The beach is not overcrowded, and kayaking is a nice activity if the water is too cold for you to want to swim. You might even spot a seal!
Happy hour at The Kitchen Table. This place was an awesome spot to hangout after kayaking – great drinks and awesome service. Do not leave here without getting the poutine!
Head down to Queen Elizabeth Park. There are gorgeous gardens to explore, but if you’re pressed for time just head to the lookout and marvel in it’s glory.
Get sushi, again. But this time, go to General Public Sushi Lodge. It’s a virtually-unmarked building that is super funky inside. It’s a dark and eccentric restaurant with some killer sushi.
If you have an extra day and love to hike, check out ParkBus. I’m so sad that they didn’t have a bus running any of the days we were in town, but it’s an awesome non-profit company that transports you to some pretty incredible parks that public transit won’t take you to.
Have you been to Vancouver? What are your favorite, can’t miss spots in the city? Leave a comment below with some spots for us to check out next time we’re up there!