Vancouver, British Columbia. It was my first time going north of the United States border and I couldn’t have had a more pleasant experience. I would go back in a heart beat! From the people, the food, the weather and things to do, it all comes together to create a unique blend of cultures, sights and tastes that is Vancouver.
What I love most about cities like Vancouver is that you can get a city vibe, drive a few miles outside and find yourself lost in a breathtaking landscape provided by Mother Nature herself. To be honest, I could see myself living here. The people are so friendly, the food is so diverse and if I need to get away from a concrete jungle, I can find myself lost in a forest. Oh, and they are SUPER dog-friendly (very important).
I always say this whenever I visit a place that I love, but I WILL be back. I feel like there’s still so much of Vancouver that I didn’t get to explore.
Here’s a recap of my recent trip!:
Brunch at Yolks
They’re known for their egg benedicts! Go here for your insta-worthy #yolkporn
Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge
Conquer your fear of heights and walk across the suspension bridge. It’s short, but you walk across a beautiful river with a small waterfall. Have time on your hands? The bridge is located in Lynn Canyon Park that’s full of hiking trails!
Stanley Park borders the city. Take a stroll along the waterfront or catch the shuttle to the multiple attractions scattered throughout this 405-hectare public park. There’s plenty to see, including: totem poles, a rose garden, statues and more!
Granville Island & Public Market
Enjoy shopping the boutiques and sampling different food vendors in the market at this peninsula located at the southend of Vancouver. Definitely get yourself a donut at Lee’s
Hop in an elevator to the top of the building to get a full 360-degree look of Vancouver
Ice cream at Earnest Ice Creams
Get the London Fog. Early Grey + Creamy Vanilla. That is ALL you need to know
Breakfast at Twisted Fork Bistro
A small and intimate breakfast spot serving up some seriously delicious and creative French bistro fare! They have a little bit of everything for everyone, but make sure you get there early because it gets crowded real fast on the weekend for brunch
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Taller. Longer. Scarier. BREATHTAKING. It’s a bit pricey, but it’s worth it if you plan on hiking some of the trails
Pro tip: don’t make the mistake of waiting for a spot to park in the lot right before the park entrance… Also, there’s a picture spot right at the bottom of the falls, but you can get a lot closer if you aren’t afraid to tackle an uphill hike
Lonsdale Quay Market
Public market with delicious food vendors ranging from Thai, Korean, Mexican, Italian and more! Take your food to sit alongside the waterfront
Kitsilano Beach Park
This place easily gets crowded on a nice day. Enjoy the salty air and stroll along the beach!
Get your poutine fix at Fritz European Fry House
Need I say more?
Snack on a JapaDog
Japanese flavors conveniently packed into a hotdog. YUM. I got the Okonomi: kurobuta sausage topped with bonito flakes
Dessert at Mister Artisan Ice Cream
Insta-worthy desserts are found at this liquid nitrogen ice cream parlor. I’m usually not a fan of liquid nitrogen ice cream and I definitely went here for the pictures, BUT I will say that the flavors are spot on AND they have vegan options!
New Town Bakery
Family run bakery in Vancouver’s Chinatown that’s known for their Chinese and Filipino baked goods. They only take cash! If you want something more than just pastries, they also offer a dine-in menu with dim sum, soup and entrees!
Lunch at Chinatown BBQ
The name says it all. Reasonably priced plates of Chinese BBQ. Get the crispy pork plate!
Dinner at the Flying Pig Gastown
Modern Canadian fare that does NOT skimp out on the portion size
Dessert at Rain or Shine Ice Cream
Homemade ice cream that uses local flavors and on Tuesdays, you can get an ice cream taco sundae!
I can honestly say that I LOVED visiting Vancouver. It made it even more special because I was able to enjoy it with my family. That’s probably another reason that makes this city so perfect for travel; there’s a little bit of everything for everyone to enjoy! I hope you guys make a trip to Vancity and visit some of the same places that I went to <3
What other Canadian city should I visit? Drop me a comment fam!