Vancouver. A city so rich with culture – good food, happening music venues, beautiful hotels and amazing urban parks – you could never do it all in just one day.
Where do you begin? The Vancouver Art Gallery? The Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Van? Fish and chips on Kits beach? Shopping on Commercial Drive? The possibilities are infinite.
For fun, we’ve decided to knock off a hit list (tough job but someone had to do it) that will give you an invigorating taste of one of our planet’s most liveable cities.
Where to stay
You gotta hang your hat at Opus. This fantastic Yaletown hotel has it going on. Downtown location. Easy access to the seawall. Close to Granville Island. And cozy, stylish rooms with comfy, cloud-like beds. (In case you missed it, check out the photo of Toque leaping onto a bed at Opus in our Hotel Room Confessional post.)
The globally-inspired and always bustling Glowbal Grill is a stone’s throw from Opus. We recently paid Glowbal a visit after a recommendation from a Vancouver foodie friend. No disappointments here. Not with the seriously juicy steaks and impressive wine list or, ahem, the doting, hunky waiters who served us.
After you’ve noshed and (shamelessly) flirted to your heart’s content, it’s time to hit the The Railway Club – a venue that originally opened in 1931 as a drinking hole for Canadian Pacific Rail workers. Today, The Railway Club has a rep for being a huge indie music supporter: k.d. lang, The Rheostatics, and the Barenaked Ladies played here long before any of them made it big.
A wee nightcap
If you need just one last kick at the can before you head back to your hotel, this is the one. Moscow Mule, Pink Lady, or Isabella anyone? The Diamond – located in historic Gastown overlooking Maple Tree Square – has one of the most imaginative and boozy drink menus in town. And if cocktails aren’t your thing? There’s always beer. Awesome, late-night hang-out.
A little groggy, you wake up the next morning with bacon on your brain. First priority? Breakfast at Cafe Medina. Not only does this gorgeous eaterie distinguish itself with a diverse, Belgium-meets-the-Middle-East style menu, but it boasts the world’s yummiest hand-cut bacon. Drizzled with a reduced balsamic vinegar dressing, this dish will send your salivary glands into overdrive.
Tour the town
…and burn off some of that bacon at the same time. Head back to Opus, grab one of their European-style bicycles and scope out Vancouver’s most famous vistas from the seawall. (Don’t try to do the seawall in flip flops. Been there. Done that. Seriously painful experience.) Take in Stanley Park, Lion’s Gate Bridge and Canada’s busiest harbour. Bikes are the only way to travel in this cycle-centric city.
That’s our Vancouver in 24 Hours. What would you do in Vancouver if you only had a day?
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