Happy Saturday my loves!!
I’m still reminiscing about my trip to Vancouver! It has quickly become one of my favorite cities I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting, and I’m already planning my next trip back! I wanted to put together a travel diary and guide to all of my favorite spots, including my hotel, new restaurants and locations to shoot for those of you who are thinking about going! Hope you enjoy 🙂
Where To Stay:
Every corner and detail of the Opus hotel took my breath away!! The building is a piece of art in itself.. so beautiful and romantic in every way possible. The outside and lobby are very welcoming, and speaking of welcoming… I was greeted with a glass of champagne upon check in… YESSSS please! And the rooms are so dreamy and have an amazing view of the city..on some days I just wanted to lounge in the hotel all day!! My room had a gorgeous bathroom, beautiful drapery, a fireplace, a cute desk area and awesome heated floors in the bathrooms. Heated Floors? Oh, yes, my feet are always cold!
Since I spent a lot of my time working in the hotel, I wanted something close by that I could eat. I normally don’t like to dine in my hotel, but every dish they serve at the Pentola restaurant in my hotel was AH-mazinnnng and lets be honest, it’s a gorgeous space as well (see below)! Like mouth watering bites of deliciousness. (definitely recommend the warmed olives and the ravioli!)
Where To Eat:
Rodney’s Oyster House
Rodney is right around the corner from my hotel (and came recommended!) and was one of the best restaurants I visited throughout the entire trip. It’s an iconic restaurant located in multiple spaces, but I went to the one in Yaletown where I stayed. What to order? The Oysters are a must try! Fresh out of local Vancouver waters, they are a delicacy I am still craving! I also highly recommend coming to Rodneys for afternoon cocktails while enjoying the people watching.
Before heading up to go iceskating at Grouse Mountain, my friend and I stopped to grab happy hour at the very recommended Japanese restaurant, Miku. This restaurant is great for a casual brunch, happy hour or a fancy dinner… decorated with gorgeous white linens and nicely presented dishes (great for those IG pics!) and sits right on the water. I ordered the Salmon Oshi Sushi.. and the Miku roll!! So incredibly delicious and decadent, you guys won’t be disappointed!!
Where To Go:
Stanley Park is a must-see in Vancouver, especially if you’re a first-timer. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to take a bike tour but walked around a good part. So Beautiful! Exploring the grounds and standing in-front of the water is truly an experience in itself.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
One cannot leave Vancouver without a trip to the bridge! I don’t know how to describe the gorgeous views and how amazing this place is. And trust me… I am scared of heights, but this is a must do for sure. You’ll thank me!
Vanclusen Botanical Gardens
Little known fact, I love nature and the older I get, the more I love unplugging and plugging into nature! This is one of the prettiest Botanical Gardens I have been to, and a must visit. Turn your phone off for a few hours and soak in the beauty of this place!
Where To Enjoy Cocktails:
This place was recommended to me by a few people and is located in Gastown. The area of town itself is super cute and is scattered about with Gaslights, and the outside also has an amazing patio area great for people watching! I went my last night to Chill Winston on a whim. It has super cute craft cocktails and is dimly lit…. and you know I’m all about the lighting! ; ) I had one of the craft cocktails on the menu, and it was deeeeelish!
Rodney’s Oyster House
As mentioned before, there are several Rodney’s scattered throughout Vancouver, and I went to the Yaletown location. This place is bustling and great for people watching. I ordered one of my faves…. a Moscow Mule, and can say it was definitely on point!
What are some of your go-to places to visit in Vancouver?! Let me know in the comments below 🙂