… HAPPY SATURDAY, FRIENDS!
I’m currently en route to San Diego from Vancouver and thought I’d take some time out of my hour I have left before I leave to type up a quick guide to my favorite Canadian city. (also the only city in Canada I’ve been to) ; )
I’ve been getting some questions from my readers on where to go, stay, eat and play. So without further ado, here we gooooo!
WHERE TO STAY:
THE BURRARD HOTEL
If as if all of the hype wasn’t enough, I can legitimately endorse this amazing newly-ish renovated hotel in the heart of downtown. I haven’t planned another trip back to Vancouver this winter yet, but if I was, this little gem would be at the top of my list.
A hip, retro West Coast hotel concept unlike anything else in the city, the Burrard is situated in one of downtown Vancouver’s best locations. Enjoy Granville Street, Davie Street, Yaletown, Granville Island, the seawall – all within minutes from your door.
Having recently undergone a massive multimillion-dollar renovation and rebranding, the Burrard features a beautifully landscaped courtyard oasis for lounging and spotless, professionally designed rooms with luxurious bedding, premium furnishings, sparkling new bathrooms and a pleasant dose of tongue-in-cheek.
It is a four story hotel, and what I refer to as “retro chic”, still inhabiting the old school look (all of the doors face a courtyard, filled with cute palm trees decorated by white lights and a cute fireplace area in the courtyard, where you could cozy up on the little sofa for some reading, romance or a nice glass of red wine.
The manager, Darren was super friendly and accommodating, and the staff at the front desk went way out of their way to make sure that I had everything I needed.
Oh, and a huge bonus.. its is literally right in the middle of the city, and they have cute little beach cruisers they rent out for the day to their guests for a scenic tour of the city.
You can book a room here: The Burrard
Definitely add this on your list of where to stay in Vancouver, when you go!
WHERE TO EAT:
Miku is an asian fusion style restaurant located in the Coal Harbour / Stanley Park area of town.
Its not only beautiful but the food is equally as pretty and the cocktails are on point.
This is my second time eating at Miku. Both at the sushi bar. Sushi is terrific, fresh, and looks beautiful. They have some super-duper rolls that look and taste great. Excellent saki selection. Just watching the dozens of sushi makers is amazing as they are masters and work like nonstop robots. I plan on going back my next trip as well.
CACTUS CLUB CAFE:
I normally do not go to chain restaurants but a friend turned me onto this last time I was in town. The one that I went to is the one located near Canada Place. The drinks are super deere-lish and all of the food and appetizers, I’ve had when I was there were amazing. I had the Rose for a pre-happy hour, and the fish tacos this last time. The both come super recommended!
WHERE TO DRINK:
CACTUS CLUB (SEE ABOVE):
This appears to be a hot spot for all the young professionals that take their lunch around the area, as well as for happy hour. I’d definitely say this is a great place to park it around 4pm and let the wine flow and the people watching begin!
THE CASCADE ROOM:
Situated in Vancouver’s popular Mt Pleasant area, The Cascade Room is a local favorite with a fantastic cocktail selection. The menu ranges from ‘Old School Classics’ to staples of the American Deep South to their impressive wine and beer selection. Join them for wings on a Wednesday, a full roast Sunday dinner, or just a casual after-work drink in a welcoming, warm bar. They’ll also serve up a cocktail suited for every taste and occasion. DEFINITELY ADD THIS ONE TO YOUR LIST, GUYS!
If you’re looking for daytime activities, I did an entire post on this earlier in the year when I visited Vancouver, but I would say, start with: Stanley Park, the Hop on and off Tour (I do this in almost every city, because it gives you a great overview of the city), the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain.
Oh, and of course if you love to ski, Whistler cannot be beat for their skiing and cute lodges and hotels!
Hope you’ve enjoyed my small yet mighty guide, and let me know if you have any places to add onto the Vancouver list of things to do in the comments below!