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NEIGH bour hood s in weeks of summer Commercial Drive Main St./Mount Pleasant Cambie Kerrisdale Kitsilano West Point Grey West End Yaletown Gastown

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You can get just about anything you want along Commercial Drive. It’s the longtime home of the Italian community—known as “Vancouver’s Little Italy”. Vegetarians, environmental activists, hipsters and hemp lovers call The Drive’s 21 blocks home, evidenced by its eclectic array of storefronts and restaurants, from ethnic shops to vintage furniture stores to old Italian coffee shops.

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longtime local fave and has a bonus art gallery in the back room.

A pizza pilgrimage must include Via Tevere Pizzeria Napoletana or Marcello’s. If you want fast pizza there are plenty of storefronts serving by the slice. Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria offers classic and “new world” pies such as Moo Shu BBQ duck: you order at the counter and a server delivers to your table.

Quidditas Health and Nutrition Supplements Store has a tarot card reader in its back room Tuesday through Sunday afternoons. Quirkiness abounds: the Licorice Parlour features 65 kinds of licorice along with hula hoops (like them on Facebook). Mintage staffers will help you choose the right gear from its vintage racks ( while the friendly staff at Barefoot Contessa will help you find a new look from vintage and quality handmade goods. As for furnishings, Attic Treasures is retro-cool with its Danish teak and 60s kitchen ware (

on the Drive. Continental Coffee has been roasting its beans for more than 30 years (, while newcomer Prado Café has been voted Best Café by java aficionados ( buns are almost as popular as the brew at Turk’s On the Drive (

On the seafood front, Merchants Oyster Bar ( has both terrific cuisine and staff, and the oysters are screaming fresh, especially during Happy Hour. Be prepared to line up for some of the best sushi in town at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar and if it’s that time of year, the pine mushroom soup is a must try. Not to be missed, Havana Restaurant has been a



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Dream Designs is all about organic & eco-friendly products, from clothing to bedding to bath treatments. Looking for a unique kid’s gift? Dandelion Kids stocks trendy children’s clothes, cool toys and practical accessories—check out their ear muffs to protect them from harmful noise.

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Lastly, stock up on pasta salads and Panini at Tony’s Deli, and La Grotta Del Formaggio for, you guessed it, cheese.


Strolling the Drive anytime is an adventure, but especially during one of its street festivals. Saturday, Aug. 2nd is the 11th Annual Vancouver Dyke March & Festival ( Also on Sunday, Aug. 17 boasts the vibrant Latin Summer Fest at Trout Lake Park. Slap on the sunblock and plan to spend the day listening to music, browsing through artisan goods and eating delicious Latin food.

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For something a little more child friendly, head to Grandview Park for Cops, Kids and Commercial Drive, where kids can tour a real fire truck and play games with the police.

Just off the Drive… Vancouver’s craft beer movement has solid roots at the north end of the Drive and a few breweries have sprung up in East Van’s industrial part of town, all within walking distance. Start with one of 60-plus taps at St. Augustine’s or go for the taster: any four beers on the menu for an affordable $8.50 served on a cute taster “paddle” (staugustinesvancouver. com). If it’s Wednesday, Storm Brewing is literally brewing: they will give you a tour if you call ahead ( Next up, Parallel 49 Brewing Company on Triumph Street offers tipples in its tasting room (which is also dog-friendly). Finish your beer crawl at Powell Street Craft Brewery—the 2013 Canadian Beer of the Year award winner. C

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Street — the diversity of the restaurants that line it from one end to the other is staggering. Craving Vietnamese, French, Caribbean, Thai or Middle Eastern cuisine? It’s all there. Where to begin? Sun Sui Wah, a second floor Chinese restaurant a couple of blocks north of King Edward, gets rave reviews from both diners and critics for its seafood and dim sum ( Close by is a newcomer called The Fish Counter, which is half fishmonger, half takeout fish and chips joint (although you can perch at the stand-up counter and scarf down your order if you want). You’d be hard pressed to find better fish and chips anywhere ( For Japanese cuisine that goes a step beyond sushi, try Zakkushi. Don’t let its location in a strip mall just north of King Edward put you off — its specialty (aside from sushi) is charcoal-broiled yakitori, everything from duck breast to okra, and it’s all good (


Burdock & Co. has been racking up rave reviews since it opened last year. It specializes in inventive dishes that make the most of organic ingredients, such as ricotta nettle gnudi and charred wheatberry risotto (

On Kingsway near Broadway, French Made Baking turns out transcendently good macarons in 14 flavours, as well as other decadent French pastries, brioche and croissants (


In the indie-fashion district between 16th and King Edward, fashion shops tend to come and go, but a few have proven the test of time.


There’s so much diversity on Main Street and the adjoining Mount Pleasant area. Don’t blink, because the abundance of shops, restaurants and other attractions will have you entertained from morning to night.

One is Front & Company, which is actually three side-by-side stores. Between the three of them, you’ll find new and vintage clothing for women, men and kids, housewares, greeting cards, gift and novelty items ( Fairly new to Main Street, yet already an institution, 8th + Main stocks a mix of clothing and accessories from around the world. You will struggle to leave here empty handed, ( Eugene Choo has been dressing guys and girls in fashion forward designs for the past 14 years ( Two of Hearts is a charming little boutique that stocks only Canadian designers, many of them local ( In the same block, Show Off! is a great place to score a perfect party frock. Hazel and Jools is well known for its fashionable maternity wear, but more than half the store is devoted to casualchic clothing for non-expectant women (

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A newcomer to the same part of Main is Nineteen Ten, which specializes in impeccably stylish and modern furniture and home accessories ( Inventive and unique silk-screened T-shirts and hoodies are what you’ll find at The Goods, just around the corner from Main on Broadway ( Do vinyl records still exist? You won’t ask that question again after setting foot in Red Cat Records, which stocks both new and used albums (

Who needs a majorleague team when the minor-league Vancouver Canadians are at home in Nat Bailey Stadium? This beloved little gem of a ballpark, affectionately known as “The Nat,” is a great place to spend a sunny summer afternoon cheering on the hometown boys ( Right next door is the Hillcrest Community Centre, the former Olympic curling venue that’s been turned into a multipurpose facility with a rink, indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness room and a public library. M

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Running from the Cambie Street bridge to King Edward Street, the area known as Cambie Village is home to big-box retailers like Canadian Tire, Best Buy, Home Depot and Winners. From 16th Avenue to King Edward, independent shops and restaurants dominate the retail scene. And just down the street at 41st and Cambie, Oakridge Centre is a high fashion-oriented mall anchored by Hudson’s Bay department store.

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fans love Biercraft, which boasts 120 Belgian and craft beers, including many locally brewed ones, and a menu of tapas and casual fare. The staff are young, friendly and know their beer ( Authentic Mexican restaurants are in high demand in Vancouver these days. At Broadway and Cambie, La Taqueria gets rave reviews for its bite-sized “pinche tacos,” which let you try several flavours in one sitting ( Further south, Las Tortas is a great place to pick up an authentic Mexican torta sandwich for not a lot of change, as well as burritos, tacos and tamales (

In the mood for something a bit more formal? Pied-à-Terre is a French-style bistro with an impressive wine list for a 30-seat restaurant. One of its chefs even made it on to Canada’s Next Top Chef (

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to find something you love in Walrus, an eclectic shop boasting everything from housewares to jewellery and gift items ( Shop Cocoon offers a well-curated collection of independent designer clothing, jewellery and accessories that has earned the store a devoted following (

Finding a bra that fits is enough to drive some women to despair, but at Change, that shouldn’t be a problem. This Danish retailer stocks more than 90 sizes of bras (up to J cups) and offers free fittings (


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Vancouver’s heritage listed City Hall at 12th and Cambie, completed in 1936, is one of the city’s best examples of Art Deco architecture. It’s especially photogenic at night when the facade is lit up. For another slice of history, take in a movie at the Park Theatre, which opened

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coffee culture in Vancouver than Kerrisdale Village. Several cafes have lent an oldworld charm to the Village. For a taste of Paris visit Faubourg and order a brioche, croissant, or the impossible to resist array of macarons ( Sink into a comfy chair at MyCup Coffee & Tea and enjoy its free wi-fi and newspapers and extremely friendly baristas. Kerrisdale is a perfect place for women to spend the afternoon shopping and sipping tea. The Secret Garden Tea Company is charming. Spend a few hours over their delightful high tea served daily with authentic scones and Devonshire

cream (reservations required).They also offer a tea party to go which can be enjoyed in the many green parks in the neighbourhood ( There are almost as many sushi bars as there are coffee shops. Try the deep fried spicy tuna and BBQ lamb ribs at Shota Sushi & Grill or the freshest salmon sashimi at Ajisai Sushi. If you’re a fan of uni (sea urchin—it’s an acquired taste), then look no further. The Red Onion has been serving gourmet burgers and European-style hot dogs for years, and the price hasn’t changed that much: you’d be hardpressed to find a burger and fries for

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Kerrisdale flaunts itself as being “Vancouver’s Most Charming Community” and rightly so. This family-oriented, quaint neighbourhood that celebrated its 100th anniversary last year is like stepping into a Norman Rockwell painting—hard to believe it’s only 10 minutes from Vancouver’s downtown. Over 200 diverse shops and services, including many great mom and pop operations, flank tree-lined streets along West 41st Avenue between Maple and Larch streets, and stretching in a north-south direction along West and East Boulevards. Kerrisdale truly is a self-sustained village.

$12 ( Minerva’s is another classic: this family-owned eatery has been serving traditional Greek dishes since 1975, and some of the friendly staff have been here for almost as long (


There are some real gems to discover along West Boulevard and 41st Avenue. Hills of Kerrisdale opened its doors in the 1920s—a perfect example of retail done right. Another family-owned operation, it offers high-end and current fashion along with must have customer favourites ( Hager Books turns 40 this year—one of the independent bookstores in Vancouver. Owner Andrea Davies attributes its success mainly to a supportive community. Interspersed amongst fashion shops are many excellent specialty and decorating stores. Kerrisdale Lumber (don’t be fooled by the name) carries a great inventory of housewares and gifts. The promise “If others don’t have it, we’ll get it for you” but they likely have it ( Thomas Hobbs Florist is constantly voted the best florist in Vancouver. Browse the exotic displays for inspiration but be prepared to pay a few dollars more for your floral masterpiece (







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MacFarlane’s Seafoods has been selling the freshest fish since 1921, spanning five generations of fishmongers. Come here for sashimi-grade Ahi tuna and whatever else is the daily catch. Finest at Sea offers many ready-to-eat items along with superb smoked, candied and fresh salmon (

Foodies love Call the Kettle Black: it boasts the largest selection of Fiestaware in Canada along with many other popular kitchen brands. Some come to Kerrisdale for their canine. Simply Natural Raw Pet Food has a mind-boggling selection of raw food for the pickiest of pooches alongside pupcakes and airplane-approved dog carriers.

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There’s more to Kerrisdale besides eating and shopping. If you’re a golfer, McCleery Golf Course and its clubhouse is open to the public seven days a week. It features a newly renovated driving range and golf lessons for any level ( Make sure to visit the Kerrisdale Village Farmers Market every Saturday from June 14-Oct. 11, 10am-2pm each week, East Boulevard between 37th and 41st Avenue, near Kerrisdale Arena. Take a break from shopping and head to West 41st and Yew Street North for “Music Under the Clock”, from July 1Aug. 31st ( K




Once Vancouver’s hippie haven, Kits is now one of the city’s liveliest neighbourhoods, where yoga moms take the kids for smoothies on West 4th before an afternoon at the city’s largest playground—Kitsilano Beach Park. Kits isn’t just for kids: people of all ages hang out at Kits or Jericho Beach and on sunny days some brave the ocean, but warmer waters are at Kits Pool, Canada’s longest pool. Even on grey days Kits is a treat: where else can you saunter along tree-lined 4th Avenue, poke around one-of-a-kind shops, lunch in a swanky French bistro or casual burger joint and then walk a few blocks to watch the sunset from a sandy beach with a cityscape and mountain backdrop?

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there are plenty of take-out eateries and delis for a beach picnic, or lounge on a patio over dinner and drinks—Kitsilano’s answer to nightlife. Tuck into fish and chips washed back with a local brew and rub shoulders with the locals sunset-viewing at The Galley Patio & Grill, upstairs from the Jericho Sailing Club ( Arrive early to nab a seat on the coveted Local patio, coined as “you’re only a stranger here once” ( And there’s upscale. For more than two decades, Bishop’s commitment to the finest West Coast ingredients has attracted serious diners from afar ( John Bishop led the local and seasonal movement long before locavore was invented. Just every corner of the planet is well represented here: La Quercia has garnered several awards for its northern Italian cuisine, and Maenam was voted Best Thai by Vancouver Magazine this year. You’ll be


instantly transported to Tokyo at Zakkushi, a little short on décor but long on yakitori sticks and sake ( And there’s Naam, a nod to Kitsilano’s hippie history that stays open late with live music. Vegetarians and carnivores will line up for a table at peak times—good idea to keep in mind (


Kitsilano has two shopping strips: from Macdonald to Alma Streets on West Broadway, and from Burrard to Balsam Streets on West 4th Avenue. Downward dog like a local at Lululemon Athletica—its original home is on 4th Ave ( One block west you can

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“ Watch the Sunset from a Sandy Beach with a Cityscape and Mountain Backdrop” Vancouver Maritime Museum and the Museum of Vancouver (MOV), which houses fascinating displays of 1950s pop culture. MOV also boasts artifacts that have been accumulating for more than 100 years ( ‘Rewilding Vancouver’ photo interventions at the Museum of Vancouver challenge viewers to envision a future world where the city is a wilder place.

step out in the latest Converse, John Fluevog and other high-end his ‘n’ hers labels at Gravity Pope ( If you’re looking for polished professional woman garments that are elegant and timeless, Judith & Charles just opened its tenth Canadian location here. Foodies can barely tear themselves away from Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks, just a few blocks east of Burrard Street on West 2nd. Check online for cooking demos and book reading events ( And if you’re looking for a unique gift, Stepback on West Broadway has a collection of retro items for just about everyone (

A summer tradition, Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival attracts throngs of Vancouverites. This year celebrates its 25th anniversary with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest and a host of special events and celebrations ( K


Celebrate Kitsilano this July 12th at the Khatsahlano Street Party! Last year’s street party drew over 100,000 sun loving and culture seeking festival goers. This year’s lineup includes 50 bands, 40 food trucks and 100 merchants over 10 city blocks ( Kitsilano is also home to several museums, including the HR MacMillan Space Centre (popular with kids), the


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Affluent Point Grey is home to more than the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) campus with its world-famous Museum of Anthropology and Botanical Garden. Pacific Spirit Park is almost double the size of Stanley Park with more than 48 kms of hiking, biking, horseback trails and a bounty of birdlife at Camosun Bog wetland. Point Grey Village, on West 10th Avenue from Discovery to Tolmie Street, is home to over 100 merchants offering some real gems in specialty and décor shops, and stellar health and beauty services.

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Jostle with the locals for coffee and pastries or terrific soups and sandwiches at Mix the Bakery ( Take home artisan bread and preserves (using local fruits such as Okanagan peaches and Fraser Valley blueberries) made in-house. Not to be outdone, the breads at Panne e Formaggio carries local products from sauces to pastries to gelato. Some packaging is almost too gorgeous to unwrap. Their display showcases a mouth-watering array of cakes, pastries and cheeses ( If you’re craving eggs benny, head over to Enigma ( for a leisurely brunch. For great coffee and gluten-free options, snuggle into a leather couch at Bean Around the World. For great value, go for the chicken shawarma at MacFalafel. The menu features 10 different entrees including donair and other Middle Eastern specialties. Bring a friend or three to afternoon tea at Provence, a terrific neighbourhood

restaurant where a loyal clientele has been sipping tea and bubbly since 2004— be sure to make a reservation ( La Quercia serves untraditional Italian fare with flare. It has received accolades and awards since opening in 2009. Bring an appetite and your friends from afternoon tea for the seven-course tasting menu served family style. The made-to-order pasta is divine (


From the butcher who sources local and sustainably farmed meats ( to the bricklayer specializing in hand-made ceramic tiles (, residents never need to leave Point Grey Village. Step into Moricotta for giftware and you’re instantly transported to Europe, with its superb collection of pottery, linens and cookware ( Gild & Co. carries gorgeous antique and vintage furniture with small accent pieces peppered throughout the store (


As for women’s fashion, look no further than Tenth and Proper, where elegance and luxury blend with contemporary and trendy ( Men, check out Michael McBride for top-ofthe-line menswear. The store has been around for a long time and carries many quality brands (


If you want to bare it all, head down to Wreck Beach—the largest of Canada’s two legal nude beaches. Don’t forget the sunscreen for those under-exposed spots. Located near the UBC Point Grey Campus, food and beverage hawkers trek the long forest trail down to the bottom of the cliffs and sell their wares to customers wearing only their wallets. Skinny dip day (and fundraiser) is July 12 and of course the NEW! Friday Night

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Bare Buns Fun Run is here (wreckbeach. org). More modest? Jericho Beach and Spanish Banks are popular and two great beaches to picnic and enjoy the sunset and twinkling city lights. Golf attire is mandatory at the University Golf Club—a popular public course in Vancouver ( Pacific Spirit Park attracts bikers and hikers, many with their canine companions. Seems like the entire community shows up for the annual Point Grey Fiesta, starting with a pancake breakfast, a parade, carnival and a whole lot more. This year it takes place June 21 ( In August, West Point Grey Community Centre and the Point Grey Village BIA hosts Movie Night at Trimble Park. Most Vancouverites are familiar with the UBC Museum of Anthropology. This renowned museum houses a trove of First Nations artificats, including works from Bill Reid and a replica Haida village outside the building. Check out the summer exhibits: Without Masks and Claiming Space: Voices of Aboriginal Youth ( Lesser known but well worth visiting is The Beaty Biodiversity Museum, which houses Canada’s largest blue whale skeleton amongst 20,000 square feet of exhibits including amazing wildlife photography ( You can easily spend hours at the UBC Botanical Garden; it houses an Asian Garden, Alpine Garden and Food Garden. Check out the forest floor from above on the Greenheart Canopy walkway and be sure not to miss the world-famous Nitobe Memorial Garden, considered one of the most authentic Japanese Gardens outside of Japan ( P

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The West End has evolved into one of Vancouver’s most diverse and iconic neighbourhoods. It’s proximity to downtown, English Bay and Stanley Park make the area desirable for residents and visitors alike. Today’s West End is home to Vancouver’s gay village and a compelling mix of locally-owned shops, restaurants, and nightclubs. The West End’s three great commercial streets draw visitors into one amazing neighbourhood.

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eateries on Denman Street: so many restaurants to choose from—representing just about every nationality. As well, there’s something for every budget, from cheap and cheerful, to take-out (think picnic in the park), to fine dining. Three Brits at the corner of Denman and Davie is a great watering hole featuring local craft beer and fun for people watching. More low key, sip a cocktail on the Sylvia Hotel’s patio with a killer view overlooking English Bay.

For cheap eats, a bowl of ramen can’t be beat. There’s no shortage of Japanese food at lower Robson and Denman. Despite the lunch-time lineup at Kintaro most people spend only half an hour seated, just enough time to slurp a bowl with miso and BBQ pork, and down a Kirin. Pop into Gyoza King on Robson for late-night bites—everything is homemade ( Buck Stop mainly attracts carnivores with just about everything, including the ketchup, made from scratch. Locals love the funky atmosphere ( Exile Bistro is the new kid on the block (across the

rainbow-road on Davie) that has West Enders calling it their hidden gem. More upscale, Forage at the Listel Hotel offers exceptional sustainable and local cuisine, and it has received many accolades since opening almost two years ago ( RainCity Grill also leads the charge with ethical eating: it was the first restaurant to embrace the 100-mile diet, a commitment to locally sourced food. Try to snag a table on the patio or if you’re pressed for time, order fish ‘n chips to go at their outdoor counter. Another great patio that just opened is at 1789 Restaurant & Lounge—most Vancouverites know it as the former Delilah’s ( And one more to choose from: Nook received “Best West End 2014” from Vancouver Magazine for its pasta, quality ingredients, great staff and atmosphere (



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While Robson Street (AKA Vancouver’s Rodeo Drive North) is the main shopping district, retail gets more interesting and funky further down Robson toward Denman and along Davie Village. And your plastic will go further. Marquis Wines ( in Davie Village has a terrific cellar and offers wine tastings by knowledgeable staff. Also in Davie Village you’ll find a number of adult stores and the famous Little Sisters bookstore ( Across the street is Room in Order, popular with West Enders for its furnishings and accessories for small spaces (

“...Most Diverse and Iconic Neighbourhoods.” and swim at Third Beach. Ride around gorgeous Lost Lagoon. If it’s Tuesday, the Summer Cinema Series at Second Beach begins just after sunset. Not to be missed is the wildly popular A-maze-ing Laughter public art installation at English Bay. And the rainbow crosswalks at Bute Street plaza, also known as The Heart of Davie Village is worth visiting. Just off Bute Street you’ll find Mole Hill—a glimpse into the West End’s past complete with a city block of houses circa 1905 and gorgeous community gardens. The West End almost bursts with visitors during two events that overlap: the Honda Celebration of Light (July 26Aug. 2) and Pride Week (July 28-Aug. 4), culminating in the Pride Parade and Festival the last day and well into the night. Plan on getting to both events early. Taking public transport is the way to go. W


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This former Warehouse district is more interesting now than ever before. From the 1980s through 1990s it was business-to-business only; most consumers only came here for Fashion Week sales at the Showmart. But residential demand changed that: The population grew from 50 residents to 20,000 in just eight years over eight city blocks– it grew vertically. And in the past ten years the number of businesses has doubled to almost 1,000, creating a vibrant and thriving community. Yaletown is so urban and fashion forward that visitors forget it’s a neighbourhood.

eat You’re spoiled for choice when it

comes to dining—there are 84 restaurants and counting. Here chefs compete against each other and that’s a good thing, it keeps their knives sharp. Start with a fancy cocktail at the opulent Opus Bar. If you’re in a celebratory mood, look no further than glowball grill—the volume goes up as the night goes on ( At Prohibition Tasting Room the menu is dependent upon what’s available at the Yaletown Farmers Market; even cocktails are made from seasonal ingredients such as its rhubarb mojito. But most people come here for the beer: opt for a flight of their craft brews (

Also a regular at the Farmers Market is the chef at Manami. Traditional Japanese cuisine—and an extensive sake list—is served with excellent service in a pretty little room ( Rodney’s Oyster Bar is always lively and an all-time fave, even if you don’t like oysters. Go for the Caesar with horseradish and steamed clams. Another local hotspot is Blue Water Café and Raw Bar, where only the freshest fish, sushi and oysters are served. The scotch whisky list is extensive, with over 170 labels, as is their award-winning wine cellar ( Oh, and you must have a pizza (they do breakfast pizza too) at Sciue Italian Bakery & Café, and gelato from Yaletown Gelato.


Move over Robson Street, posh purchases aplenty are in store here. Goorin Bros. stocks the best hats in the province, from fedoras to fascinators, and bonus, they have theme parties with live music ( Not only is the ‘hood chock a block full of hip clothing stores such as Global Atomic Designs, Mavi Jeans and shoe store Rowan Sky: it’s also home to terrific home furnishing stores. The Cross Décor and Design fills


“More Interesting Now Than Ever Before.� 8,000 sq. ft. with furniture custom-made in Vancouver, trendy designs and great gift ideas ( And it’s just done the road from swish Chintz and Co. For the man who has everything you’re guaranteed to find something special at Revolucion ( Women, plan to spend some time in BeautyMark with one of its top notch makeup artists; it’s filled head to toe with every beauty product imaginable ( There’s old-world Farzad’s Barber Shop for a hot shave (and gift certificates for men) and AvantGarde unisex hair salon where you can get a hair style that fits your clothing as well as you—very New York. And for just about everyone, kids included, Fine Finds has delightful, whimsical gifts (

Not to be forgotten is Vancouver’s first dog boutique. Barking Babies is billed as “Lifestyles for the hip and canine� ( That just about sums up Yaletown.


Generous Yaletown hosts the only free day (every other event is ticketed) for the Jazz Festival, where about 35,00 people converge on David Lam Park. And outdoor movies in August are also free. The Yaletown Community Farmers Market, is tucked away on Mainland Street between Davie and Helmcken at the Yaletown-Roundhouse Canada Line Stop. On Thursday afternoons about 5,000 people converge with producers selling wares from free-range eggs to hand-made jewelry to football sized meringues ( Y


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For more than 150 years, Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood has been reinventing itself. The tacky tourist trap of the 1980s is long gone and replaced by fashionable shops and exceptional eateries housed in heritage brick buildings. Above all, Gastown is an experience, cultural hub. Residents, retailers and restaurateurs are passionate about their community and it’s no wonder Gastown was recently voted one of the most stylish hoods in the world.

eat Just along Carrall Street alone

you could dine at a different restaurant each day for a month. To fully experience the eating scene, enjoy a cocktail on Chill Winston’s patio or one of 50 craft beers on tap at the Alibi Room. Next up, charcuterie and a glass of wine—they have an awesome selection at Salt in Blood Alley (salttastingroom. com). Move to L’Abbatoir (reservations recommended) for your entrée: the smoked duck breast is divine. Or share Lebanese dishes at Nuba in the historic Dominion Building. If you’re looking for fun and great value, check out the Irish Heather’s Long Table Summer Series and chances are, you’ll make some new friends ( If you’d rather grab and go, pretty Cadeaux bakery is famous for its bacon Cinnamon swirl and thankfully for some waistlines, only available weekends ( For something more substantial, Meat and Bread is a wildly popular sandwich shop ( as is Rainier Provisions, where you can also

stock up on Stumptown coffee, cheeses and charcuterie from the deli counter ( Why not end your evening with some music? Guilt & Company is a live music venue featuring jazz, rock or burlesque performers every night (, while Revel Room mainly showcases jazz weekends. And if nightclubs are your scene, check out Shine (

shop Gastown is home to many

specialty boutiques, particularly for guys. Indie stores Roden Gray (, Haven and Inventory—just to name a few—stock superb quality menswear, from the contemporary to mainstream. For his ‘n’ hers, pop into The Block and Dutil is the go-to place for jeans ( Water and West Cordova Streets are peppered with slick Interior Design stores such as Inform Interiors and L’atelier Home and there’s no shortage of specialty shops for unique gifts. Rhinoceros Accessories carries “funk and funnies” and you can get lost amongst the treasures and trinkets in Salmagundi.


“Voted One of the Most Stylish Hoods in the World.” Of course no shopping excursion is complete without a visit to the iconic Fluevog Shoes—John Fluevog’s design studio is upstairs ( Don’t forget East Van Roasters—the first bean-to-bar chocolatier in Vancouver, and they also roast coffee. Located on the first floor of the Rainier Hotel, they hire and train women who live in social housing on the floors above.


Strolling Gastown’s cobbled streets is like walking through a living museum, mainly thanks to residents years ago who saved historic buildings from demolition. Forbidden Vancouver has themed walking tours, dishing the dirt on Vancouver’s secret past ( Find out the real truth behind Gassy Jack

and the Great Vancouver Fire. How about quirky and a touch hokey? Vancouver Police Museum reveals the city’s crimes and crime-solving techniques over the years ( Neighbouring Strathcona houses an off-the-wall Jimi Hendrix Shrine—the building used to be Vie’s Chicken and Steakhouse, where Jimi’s grandmother cooked and supposedly where famous musicians ate after concerts. It’s a perfect backdrop for your air-guitar performance. The Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix attracts professional riders and huge crowds on the evening of July 9—the 41st annual event and part of BC Superweek, one of the most prestigious pro-cycling events in North America (

This Labour Day weekend the Chili and BBQ Festival on Carrall Street returns for the third year. It features a number of local restaurants, and promises to be a really fun event. G

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