The City

A Travel Guide to Vancouver, Canada

Canada's coastal pride and joy, “Saltwater City” boasts the world-class gastronomy, thriving arts scene and metropolitan mindset of a city with both firm roots and a welcoming approach to change. Progressive, friendly and always up for a good time, the people who live here, ('Vancouverites') are what make the city truly special. Set against a backdrop of stunning vistas – both coastal and mountainous – Vancouver is certainly a one-of-a-kind destination.

Sleeping

Where to Stay in Vancouver: The Douglas

Marrying urban life with the city’s natural surroundings seamlessly, The Douglas is the perfect retreat from which to explore the Saltwater City. With the intimate feeling of a boutique hotel combined with the exceptionally friendly service that one would expect in one of the happiest cities in the world, The Douglas oozes with pride for its country and champions the area’s culture, history and future. The 118 rooms are meticulously designed to ensure you have a comfortable and stylish place to rest your head after a day of exploring.

Best Hotels in Vancouver

The Loden : A welcoming boutique located in downtown Vancouver embodying the city’s renowned laid-back yet stylish character. Expect west-coast bohemian touches such as yoga mats in the bedrooms.

Eating

Where to Eat in Vancouver: Nightingale

A buzzing and ambient restaurant attracting a creative crowd, the chefs at Nightingale aren’t afraid to get playful with their simple and seasonal dishes. From the fresh crudo and charcuterie to home-made pastas and pizzas, the restaurant serves modern Canadian cuisine and all of your favourite staples in an informal and stylish setting. The meals here are best enjoyed family-style so prepare to share a selection of tasty plates and enjoy a drink or two from the creative cocktail menu.

Best Restaurants in Vancouver

The Mackenzie Room: Tasty, seasonal fare can be chosen from a chalkboard at this hip restaurant across the street from Oppenheimer Park. 

The Flying Pig: Found in Yaletown, Gastown, Olympic Village and Victora, this family of restaurants offers farm-to-table ’humble feasts’ with an emphasis on fresh and high-quality produce.

Tacofino: A hidden gem and local favourite – expect friendly service, a mountain of nachos and some of the best fish tacos you’ve ever had.

Café Medina: A bright a spacious restaurant in the Library District serving Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Come for brunch – you won’t regret it.

Bao Bei: Chinese brasserie in Chinatown serving a modern approach to classic Chinese cuisine. No reservations taken - First come, First Serve.

Savio Volpe: A welcoming and warm osteria-inspired restaurant boasting an Italian menu with a focus on freshness and regionality.

Rodney’s Oyster House: Fun, vibrant and lively restaurant established in 1987 specialising in fresh seafood and delicious oysters.

L’Abattoir: Craft cocktails and Pacific Northwest dishes served with a French twist in a trendy industrial inspired setting.

Seeing

What to do in Vancouver: Equinox Gallery

Equinox Gallery is arguably Canada’s most influential gallery. When owner Andy Sylvester moved to a huge new space in The Flats, a previously industrial part of Vancouver, it became one of the trendiest places to hang out. Not only does Equinox represent remarkable contemporary artists, they are incredibly generous in offering their space and expertise in supporting charities and good causes. Showcasing 10 exhibitions a year, if you’re ever in town, be sure to check out what’s on.

Best things to do in Vancouver

Coffee at Revolver: Treating coffee as a science, you can expect a cup of incredible coffee from the connoisseurs at Revolver.

Coffee at Timbertrain: Another fantastic coffee roasters in the city – you’ll be covered for you caffeine-fixes while in Vancouver.

Grouse Mountain: From skiing in the winter to hiking in the summer, the peak of Vancouver has so much to offer for a day in the great outdoors.

33 Acres: A family run and owned brewery. Enjoy an afternoon of craft beer and pizza in a minimalist and rustic setting.

Watch a Canucks Game: Get into the West Coast spirit and go to the Rogers Arena to watch an exciting ice-hockey game.

Bike Along the Waterfront: Take in the stunning serene scenery and bike along the waterfront looking out onto the Columbia River.

A Drink at the Botanist: Creative cocktail concoctions in a beautifully designed light-filled space.

Kayaking in Deep Cove: Kayak, SUP or Surfski around the beautiful and serene Deep Cover waters.

Granville Island Public Market : From fresh food and produce to hand crafted gifts, this indoor market is the perfect setting for a bustling afternoon whether you’re just browsing or looking to purchase.