A Weekend in Vancouver
Welcome to our wonderful city! Vancouver has plenty of famous tourist attractions to offer, such as Stanley Park, Capilano Suspension Bridge, and Whistler-Blackcomb. But if you are looking to spend a peaceful, relaxing day, take a hint from Vancouverites and discover another vibrant side to our home.
Start your day off right with a visit to Sophie’s Cosmic Café. A long time favorite of both locals and tourists, this charming retro diner often has a line out the door for breakfast. But it’s well worth the wait for their fluffy waffles, savory omelettes and fresh fruit. For a truly decadent breakfast, try adding one of their famous “big” shakes to your order.
Once you’ve had your fill, why not walk off some of the calories? Shoppers will find plenty of modern and eclectic boutiques within a stone’s throw of Sophie’s, while nature lovers and sporty types are only a few blocks away from Kitsilano Beach and its stunning views of Burrard Inlet.
Sophie’s Cosmic Café, 2095 West 4th Avenue, 604-732-6810. Open 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m, seven days a week. http://www.sophiescosmiccafe.com/
Kitsilano Beach, north end of Yew Street, on the waterfront. http://vancouver.ca/parks/rec/beaches/kitsb.htm
No visit to Vancouver is complete without a trip to Granville Island. Nestled under Granville Street Bridge, it is a bohemian paradise with plenty of galleries and shops with everything from blown glass to handcrafted shoes. Make time to check out the Granville Island Public Market and join the locals in perusing the fresh produce and exotic spices on sale. Buy a crepe from the food court and have lunch out on the waterfront courtyard, looking out across False Creek into the heart of downtown… the best way to enjoy the best view in the city!
Granville Island, entrance by Lamey’s Mill Road and Anderson Street. http://www.granvilleisland.com/en/home
Granville Island Public Market, 1669 Johnston St, 604-666-6477. Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. http://www.granvilleisland.com/en/public_market
As the day wanes, bend your steps towards Gastown, a historic part of Vancouver famous for its old-world charm and its distinctive steam-powered clock. While there are plenty of tourist shops here, keep your eyes peeled for more local-flavored outlets like hip fashion boutiques, Native art galleries and used CD stores. Make sure to stay to the well-lit streets, however. Finish your day with a meal at The Old Spaghetti Factory, a staple of Gastown dining since 1970. Giant portions, delicious pasta and extremely low prices make this nostalgic restaurant a place we keep coming back to!
Gastown, near Waterfront Station. http://www.gastown.org/index.php
The Old Spaghetti Factory, 53 Water Street, 604-684-1288. Open 11 a.m to 10 p.m Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. http://oldspaghettifactory.ca/location_vancouver.html