Weekend Getaway: Vancouver
Weekend Getaway: Vancouver
Vibrant city lights, breathtaking mountain views, fresh air and even fresher food are just some of the things that make Vancouver an attractive destination. It is also an inspiring city filled with distinctive neighbourhoods and hidden gems to satisfy your senses and closet too. Put on your raincoat and make like a true Vancouverite on your next weekend getaway.
But First, Coffee, 11:30 a.m.
A good cup of coffee isn’t hard to find in Vancouver, but only a few cafes offer exceptional quality and experience. Matchstick, Revolver and Timbertrain are some of the best in show, offering made to order brews from around the globe.
Looking for somewhere a little more inconspicuous? Tucked away in the West End, Greenhorn Espresso Bar serves light lunches, delicious pastries and java.
Take The Scenic Route, 1 p.m.
No trip to Vancouver is complete without a walk along the Seawall. Begin with a stroll through Stanley Park, rent a bike or blades, and cruise through English Bay, False Creek and Kitsilano Park. Take in the fresh air, snap some photos, admire the view and repeat. Even for the seasoned Vancouverite, this never gets old.
Go Raw Or Rare, 7 p.m.
Wield your chopstick skills by enjoying some of the best sushi you will find outside of Japan. Minami and Miku are sister restaurants that have pioneered the Aburi style flame-seared technique to the local sushi scene.
Sweat Like A Vancouverite, 9 a.m.
There’s a reason why Vancouverites are infamous for sporting yoga pants and sweats on the daily. Hike one of the many trails that Vancouver has to offer. Think Quarry Rock for beginners or Grouse Grind for a vigorous sweat session. Seriously, this is not for the faint of heart!
Golden Taps, 12 p.m.
Heaven is a place where friends break bread, and milk and cream flow from golden taps. In Vancouver, this is also known as Small Victory, a new afternoon tradition complete with treats in an inspired setting.
Shop In Secret, 2 p.m.
Gastown is home of the hip and naturally boasts some of the best shops in the city. Secret Location is one part retail store, one part restaurant and two parts fabulous with its collection of high-end luxury goods à la Delfina Delettrez and House of Holland.
Want to check out the latest happenings in local fashion? @thisopenspace plays host to pop-up shops at its Chinatown storefront.
Slurp And Sip, 8 p.m.
Slurp fresh oysters from Boulevard, Vancouver’s latest offering in fine dining. Executive Chef Alex Chen presents fresh West Coast fare on beautiful plates.
Get In Line, 10 a.m.
Café Medina is arguably the most popular downtown spot, known for its lavender lattes, Mediterranean cuisine and Belgian waffles. We promise, it’s worth the wait.
Sunday School, 12 p.m.
Impress all your friends with your newfound knowledge of wine terminology, new aromas and food pairing at the Vancouver Urban Winery.
Laying off the grape juice? Try a cooking class at The Dirty Apron. Hone in on your knife skills or learn how to grill, roast and braise meats. Don’t leave the delicatessen without grabbing some specialty local cheeses and jams for a quick midday snack.
Winner Winner Chicken Dinner, 7:30 p.m.
Finish your Vancouver weekend getaway with a luxe dinner at Hawksworth. Revel in the warm glow as you enjoy beautifully crafted dishes sourced from the best local ingredients by award winning chefs.
Where to Stay in Vancouver
Stay in the heart of Downtown at The Rosewood Hotel Georgia, home to some of the best dining and bar experiences in the city, Hawksworth, Reflections and Bel Café.
Want to see and be seen? The Opus is an uber-chic boutique hotel in Yaletown that often plays host to trendy soirées.