Vancouver offers exciting museums, theatre & music venues, elite shopping, pristine hiking & skiing, prime golfing & sailing, beautiful beaches & parks. See full guide – Please find a list of our recommended restaurants and local venues below. Please let us know of any favourites you may find – we value your feedback.  The restaurant scene in Vancouver is constantly changing and we always love to hear what our guests find and enjoy.


Breakfast or Brunch:Café du Soleil
Tangent Café
Livia Sweets
The Red Wagon
Fine Dining:Absinthe Bistro
Oca Pastificio
Fun and Friendly West Coast:Fets Whisky Kitchen
Fun and Friendly Mexican:La Mezcalaria
Award Winning Japanese:Kishimoto
Favorite Japanese:Ginger Sushi
Award Winning Vietnamese:The Lunch Lady
Favourite Vietnamese:Merci Beaucoup Cafe
Favourite Italian:Sopra Sotto
Pepinno’s Spaghetti House
Favourite Pizza:Via Tavere
Favorite Curry:Bombay Kitchen and Bar
Favorite Winebar:Caffe La Tana
Favorite Ice Cream & Gelato:Ernest’s Ice Cream
Dolce Amore

Five under $50:

Best things to see and do in Vancouver on a budget

Dished Neighbourhood Gems:
Vancouver’s Commercial Drive

IN VANCOUVER:  This includes a map and directions.

And of course, Stanley Park:  One of our favourite Stanley Park restaurants is a wonderful venue for lunch or dinner  or at the Davie end of Denman Street you will find a few restaurants to enjoy a sunset drink or meal.

Museum of Anthropology ( Combine with a walk at Jericho Beach:

If you go to that side of town and like shopping, there are some fun stores on 4th Avenue between Burrard and Vine and lots of cafes. For a waterfront restaurant on that side of town, you might find the very casual, historical sailing club/pub fun: Or for something a bit more upscale try the

Closer to Parker Street, for a drink before dinner, there is treasured bar that has reopened and has a great happy hour menu It is next to an excellent ‘red sauce’ Italian restaurant: Both of these restaurants are in heritage buildings: Fet’s Whiskey Kitchen or Havana and are both fun for a drink before dinner.

As mentioned, for more suggestions, please visit our website complete with links:

If you have a car and want to get out of the city, the following are all recommended but many are at least 1 – 2 hours away by car so google map everything and take that into consideration.


Whistler Araxi for lunch is always very good:

Britannia Mine Museum on the way to/from Whistler

Shannon Falls – There is a great gondola here, one the way to/from Whistler

Deep Cove – for kayaking, nice restaurants and a great trail up Quarry Rock Walk (about 30 mins)

Capilano Suspension Bridge

Grouse Mountain Gondola – There is a grizzly bear habitat, logging show and beautiful views from the restaurant

Burnaby Village Museum

Deer Lake – There is a lovely restaurant here as well called Hart House

Steveston Village in Richmond

White Rock Pier

Whytecliff Park

Fort Langley

Guest Review

An amazing place to stay when visiting Vancouver.

We were very warmly welcomed by the owners who gave us a short introduction to the place, what to do in the neighborhood as well as where to go when visiting the city center.
The room was very nicely and charmingly decorated and furnished and clean; it had everything you could ask for.
The balcony on the second floor invites for a nice view towards the city center and you can enjoy a beautiful sunset.
While the house is located a bit farther from the city center, it is easy to get there with a bus that runs not far from the place. However, close by is a busy street that has a lot to offer itself, little shops, restaurants and more.
We felt immediately welcome and really enjoyed our stay. We will definitely back when visiting Vancouver.

Kevin, Germany
Stayed at The Ivy on Parker Guest House in Vancouver, BC
September 2023 – 2 nights in a Queen Room with Garden View