THINGS TO DO, PLACES TO GO

Vancouver offers exciting museums, theatre & music venues, elite shopping, pristine hiking & skiing, prime golfing & sailing, beautiful beaches & parks. See full guide – https://tourismvancouver.com. 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.

RESTAURANT SUGGESTIONS

Bakeries and Light Breakfasts: Livia Sweets
Mah Milk Bar
Moja Coffee
Uprising Breads Bakery Café
Breakfast or Brunch:Café du Soleil
The Red Wagon
The Roundel Cafe
Yolks
Fine Dining:Absinthe Bistro
Carthage Cafe
Magari by Oca
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
Award Winning Italian:Fiorino
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

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IN VANCOUVER:

https://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/downtown-architectural-walk.aspx  This includes a map and directions.

And of course, Stanley Park: https://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/stanley-park.aspx  One of our favourite Stanley Park restaurants is a wonderful venue for lunch or dinner https://www.vancouverdine.com/teahouse/  or at the Davie end of Denman Street you will find a few restaurants to enjoy a sunset drink or meal.

https://www.chinatownstorytellingcentre.org/

https://vancouverchinesegarden.com/

Museum of Anthropology (https://moa.ubc.ca/) Combine with a walk at Jericho Beach: https://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/jericho-park-trails.aspx

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: https://thegalley.ca/ Or for something a bit more upscale try the https://www.boathouserestaurants.ca/location/boathouse-restaurants-kitsilano/

Closer to Parker Street, for a drink before dinner, there is treasured bar that has reopened and has a great happy hour menu https://caffelatana.ca/ It is next to an excellent ‘red sauce’ Italian restaurant: https://pepinos.ca/ Both of these restaurants are in heritage buildings: Havana is also a fun place for a drink before dinner.

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.

DAY TRIPS WITH CARS OR TRANSIT

Whistlerhttps://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/ Araxi for lunch is always very good: https://araxi.com/

Britannia Mine Museumhttps://www.britanniaminemuseum.ca/ on the way to/from Whistler

Shannon Fallshttps://www.exploresquamish.com/explore/shannon-falls-provincial-park – There is a great gondola here, one the way to/from Whistler

Deep Covehttps://vancouversbestplaces.com/north-shore/north-vancouver/deep-cove/ – for kayaking, nice restaurants and a great trail up Quarry Rock Walk (about 30 mins)

Capilano Suspension Bridgehttps://www.capbridge.com/

Grouse Mountain Gondolahttps://www.grousemountain.com/skyride – There is a grizzly bear habitat, logging show and beautiful views from the restaurant

Burnaby Village Museumhttps://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/

Deer Lakehttps://deerlakeboatrentals.com/ – There is a lovely restaurant here as well called Hart House

Steveston Village in Richmondhttps://www.visitrichmondbc.com/things-to-do/steveston-village/

White Rock Pierhttps://www.whiterockcity.ca/101/Visitors

Whytecliff Parkhttps://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/whytecliff-park/

Fort Langleyhttps://www.tourism-langley.ca/location/fort-langley

Guest Review

Beautiful guesthouse

We really enjoyed our stay. Everything you could possibly need was available. The owners have put a lot of thought and love into the house. The linens, bed and bedding were very nice. We enjoyed sitting outside and loved the flowers.The location has restaurants, grocery stores and liquor stores within walking distance. Would certainly book here again.

Julia, USA
Stayed at The Ivy on Parker Guest House in Vancouver, BC
July 2023 – 3 nights in a Deluxe King Room