Vancouver City Guide
As you all now know, last week we spent four night in Vancouver. It was the first time any of us had been here, or anywhere in Canada, and to say we loved it would be an understatement. We all had such high hopes for it here, which I find often makes somewhere feel a little disappointing as it can be hard to live up to high expectations! Thankfully, Vancouver was not one of those places, and fully met our high hopes. It's an incredible city, with beautiful views, a wonderful atmosphere, very friendly people and lots to fit in. It has the bustle of a major city without feeling rushed and stressful, and the city itself is as lovely as the incredible views that surround it.
Where To Visit:
Graville Island was somewhere we visited on our first day in Vancouver. It's just over the bridge from the centre of Vancouver, which is totally walkable but you can also get a ferry across which is much faster. Once on the island, the must see section is the Market, which is amazing!! Full of fresh fruit, fish, veg, baked goodies, sweets, juice, coffee, maple syrup... the list goes on. You can wander around and pick up a bit to eat and then eat outside by the water with the view of the city in front of you. Not a bad way to have some lunch!
This was one of my favourite areas, and a spot I would love to live in. Full of places to eat and drink, and lots of incredible shops (independent boutiques, Scandi brands, even a Vetements pop up store!) The colours of Gastown completely reminded me of Amsterdam; lots of red and white brick, big windows with black frames. The street itself is lined with lampposts covered in hanging baskets, and it generally feels like a mini village within a city.
We visited Gastown twice while we were there, once for brunch and once for dinner, and both times it was pretty busy. If you guys fancy visiting there for a bite to eat then I would definitely recommend booking a table somewhere, as it seems to be a really popular place!
Gastown is also famous for it's clock, which seemed to always have a little crowd gathered around it waiting for it to chime. We didn't wait for it to chime so I can't say for sure whether or not it's worth waiting for. Maybe if you like clocks. I am not selling this aspect very well, am I? It's pretty though.
How many times can you use 'incredible' in one blog post? But, Stanley Park was incredibly incredible, the day we spent there was incredible and we had an incredible time. It was incredible, ok?! We walked the whole way around along the sea path, which takes you past some wonderful views of the city, the water, and the island. Definitely take some comfy shoes and your camera, as you're going to be walking lots and taking photos along the way!
Best Shopping Spots
Granville Street + Robson Street
These two streets cross over one another so the whole area is a great little shopping spot. Both streets have a great selection of shops, and a good mix of high street and high end on each of them. Granville Street has a hugeeee Nordstrom which of course was a highlight, and another large department store called Holt Renfew which had a great selection of designers too. For more high street pieces there is lots of recognisable names; Urban Outfitters, Abercrombie, GAP, and of course a huge Sephora. There is also an Aritiza, which was a shopping highlight of mine. However, take a trip to the one on Robson Street if you can as it's wayyyyy nicer, and also HUGE! I bought a few pieces from there and really had to hold myself back as there are so many pieces that were incredible - lots of great knitwear, and the leather pieces looked pretty gorgeous too!
Lots of the luxury boutiques were based in the Fairmont Hotel which is based right between the two streets. They had a HUGE Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Dior. We were staying at the Fairmont, which I haven't given it's own little section - it was lovely but in need of a little touch up and refresh, so wouldn't be the top of my recommendations.
A Bite To Eat
The Twisted Fork
THIS PLACE WAS AMAZING!! Based on Granville Street, you guys have to go here for brunch!! It was the best Eggs Benedict I have ever everrrr had! You can't book here so make sure to get here early. We were there around 8:30 and it was already pretty busy - if you do get there a little later they just let you know how much time you will have to wait, and there is lots to see on Granville Street so killing time wouldn't be the worst thing. Alternatively, just check their website before you go to see the current wait time.
This was one that kept coming up on various lists for top places to eat. Based in Gastown, this is also one you have to book. The interior was lovely, and the service was great, but in all honestly I didn't see the fuss about the food. It was nice, but didn't meet up to expectations at all!
Another spot we chose for brunch, which was also amazing! You can eat dinner here which I think would be equally amazing. Out of all the restaurants we visited, this one was the nicest inside. Very Instagram friendly indeed! And the food was really really delicious - I went for a full breakfast, and my mouth is watering right now thinking about it. If we had more time in Vancouver I would have loved to go there for some dinner too!