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City Guide: Vancouver

Published 05/30/2013 by

Vancouver has a soft spot in our hearts. It’s my hometown (Oh Canada) and seriously one of the most beautiful places to live in the world. This West Coast city is known for its chill vibe, rainy days and multicultural make-up. If you’re lucky enough to come visit, we have some cool hangouts to recommend.


The Bike Ride: Stanley Park

The city’s largest park (it’s even bigger than New York’s Central Park) is a must-do – soak in the views of the water, mountains and trees on a bike ride around the park’s seawall. Make extra time – you’ll also find beaches, the aquarium and beautiful First Nation totem poles.


The Coffee Spot: Revolver Coffee

Grab a cup of java at this super hip coffee shop in the Gastown District.  You’ll find friendly and knowledge baristas who are serious about their craft. On a sunny day, we suggest throwing on some sunnies and sitting on the bench outside for the best people watching spot.


The Donut Shop: Cartems

We first heard about Cartems on Twitter – where was this donut shop that everyone was raving about? The areas a lil’ sketch, but the trek is well worth it.  Try the Earl Grey donut, made with organic earl grey tea, it’s topped with earl grey glaze and sprinkled with rose petals. Heaven? Pretty much.


The Dance Party: Commodore Ballroom 

If you’re lookin’ for a wicked party, our favourite venue is the Commodore Ballroom on the famous Granville Street stretch. The space fits almost 1,000 people, has a serious sound system and hosts shows like MGMT, The Weeknd and Marina and the Diamonds. Dance shoes on.


The Shop: Front & Company

We’re obsessed with this shop in the South Main district. A highly curated collection of new and consigned clothing (you never know what you’ll find), the store also has the most amazing collection of novelty gifts. The hood’s also super cute, with coffee shops, sushi bars and locally owned boutiques lining the street.


The Mountain: Whistler

Whistler is known for its world class skiing and snowboarding –the mountain hosted a lil’ event in 2010 called the Olympics. About a 1.5-hour drive from Vancouver – we love hanging out après-ski in the Village. It’s also a sweet place to visit in the summers, where you can mountain bike or zipline.

-Erica Lam



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