Vancouver Pt. 2

Just got back from a quick 4 day trip to Vancouver over the weekend. I had a great time exploring new parts of the city that I didn’t get to see the first time around. I revisited the living city to see my mom one last time before she is off on her next adventure, and brought along my boyfriend. We walked an average of 25,000 steps each day, gained all the calories back with bomb food, and took so many photos, I ran out of room on my phone.

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Where To Stay

The trip consisted of staying at two different airbnb’s, one in North Vancouver and one in Gastown, each for two nights.

The first 2 nights we stayed here, and it was exactly how it was depicted on the site. The lock-off basement was very clean, had a comfortable bed and pillows, a small kitchen w. coffee pot, a small couch and tv and a private walk in back door. It was also in a central location of North Vancouver, within walking distance of the local bus and  Seabus.

I recommend buying a Compass card at the airport at the kiosks by the skytrain. They are very simple and were convenient for using the public transportation throughout the city. Each fare was around $2.50 – $6.

The second place was within the city, near Gastown and walking distance to basically everywhere. It was a hotel that has some rooms rented out throughout airbnb. It was a pretty small room, but it was Victorian & modern, with a comfy bed, a sink, and a great view (at least our room).

I recommend both places, and they were both the cheapest comparatively at the time.

 

FOOD

Food is the best part of traveling, always getting to eat out and try new places. Here is a list of all the restaurants we ate at.

Salt

Hidden in an alley with no sign, but a stencil on the door, Salt Tasting Room was delectable, hip, and semi-affordable. With a simple menu of meats, cheeses, apps and wines, this build your own charcuterie board restaurant is the place to go.

 

Village Taphouse

In North Vancouver, my mom took us to this very nice outdoor mall where this restaurant was located. They had good beer, the food was amazing, and it was a cool building. The macaroons were from a cafe near there.

 

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Jam

This instagram famous brunch restaurant was worth the hour+ wait. Yup, that’s right…Last trip my mom and I tried going to the restaurant, unaware that it’s so popular, and opted out to wait in the absurdly long line. But this time around I was determined, and my taste buds thanked me later. The food was amazing, with large portions, in cute bowls. If you have the morning to kill, try out this place.

 

Steamworks

This brewery is right next to the waterfront station, and has a standard brewery menu. We went because we love the Steamworks in Durango, CO. I know they aren’t the same, but old habits… We mostly got drinks and split the fish tacos, but from that assortment it was pretty good.

 

The Cactus Club

We went here for a quick hour to kill time before a movie. A dark, classy cocktail lounge with a great and affordable happy hour menu.

 

Granville Island Brewery

We stopped here for a small snack and beer after exploring Granville Island. Beer was alright, wings were tasty but not enough.

 

I think that consists of all the places we stopped to eat.

Have you been to any of these places or have others to recommend? Let me know!

Next post Vancouver Pt.3 will consist of places to go and sights to see.

If you want to know more about the city check out my first post – Vancouver.

Cheers!

 

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