Hey guys! I’m back with another travel guide; if you follow me on Instagram you saw my girlfriends and I spent a long weekend in Vancouver. We had so much fun catching up and exploring a new city together. Vancouver is a gorgeous city and a weekend isn’t really long enough to take it all in, but it’s a great excuse to plan another trip to this beautiful city.
Incredible scenery, tons of outdoors adventures, whistler is around the corner, great shopping, and it’s a paradise for foodies. These are a few reasons why Vancouver is a must-see! I love how you have the option to explore the city and 20 minutes later, you’re out in the wilderness surrounded by tall beautiful trees and mountains. Here is what we did, where we stayed, and some delicious restaurants to try.
Things To Do
Capilano Suspension Bridge– if you are afraid of heights, don’t look down! This is definitely a must, only 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Beautiful pine trees surround you while walking across the 440-ft long bridge. You should check out the Treetops adventures, and Cliff Walk, offering panoramic views of the rainforest.
The Lookout- this is a great option if it’s too cold out or don’t want to go for a hike. For $18 CAD you’ll take a glass elevator to an observation deck with 360-degree views of the city. You can also grab lunch or dinner at the restaurant, I mean, who doesn’t love a meal with a view.
Gastown- in Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood you’ll find brick streets, tons of coffee shops, boutiques and their famous Steam Clock. It whistles and chimes every 15 minutes; it’s the first steam-powered clock in the world.
Grouse Mountain– you can hike up or take the SkyRide gondola to the top with breathtaking views. They offer Zipline, walk a forest trail, easy hikes, or simply take in the most beautiful sunset. They also offer snow sports in the winter.
Whistler– this is a must see! We drove our rental car from Vancouver to Whistler. It took us 1 hour and 40 min and the sights and views were unbelievable. We stopped at Nairn Falls to squeeze in an easy hike, you walk through the forest along the Green River, and once you reach the top you’ll find a double waterfall. We also made a stop at Green Lake Lookout and it was absolutely beautiful! It’s an incredibly scenic and peaceful drive from Vancouver to Whistler.
Where to Stay
Gastown: we stayed in an AirBNB that was centrally located. Vancouver is a very walkable city, you don’t really need a car to get around and it’s easy to get around with public transportation. FYI: Uber and Lyft aren’t available in Vancouver but there are tons of taxis.
Where to Eat
Nemesis– it’s a must for delicious coffee, great pastry, and a great brunch. It’s pretty big, the wait time wasn’t more than 15 minutes and it was worth the wait.
Prado Café – great coffee and food at a great price. You have to try their pink latte, it doesn’t just look pretty but it taste delicious!
Medina Café– a must visit brunch café! The Belgium waffles are delicious and the coffee didn’t disappoint. You can go savory or sweet, choose from a variety of skillets and don’t forget to get a side of waffles. You can choose from a ton of dipping sauces, our favorite was raspberry caramel. Be prepared to wait because there is always a long line, but I promise it’s worth it!
Bao Bei– you will find Bao Bei in China Town, it’s a great place for drinks and small plates and they are meant to be shared. The dumplings and fried rice was the bomb! I highly recommend you try these dishes.
Four Season Whistler– the staff, food, and drinks were great at Sidecut. The atmosphere is super cozy, fun, and chill. Get ready to roast some marshmallows and indulge in some delicious S’mores, served to you out of their patio camper.
Vancouver was so much fun and I can’t wait to come back for round two! I wanted to wish you guys a Happy Thanksgiving, I hope you have an incredible time with your family and friends. Take the time to tell them how much you love them and what they mean to you.