Travel Diary: What We Did in Vancouver in 24 Hours

Travel Diary: What We Did in Vancouver in 24 Hours

With our upcoming long weekend trip to Vancouver, I’m reflecting on our much shorter, 24-hour quick visit we did a few months ago (See our Travel Story here). You can imagine, one cannot even scratch the surface of what one can do in Vancouver in 24 hours but we sure as hell tried. We did not stop for a second and I’m pretty sure we clocked close to 18km that trip alone. So while we did do it (for purely administrative reasons), I would really recommend a much longer to stay to fully embrace this city! That’s why I am so excited for our upcoming 4-day trip!

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Arriving at Vancouver Airport + SkyTrain to Downtown

We arrived in Vancouver at 7pm, and caught the convenientΒ Skytrain to Downtown. From the station we walked towards our Airbnb apartment for the night in Gastown. It was SO hassle-free. No taxis. No rental car. Nothing. Sometimes I find travelling in a car in a new city extremely stressful so the fact that the airport has the SkyTrain option makes it a hassle-free destination for us.

Dinner at Hawksworth:

A friend had recommended this spot for dinner, and while we booked super last-minute, we did manage to get a late seating at 9:30pm. It’s located in the beautiful historical and luxurious hotel, the Rosewood Georgia, which also happens to be on our bucket-list to stay at. The restaurant was still buzzing full of people at 10pm which confirmed just how popular the restaurant really is. Dinner at Hawksorth turned out to be one of the best meals we’ve ever had. Plus, we knocked back a beautiful bottle of Riesling — absolute liquid gold — which we still talk about to this day. I think we are likely to be returning on our next visit too!

Stroll through Downtown:

We certainly walked off our dinner during a post-dinner stroll which ended up being a major detour, but we did not care. How better to get to know a city, you know?

Early Morning Coffee at Revolver:

If you know us by now, I need my coffee. Revolver was conveniently located on our walk to the Waterfront for an appointment so we stopped off to grab a quick flat white before continuing on! Revolver also happens to be on Vancouver Coffee Snob’s Top 10 List here. And rightly so!

Life πŸ™Œ β˜•οΈ + 🌎 + 🚢🏻= ❀️

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Breakfast at Chambar:

Chambar was our second choice for breakfast. We had originally spotted it’s neighbour, Jam Cafe, on our evening walk home (currently ranked #1 on Tripadvisor). However, once we arrived, this Monday morning, we found a queue half way down the street. With only 24 hours, we weren’t prepared to waste any of it in a line waiting and decided on Chambar instead. Craig had the short rib dish (which we ate in silence until he was done – a sign he’s really enjoying his food) and I had the omelette. It was amazing!

Exploring Gastown:

Gastown is packed full of boutique shops so if you’re hoping to squeeze in a little shopping on your visit, you should probably hit this historical neighbourhood. There are also always people snapping up picks of the picture perfect steam clock (below). If you’re interested in the history of Vancouver, you might want to take a free guided walking tour here. We didn’t have enough time to, but I bet it would be hugely beneficial to get your own bearings within the city! Plus, you can meet other people also exploring the city.

Vancouver scenes πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

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A Seafood Lunch at Miku:

We met some local Vancouverites who recommended this as the place to get fresh sushi and so we had to try it. It’s super busy at lunchtime, but we still managed to get a table – thankfully, no queue here. While it was great to get fresh seafood again, it wasn’t the best sushi we’ve had (the best is still Nuri in Cape Town). Nonetheless, the view of the harbour made up for the sushi-let-down.

Dessert at Bella Gelataria (Coal Harbour Location):

I couldn’t believe the amount of lines (or queues) we waited in on a normal Monday during work hours. Where were all these people coming from?! That being said, it was a sign that the wait was well worth it. So, during our 20-minute-wait in the queue we managed to add two more scoops to our initial “strictly-only-one-scoop” pact we had made as we entered the queue. Worth it though! Bella Gelataria has SO many exciting and unique flavours to choose from. Check them out here.

Stanley Park:

Walking along the Waterfront towards Stanley Park was our highlight! I love being near the coastline, and being located in landlocked Alberta, I really do miss living near the sea. We will be definitely be spending a lot more time here than the few minutes we did on our last visit.

What do you suggest we do on our next visit? I’d love to hear your suggestions and recommendations!

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~ Leigh



15 thoughts on “Travel Diary: What We Did in Vancouver in 24 Hours”

  • Despite your short time you managed to squeeze so much in! Bet you were exhausted haha… I’ve always wanted to visit Vancouver and can’t wait to read what you get up to on your next trip there πŸ™‚

    • Haha it is actually a problem that we always try squeeze so much in! I think my husband wants a calmer visit this time! πŸ˜‰ Haha

  • For 1 your pictures are amazing. For 2 I am totally saving this because when I go to Vancouver this will be my guide and 3 I love how you imbed the photo from instagram! That is a really nice touch.

    • Thanks so much! πŸ™‚ Hopefully I’ll have even more to add to this guide after this weekend and then you’ll have all the info you’ll need for you visit to Vancouver! πŸ˜‰

  • I have a friend who worked in Vancouver for years and he also told me that there’s so much to see and do over there! I’d never make it in 24 hours! Yet I must confess I loved you for posting food pics. Local food is always such an important factor for us and it looks like Vancouver would treat us to a delicious experience!

    • My husband actually said it to someone the other day – we travel to eat! Haha Glad foodies enjoy my blog posts! Vancouver’s food so far has been amazing. You’ll have to check back for our weekend eats when that blog post is up! πŸ˜‰

  • I live just outside Vancouver and haven’t been to ANY of the places you did!! haha, typical! I’ve always said, Vancouver does food well, glad you had a great time, hope the next trip is fantastic!! πŸ™‚

    • Haha no way!! We obviously did the very touristy stuff within the 24 hours. We will be back this weekend and hopefully will manage a few ‘local’ things!

  • All sounds and looks great (I’ve never been to Vancouver) except for the coffee (I hate coffee and I feel like the only person in the world that feels this way haha!). Seems like you managed to make the most of your day though even if you were exhausted after

    • Haha I always find it odd when I meet people who don’t like coffee. But Im not much of a tea drinker so I get that everyone has preferences! Maybe one day you will be converted πŸ˜‰

  • We spent a few days in Vancouver last year and fell in love with Stanley park. I would rent bikes and enjoy how bike friendly the city is. Also had fun at Capilano suspension bridge, though it is quite touristy. Can’t wait to hear about your next trip there!

  • I’ve always wanted to go to Vancouver. It looks so gorgeous. I especially want to visit Stanley Park after getting to feature a few pictures from there on an Instagram account that I run. And I could totally go for some gelato from that awesome place you mentioned on this hot summer day.

  • Vancouver looks lovely!! I would love to eat breakfast at Chambars, the food looks so fresh. Glad you had an awesome time!

  • 18km in a day! No wonder you were tired! I’ve not been to Vancouver but this is a great insight. I hope you enjoy your next trip there. Safe travels.

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