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 convenient 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!
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!
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.
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.
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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