Vancouver is the third-largest city in Canada (behind Toronto and Montreal), it is located in the southwest of British Columbia. It is a fairly manageable city for a European, and it is easy to navigate. If you have four or five days to visit the city and its surroundings, it is perfect, it will be enough. I leave you some recommendations distributed by neighborhoods and you just have to choose what to do:
Stanley Park Vancouver
After the long journey of traveling from the USA to the Canadian west coast, a very good option is to spend a day in Stanley Park. The best thing you can do is rent a bicycle, in Denman Street (between number 650 and 770) there are several stores in which an hour of rent is around 7 Canadian dollars.
Once you have rented the bike, you have 5 minutes of pedaling to get to the park, from here you can dedicate as much time as you want to the park since it has several points to stop. I recommend that you stop at Los Tótems, Third beach, Lumberman’s Arch, Lost Lagoon Nature House, and the Garden of Roses. From Stanley Park, you can cycle down English Bay Beach to the West End and Granville Island.
It is full of very modern residential buildings, restaurants, and shops. It is the area where the homosexual community in the city is concentrated, basically because it is evident through the multicolored flag. It is the typical area to walk quietly and stop to eat at any of the Italian or Asian restaurants in the area.
Under the iron arches of the Granville Bridge is the covered public market, it is an authentic gastronomic spectacle, which although it is a bit touristy and expensive, is worth spending two or three hours. If you visit in the morning, you should go without breakfast and try the delicatessen that is in the different food stalls.
Of course, you also have the option of buying cold cuts, cheeses, fruits, a bakery, etc., and have a picnic on the beaches of the University of British Columbia campus, this last option is well worth it.
This area is full of restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and art shops, so this is a good time to take a souvenir of the city of Vancouver with you.
From Granville Island, you will arrive at Kitsilano Point. It is an area full of parks with views of the sea, it is frankly beautiful and relaxing, that is, in summer the grass of the parks is dry, which takes some point, but you enjoy the views and the tranquility of the landscape.
Take a tour of Jerico Beach Park and Kitsilano Beack Park. A very cool option is to go to the outdoor pool ( Kitsilano Pool, 137 meters long) and spend a couple of hours swimming overlooking the sea, a real luxury for $ 5. From Kitsilano, you can go down to the University of Bristh Columbia. The campus is quite large and you have to travel it by car, it is a rather residential area and the most attractive are the beaches, if you can, make a stop at Spanish Banks Beach.
It is the perfect neighborhood to go for a drink and dinner, it is actually two blocks full of very chic restaurants and shops. Surely any of the restaurants that there are will convince you, but if you stop by Barkley’s Steakhouse at 777 Douglas St, I recommend it, it is very lively and there you can have a drink or dinner directly, and if by then, there is a Canadian waitress who she is delighted to speak in Spanish.
Chinatown and Gastown
Frankly, Vancouver’s Chinatown is not overly worth a visit, but if you do venture out visit the summer night market the Dr. Sun Yan-Sen Classical Chinese Garden at 578 Carrall St pictured at the Chinatown Millennium Gate on W Pender and Taylor Street.
On the way to Chinatown, walkthrough Gastown, it is the oldest area of Vancouver, and one of the most touristy, full of souvenir shops and restaurants, it is worth visiting to see the steam clock that works with electricity on Water St, that Yes, you will have to show patience, because every one of the tourists who are in the area will take a picture with the watch. This area (and mainly Chinatown) is very crowded by beggars, who although they go at their own pace, are insistent when it comes to asking for money.
Shopping in the City
Vancouver’s main shopping street is located on Granville St, it is full of stores whose brands are North American, of course, I recommend a visit to Urban Outfitters E 822-830 Granville St and American Apparel at 3070 Granville St and 872 Granville St, in This same street there are a couple of vintages and second-hand shops that are well worth a look.
But of course, the most interesting street to look at and the shop is Commercial Dr, it is a street full of restaurants, vintage clothing stores as well as shoe stores. Take a look at the Mintage store at 1946 west 4th Avenue, it is quite large and there are clothing for both boys and girls. When you head down to Yaletown, also check out the shops on Homer St, Richards St, and Seymour St.