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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Historic Site
“Come and see the humble beginnings of Vancouver! Check online for hours of operation as these change seasonally. Bring the kiddos!”
  • 36 locals recommend
Bakery
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“It's a perfectly fine, even exquisite, breakfast. But I like to line up at the roll-up window next door, peer longingly at the bakery shelves and order at least two of their superb pastries.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Park
“The green space located in downtown Vancouver is the oldest public square in the entire state. Created in 1853, it’s overseen by the 69-foot Salmon Run Bell Tower, which is home to 35 cast bronze bells chiming every 15 minutes, from the morning hours to later in the evening. This great little park is very near several hotels, so you can easily walk there, and you may even catch the farmers market if you’re lucky to be there on the right days.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“This is a great Thia Restaurant with a Bar area and there is a good happy hour til 6 pm M-F”
  • 17 locals recommend
Off-Licence
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“Great Italian eatery. They have good handmade pasta and the charcuterie selection makes for a great afternoon sandwich.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Cinema
“Historic, interesting events and independent movies. Serves wine/beer. Best popcorn EVER - using clarified butter.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Mon Ami offers a "come as you are" urban feel in downtown Vancouver. They serve tasty crepes, coffee and tea.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Distinct flavors freshly made. Some of the most rich and creamiest flavors you will ever try. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Do not be deterred by that line out the door on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Those people know why it's worth waiting to get a seat inside. Dulin's breakfast can go toe to toe on deliciousness and quality with anything Portland can offer.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Beer Garden
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“Low-key, wood-lined offering craft brews, locally produced spirits, cider & wine, plus a patio.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
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“Live music after 9pm and featuring local WA beers plus a variety of salads, bowls and burgers. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“This place has good size portions and B+ food. If It's available, I'd highly recommend their home made flan. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“If you appreciate good coffee or especially crave a gluten- free baked item, you have to say you ducked into Compass Coffee.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Historic Site
“This neighborhood is part of the beautiful historic part of Hudson Bay at Fort Vancouver. The 22 preserved Victorian homes once housed U.S. Army officers stationed at Vancouver Barracks. They now consist of museums, shops, offices, restaurants, and hotels.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“In the heart of downtown Vancouver. A perfect spot for a late night cocktail or drink before heading out to a show. Their homemade mini corn dogs are AMAZING!”
  • 8 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Located in the historic Grant House on Officers Row, Eatery at The Grant House offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day of the week. The space can accommodate up to 500 people using tenting, back patio, and veranda. ”
  • 9 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Thai Restaurant
“This is a great Thia Restaurant with a Bar area and there is a good happy hour til 6 pm M-F”
  • 17 locals recommend
Off-Licence
“Great Italian eatery. They have good handmade pasta and the charcuterie selection makes for a great afternoon sandwich.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Do not be deterred by that line out the door on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Those people know why it's worth waiting to get a seat inside. Dulin's breakfast can go toe to toe on deliciousness and quality with anything Portland can offer.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Live music after 9pm and featuring local WA beers plus a variety of salads, bowls and burgers. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“This place has good size portions and B+ food. If It's available, I'd highly recommend their home made flan. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Brewery
“Right next door to a food-cart pod (Mexican and Thai, both very good), Trap Door has board games and sports TVs. And of course, the beer is great. Listed by Willamette Week's Beer Guide as one of the best breweries in Vancouver. We like the hibiscus Berliner and the Pilsner, but they're all good. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“In the heart of downtown Vancouver. A perfect spot for a late night cocktail or drink before heading out to a show. Their homemade mini corn dogs are AMAZING!”
  • 8 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Located in the historic Grant House on Officers Row, Eatery at The Grant House offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day of the week. The space can accommodate up to 500 people using tenting, back patio, and veranda. ”
  • 9 locals recommend

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