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Best things to do in Vancouver

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Beach
“Another beautiful Vancouver beach with stunning views of downtown, Stanley Park and the North Shore mountains.”
123 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“An anchor within Chinatown Phnom Penh has been serving Cambodian/Vietnamese style food in Chinatown since 1985. Specialties are the deep fried chicken wings (Delicious) and the noodle dishes which are their roots.”
130 locals recommend
Park
“Offering a recreational space like no other, the Pacific Spirit Regional Park consist of 73 kilometers of walking trails, more than 50 kilometers of cycling ways, gorgeous beaches that offer a view of the inlet and lush greenery that is perfect for some nature therapy! Explore wooded pathways that twirl around waterfalls, trees that add magic to the trails and lookout points that will take your breath away. The park is also dog friendly and often you will find owners taking their dogs along for the hike.”
117 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Eatery with art displays & classic Mexican fare like tortas, quesadillas & burritos.”
110 locals recommend
Garden
“The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is the first Chinese or "scholars" garden built outside of China, and is located in Chinatown. Classical Chinese gardens employ philosophical principles of Feng shui and Taoism, striving to achieve harmony and a balance of opposites. ”
117 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Vancouver’s first and foremost cocktail bar in a reimagined opium den. Must visit if you love cocktails!”
137 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Best seafood restaurant in the city, hands down. Superb dining experience. The A-list crowd goes here, you could see movie stars or pop stars enjoying a delicious meal. Great ambience. Definitely worth a visit.”
92 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Great fresh food at a reasonable price, right on the beach, with beautiful ocean views. In the heart of English Bay. Great spot for lunch, dinner or a cocktail.”
113 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
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“Vij's has taken Indian cuisine and totally redesigned it for a classy, upscale, and diverse audience. Be prepared to have your mind blown away here, from the initial seating to the service to the food. A+ experience. The menu is very carefully thought out and caters to a diversity of palates. Everyone in your group will find something on the menu they love. They recommend ordering family style, so ordering a bunch of dishes to share across the table. Entrees can be ordered in regular size portions (~$30) or half size portions for $18. The serving sizes here are not ginormous as expected, but it's nice to get a flavor of multiple dishes in family style sharing. I have tried basically every vegetarian dish/item on the menu here, as well as multiple non-veg dishes. Vij's rotates his menu occasionally so you never get bored, but the classic favorites always stay on the menu. Those lamb popsicles. Mmm. The goat curry is a little watery for my liking. If you come here looking for an ordinary Indian meal, you'll be disappointed. Everything here is unique and can't be found at other Indian restaurants. That's what's so great about it. Vegetarian dishes include jackfruit, portobello mushroom, koftas, layered paneer dishes, and more. My favorite non-veg dishes include the sablefish in tomato curry and the lamb popsicles marinated in wine in a fenugreek cream curry. Everything is just bursting with flavor and screams "Indian food redefined."”
127 locals recommend
Convention Center
“Canada Place typically offers fun family-friendly experiences depending on the season! If nothing is going on, it is still a wonderful walk around the build and along the seaside!”
82 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Contemporary pub offering Pacific Northwest fare, craft brews & a sprawling patio with scenic views. $$”
121 locals recommend
Fast Food Restaurant
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“One of Vancouver’s many ocean beaches, this one is wonderful for low tide walking. You can walk out for what feels like forever, seeing bald headed eagles fly above while seeing incredible city views in the distance. A good Oceanside concession stand available on dry days that sells good coffee, ice cream, burgers etc. This beach is harder to get to via transit (though doable) but easily accessible by car.”
85 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Who doesn't love Coffee with a show? Get an experience and watch your coffee being brewed fresh before your eyes while you explore Historic Gastown!”
97 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“A favourite for drinks, burgers, nachos and pirogies. It has an outdoor patio as well, and is right across the beach!”
129 locals recommend
Convention Center
“The award winning Vancouver Convention Centre is recognized as one of the leading convention centres in the world. The facility attracts 300+ events annually”
96 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“Les Faux is an institution in our hood and was one of the first more upscale restaurants to move into the neighbourhood years ago. It's a classic French bistro at a low price tag. Most mains are around $20 and they have an excellent bar. You can't go wrong with their original recipe French onion soup or Steak & Frites. They have lots of seasonal specials too. ”
112 locals recommend