Vancouver, British Columbia – Travel Guide 2016
Vancouver is a bustling west coast seaport of British Columbia. It’s among Canada’s densest, most ethnically diverse cities. Vancouver is surrounded by beautiful mountains and is the perfect place for outdoor pursuits of all kinds. The thriving art, theater and music scenes are why Trip Advisor suggests you visit, but here at Gristle & Gossip it’s all about the food.
Vancouver’s “west end” is tightly nestled near downtown and is the perfect ( and easiest) place for tourist explore. It also happens to be my favorite place on earth, currently. I recently visited Vancouver and ate my way through the city. From Gastown to Chinatown and everything in between.
G&G’s “VanCity” Travel Guide will make your journey through the city even more memorable.
This summer marked my second trip to Vancouver, and every time I go I fall more and more in love with it’s charm and kindness. My adventures consist of food crawls through Gastown, Chinatown, Granville Island, Robson St. and English Bay. I am confident in saying all corners of Vancouver were touched and tasted during this visit. My “VanCity” Travel guide is perfect for all types of travelers, but is not intended for those who don’t like to have fun (you probably shouldn’t be reading this blog, if that’s the case). I encourage you to use this travel guide as a map of where to eat and drink while in Vancouver. There’s a little something here for everyone to enjoy.
Established the same year that Canada became a nation, Gastown grew into Canada’s third largest city and one of its most cosmopolitan. But the Gastown district today retains its historic charm, independent spirit and distinctiveness. There’s no mistaking Gastown for any other area of Vancouver, or of Canada for that matter.
Address: 2 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2K8, Canada
Two words, “BBQ & Bourbon.” Hands down the best Caroline BBQ I’ve tasted, when nowhere remotely near the Carolina’s! In addition to their killer Que and sauce they offer Bourbon Flights, that simply can’t be beat!
Address: 210 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J2, Canada
The Irish Heather is a warm Irish gastropub dishing out classic fare alongside local/imported pints & huge whisky list. This is the place for outstanding old fashions and Irish Stout beers. Come here for an after dinner cocktail with the gang, while enjoy live Irish fiddling!
UYU Ice Cream
Address: 433 Abbott St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1R3, Canada
UYU is a soft serve ice cream parlour located in Gastown. They use only organic milk and fresh ingredients. “UYU” is Korean for milk and they take it very seriously as it is the base for everything made. Offering a variety of toppings ranging from classic strawberry to unusual black sesame powder, UYU Soft serve is never too sweet or creamy and tastes fresh and delicious.
Chinatown in Vancouver, British Columbia is Canada’s largest Chinatown and remains a popular tourist attraction in the city. Chinatown is centered on Pender Street, and is surrounded by Gastown , the Downtown Financial and Central Business Districts to the west, the Downtown Eastside to the north, the remnant of old Japantown to the northeast, and the residential neighborhood of Strathcona to the east.
Juniper | Kitchen & Bar
Address: 185 Keefer St, Vancouver, BC V6B 6L4, Canada
There’s tons of great food and shopping in this area. Juniper is where you go for craft cocktails and late night eats. You MUST try their decadent cheese trays. I’d never had fish charcuterie but I’d kill to have it again!
Granville Island is a peninsula and shopping district in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is located across False Creek from Downtown Vancouver, under the south end of the Granville Street Bridge.
Artisan Sakemaker at Granville Island
Address: 1339 Railspur Alley, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Granville Island is THE PLACE for great shopping in Vancouver. This tiny island is a tourists dream, everything you could want and more right at your finger tips. Following a hard core day a shopping, I needed a drink. Granville Island is home to two of the coolest places for spirits. Artisan Sakemaker and Liberty Distillery.
Artisan Sake maker, Masa Shiroki makes two things perfectly clear. Sake is not distilled alcohol and it is not similar to beer. “It is produced by fermentation. It is rice wine.” Shiroki, who lectures on sake for International Sommelier Guild courses, should know!
The Liberty Distillery
Address: 1494 Old Bridge St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3S6, Canada
Liberty Distillery on Granville Island has been offering Vancouver’s first hand-crafted, truly artisanal premium spirits made from 100% BC grain, since 2013. If you’re a sucker for “flights,” I suggest you hop on over, as they not only offer uber boozy flights, they produce their own handcrafted gin. You can’t visit without at least sipping their “Endeavor Pink.”
Robson Street is a major southeast-northwest thoroughfare in downtown and West End of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Its core commercial blocks from Burrard Street to Jervis were also known as “Robsonstrasse.”
Kitanoya Guu Original Thurlow
Address: 838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1W2, Canada
Robson street is also home to the Original Guu, of which offers traditional Japanese-style pub, small plates & sake in a boisterous atmosphere. When you walk in the traditional Japanese greeting is almost shocking! Luckily I was prepared, so when I heard “Ohayō gozaimasu” I graciously, smiled and nodded. The Cherry Blossom Cocktail has been added to my list of staples at GUU. Any place with Ramune is my kind of place!
English Bay is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, west of the downtown peninsula and False Creek. It consists of the south side of the Burrard Inlet, extending from Point Grey in the southwest to Prospect Point in the northeast.
English Bay is where you come to sit by the water and relax. Milestone’s Bar and Grill is nestled directly across the street from the Bay and they have one of the best corkage fees in the city ($15), so BYOB by the Bay with a hearty seafood salad or sandwich.
Visiting Vancouver, take this list. Have you been and have suggestions for my list? let me know. Thanks for reading.