Since I’m not great at making an itinerary I am good at finding places I want to go and making time for them throughout my day. So in saying that I have put together what we did on our two day venture to Vancouver before taking the ferry to Victoria.
Where to go:
Granville Island: On the “island” is a market house where you can buy fresh produce, cool trinkets, and yummy food. You can chill out on the island and wander through the shops and then make your way to the mini harbour where you can sit and enjoy your lunch in the sun.
Granville Street: If you are looking for shopping then this is the place to go. They have more known name brands as well as a few local shops. Venture off the main street and look for little shops. I didn’t get any good pictures of the street!
Vancouver Aquarium: Read more about that here
Where to eat:
While we didn’t have any food in Vancouver that was “amazing.” there were a few places that were decent but I don’t know if I could officially recommend them. We ate at Acme Cafe which I felt was sub par even though the reviews said it was amazing. Another place was La Casita but again it was okay Mexican food I definitely had better.
What was good-
Granville Island: They have a variety of food vendors inside the main market area all for decent prices. I think it would be best to try fish here because it is so fresh and also there is plenty of vegetarian options. The cuisine varies from Indian, Thai, British, European, Salad Bars, ect. You should fine something good here!
If I had to try food in Vancouver again I would go to:
Meat and Bread– They do have a vegetarian option and change their menu daily so I would give that a try if you fancy what they are serving that day
The Sandbox Seafood Restaurant: I had eaten here once a few years ago and remember it being really good and the view and building itself is really good. It’s perfect for a hot day to sit out in there high up open patio- Located on Granville Island
I would also go on twitter and stalk some food trucks!
Where we stayed:
Victorian Hotel: I don’t think I would ever stay here again simply because it is way to over priced for what you get. While I think it is gorgeous and the shared bathrooms are actually really nice the bedrooms are small and the morning breakfast is just croissants, warm yogurt and different kind of bread and then there is the weird squishy fruit that looks like fruit cups in a giant bowl. What I did love about here is the location. It was perfect and close to bus stops as well.
Where I would stay next time:
The Ramada Limited Vancouver Downtown location or there was a hostel down the street from Victorian Hotel for $35 for a double bedroom per night. It was called American Backpackers Hostel. Both were closed to the main strip of Granville Street and the train station.