Recently I have been coming across quite a few people that I know (personally or through social media) that were making their first trips ever to beautiful British Columbia and more specifically Vancouver. And I guess it’s because I spent 15 years of my life there, that I am always excited to share my favourite spots to visit with people, especially when they are first-time visitors!
I do have a few go-to spots to see or visit (touristy & food-related) that I am always recommending to people when they visit Vancouver. And although I grew up in Richmond (a suburb of Vancouver), most of my favourite places to visit are in Vancouver. With the exception of a couple spots – one being a tv-famous place in Richmond (if you’re a fan of the show you’ll already know what I am talking about!).
Granville Island Public Market, 1669 Johnston St., Vancouver
Each time I go back home I always manage to fit in a visit to Granville Island. I absolutely love this place. It’s like walking into a foodie dream. The indoor market is overwhelming (in a positive way) with something to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. My favourite spots in the market are Siegel’s Bagels (best bagels ever – I have been eating these since I was a little kid), Candy Kitchen for their delicious caramel squares, and Stuart’s Quality Baked Goods (pastry overload – they have delicious cakes, cookies & pastries). But there are so many other things like artists, makers, restaurants, to check out too!
Science World, 1455 Quebec St, Vancouver, BC
I admit that I can’t remember the last time that I actually went into Science World. It was probably during a field trip in elementary school! But passing by this iconic Vancouver landmark always gives me a sweet sense of nostalgia.
Gastown (Click here for location)
Gastown certainly has changed over the years and now seems to be home to quite a few trendy shops and restaurants. The most popular spot in this part of Vancouver is the Steam Clock! I’m never sure why, but tourists seem to love it! A new favourite place that I just recently discovered in Gastown is Orling & Wu – a very chic home & lifestyle store. This is where I now buy my Kusmi tea from (more on that in another blog post!).
The Vancouver Public Library – Central Branch, 350 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC
I have this thing for beautiful libraries. And the architecture of this beautiful library is something that you need to check out. Seriously! It’s so beautiful! It kind of reminds me of the Colosseum in Rome!
Momo Sushi (also in Gastown), 6-375 Water St, Vancouver, BC
During my last trip to Vancouver I went to this restaurant two times! Had to! My dad first introduced it to me years ago and now I make it a point to visit at least once during my trips back home. You can’t visit the West Coast without having sushi – and a salmon dish at that! The West Coast has the best sushi in Canada in my opinion!
I’m a self-professed planner nerd and stationery addict. And this place just feeds that addiction. Daiso is essentially a Japanese dollar store and it has the best things ever. My last trip here, I bought a ton of Japanese-style dishes, and a whole lot of cute stationary. And the best part – everything is no more than $2. It’s also super easy to access if you don’t have a car. Just take the Skytrain towards Richmond and get off at Aberdeen. If you’re anything like me, you might go a little crazy in this store. You have been warned!
When You Travel: bring a tote (like this one) that you can tuck away in your bag somewhere. I found this helpful when visiting Granville Island Public Market with everything that I bought!
Vancouver Waterfront, 1199 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC
Anywhere along the waterfront you can take in a breathtaking view of the mountains and the city skyline. Sometimes I just like to walk down to the waterfront to sit and relax. Relaxing is something I always manage to forget to do when I’m on any trip or vacation.
Steveston Village, 3680 Moncton St, Richmond, BC
Who would have thought that the little fisher village that I grew up down the street from would have turned out to be the site of one of my favourite television shows? That’s right – Once Upon A Time. It literally took me three seasons until I realized that my hometown was the setting for this popular show!
BC Place Stadium, 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver, BC
I played soccer growing up and we attended a ton of Whitecaps (Vancouver’s MLS team) games throughout the years! So being able to catch a game at the stadium is always a treat when I’m in town (schedule permitting)!
And that’s about it! On my next trip to Vancouver, I plan on visiting more of the places that I grew up frequenting. And hopefully I will discover some new places as well!
Are you heading on a trip to Vancouver soon? Which spot are you looking forward to visiting?