Vancouver: There’s hardly any other city in the world I heard more good things about. And if I look at surveys about quality of living in cities worldwide, Vancouver always is among the top places (competing with my home city Vienna). It’s also home of my far-related and lovely cousin Brianne. It’s been more than three years since she visited me in Austria and I’ve been promising to see her in Canada ever since. Vancouver was our last stop of our epic road trip before we had to return our car back in Seattle. Btw, Brianne is opening Vancouver’s first Zero Waste supermarket called Nada soon! I can’t wait to check it out next time and I’m suggesting you to do so too 😉
And what’s better than a free place to stay? A place with a dog! This is Eddie, Brianne’s furry friend. He’s a real Hawaiian and funny character but he was rather unimpressed by our visit 😛
Anyways, my cousin had a huge surprise for our first evening in Vancouver: She took us on her sailboat with a bunch of friends! So we ate, chatted, watched the sunset by the sea and enjoyed the city lights at False Creek. What an introduction!
Unfortunately we were short time and we only had one full day in the city. It was an unusual hot day and we were too tired to rush from place to place. So we did what we can do best: We ate 😉 Similar to Seattle, Vancouver has countless hip coffee shops, and my fiance’s mate – who was there too – knew them all. As we walked through the city, we stopped at another coffee spot every couple of hours. We started off with some delicious donuts from Forty Ninth Parallel (the donuts were gone so fast, too bad I didn’t take a pic)…
…continued our coffee journey to Revolver…
… and Matchstick Coffee Roasters in Chinatown. I ended up drinking tea or water every time as I don’t drink coffee, but I certainly enjoyed the interiors…
But I never say no to Tacos! We had some extremely tasty fish tacos at Tacofino, the perfect lunch spot when you’re in the hip neighbourhood of Gastown!
And what’s for dessert? Believe it or not, but we found an authentic piece of apple strudel in an Austrian restaurant with a Chinese touch (weird combination right?). If you’re curious too, check out Klaus Kaffeehaus!
And if you’re still not having enough of coffee shops, head over to my fellow blogger’s brunch guide.
No Chinatown in any city is safe from our visit, haha 😀 Contrary to NYC, this part of town is way more organized and cleaner. The Dr. Sun Yet-Sen Classical Chinese Garden actually is a real oasis of calm and beauty!
When it comes to parks, Vancouver doesn’t mess around. I can see why this city is so popular among travelers and residents: It’s green, there’s the ocean at one side and mountains on the other. The massive Stanley Park is where locals and visitors find their piece of nature. We only scratched the surface, but there are real hiking trails inside the park and you could spend days exploring them. Hopefully another time!
And while the guys gut hungry again, we couldn’t resist the next Ramen restaurant we passed by. Asian food is a staple in Vancouver, so that part also adds to the positive impression. Vancouver, it’s been way too short with you!
Have you been to Vancouver? Let me know how you liked it!