Americas Destinations

Our short but sweet time in Vancouver

October 14, 2017
Vancouver one day guide

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: With a nice bunch of people she took us out on her sailboat! 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 in 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!

We stopped by these other beautiful places during our road trip:

Eating our way through Seattle

The Wild West and the Center of the Universe

Glacier National Park – The Alps of America

Yellowstone National Park – hiking from geysers to mountains

Vancouver has cool neighbourhoods, awesome parks and great eats. Although 36 hours may seem short, you can get a good overview with this brief guide!

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  • Reply Paleica October 16, 2017 at 1:54 am

    ach, meer und berge! vielleicht sollte ich tatsächlich irgendwann nochmal über auswandern nachdenken. vancouver steht auch sehr laut auf meiner liste, aber vorerst muss es noch warten. wie schön, wenn man menschen kennt, mit denen man gemeinsam ihre stadt erkunden kann!

    • Reply sileas October 23, 2017 at 4:31 am

      Ja ich bin zum Glück mit einer sehr internationalen Familie gesegnet 😉 Ich denke mir oft, wenn Wien ein Meer hätte, wäre sie die perfekte Stadt!

      • Reply Paleica October 24, 2017 at 1:35 am

        oh JA das habe ich mir auch schon eine million mal gedacht ^.^

  • Reply Blueberry Stories October 16, 2017 at 3:59 am

    I was in Vancouver in August and I loved it. I miss everything about this city (except Chinatown!), especially Stanley Park in the morning and Coal Harbour at sunset 🙂

    • Reply sileas October 23, 2017 at 4:35 am

      I wish I had more time to explore Stanley Park… It’s huge!

  • Reply Vicky T. October 17, 2017 at 1:40 am

    I’ve heard so much about Vancouver too and it looks like you had a great time as well.


    • Reply sileas October 23, 2017 at 4:37 am

      Thanks Vicky, I had the right weather and the right people with me 🙂

  • Reply SueT唐 梦 琇 October 17, 2017 at 4:12 am

    How lovely to see Vancouver through your eyes Julia. It really is a place I must get to but so far from Australia…

    • Reply sileas October 23, 2017 at 4:42 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it Sue!

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