Was itching to add another stamp to my passport, but I didn’t have a lot of time to take off. So a girlfriend and I decided to spend an extended weekend in Vancouver!
We had a super early flight and made it to Vancouver around 11AM. We took the TransLink, which was right across the street from the airport, to our home for the weekend: Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown. The hotel location was ideal. We didn’t have a car, so it was great that we were walking distance to a few train stations (~10 to 15 min) and bus stops. Canada Place was a mile walk north, and the Granville ferries were a mile walk south.
After we settled in, we got a quick snack at Japadog. Can’t remember the exact dog we got, but I’m pretty sure you can’t go wrong with anything at this famous cart!
We then made our way south to catch a ferry to Granville Island.
Granville Island was an awesome place to walk around. We spent most of our time at the Granville Island Public Market, checking out all the vendors and grabbing a bite to eat at the food court. Then we took a stroll around the surrounding area.
After Granville, we headed north of our hotel and checked out Canada Place and the Olympic Cauldron that was used for the 2010 Winter Games (ever since I visited Seoul’s Olympic Park in 2013 I’ve tried to make it a point to check out any Olympic related monuments/sites if I’m in a former host city).
Later that night for dinner we went to Guu with Garlic, a cute Japanese tapas place with delicious food! Unfortunately no food pictures, but we had the chicken karaage, okonomiyaki, and pan fried udon noodles. We sat in a room off to the side where you had to take your shoes off and sit on the floor.
After dinner we went to Gastown and checked out some bars and lounges.
The next day was filled with shopping, and in the early evening we checked out the Vancouver Lookout Tower. It is very touristy, but very beautiful! It was awesome being able to walk around and get a 360 view of Vancouver. Along the sides they have little cards with trivia about all the landmarks you’re looking at. Get here during sunset for some amazing views!
We ended our Vancouver trip with brunch at Medina Cafe, where I had the most enjoyable breakfast spread I have ever had in my life (the La Sante)!
Thanks to Medina Cafe, we ended our trip on a high note. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to check out any of the suspension bridges or go on any hikes, so I would definitely love to come back with some friends to have some more Vancouver adventures.