Brennan's Guidebook

Hey there - I call Vancouver, Canada home, but am happiest when I get to spend time away and explore other corners and cultures of the world. My work keeps me pretty busy, so when I get downtim... read more

Things to do in Vancouver

791 local Airbnb hosts recommend

No trip to Vancouver is complete without a visit to Stanley Park. It's best experienced biking around it on the seawall, but if you've got a few hours it makes for a beautiful walk as well. You can... read more

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Hands-down my all-time favourite restaurant in Vancouver. It's non-pretentious fine dining, great for brunch or for dinner. Amazing atmosphere in Gastown, with a great patio as well. If you go for ... read more

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Granville Island is full of local arts, restaurants and a large public market. You can easily access it by hopping on one of the Water Taxis which stop all around False Creek - cash only though. If... read more

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Robson Street between Granville Street and Bute Street is lined with clothing stores. Likely nothing you won't find anywhere else, but in case you need to pick something up. If you're looking for... read more

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Olympic Village and the Main Street area in general are crammed full of breweries. I'm not huge on breweries myself, but Craft (which is huge and has a patio) is a great place to start a brewery/pu... read more

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Beer lovers paradise with dozens on tap and an amazing menu. If you're with friends not as stoked on beer, they have delicious cocktails too. One of the best parts of this restaurant though is the ... read more

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Big mall downtown, with some big department stores connected to it including Nordstrom, the Bay, and Holt Renfrew.

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One of my favourite little spots in Vancouver, still a bit of a hidden gem. Beautiful small, dark bar with amazing cocktails (special mention for the Rosemary Gimlet) and a small patio. Good place ... read more


Bao Bei

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 163 Keefer St·Map·Hours·Website·

134 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great modern Chinese restaurant that serves up great share plates an amazing cocktails in a trendy Chinatown atmosphere. Stop by Keefer Bar a couple doors down for a cocktail (or many) before or af... read more

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If you're out for a walk around the seawall, this restaurant makes for a great lunch stop or afternoon drinks and snacks. The patio is right on the seawall at English Bay beach, and makes for some ... read more

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Another one of my favourite Vancouver restaurants. Great for brunch, lunch or dinner. Perfect for pork lovers... not so much for vegetarians. Be sure to get a side of brussel sprouts if you visit. ... read more

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If you're out exploring or doing some shopping in the Gastown area, Chill Winston provides for the perfect place to sit out on a patio (or in the beautiful bar itself) and have some drinks a/o some... read more

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A really awesome spot for oysters and seafood and in a more relaxed setting. Just two blocks down the street and within good stumbling distance of lots other bars/lounges and nightlife.



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1118 Mainland St·Map·Hours·Website·

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Best sushi/Japanese food in the city, and just right around the corner from my place. If you feel like a change of scenery, you can skip over to Miku (sister restaurant to Minami) in Coal Harbour. ... read more

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If you're feeling something casual, this is a great pub spot all day (and night) with an awesome patio in the West End. Decent spot for a cheap hangover brunch on weekends as well.


Go Fish

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$· 1505 W 1st Ave·Map·Hours·

42 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Amazing food stand on the seawall, right outside of Granville Island. This hidden gem serves up the best fish and chips in the city, as well as a number of other great seafood items - caught fresh.... read more


Salt Tasting Room

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$$· 45 Blood Alley Square·Map·Hours·Website·

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Don't let the alley deter you - this is an amazing hidden gem in Gastown if you're in the mood for wine and charcuterie.

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Beautiful, rustic restaurant that's great for breakfast, lunch or dinner that specializes in upmarket rotisserie chicken and cocktails - if that's even a thing. Really great patio as well!

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The closest beach option. It's smaller than the rest but serves it's purpose if you don't have much time and want to get some sun.

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If you're interested in a change of scenery, the lobby bar in the Fairmont Pacific Rim (in Coal Harbour) is a really great place to stop for some cocktails before or after dinner. And it's only abo... read more

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Here's one of my favourite beach spots in the city to hang out in the summer, attracting a younger crowd (than Spanish Banks), who are more laid-back (than Kitsilano Beach), and few tourists (compa... read more

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If you're a fan of local over Starbucks, Small Victory is a cute independent cafe and bakery right around the corner from the apartment. Perfect if you're feeling a coffee and a pastry for breakfas... read more

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Gorgeous pub with rocker vibes, which attracts a pretty mixed, friendly and more mature crowd. In other words, you won't find any drunk students here. Seems to pick up later on at night and it's op... read more

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Local grocery store if you need anything. There's also a larger option a couple blocks down Davie Street (called Urban Fare) with a much bigger deli packed full of awesome ready-made and healthy me... read more

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This will get you to the airport in about 25 minutes.

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If you're feeling in the mood for a Gastown night out, this bar serves up some really fantastic hand-crafted cocktails. If you check it out, you have to try the Apiary. Great at any time in the eve... read more

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It won't be lit, but here's the Olympic cauldron from Vancouver's 2010 Winter Olympics if you're interested in seeing it in person.

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The best way to experience Vancouver is by bike around our seawall which wraps all the way around the city and Stanley Park. Stop by this bike store to rent one and hop straight on the seawall.

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Here's a big pharmacy for anything you might have forgotten or need, such as toiletries, etc.