Steve's Guidebook

Steve
We are a family with four children aged 10-18. We are avid travellers who like to feel like locals wherever we go. We love charming neighbourhoods with restaurants and shops, the outdoors, and ex... read more

Things to do in Vancouver

791 local Airbnb host recommends

Vancouver's iconic and massive downtown park. Surrounded on 3 sides by water at the tip of the downtown peninsula with a 10km sea wall for walking, biking, or roller-blading all the way around a p... read more

613 local Airbnb host recommends

An incredible neighbourhood - Granville Island is a collection of shops, galleries, cafes, restaurants, independent vendors, book stores, live theatre & music venues - all mixed in with marine sto... read more

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The most popular beach in the city, it is great for everyone. Swimming, beach food, nearby cafes/restaurants, playground, walking trails heading to adjacent smaller beaches and parks. You can't m... read more

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The city's main Art Gallery with large permanent and rotating exhibitions. Housed in the original Vancouver courthouse right in the middle of downtown. The Art Gallery Cafe is also a fantastic pl... read more

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One of three local ski mountains overlooking the city of Vancouver, Grouse is the closest to downtown and great for hiking outside of the ski season. If you are super fit, do the "Grouse Grind", a... read more

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One of Vancouver's hot new Asian-fusion restaurants in the transitioning old Chinatown. This is a hip place focused on amazing small plates of food that mix traditional Chinese dishes with a West C... read more

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The closest of Vancouver's downtown beaches, with amazing sunshine facing straight south and close in views of Kitsilano and Granville Island on the city's Westside. This beach is sandy, good for ... read more

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Havana

Food SceneRestaurants
1212 Commercial Drive·Map·Hours·Website·

75 local Airbnb host recommends

You really should explore East Vancouver, and Commercial Drive is the epicentre of East-Van cool. Loads of independent restaurants, shops, and a very hip scene. Havana is a mainstay on "The Driv... read more

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The UBC campus is among the iconic university campus settings in the world. Surrounded on 3 sides by cliffs that drop to the Pacific Ocean and with miles of trails through old growth forest on the... read more

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Famous for being among the most beautiful beaches in the world and Vancouver's only official "clothing optional" beach, there is so much more to Wreck Beach. The trail down to it (about 400 woode... read more

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It's a haul to get there as this sea side village is located at the outer northeastern reaches of North Vancouver, but it is worth it. A pretty village with a few cafes, a waterfront park, a few s... read more

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One of the more quiet neighbourhood beaches frequented by locals. Great swimming, a small beachside cafe to buy food, and walking / biking trail connecting to numerous other beaches heading West. ... read more

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A great spot to spend a few hours, either on your own or with kids. The displays are always changing, and there is a lot of Vancouver history in the permanent installations. We live here and we s... read more

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Mile upon mile of walking or biking through old growth forest. Simply amazing. You can enter the park trails from any side, there are many trail heads and there are maps throughout the trail syst... read more

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Another of Vancouver's true city neighbourhood strips, Main Street was once a small working class village that now is in the heart of the city. Main Street was historically the dividing line betwe... read more

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The peak of rainy day comfort food. Burgoo has locations in Kits, Point Grey, and on Main street all nearby. Think log cabin by the fire having a hearty bowl of home made soup or stew along with... read more

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One of Vancouver's hot new restaurants in the transitioning old neighbourhoods of the downtown Eastside, near Chinatown. This is a hip place focused on Latin tapas and great cocktails. Not a fami... read more

30 local Airbnb host recommends

One of Vancouver's hot new restaurants in the transitioning old Chinatown. This is a hip place focused with fantastic food at respectable prices served up with great cocktails and wine. Not a famil... read more

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Wildebeest

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 120 West Hastings Street·Map·Hours·Website·

23 local Airbnb host recommends

One of Vancouver's hot new restaurants in the transitioning old neighbourhoods of the downtown Eastside, near Chinatown. This is a hip place focused on game, meat, and great cocktails and wine. N... read more

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Another of Vancouver's true city neighbourhood strips, West Point Grey (like Kerrisdale, Kitsilano, and Dunbar) was once a small village that now is in the heart of the city's Westside. Many indepe... read more

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The Malaysian food here will blow your mind. There are a few locations, we think the West Broadway one near Oak Street is the best. The one down on Denman is also good if you are strolling around... read more

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You really should explore East Vancouver and it's coolest neighbourhood, Commercial Drive. Once Vancouver's "Little Italy" Commercial Drive it has expanded to be a hub of cool, culture, food, and ... read more

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Another of Vancouver's true city neighbourhood strips, Kitsilano (like Kerrisdale, Dunbar, and Point Grey) was once a small village that now is in the heart of the city's Westside. Many independen... read more

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The western-most beach in the city and immediately joining Locarno Beach. See comments under Locarno beach as it is really all just one continuous beach - we always refer to the whole place as Spa... read more

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A well-kept neighbourhood secret that serves up great tapas, larger plates, and fantastic drinks in a cool spot tucked away where Kitsilano meets Point Grey. About a 5-10 minute drive from our home... read more

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Chicha

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 136 E Broadway·Map·Hours·Website·

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We love this little hole in the wall restaurant that serves up awesome tapas and small plates along with great drinks all for reasonable prices. A cool hidden place right at the border of the West... read more

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Proprietors Eric and Allura have secretly built this small eatery into destination for an unbelievably extensive list of whiskeys from everywhere around the world. Fun place to grab some value pri... read more

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Tucked away in a small pedestrian-only walkway near other shops and cafes, this is one of Vancouver's best Japanese / sushi restaurants. A tiny place with incredible food and cool atmosphere. Yo... read more

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Locals from all over Vancouver come to this great pizza place in our neighbourhood that is rated among the best in the city. Cool diners exploring the city mix with local families over great food ... read more

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Amazing French bakery and cafe. It's not the cheapest place in Kerrisdale for coffee and a pastry, but it sure is good. Pick up your baguette to take home after you sip fantastic coffee on a sid... read more