Nikki & Steve's Guidebook

Nikki & Steve

Hello - we're Stephen and Nikki. While homebodies at heart we love traveling to far away lands and calling beautiful Vancouver our home base.


Things to do in Vancouver

791 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A must-see in Vancouver. If we only had one day in Vancouver, we'd visit Stanley Park and the do the Seawall for sure. It's breathtaking.

613 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Although technically not an island (more of a peninsula), Granville Island boasts many attractions - stop by the Granville Public Market (arguably Vancouver's liveliest market), play with toys in t... read more

329 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Vancouver's version of the MET. If you love art, or architecture for that matter, you have to check out the exhibits at the Vancouver Art Gallery. $24 per adult or by donation on Tuesday nights (f... read more

155 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of the two best approachable fine dining options in Gastown. Will most likely need to make a reservation well in advance. They serve Belgian style cuisine and seafood. If you enjoy mussels and ... read more

273 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Robson Street is Vancouver's outdoor shopping mall. It is located within walking distance to Pacific Center Mall and features many stores that are not located within the mall like Victoria's Secret... read more

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Medina

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$$· 780 Richards St·Map·Hours·Website·

124 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of the most beloved brunch destinations in the city. They do Mediterranean-inspired fine cuisine. They do not take reservations and you will have to wait-but for a good reason. Located in the "... read more

123 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The ambiance here is great. A must-do for the beer lover - they have one of the most diverse beer selections in the province. They are situated in a historic building along the railway tracks. Flig... read more

139 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Pacific Center is Vancouver's largest shopping mall - noteworthy stores include the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC), Holt Renfrew (luxury goods), Nordstrom, H&M and many more.

118 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is our favourite bar in the city. It feels like a cross between a Chinese apothecary and an opium den. Very interesting atmosphere. Very interesting cocktails they refer to as prescriptions an... read more

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Bao Bei

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$$· 163 Keefer St·Map·Hours·Website·

134 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Bao Bei is a great little restaurant serving Chinese dishes cooked in a French way. They're only open for dinner and they don't take reservations so expect to wait. A good approach is to walk next ... read more

91 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of three great coffee shops in the Gastown area. Please note - they are closed Sundays. Often very busy. If you intend to hang out and have a conversation over coffee, there is another great sp... read more

101 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Located in a great second-story spot at the corder of Water Street and Carrall Street, The Diamond provides a great view of the center of Gastown. Ok small bites menu. Better cocktail menu. Great v... read more

89 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is our favourite taco place in the city. It's cheap. The crispy chicken burrito and the fish tacos are amazing. Takeout is fast if you want to order to-go in the front entrance section of the ... read more

80 local Airbnb hosts recommend

It's tiny so it can be tricky to get a seat but they have an incredible home-made, gluten-free bolognese pasta that is available on both the brunch and dinner menu. The other menu options are gre... read more

79 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Underground bar and live music venue with great food, drink menu and a ton of board games. We highly recommend the giant Jenga in the alcove in the far corner. Check out their live music calendar f... read more

78 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Meat & Bread is a cheaper lunch option in Gastown serving meat-focused sandwiches. The Porchetta is our absolute favourite. It's very popular with professionals in the area so expect to have to wai... read more

98 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Vancouverites like to call this mother nature's stair master and it's easy to undestand why. It's a beautiful staircase of a hike!

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L'Abattoir

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$$$· 217 Carrall St·Map·Hours·Website·

82 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of the two best approachable fine dining options in Gastown. Great atmosphere, good service, picturesque Gastown decor. Great spot for a romantic date. They do fresh west coast ingredients with... read more

50 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Hands down, the best pizza in Vancouver. This modern take on Napolitana pizza is a local favourite. Highly recommend the Pesto B.B.T. and the Salame di Manzo e Funghi!

151 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Within our top 5 things to do in Vancouver. Whether you bike, run or walk its length, you'll be amazed with the beautiful views of the North Shore, Ocean, Bridges and Mountains. Not to miss.

98 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This garden is the first of its kind to be created outside of China. It is a stunning representation of the Ming Dynasty-era tradition classical Chinese garden. It has been named the No. 1 City Gar... read more

28 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Cuchillo, pronounced (ku-chi-yo), is a very popular fushion Latin restaurant serving entrees, tapas and beautiful cocktails. Menu standouts we recommend include the Wild Mexican Sea Prawns, Char Gr... read more

26 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Incredible quality coffee beans. Owned by a few local Vancouverites. This is the closest of the three best Gastown coffee shops in proximity to the apartment!

26 local Airbnb hosts recommend

PiDGiN is a very stylish French-Asian fusion restaurant run by an award winning Canadian chef. They have an incredible craft cocktail menu. Happy Hour is from 5-6:30, 1030-close

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Easily the best cooking school in the city. A single evening class will run you about $150.00 per person but it makes for a great activity and you'll definitely want to continue to make the dishes ... read more

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les amis du FROMAGE

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$$$· 843 East Hastings Street·Map·Hours·Website·

18 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The best selection of cheeses in the city. We highly recommend ordering one of their platters online, picking it up and enjoying it at the apartment (or on the rooftop deck) with a few glasses of w... read more

48 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is a park for urban dwellers and is frequented by Gastown locals. Stop by for unique views of the city, North Shore, the port authority and the large off-leash dog section. There's nothing qui... read more

15 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Vancouver's newest brunch and breakfast spot. Open daily 8am to 3pm. They do not take reservations. Spots are awarded on a first come, first serve basis and there's often a line out the door. When ... read more

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It's a 10-12 minute walk through Gastown to get to this central SkyTrain station. From here you can take a train to get anywhere in the city. Trips within Vancouver start from $2.50 one-way for a o... read more

10 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This restaurant is entirely VEGAN and surprisingly good. They have many gluten free options as well.