James & Leanne's Guidebook

James & Leanne
We have lived in the Gastown/Railtown district of Vancouver, Canada for over 15 years and we love it! We live a creative life working in film and photography. We love to travel and go sailing when... read more

Things to do in Vancouver

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Stanley Park is Vancouver's first, largest, and most beloved urban park! Designated a national historic site of Canada, Stanley Park is a magnificent green oasis in the midst of the heavily built u... read more

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Hours of Operation: Granville Island Public Market: Open seven days a week, 9am-7pm Most other retail stores: Open seven days a week, 10am-7pm

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Housed (for the time being — its new home will be built at West Georgia and Cambie) in a beautiful neoclassical courthouse located in the thick of Robson Street’s hustle-and-bustle, the Vancouver A... read more

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Super fun for the kids, adults love it too.

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Great food. Great scene. Great room. Chic exposed-brick space serving creative Belgian cuisine & sustainable seafood plus brews & wine. Address: 568 Beatty St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2L3 Phone:(604) 879... read more

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A 15-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, the iconic Capilano Suspension Bridge is a Vancouver landmark. Since 1889, visitors and locals alike have flocked to this famous swinging bridge across Ca... read more

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Medina

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

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Possibly the best brunch in town. Located in the Library District, Medina Cafe is a purveyor of fine Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, connoisseur-savvy coffee and sweet sustenance via the city’s bes... read more

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Right next door. Our local and a true Gastown experience. Heritage building with 50 taps of local & imported craft beers, plus a menu of locally sourced food. Lively, busy room next to the train tr... read more

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A hidden gem in Chinatown. Great ambiance. Delicious cocktails and small plates. A good place to hang out while you wait for your seat at Bao Bei Restaurant next door. Address: 135 Keefer Street, V... read more

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Bao Bei

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$$· 163 Keefer St·Map·Hours·Website·

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Chinese brasserie.  Sooo good! Stylish dining room for modern Chinese sharing plates & inventive cocktails. Great service.  Can get very busy and No reservations.  Go either early or late to get a ... read more

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Best coffee in gastown (and second best in the city). About 8 blocks away at 325 Cambie St (at Cordova). Consistent, perfect coffee.  Espresso, brews and pour-overs. Open 730-6 weekdays.  Closed on... read more

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Local bar. 2nd floor overlooking Maple Tree Square (the main intersection in Gastown). Get a table near a window for an interesting neighborhood perspective. Address: 6 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6... read more

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Inspired Mexican. So happy this place opened near us! Brick and mortar version of famed Tofino taco truck, but much more evolved.  Take out service at 15 West Cordova St, nice restaurant on the ... read more

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Best summer patio in the hood! Eco-friendly menu at restaurant with urban-chic decor & patio seating on Maple Tree Square. Address: 3 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1B2 Phone:(604) 288-9575

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Amazing Italian right across the street! Closed Mondays. Pint-size eatery serving large, refined Italian dishes meant for sharing. Gluten-free choices. One of the top restaurants in Vancouver. No r... read more

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Dark, intimate space for cocktails, nibbles & giant Jenga, with a stage for live performances. Address: 1 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1B2 Phone:(604) 288-1704

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Exactly as the name implies. Order at the counter and then find a table. Busy at lunchtime. If you can’t find a table, get it to go… which is what most people do. Address: 370 Cambie Street, Gasto... read more

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L'Abattoir

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

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Amazing food. Great environment and yummy cocktails. Industrial-chic setting for Pacific Northwest fare with a French touch. Address: 217 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J2 Phone:(604) 568-1701

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Low key bar. Good scene. Industrial-chic hub serving creative cocktails & Pan-Asian eats, including bibimbop & banh mi. Address: 219 Union St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2B2 Phone:(604) 568-3230

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Excellent Lebanese food combined with the sophistication and subtleties of European cuisines with the exotic ingredients of the Middle and Far East. Fresh ingredients that are organic and local whe... read more

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Best, closest coffee.  For when you want really, really good coffee but only want to walk 6 blocks instead of 8.  These guys are open late too.  7am-9pm everyday. Located in Chinatown at 213 East G... read more

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Six Acres

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203 Carrall Street·Map·Hours·Website·

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A lively gastropub offering shared plates & a wide selection of beer & spirits in a historic space. Address: 203 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J1 Phone:(604) 488-0110

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Great food! Creative cocktails & seasonal fare served in a century-old warehouse setting with a 38-ft. bar. Address: 162 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B2 Phone:(604) 568-7022

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Modern pizzeria in a former jail & horse stable, with certified Neapolitan-style pies & a bar. Amazing food! Address: 62 E Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1K3 Phone:(604) 669-6985

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Northern Italian menu, with pizza & housemade salami, served under exposed bulbs. No reservations. Address: 1020 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W1 Phone:(604) 484-6018

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Another great Blood Alley spot specializing in cheeses, cured meats & housemade condiments with regional wine pairings. Address: 45 Blood Alley Square, Vancouver, BC V6B 1C7 Phone:(604) 633-1912

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Breathtaking, rain or shine… Step into Sun Yat-Sen Garden and out of your daily life as your heart and mind relax and energy renews. Journey back in time to 15th Century China and enjoy this “windo... read more

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Only one block away. Open until midnight. Latin American small plates, creative entrees & cocktails in arty, industrial-chic surrounds. Address: 261 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2Z1 Phone:(604) 55... read more

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Stylish restaurant. High end French-influenced takes on Asian cuisine plus craft cocktails. Address: 350 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J3 Phone:(604) 620-9400    

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Fill up your growler 7 days a week until 11pm! Maybe its a little too convenient...