Things to do in Vancouver

Here’s your key to the city. A definitive guide of the best local spots, as told by local Airbnb hosts



Best of the best

791 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Nature's beauty to the extreme. 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 t... read more

Designated a national historic site of Canada, Stanley Park is a magnificent green oasis in the midst of the heavily built urban landscape of Vancouver. Explore the 400-hectare natural West Coas... read more

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 hosts recommend

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

Imagine an island in the middle of a city. See? You’re already curious. Now picture a place moulded by a fascinating history, buzzing with a colourful artistic community. A living, breathing urban ... read more

Granville Island is a shopping destination unique to Vancouver due to its abundance of artisan, locally-made and hand-crafted products and foods. It is also an arts and culture hub with numerous th... read more

258 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

Walk the seawall all the way around, going east. Beautiful views, stop at Granville Island.. In the summer, a great fish and chips stand, Go Fish, is on the seawall between Kitsilano Beach and Gra... read more

Kitsilano Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Vancouver, especially in the warm summer months. Located at the north edge of the Kitsilano neighbourhood, the beach faces out onto Burrard Inl... read more

329 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Vancouver Art Gallery is the fifth-largest art gallery in Canada and the largest in Western Canada. It is located downtown Vancouver. Its permanent collection of about 11,000 artworks includes ... read more

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

This is Vancouver's main art gallery. It has changing exhibits as well as an impressive permanent collection. Best kept secret: the gallery cafe is located upstairs from the lobby (or you can acces... read more

318 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Science World at Telus World of Science, is a science centre run by a not-for-profit organization in Vancouver. It is located at the end of False Creek, and features many permanent interactive exhi... read more

Science World at Telus World of Science, Vancouver is a science centre run by a not-for-profit organization in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is located at the end of False Creek, and feat... read more

Interactive science displays & films for kids from toddlers to early teens, inside a geodesic dome; Science World is one of Vancouver's most recognized landmarks. Science World is a 20-30 minute wa... read more

229 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

Cost: (for the Peak Experience) $47.95 for adults, $38.95 for seniors, $28.95 for youth, $14.95 for child age 5 to 12, free for child under 5 Unique to Vancouver: Grouse has the advantage of being... read more

Rising 1,250 metres (4,100 feet) above Vancouver and just 15 minutes from the city’s downtown core, is the vast alpine playground of Grouse Mountain. The iconic Red Skyride gives visitors and local... 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

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

A bustling restaurant near the hockey arena and BC Place stadium on the edge of Gastown. Hundreds of Belgian Beers, a great wine list and wonderful food. Lamb Tagine! The Mussels!

152 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Brassneck Brewery has a beautiful rustic fill and tasting room right on Main Street. In addition to the quality beer, they serve a selection of jerky and pepperoni and most evenings have food truc... read more

If you love beer then the Craft Brewery is a place for you. The Craft Brewery features a tasting room and a growler shop where you can get fills of your favorite beers that are very fresh. There ar... read more

A little neighbourhood brewery with a Growler Shop & Tasting Room. They only serve the beer they brew & the occasional sausage, but there are usually food trucks outside!

187 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Discover Granville Island, home to king of public markets offering a vast array of food vendors and fresh local produce. Plenty of outdoor and inside seating to eat while enjoying amazing views of ... read more

Granville Island Public Market is a great place to go to shop for fresh produce, bakery items, or unique gifts, visit the Kids Market, catch theatre performances or just have a lazy day wandering a... read more

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

273 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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

#5 bus picks up along Robson, goes to City Center Station (Canada Line - Richmond, YVR Airport), Granville Station (Expo/Millenium Lines - Burnaby, Surrey), Waterfront Station (Seabus to North Vanc... read more

139 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of Vancouver's best microbrewery (my personal favourite), a 5 minute walk down the street. Try their award-winning authentic west coast pale ale ("33 acres of Ocean") or get a sampler of 4. The... read more

With a clean, modern west coast design the tasting room is simple, allowing you to focus on the beer and locally sourced snack menu. Oh, and don’t forget the daily food truck rotations! Yummmy!

One of the newest, and best, craft breweries in Vancouver. Excellent dark beer (33 Acres of Darkness) and excellent wheaty lager (33 Acres of Sunshine) plus, plus. Small, busy, but fun.

247 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Capilano Suspension Bridge is just a quick drive away from downtown and is a very popular tourist attraction. Capilano Suspension Bridge crosses to towering evergreens, cedar-scented rainfores... read more

Capilano Suspension Bridge crosses the Capilano river in the 1,300 year old Douglas Fir rainforest. There is a Treetops Adventure: 7 suspended footbridges offering views 110 feet above the forest ... read more

Experience the Vancouver Sea Bus! 1.5 hours transit (includes sea bus) to The Capilano Suspension Bridge -a simple suspension bridge crossing the Capilano River in the District of North Vancouver... read more

207 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver’s horticultural jewel, is a major draw for floral display enthusiasts and view-seekers, and as a popular backdrop for wedding photos. At 152 metres above sea level, ... read more

Queen Elizabeth Park is a 130-acre municipal park on Little Mountain (500' above sea level). Its surface was scarred at the turn of the twentieth century when it was quarried for its rock, which ... read more

World Famous Queen Elizabeth Park, the highest point in Vancouver City. Botanical Garden, Views of Downtown and the city, and a Tropical plant/ Bird Conservatory at the top. There's also a Rose... read more

126 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you like beer, you must go here! The Craft Beer Market has Canada's largest selection of draft beer, with over 150 beers on tap centred at a massive bar at the room's hub. Drink local or global.... read more

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

A huge facility with fairly good food and a HUGE selections of beer ON TAP. This place is a sight to be seen. The operation they are running is admirable, and they accommodate big groups.

125 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Iconic, this restaurant is the oldest in Kitsilano. It's been around since the 60's. Great vegetarian food and bohemian vibe unchanged from the hippie era it originates from. Live music every ... read more

A Vegetarian Staple in Vancouver. Open 24 hours a day for late night cravings. Often there will be live music. Often there will be a long wait. Really chill vibe and atmosphere and consequently, v... read more

If you like healthy vegetarian food and a warm, hippie-tinged environment, the Naam is great. 5 min walk from the house. Good food overall and cosy atmosphere. A Vancouver institution that is open ... read more

124 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A must for brunch is Cafe Medina, a café serving connoisseur-savvy coffee, Belgian waffles, full breakfast, lunch, and brunch menu comprised of dishes created by co-owner and chef, Nico Schuermans.

If you’re hungry for brunch, Cafe Medina has got you covered! They have some of the best Belgian waffles in town with so many amazing toppings to choose from like Milk Chocolate Lavender, and even ... read more

Go out of your way for brunch here. What restaurant in the middle of downtown Vancouver is not open for dinner? Medina, because they do brunch so darn well. Perfect little waffles with home made... read more

111 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is the place where the staff like to get to know you. Look for Ashley the senior bartender. Great food with gluten friendly options. My favourite are the GF Baha fish tacos ($5.00 ea & Tuesday... read more

Best restaurant/bar for ppl who want to sit back with a drink and people watch from one of the busiest patios in town. "Local" is packed with crowds mostly aged 20-40, directly across Kitsilano Beach!

Great patio, fun spot to people watch! Right across from kits beach! Definitely try a whiskey lemonade or ceaser in a boot!

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Alibi Room

Drinks & NightlifeBars
157 Alexander Street·Map·Hours·Website·

123 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

The Alibi Room is a great place for a night out with friends. There are 50 taps of local & imported craft beer, cool cocktails and a delicious menu! The prices are fairly reasonable too.

Best Restaurant BC Beer selection- Alibi Room, You'll find one of the most extensive beer lists in town in the Alibi Room, which is located in a century-old Gastown building.

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Museum of Anthropology

Arts & CultureMuseums
6393 Northwest Marine Drive·Map·Hours·Website·

142 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is renowned for its displays of world arts and cultures, in particular works by... read more

A beautifully designed and curated museum on the grounds of the University of British Columbia. While the focus is on world cultures, I particularly love the artifacts, craft work, and exploration ... read more

The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is renowned for its displays of world arts and cultures, in particular works by First ... read more

139 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you need a break from the boutique store stroll of Robson St., there's always Pacific Centre mall in the heart of downtown. You'll also find high-end department stores such as Nordstrom Rack an... read more

Pacific Centre is a much bigger mall than Oakridge and has every retail store you can imagine. Right outside of the mall there are two streets that have extensive shopping as well: Granville and Ro... read more

The Pacific Centre is the largest mall in Downtown Vancouver with over 100 stores and shops, most of which are underground. Anchor stores include Holt Renfrew, Harry Rosen, H&M, and Nordstrom.

109 local Airbnb hosts recommend

When your craving for Indian food, Vij's comes recommended for a great dining experience in the city! Vij's Rangoli on West 11th Ave is a great spot for a quick lunch and delicious Chai Tea in thei... read more

North American renowned and celebrated Indian restaurant located in Vancouver offering inventive cuisine & a lively atmosphere. Vij is often in attendance greeting guests, and serving appetizers to... read more

The most popular upscale Indian cuisine in the city, which also has a food cart. Go early and be prepared to line up. Some high end grocery stores also carry products from Chef Vij’s line of produc... read more

107 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Awesome restaurant with lots of micro brews to choose from. The views are spectacular. This spot is in the former Olympic Village. Great place to start or finish a walk around the False Creek sea wall

Tired of the hidden gems and ready for a patio with a water view? Well, this is your place within an easy walk. Prepare to stay awhile.... it's just so easy when the view is so phenomenal.

Great casual place for food and drinks with friends. In Creekside, Olympic Village. Great View of false creek.

#23

Keefer Bar

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$$$$· 135 Keefer Street·Map·Hours·Website·

118 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Tiny bar on Keefer Street with an impressive cocktail list. Local ingredients and lab implements are used to create concoctions like an old-fashioned apothecary shop. Great place to while away the... read more

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

Dark, swanky bar with a patio, shaking up Asian-inspired cocktails to pair with fusion small plates.

134 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

This restaurant is considered one of the best in Vancouver - a fusion of Chinese and French. They don't take reservations, but no problems as you can see their front door from the terrace, so you'... read more

Our favourite small plate restaurant. Unique Asian cuisine. Our favourite dish is Shan Tofu made from chick peas. A busy spot and they won't seat you until everyone is present. Be prepared for a... 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

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

Possibly the best coffee shop in town. They allow you to choose from a number of espressos and they use a number of brewing methods. You can buy high-end roasted beans here as well. 


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The Diamond

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$$$· 6 Powell Street·Map·Hours·Website·

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

Come here for a cocktail to start, continue, or end your evening. Located on the upper floor of one of Gastown's heritage brick buildings with eclectic old world decor, the Diamond has great windo... read more

Great atmosphere and some cool views from the big, arched, upstairs windows and into Maple Square. Very much a cocktail bar but their old speakeasy recently became legal and they opened it up to th... read more

165 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

"English Bay Beach is the most populated beach area in Vancouver and is host to a numerous events. The Stanley Park Seawall, a popular running and biking route, runs along the east side of the beac... read more

Fireworks in the summer, chill nights, hot sunny days and ice cream. All good things. What I like about english bay is the eclectic groups of people that you can see lounging around during the even... read more

96 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The word "Faux" means "False", and "Bourgeois" means "Middle Class" in french. This restaurant serves honest to goodness french food without the snob element. The food and wine are awesome, and the... read more

A short 5-min walk and is very charming. Food is traditional French meals that are delicious but not super fancy. Good wine list and very lovely intimate atmosphere. They require reservations we... read more

French bistro - tough to get into, but pop in early or late to get a seat the bar. Cannot go wrong with Steak Frites.

98 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Lynn Canyon Park opened to the public in 1912 and has been a popular destination among tourists & local residents ever since. Lynn Canyon is a great location for a family picnic, a leisurely hike, ... read more

Take a bike tour with "IntotheWild.ca" for an action packed day exploring the forest of Lynn Canyon Park and the breathtaking valley of Pitt Meadows. Day starts with a leisurely hike through Lynn... read more

Tons of hiking trails, gorgeous waterfalls and fresh glacier fed river views. Cliffjumping happens here in the summer! Come watch daredevils jump and perform tricks into the ice cold waters. Featur... read more

92 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

Stunning English bay beach front restaurant. Ride your bike to this beachfront restaurant and plan on happy hour. Watch the beach scene unfold in front of you

"It is a Canadian casual dining restaurant chain with the best patio in the city right on the beach in English Bay. Also the best place to have a drink and enjoy the sunset".$$$