Hidden away on the West Coast of Canada is the often forgotten style city of Vancouver. Serving as a gateway between Asia and North America, Vancouver offers up a wide variation of styles and cultures making it an exciting and interesting city to visit. For those heading to Vancouver, theres a wide variety of memorable experiences to be had from exploring the natural beauty of the city to unearthing hidden dining gems. With just the right balance between a state of West Coast relaxation and the pace of commerce, Vancouver has something to offer just about anyone. To aid in the discovery process we've got a few places worth exploring from local writer, Connor Keller.
Bao Bei An intriguing Chinese/French cuisine presented in an eclectic but comfortable setting
Cafe Medina Best brunches in Vancouver with an eclectic menu, excellent waffles and a good barista team
Tacofino Commissary A little off the beaten track, but the fish tacos are well worth the schlep
Sardine Can Spanish inspired tapas take full advantage of Vancouver's seafood.
Meat and Bread Exactly as it sounds, sandwiches prepared with plenty of meat.
Best Places to Relax
The Stanley Park Seawall Bring a pair of running shoes with you and take in the views and smell of the ocean as you run arguably the most scenic 10 km run in the world.
Nelson the Seagull A great selection of small plates, coffees and pastries set in a comfortable environment with couches, workspaces and communal tables.
Vancouvers Beaches Spanish Banks and Third Beach are highlights, as is renting a kayak and seeing them from the water
Alibi Room It's no small feat to be considered the largest beer selection in Vancouver, but the Alibi Room certainly has the best claim. The food isn't half bad either.
The Diamond In the heart of Gastown, the Diamond is Vancouver's go-to spot for a cocktail.
Revolver Not a bar in the traditional sense, but the city's best coffee is served from behind a bar so we'll count it.
Best Tourist Destinations
van Deusen Gardens
Vancouver Microbreweries (Brassneck, 33 Acres and Powell Street amongst others)
Best Kept Secrets
Crab Park Amazing beach for a sunset or relax just a moment out of Gastown. Easy to get to but quite unknown, thus empty.
Matchstick Coffee and the Main Street District Well outside Vancouvers downtown core lies one of the citys best coffee houses as well as a lively, diverse and interesting district.
Connor Keller is a Vancouver based journalist and the editorial braintrust behind Repository Mag. See more of his work here.