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Sunset from Stanley Park

We started our day driving to Lynn Canyon Park stopping over at La Grotta Del Formaggio to pick up some of the best sandwiches we’ve ever tasted. After hiking the trail, we headed to Stanley Park to catch the Vancouver sunset with a bonus visit to the famous totems. We finished our day wandering around the Vancouver City Centre with ramen and Japadog in our bellies.

See & Do

  • Lynn Canyon Park: This park is only about a 20 minute drive north from Vancouver (in the aptly named city of North Vancouver). It has a relatively famous suspension bridge that is free to walk across (unlike the Capilano Bridge), and contains miles (kilometers) of beautiful hikes. We saw a local Vancouverite jump into the 30 foot pool wearing little more than a swimsuit while the air temperature was around 50F (10C) and the water temperature much lower. Very well maintained trails, and extremely green foliage even at this time of year. Rating: 5/5

Lynn Caynon Park Suspension Bridge Lynn Canyon Park Hiking Lynn Canyon Park 30 Ft. Pool

  • Stanley Park: Stanley Park is a huge park just north of the Vancouver City Centre. Very easy to walk to on a nice day. If you have time, rent a bike and ride around the seawall perimeter, and don’t forget to check out the famous totems. Rating: 5/5

Totem in Stanley Park

  • Vancouver City Centre: Nothing much I can say about the city centre that you won’t be able to read elsewhere–a super shiny, modern city with tons to do. Check out Robson Street if you’re into shopping, Granville Street if you’re into clubbing, and walk along the waterfront near Canada Place on a nice day to watch the seaplanes take off and land against the backdrop of the surrounding mountains. Rating: 5/5
  • Aberdeen Centre in Richmond: Richmond neighbors the city of Vancouver and has the highest immigrant population in all of Canada, with over 50% of the population identifying as Chinese. The Aberdeen Centre in Richmond is a brand new mall that focuses almost exclusively on Asian restaurants and stores and, in my opinion, was quite unlike anything else I have ever seen in a “Chinatown” within North America–it is absolutely one of the cleanest, most organized, and well maintained malls I have been to, and the stores are a ton of fun to browse. We went on a Monday late-morning/early-afternoon so my opinion may be different during the weekend rush, but this mall is a ton of fun and has some good food options. Make sure you check out the Daiso in the mall (a Japanese 100 yen store)–the only disappointing fact is that everything costs $2+. Rating: 4/5

Eat & Drink

  • La Grotta Del Formaggio: Located right in the heart of Commercial Drive, stop by this little unassuming Italian sandwich shop for one of the best paninis you’ll have in your life. Pick your bread (I recommend the foccacia), meat, cheese, and veggies. The price is very reasonable and the sandwich is great to take on a picnic (try Lynn Canyon!). Rating: 5/5

La Grotta Del Formaggio

  • Japadog: A true Vancouver institution, hotdogs with Japanese style toppings such as bonito flakes, seaweed, etc… You can find Japadog hotdog carts all over the place in the city centre, but you’ll have to stop by the main store if you want the ice-cream sandwich. There used to be one in NYC but it recently shut down (it didn’t seem as good as the Vancouver one). Rating: 4/5
  • Motomachi Shokudo: We pretty much just wandered into this place after walking back from Stanley Park and ended up having a fairly satisfying ramen meal. Good variety of ramen, and a very solid broth. Be prepared to wait a bit if you show up during peak hours. Rating: 3/5
  • Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle: Very authentic Taiwanese beef noodle soup. The noodles are freshly made at the entrance. There are also all sorts of appetizers such as pork buns and scallion pancakes. Rating: 4/5

Beef Noodle Soup

Stay

  • Airbnb near Commercial Drive: So far another great experience with AirBNB. We decided not to stay in downtown and stayed near the Nanaimo Skytrain station–a very residential and quiet area, but we were able to get a slightly larger place that felt more like home. We had tons of fun with the arcade cabinets in the apartment! Rating: 4/5

Visit Dates

  • 03/09/2014  till afternoon of 03/10/2014

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