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Things to do in Vancouver

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Stanley Park is a 405-hectare public park that borders the downtown of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada and is mostly surrounded by waters of Burrard Inlet and English Bay. The park has a long history and was one of the first areas to be explored in the city.”
  • 1090 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Permanent and traveling exhibits ranging from modernist to contemporary. Have lunch at the cafe. Cheap on Tuesday nights.”
  • 398 locals recommend
Brewery
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“The Arts and Cultural center of Vancouver. There's an awesome market, loads of theatres and art shops, and beautiful views of the city. Busy on weekends.”
  • 508 locals recommend
Tattoo Parlor
“Lot's of trendy shops, souvenir stores and delicious restaurants to try. Line up and be amongst the people that take photos by the Steam Clock. ”
  • 438 locals recommend
Science Museum
“The Science World was the place for our famous for the Expo 86 convention. It is now a interactive and very educational of science. This is a very popular place to visit for all ages, for family, couples, seniors, school field trips. You could spend a good day in this place enjoy all unique science experience. This is a must visit. The area is also close to the Olympic Village which was one of the places that was build to host the Olympians in 2010 Olympics. Great walks, food and great for scenery photos.”
  • 358 locals recommend
Park
“English style garden everywhere. Good spot to see the city around on the hill.”
  • 315 locals recommend
Beach
“One of a number of great beaches in Vancouver. Volleyball, a big kids playground, food trucks and people watching.”
  • 301 locals recommend
Place to shop
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“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 and LuLuLemon North America Flagship stores”
  • 315 locals recommend
Aquarium
“If you feel like doing things indoors because the rain won’t stop, check out the Vancouver Aquarium that is located right in Stanley Park. ”
  • 273 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“The most popular mall in Downtown Vancouver! There is marvellous stores for everyone at this shopping centre. ”
  • 164 locals recommend
Market
“Take in the sights of the marina and taste a bit of local food at the market”
  • 255 locals recommend
Stadium
“BC Place is the largest sports, exhibition and entertainment venue of its kind in British Columbia, hosting the province’s most notable events including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. An all-new BC Place reopened in September 2011 after completing a major revitalization that included the installation of the largest cable-supported retractable roof of its kind in the world. BC Place has a seating capacity of 54,500. Today, BC Place is home to Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the BC Lions Football Club and the BC Sports Hall of Fame. BC Place is an important generator of economic activity in British Columbia, hosting world-class entertainment events, professional and amateur sport, community gatherings and exhibitions.”
  • 194 locals recommend
Arts & Crafts Store
“Indoor market with many dining options. Check out boutique stores this city has to offer. Listen to live music. Get your food snatched by seagulls. Make sure to try to Rosemary Rock Salt Bagel at Siegel's Bagels.  ”
  • 299 locals recommend
Hockey Arena
“Rogers Arena is an indoor sports arena located at 800 Griffiths Way in the downtown area of Vancouver, British Columbia. Opened in 1995, the arena was known as General Motors Place (GM Place) from its opening until July 6, 2010, when General Motors Canada ended its naming rights sponsorship and a new agreement for those rights was reached with Rogers Communications. Rogers Arena was built to replace Pacific Coliseum as Vancouver's primary indoor sports facility and in part due to the National Basketball Association's 1995 expansion into Canada, when Vancouver and Toronto were given expansion teams.”
  • 188 locals recommend
Beach
“English Bay is located west of the downtown peninsula and False Creek. Great beaches, bike rentals, shops, great restaurants. Best place to watch the sunsets. Relax and lay on the beach for relaxation and enjoy the sun. Great for all ages. ”
  • 176 locals recommend
Co-Working Space
“The most trendy neighbourhood in Vancouver with lots of happening restaurants and bars. ”
  • 189 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Belgian Restaurant
“Long standing Belgian restaurant that serves up great cocktails, delicious food, in a wood & brick building. Get the mussels!”
  • 196 locals recommend
Gastropub
“I don't know how many dozens of beers this place has on tap (50+). Great rotating beer lists, loads of locals to try, and very good food mixed with friendly service. The renovated former salt building is a great adaptive reuse of an iconic architectural building in an area that's largely been de-industrialized. This is a good place for kids, too.”
  • 150 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Be prepared to wait in line BUT it is worth it, famous for brunch and their liege waffles and lavender lattes. ”
  • 137 locals recommend
Chinese Restaurant
“In Chinatown, a really funky Chinese food spot, a local fav, right by Keefer Bar. Great date night spot! [7 min walk]”
  • 147 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“Casual spot with local art, a garden patio & nightly live music, serving natural & vegetarian foods.”
  • 149 locals recommend
Beer Bar
“Usually not a long wait, have great small menu. I love the tomato benny. They also have beer flights. Also great spot for drinks/all other meals **brunch only on weekends!** [4 min walk]”
  • 136 locals recommend
Taco Place
“Incredible food in a popular spot! Make sure to book ahead of time to save your spot!”
  • 109 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“A hidden gem in the city. This establishment is next door and serves authentic French cuisine. It is deliciously well priced. Perfect for a traveling couple to have a date night.”
  • 114 locals recommend

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