CityMash.com - If you could only spend one day in Vancouver, what would you do? Where would you go and what would you see?
Living in Vancouver, you get used to all of your out of town friends and family dying to visit you. We live in a postcard, after all! Where else can you get a modern urban city with great food and attractions that also happens to have an ocean and mountain view? We’ll admit it – we live in paradise.
But where do you take people to show off the best of Vancouver? It’s hard to cram so much goodness into just one day. But if you had to do it, what would make your list?
Check out our itinerary for the perfect tourist day in Vancouver!
9:00 AM: Granville Island
Start your day at Granville Island where you can enjoy freshly made baked goods and a cup of coffee. Wander through the Public Market, admire the float homes, watch a street performance and meander through the independent shops, art galleries and theatres that make Granville Island so great. And while you’re admiring the view from the marina, don’t forget to protect your food from the seagulls! These birds don’t scare easy and will take food right out of your hands.
10:30 AM: Seawall and Stanley Park
From Granville Island, hop on a water taxi over to the West End of Vancouver. If you’re lucky enough to get some nice weather, spend the rest of the morning walking the Seawall, exploring Stanley Park and stopping by some of our best beaches. A sunny day on the Seawall is pretty much the epitome of a great day in Vancouver.
12:30 PM: Sushi lunch
What’s a visit to Vancouver without sushi? If you’re here, you have to indulge in the delicious and fresh west coast seafood. You can walk along the Seawall until you’re in downtown Vancouver and have your pick from the many sushi joints. If you’re really hungry, head to Shabusen on Burrard for their all you can eat sushi and Korean BBQ lunch buffet.
1:30 PM: Shopping downtown or a visit to the Aquarium or Science World
With your stomach full of yummy sushi, you’re ready for a full afternoon. If you like to shop, stay downtown and shop until you drop along Granville St. and Robson St. But if shopping isn’t your scene, you can head to one of two well-known Vancouver attractions. The Vancouver Aquarium is one of the best in the world and a fun way to interact with marine life. Science World is a great option for the whole family as a way to get a little learning in with your fun day out.
6:00 PM: Dinner in Chinatown
After an afternoon of shopping, hanging out with the fish or discovering dinosaur bones, you’ll be more than ready for dinner. A quick walk or bus ride will get you to Vancouver’s Chinatown district where you will have your pick of traditional Asian restaurants and new trendy spots. If you’re looking for an authentic place the locals love, we’d recommend Phnom Penh, but be ready to wait in line for a table.
8:00 PM: Night out in Gastown
After dinner, walk over to Gastown and grab dessert at one of the sweet shops in the area like Soft Peaks, an organic soft serve ice cream cafe. Admire the twinkling lights, cobblestone streets and be sure to get a picture with the famous steam clock. If you have energy left after your busy day, stick around Gastown for a night of drinking, dancing and maybe even riding a mechanical bull!
Now that’s a full day and there’s still so much of Vancouver left to see and do! We’re sure after a day like that you’ll have no problem convincing your guests to stay a little longer to enjoy other awesome parts of Vancouver like a ski down Grouse Mountain, walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge, dining in East Van and shopping along South Main.
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