Vancouver: A Feast for the Eyes

By Josie Brown

pic1Seaside serenity. Majestic mountains. City sophistication. This Pacific Northwest beauty by the bay has incomparable vistas in every direction. After taking in the scene, here’s where to go to make the scene..

Great Eats

Aurora Bistro

2420 Main Street, Vancouver BC. V5T 3E2, 604-873-9944

Besides Aurora Bistro’s mouthwatering Five Spice doughnuts, regulars go for its always- on-the-mark price fix tasting menu and wine parings ($49), which features such savory delectibles as Dungeness Crab & Potato Perogies, with crème fraîche, basil, house made bacon and crisp onion rings, served with Sumac Ridge 2004 Steller’s Jay Sparkling Brut.


Golden Szechuan Restaurant

1788 W. Broadway, Kitsilano, 604-738-3648

The city with the largest Chinese population on North America’s West Coast is bound to have an astronomical number of good restaurants, serving Chinese food. For great cuisine in any language, try Golden Szechuan for its cold-poached free-range chicken, topped with peanuts and a succulent sauce.

pic2Lumière

2551 Broadway West, Vancouver, BC, 604-739-8185

Thanks to its eclectic blend of European sophistication, modern French cuisine and a homegrown cornucopia of tasty delights, Lumière is the first freestanding restaurant in Canada to receive the Relais Gourmand designation. Its elegant yet cozy 30-seat tasting bar is a great place to try some of its renowned delicacies, including the heavenly barbecue duck broth, butternut squash risotto with regianno parmesan, and the macaroni & cheese with four cheeses and double smoked Irish bacon.

Yoshi

689 Denman St., West End, 604-738-8226

And while sushi is ubiquitous with all great Pacific Rim cities, Vancouver has an extraordinary collection of them. High on that list is Yoshi. Its Stanley Park patio is the perfect setting for its where the long knives prepare sushi and cooked meals that gently placate even the toughest critics, and the patio facing Stanley Park is an added summertime bonus, as is the beer jello (trust us). This is a restaurant where ponying up for a kaiseki meal is totally worth it.

Great Meets

Bar None

350-1222 Hamilton St., Yaletown, 604-689-7010

All are hailed in tony Yaletown’s Bar None, a favorite with the twenty-to-thirtysomething set. Because of its long-standing house bar, SoulStream, and its great DJ remix sets, the dance floor is always hopping.

Caprice

965 Granville St., Downtown, 604-685-3288

Granted, its warehouse-size space should allow plenty of room to see and be part of the scene, but still the velvet rope is always out at this favorite club of the beautiful people. Expect a line at the door, but a party that’s worth it.

pic3Spectacular Sights

Vancouver boasts 3,200 acres of parks. At 1,000 acres, Stanley Park is not only the largest in Vancouver, but all of Canada, and is ranked the 16th Best Park in the World, and the 6th Best in North America, according to Project for Public Spaces.