Sometimes, you just need a moment. To rest, recharge, and reset. As much as I love Seattle, sometimes you need a little space from home.
This weekend, we packed up our bags and headed for Vancouver, sights set on some yummy food and quality time. And while I'm sure you want to hear me gush all about how much I love my people and what a sweet time it was, I'm going to cut to the chase. Because you have a trip to plan, and I have a life to live.
Here is the perfect weekend itinerary for your trip to Vancouver. Found tried and true.
D A Y O N E
BRUNCH @ 33 Acres Brewing
15 W 8th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1M8, Canada
A stunning place to start that will fill you with hope for what's to come. I mean, look at those poached eggs. And the JAM.
Wander @ Main Street
2541 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E5, Canada
Packed with fun little alternative shops, this neighborhood is a ton of fun and not too hard on your budget. It's a cool area of town that's worth wandering. Start at Much & Little.
Coffee @ 49th Parallel or Elysian Coffee
2902 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3G3, Canada | 2301 Ontario St, Vancouver, BC V5T 2X5, Canada
Okay, so to be honest, this wasn't our favorite. But I am a committed 49th Parallel drinker, so I absolutely had to make my way. And if nothing else, the donuts made it totally worth it. Try a lemon poppyseed old fashioned and let all your troubles melt away. If you're looking for a new roaster, and a good cup, try Elysian, which is just around the corner from 33 Acre! (Personally, I'd recommend Elysian.)
Shopping @ Gastown
466 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6B 4K2, Canada
Start close to Motherland, and wander down Cordova and Hastings. So many shops that are way out of your budget, which makes it dreamy and not so threatening to your wallet, because let's be real, you came for the food, not to redo your wardrobe.
Coffee @ Revolver
325 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2N4, Canada
A quiet place to take that 3pm lull that deserves a moment of silence. Try a moment of silence over an americano while flipping through Drift Magazine. Basically the closest thing you can do to napping with your eyes open.
Wander @ Stanley Park
5601 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2, Canada
Cherry blossoms, rose gardens, and waterfront parks. Breathe some real air, walk off the donut sitting in the bottom of your stomach, and see some of Vancouver's best views. I've heard biking around the island is the best option, but I'm a big fan of land on foot. Make sure to stop at Prospect Point for the view.
Dinner @ Tacofino
15 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1C8, Canada
Nothing (besides pizza) tastes better after a day on your feet. Tacos and nachos are never a bad decision.
Ice Cream @ Ernest
1829 Quebec St, Vancouver, BC V5T 2Z3, Canada
Their pints come in GLASS JARS and they have carrot cake ice cream (also vegan options!). I've definitely had better ice cream (in Seattle, ahem, Frankie & Jo's), but this is better than your average shop. That's all you need to know.
D A Y T W O
Coffee @ Matchstick
639 E 15th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 2R6 | 213 E Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6A 0B1
In case you weren't sure, this was the only bag of beans I brought home. The shop? Stunning. The coffee? Ridiculous. How essential is it that you come here? Completely.
Brunch @ Nelson the Seagull
315 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6A 0A7, Canada
The dreamy turn-of-the-century restaurant, complete with lofted ceilings and light flooding in, is my perfect aesthetic. Nelson the Seagull is the bread baker of your dreams, and wherever there is bread, there we shall be. And their blueberry jam is !!!
Wander @ Granville Island
1669 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9, Canada
Okay, touristy sure. But the Granville Market is fun to wander and has LOTS of yummy treats. It's also impossible to park, so this is your fair warning. If you're anything like me, no lack of parking spots will keep you from getting as close to the water as possible.
Coffee @ Nemesis
302 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2N4, Canada
And for the grand finale, coffee! Nemesis was recommended to me by someone who lives across the country, and when this friend recommends a shop, it is a non-negotiable. Say yes to Nemesis and good luck trying to sleep tonight.
BONUS: Camber Coffee | Narrative Coffee | Primer Coffee
These are your rewards for driving all the way home. Three shops that you can stop at along the way to make sure that you are taken care of. Proud of you. (And ps, I'd HIGHLY recommend Camber and Narrative--and there's about 2 hours between them, which means it's acceptable to stop at both.)