Between work, your commute and trying to have a social life, it can be tough to fit in a regular workout into your routine. Sneaking fitness into your lunch hour might be just the trick you need. Each of these conveniently located gyms offer short classes that let you work up a sweat and still be back in time for that big meeting. [Photo courtesy of Tight Club Athletics]
Wearing glasses need not be nerdy – nor a nuisance. Next time you need to upgrade your lenses, pay a visit to these independent optical boutiques in Vancouver, where fashion-forward frames, savvy staff and cozy environments combine to make shopping for specs as fun as hunting for a new pair of shoes. [Photo credit: Bailey Nelson]
In an industry dominated by men, Vancouver’s talented female chefs are in league of their own. Support the sisterhood at these culinary hotspots where ambitious alpha-females are bucking the trend and serving up some of the best food in the city. [Image of Tabatha Stahl courtesy of Railtown Café. Photo credit: Jelger + Tanja Photographers]
With most of the major gardening centres traditionally located outside the city limits, it might feel like finding a houseplant for your Vancouver home or condo requires an epic journey. But plenty of plant experts have now set up shop in the city. These urban greenhouses, garden centres and florists boast a wonderful selection of plants for your home.
Warm daal, spicy tandoor, nourishing curry: Indian cuisine offers some of the most comforting lunches around – and in Vancouver, they’re often among the most affordable, with midday specials ranging from reasonable to downright cheap. These local eateries will fill you up without emptying your wallet at lunchtime. [Image credit:]
Luxury spa treatments aren’t just for the stars. Save your pay cheque for something sensible and spruce up your nails or ease your aches and pains at one of these Vancouver spas where you’ll find affordable services and specials on offer every day of the week. The hardest part will be choosing which one to visit first – and where to go for lunch afterward, of course! [Photo credit:]
Brunch on the West Coast is a hearty tradition, and these Vancouver restaurants know how to live up to the hype with their incredible eggs Benedict dishes. Topped with savoury meats (or fresh veggies) and covered in creamy hollandaise sauce, these crowd-pleasing breakfast Bennies are worth waking up for. [Photo credit: S. Young]
For Vancouverites, there are three certainties in life: death, high rent and an annual cold. If you were to remedy your cold with NeoCitran and Netflix every time you caught one, your other certainty in life would be constantly missing out. Here are a few low-key activities that’ll help you get out of the house and kick a cough, cold or congestion during the winter season.
When you’ve got guests visiting you in Vancouver, consider a meal at one (or all) of these nine iconic restaurants. Each of these local faves capture the true spirit of the city they call home. [Photo courtesy of Six Acres]
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