One of the most densely populated and diverse neighbourhoods in Vancouver is the West End – home to long-time residents, young families, international students and one of Canada’s largest LGBTQ communities. As such, there is no shortage of casual places to eat and drink in this established beach-side 'hood. Take in the scenery while sipping on a beer at any one of these bars or pubs.
With autumn officially arriving in Vancouver, it’s time to really begin making headway with our fall style. Fashion-wise, fall has to be my favourite time of year; I love the look of cozy layers! Knit sweaters, oversized blanket scarves and ankle boots are just a few pieces I consider total must-haves for the cool season. Here are a few of my favourite local boutiques to shop for fall wardrobe essentials.
Whoever named it Commercial Drive might’ve had the right idea at the time, but this main shopping thoroughfare has morphed into a beer drinker’s paradise deserving of a new title. Hops Avenue? Barleymalt Way? Bet you can come up with more.
Some call it a hobby, while others may say it's an obsession, but there's no doubt that a lot of us are fixated on building up an impressive collection of some sort. For some, it's putting together a set of old Nintendo games for an at-home arcade, while others are looking out for a haul of vintage sports gear. Here are some surefire stops for all your vintage and collectible needs. [Photo by Laurel Borrowman]
The Vancouver Fringe Festival returns to the city from September 7 to 17 and Granville Island is the main spot for this year’s event. The festival box office and most of the main stage venues are all located on the Island. With numerous restaurants, a Public Market and nightly food trucks, there are plenty of spots to grab a drink or a bite to eat before, after or in between shows. [Photo courtesy of Dockside Restaurant]
This historic neighbourhood, once known for its industrial business and warehouse buildings, is now a fashionable destination for food and drink. With modern lounges, casual brew pubs and award-winning eateries, these restaurants are among the best places in the city to enjoy a pint of beer and try some of Vancouver’s most innovative foods. [Photo courtesy of Yaletown Brewing Co.]
Worried that your glory days are behind you? Just because you’re a grownup doesn’t mean the fun should stop – Vancouver has plenty of options for recreational sports leagues and activities that welcome adults. Stay active (and make play a priority) with our selection of six awesome adult-friendly rec leagues in and around the city. [Photo credit: iStock/bigjohn36]
Hungry? Le Burger Week – a nationwide burger festival that started in Montreal in 2012 – is happening in 11 cities across the country from September 1st to 7th. Head to one of these participating Vancouver restaurants (or order online), devour a burger and vote for your favourite! [Photo courtesy of Le Burger Week/ShuRaku Sake Bar + Bistro]
Looking for some authentic Mediterranean eats in Vancouver? These neighbourhood eateries are serving up some mouthwatering European fare throughout the city. Opa! [Photo credit: iStock.Anna Bryukhanova]
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