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The Perfect Vancouver Vegan Guide: Where to Eat, Shop, & Explore

Updated July 9, 2023

Forget about the mountains that frame Vancouver’s beautiful North Shore; you’ve got a literal mountain of vegan food to scale, but I think this is a challenge you can handle!

Whether you’re hitting the beach in Kitsilano or going window shopping down South Main, you’ll find options for vegan chick’n and waffles, super green smoothies, rich dark chocolate brownies, and much more.

You’re going to be in a state of veritable vegan bliss, but you can’t spend all your time eating, right? This guide will not only help you eat your way through Vancouver but also help you find vegan-friendly places to stay, provide suggestions on things to do, and more!

So, what are you waiting for?

Get planning your Vancouver vegan adventure right this minute! If you happen to be short on time, we’ve got just what you need. Check out this two-day itinerary to Vancouver packed with all the best highlights!

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Is Vancouver a Good Place for Vegans?

Heck yes! Vancouver is a fantastic city for vegans — it’s super vegan-friendly! For a long time I thought Toronto was the best Canadian city for vegans but I think Vancouver is right on its heels. You will find over 20 vegan restaurants peppered throughout the city — this doesn’t include vegetarian ones or bakeries! Can you believe it? Whether you’re looking for a giant slice of pepperoni pizza or a savory sweet potato noodle bowl, you will find it and more!

Can’t Miss Vegan Restaurants in Vancouver


Locations in Gastown, Yaletown, & Main Street
Highlights: creamy poutine covered fires + very gluten-free friendly menu!
OMG, we need to meet here for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks — honestly, any time of the day! Locals often share MeeT as one of their favorite vegan spots in Vancouver, and once I saw their menu, it was clear why.

No matter the time of the day you visit, you’ll be met with an incredible lineup of comfort eats — poutine-covered French fries, crispy oyster mushroom-topped Caesars, double-decker cheeseburgers, and much more! Make sure you save room for dessert; the tangy lemon tart is perfect (and gluten-free)!

Chickpea Restaurant & Food Truck

Main Street (Restaurant) & 4th & Yew in Kitsilano (food truck)
Highlights: Middle Eastern flavors + mostly gluten-free.
This charming neighborhood spot started with a love of hummus and grew to include all of the layered flavors of the Middle East. Their restaurant menu begins with the Chickpea Experience, a selection of rainbow-colored tapas from red beet salad and Moroccan carrots to the show’s star, house-made hummus.

The restaurant and food truck also offer a hearty selection of rice bowls, pita sandwiches, and more. Don’t miss their Kasum — crispy cauliflower with sautéed turmeric-covered mushrooms, onions, and lemon garlic sauce. They say if you’re not vegan, you will be after one bite of this!

Pizzeria Grano 

3240 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3M5, Canada
Highlights: authentic Neapolitan pizza.
When you’re craving cheesy pizza or marinara and cashew cheese-covered lasagna, there is no better place in Vancouver to go than Pizzeria Grano! This traditional pizzeria prides itself on creating authentic Neapolitan pizza with hand-stretched dough, made with sustainable, local produce and baked in a special pizza oven — you won’t soon forget these slices!

Unfortunately, they don’t have gluten-free pizza, but they have meaty meatballs and gluten-free pasta that will hit the Italian spot!

Chau Veggie Express 

5052 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, BC V5P 3T8, Canada
Highlights: modern Vietnamese cuisine.
This family-inspired spot seeks to connect its love for food with holistic wellness to ensure they nourish the mind and body with each dish. Their menu includes piping hot bowls of noodles in a unique mix of broth like savory lychee-date or star anise, cinnamon, and cardamom for a unique and warming experience.

First-time visitors can’t miss the Golden Temple soup — turmeric coconut curry broth with veggies, tofu, and your choice of spinach and nettle-infused rice noodles or brown rice and lentils or quinoa. It’s a flavor party you won’t soon forget!


1079 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5P9, Canada
Highlight: plant-based fine-dining experience.
For a sophisticated dining experience, check out this Michelin Bib Gourmand (2022) award-winning restaurant. The globally inspired menu is created with locally sourced ingredients and will delight your senses. From the Pumpkin “Yolk” and whipped cheese atop the raviolo to the not-so-simple flavor profile of carrots and seeds, prepare to be wowed. 


2585 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K 2E9, Canada
Highlights: a sophisticated spot with a plant-forward tapas menu.
If you like to share, check out this tapas-style spot. Even if you’re not a huge vegetable lover, this spot will make you think twice — they turn veggies into superstars! You can select a mix of dishes like chickpea tofu, squash with daal, and lemongrass, or leave it up to the chef to decide! The chef’s tasting menu features multiple courses and finishes with a sweet dessert. 


185 Keefer St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1X3, Canada
Highlight: regularly rotating menu of creative fare, don’t skip the crispy tuna rice.
You can’t help but be drawn into this modern kaleidoscope of color. The eclectic menu roams the Earth for inspiration. From watermelon akami tuna sushi to hearty stick-to-the-ribs pasta with alfredo and pesto — it’s guaranteed you’ll fall in love with something. You’ll also want to pair your meal with one of their creative cocktails.

If you’re kicking off the weekend, there’s no better drink than, All That Glitters (London dry gin, saffron, orgeat, and lemon) —it’s just too much fun not to try!

Chi Vegan 

1935 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M7, Canada
Highlights: spicy truffle wontons + female empowerment.
You couldn’t have always sauntered into this Asian eatery and found a vegan menu. Like many people, the pandemic caused Chef Chi to re-evaluate her choices for health and creating a sustainable future; shortly after that, she made the entire restaurant vegan.

The menu features an artfully styled celebration of Asian flavors using local and organic ingredients as much as possible. In addition to making the plant-based shift, supporting other local female entrepreneurs is also a priority, and you’ll find that highlighted all over their local wine list. 


Locations in China Town, Kitsilano, & North Vancouver
Highlights: creative bowls, many raw options, + mostly gluten-free.
If you love a creative mash-up of flavors in a bowl or wrapped up, you’ve got to check out Kokomo. This casual, come-as-you-are spot has multiple locations throughout Vancouver, which is perfect; you never know when the craving for marinated beet poke or spicy almond butter noodles might strike!

You’ll also want to treat yourself to a berry and veggie-packed smoothie — Coffee Crisp to get your day started or Lush Greens for a nutrient boost are my choices!

vegan spicy almond noodle bowl with tofu sitting on top of a green menu at hey kokomo in vancouver

Good Dogs Plant Foods 

1331 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1C6, Canada
Highlights: loaded vegan hot dogs + poutine-covered fries!
This plant-based hot dog shop is right in the mix of all the shopping action on Robson. These aren’t your basic dogs with ketchup and mustard; they are over-the-top creations loaded with house-smoked Bakon, onion jam, cashew queso, mac-n—cheese, pickled jalapeno, and much more!

If that weren’t enough, you also won’t be able to resist any of their veggie sides, especially the sticky mushrooms (panko-crusted oyster shrooms with sticky chili Korean BBQ sauce, gochujang aioli, and birds eye chili). 

Aleph Eatery 

1889 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V5L 1H8, Canada
Highlights: award-winning Middle Eastern cuisine + very gluten-free friendly menu.
This casual yet sophisticated Middle Eastern restaurant seeks to bring people together through the power of food.

Their menu features a mix of hot and cold mezze and show-stopping, veggie-packed bowls. You can’t go wrong with the Shish Kabab — I wasn’t even that hungry, but I couldn’t stop eating after one bite of their zesty garlic sauce! Make sure you save a little room for a piece of Baklava or Knafeh (shredded phyllo with vegan mozzarella, pistachio, and rose syrup.

The Pizza Castle & Indian Curry 

1110 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3X2, Canada
Highlights: flavorful Indian curries + pizza
Italy meets India at this unique plant-based eatery. The menu is extensive — it’s best to go hungry and with a group so you can sample multiple delicious dishes. The pizzas range from traditional pepperoni to curried chickpeas and butter sauce! If you want to head to India, you’ll find a mix of veganized dishes like butter chick’n, mushroom matter, coconut chick’n, and more. If that wasn’t enough to delight you, they also have good ole American burgers and crispy chick’n sandwiches.

Virtuous Pie 

583 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2V1, Canada
Highlights: creative pizza with gluten-free options.
Whether you’re longing for a cheese-covered slice with spicy pepperoni or sweet pears and gorgonzola, you’ll find it at this vegan pizzeria. Their pies cover a wide range of flavors, there is something for every type of pizza lover and they even have a gluten-free crust! In addition to pizza, you can carb up with one of their ultra-creamy mac-n-cheese or truffle Alfredo pasta skillets.  

golden vegan pizza covered in arugula on a black table in portland

Viet Family — The Vegan House

1431 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3X8, Canada
Highlights: Vietnamese cuisine + their special Viet Milk Coffee.
Just down the street from Eternal Abundance, you’ll find another fantastic vegan spot (there are actually multiple vegan and vegetarian spots along Commercial Drive)! This Vietnamese spot ensures that diners don’t feel like they’re missing out on anything with each of their house-made dishes. From spicy curry noodle bowls to creative vegan fish, there are so many things you will want to try! Coffee lovers need to make sure they don’t skip their special Viet Milk!

Eternal Abundance Organic Market & Eatery

1025 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3X1, Canada
Highlights: Small café with gluten-free & raw options + vegan market.
What could be more convenient than a vegan café and market joining forces? Nothing! Tucked into a lineup of great independent shops in East Vancouver is just that! You can start your day with their special Tofu Benny (highly recommended by staff & me) or pop in later in the day for one of their nutrient-dense raw burgers or creative miso walnut sushi rolls. In addition to being fully vegan, their cafe menu is organic and gluten-free!

vegan tofu benny plate with potatoes sitting next to a green juice and water at eternal abundance in vancouver

Vegan Cave Café 

415 Abbott St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1R3, Canada
Highlights: grain-free pizza made with yam-cassava flour or almond flour crust.
If you’re gluten-free or really want to experience all of Vancouver’s vegan pizza options, here’s one more! Instead of gluten being the star, this spot highlights a better-for-you, grain-free crust made with nuts or yam and cassava (if you can’t leave gluten behind, it’s ok, they have an organic wheat crust too). The pizzas are topped with a mix of deliciousness — cashew ricotta, pesto, Tandoori Masala, veggie bacon, and more!

Lotus Seed 

736 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1G8, Canada
Highlights: Health-focused café with global inspiration.
The family-run team behind this health-focused café is dedicated to building awareness of the importance of healthy food choices. The menu features a mix of dishes inspired by Asia, the Mediterranean, South America, and more. Whether you’re looking for a warming bowl of house-made Pho or creative sandwich ingredients (check out the Sunny Pate), you’re guaranteed to find something delicious and good for you.

The Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Vancouver 

As if that list of vegan restaurants in Vancouver wasn’t enough, there are a few vegetarian ones with stellar or almost entirely vegan options. 

The Burrow 

2781 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4C5, Canada
If you’re in the mood for creamy cheese dip, loaded nachos, or crispy tacos, you must check out this spot. Although it’s not Tex-Mex, they also have phenomenal chick’n wings — don’t miss the chili lime rub! Everything can be made vegan, and almost everything can be made gluten-free too!

The Acorn

3995 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P3, Canada
This award-winning, fine-dining restaurant wow’s diners with its veggie-forward dishes. Whether you’re enjoying a chef’s dinner or ordering a la carte, almost everything is gluten-free and has a vegan option.  

The Arbor

3941 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P2, Canada
If the Acorn is too fancy for you, its little sister café might be the perfect vibe. Their menu focuses on burgers, salads, pasta, and many other comfort favorites with a veggie twist. Like The Acorn, most things are gluten-free and can be made vegan.

Po Kong

1334 Kingsway Ave., Vancouver, BC V5V 3E4, Canada
If you’re like me, you probably can’t remember the last time (if ever) you visited a vegetarian Chinese spot; well, in Vancouver, you can! Dive into bowls of pepper steak, Kung Po veggies, crispy sweet and sour wontons, and more!

The Naam 

2724 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1R1, Canada
In the late 60s, The Naam started pushing its veggie dishes on local Vancouverites — it’s the oldest vegetarian/vegan restaurant in town! Their menu is mostly vegan and gluten-free friendly, featuring a mix of Tex-Mex-inspired dishes. 

Sun Bo Kong Vegetarian Restaurant 

1363 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5V 3E3, Canada
Another fantastic vegetarian Chinese spot (I am jealous)! You can continue exploring Chinese flavors here with steamed veggie dumplings, pan-fried mushrooms with broccoli, veggie seafood, and more!

Heirloom Vegetarian Restaurant 

1509 W 12th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 2E2, Canada
This spot has a little bit of everything — all-day breakfast, bean burgers, hearty stews. The menu is well-marked for vegan options. 

Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in Vancouver 

Usually, with an extensive vegan and vegetarian dining list, I would forgo vegan-friendly spots, but I know most of you dine with non-vegan friends that you have to please. So, here are a few vegan-friendly spots with terrific options for everyone.

Ogenki Sushi 

4346 Main St #4342, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P9, Canada
This Japanese spot has a full vegan menu with fantastic options like vegan crab nigiri, avocado oshi, noodles, and more!

Jam Jar

Multiple locations throughout Vancouver
You can never go wrong with falafel or mujadara — the menu is well-marked, so there’s no confusion. 

Taco Fina 

Multiple locations throughout Vancouver
You can always find at least one or two vegan tacos on their menu! Each location’s menu varies a bit, so check before you go!


Locations in Yaletown, Kitsilano, Mount Pleasant, & Gastown
One last spot for an irresistible mix of Lebanese specialties for brunch, lunch, and dinner! The lunch and dinner menus are more vegan-friendly than brunch — just a heads up! 

Harambe Ethiopian

2149 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4B3, Canada
Don’t expect a fork or knife with your dinner. These hearty and flavorful plant-forward Ethiopian dishes are meant to be shared and enjoyed with traditional Injera bread (a flatbread made with Teff; they also have a gluten-free version). 

Vegan Breakfast & Brunch Spots in Vancouver

This is just a sampling of some of the amazing vegan breakfast and brunch spots in Vancouver!

TurF Kitsilano 

2041 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1N3, Canada
Right in hip Kitsilano is this yoga studio meets vegan-friendly café! Their breakfast menu is available all week and features protein-packed smoothies, blueberry buckwheat pancakes, mushroom toast, and loads of freshly baked pastries! 

The Juice Truck

Locations throughout Vancouver
If you’re on the run during the week or on the weekend, this is a great spot to pop in for a berry-filled smoothie, cold-pressed juice, overnight oats, and more! Each location’s menu varies slightly, so check before you go. 


Locations throughout Vancouver
These guys are the kingpins of cold-pressed juice in Vancouver — I swear they have almost every blend you can think of! On top of that, you can also get your day started with a fruity acai bowl, tofu benny bowl, breakfast wrap, and more!


Locations in Gastown, Yaletown, & Main Street
All week you can wander in here for some of Vancouver’s best vegan brunch options! Get fruity with crispy golden Belgian waffles covered in berry compote or check out their endless savory options — a fan favorite is their veggie Benny options! You could eat here for a whole week and still have things to try.

Eternal Abundance 

1025 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3X1, Canada
All week this healthy café meets vegan market has excellent options to get your day started — I highly recommend the tofu benny! Everything is also gluten-free!


4298 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P9, Canada
Interested in a Middle Eastern-inspired breakfast or maybe just a classic tofu scramble? Come here! This charming spot is dishing many options, from savory to sweet, to start your day all week!

Vegan Bakeries & Desserts in Vancouver 

Whether you’re looking for a decadent vegan sundae topped with every sweet treat you can think of or raw desserts, you’ll find it at one of these spots. But, these aren’t your only options — for even more sugar-filled goodness, check out our lineup of all the best spots vegan ice cream and bakeries in Vancouver.

Level V Bakery & Softie Co. Vegan Ice Cream

39 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5T 3H7, Canada
Whether you’re in the mood for a slice of crunchy chocolate peanut butter cake or a cone filled with rose milk tea soft serve, you’ll find it here! This bakery meets ice cream shop has a little bit of everything to delight your tastebuds. 

To Live for Bakery  

1508 Nanaimo St, Vancouver, BC V5L 4T8, Canada
They say their baked goods are unbelievably good, and you know what? I have to agree! This vegan bakery is absolutely worth the bus ride from downtown Vancouver! Every day you’ll find a rotating assortment of house-made bread, pastries, healthy breakfast cookies, cupcakes, and more! If you like coffee, don’t miss their tiramisu overnight oats!

Bonus Bakery 

1185 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6E 4E6, Canada
With one look at their photos, you will 100% know why you must visit this bakeshop! Their over-the-top treats include their popular stuffed cookies, almond curd stuffed croissants, Liege waffles, and much more!

Edible Flours     

2280 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K 2E3, Canada
In need of gluten-free or sugar-free sweets? Come here! This charming bakery has a daily selection of options like cinnamon rolls, brownies, sweet bread, cookies, and more!

a single vegan molasses cookie at edible flours in vancouver

Vegan Pudding & Co 

422 Richards St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2Z4, Canada
This little storefront is the one and only shop dedicated to vegan pudding and custard in Vancouver! You’ve got to try their crème brûlée — they also have other unique flavors like matcha green tea with black sesame and mango vanilla. 

Say Hello Sweets

620 Quebec St, Vancouver, BC V6A 4E7, Canada
You’ll find all things vegan ice cream here — ice cream sandwiches, scoops, sundaes, cakes, freeze-dried ice cream, and more!

Vegan and Vegan-Friendly Markets in Vancouver 

Even if you’re not in the market for grocery shopping, you still need to check out these awesome vegan and vegan-friendly markets! 

Vegan Supply

250 E Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1T7, Canada
Every city needs a Vegan Supply — this store is ahhhmazing! You’ve got to come in here and peruse the endless shelves of vegan cheese, chocolates, personal care products, and more! They also carry vegan clothing, books, and accessories. After your shopping adventure, you should check out their bakery case and grab a few treats from local vegan vendors for the road!

Eternal Abundance Organic Market

1025 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3X1, Canada
This health food café meets market is the perfect place to go if you need produce or select essential products. Their selection isn’t vast but perfect when you’re on the run. You’ll also want to check out their café menu — it’s full of delicious healthy options and fresh juices. 

Mi Tierra Latina

Multiple locations throughout Vancouver
These women-owned markets have loaded their shelves with unique Latin American products. You can easily get lost in the aisles looking at colorful bags of snacks, coffee, spices, and vegan products! I found spicy vegan chorizo, pastor meat, and much more. 

a package of vegan pastor meat from la tierra market in vancouver

Vegan & Eco-Friendly Hotels in Vancouver

These hotels are in the perfect location to explore Vancouver, have vegan options, and are eco-friendly (You will find most properties have sustainability initiatives; Vancouver is very progressive when it comes to protecting the environment) — hooray! 

The Burrard

1100 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y7, Canada
This locally-owned hotel was built in the 1950s as a motor lodge, and when the current owners took it over, they gave it an eco-friendly facelift but kept many of the original details.

It’s located right near Davie Village, Vancouver’s thriving gay neighborhood, and within walking distance of many other neighborhoods and sights. The hotel features EV charging stations (for a fee), free bike rentals, refillable cruelty-free toiletries, and umbrellas (Vancouver does receive a decent amount of rain). You’ll also be able to start your day with an oat milk latte and a slice of vegan banana bread from their onsite café, Elysian.

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The Listel Hotel Vancouver

1300 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1C5, Canada
If you’re interested in going on a shopping adventure down Vancouver’s famous Robson Street, this is the perfect place to stay (there are also great shops on Main Street and 4th Street in Kitsilano)! In addition to shopping, this hotel is also ideal for art lovers. Every room is decorated with limited edition and original artwork — it’s considered Vancouver’s most “art-full” hotel.

On the eco-friendly side, The Listel was awarded the highest eco-rating – 5 Green Keys – by The Hotel Association of Canada. Some of their key initiatives include zero-waste, solar energy, sustainable purchasing programs, and more. I like this hotel for its sustainability initiatives, but its onsite restaurant, Forgae, isn’t really vegan-friendly (hopefully, this changes since the hotel wants to be at the forefront of sustainability). Luckily, there are many options in the neighborhood.

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Skwachàys Lodge

31 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1R3, Canada
This is more than a hotel; it’s a unique Indigenous social enterprise. The Vancouver Native Housing Society opened this property in 2012 to support urban Indigenous artists. Many artists face housing struggles, and their work is commercially exploited.

Through the program, the artists can access affordable housing, artist workshops, and professional and personal development programming opportunities. The guest rooms at the Lodge have been designed in partnership with six indigenous artists to create beautiful artwork — each room is unique and features a glimpse into indigenous culture.

Most of the products used by the hotel are sourced locally and from indigenous-owned companies. One note, there isn’t an onsite restaurant or café.

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What to Do & See in Vancouver

Visit Granville Island Public Market

This small peninsula (it’s actually not an island) in False Creek was once a fishing area for the  Musqueam Indian Band and the Squamish people and later became an industrial hub for Vancouver. Today the crowning jewel and what beckons tourists and locals alike (over 10 million people visit it) is the Granville Island Public Market. 

Honestly, I thought the market would be overly touristy, and I almost skipped it — I am glad I didn’t. The market is a diverse mix of local artists peddling everything from hand-painted mugs to freshly blown glass vases, baskets of fresh produce, and plenty of food stalls to fill your belly (including vegan options). If you’re hungry, don’t miss the modern vegan Vietnamese cuisine at Chau Veggie Express or handmade chocolates from ChocolaTas. Aside from those two spots, you’ll be pleased that there are many other vendors with vegan options as well.

The fun on Granville Island doesn’t end with the market; you’ll also find art studios, a theatre, and a kid’s center — all worth exploring. The market and surrounding shops are open from 9 AM – 7 PM, seven days a week. 

Checkout Vancouver from Grouse Mountain

Year-round this is a gorgeous and fun place to explore and capture terrific views of Vancouver (on a clear day). While it takes a bit of a trek to explore many of British Colombia’s prized mountains, Grouse is only a short 15-minute car ride from downtown Vancouver (you can also get there by bus, but it will take about an hour). 

The most popular thing to do on Grouse is to ride the iconic red gondola 4,100 feet above Vancouver for picture-perfect city views and a small taste of British Colombia’s wild beauty. Once at the top, you have access to various activities like hiking (the Grouse Grind is a booty burner!), skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, educational programming, and more. 

Not all days are ideal for visiting Grouse. If you want to ensure that you can capture beautiful photos, check out Grouse from Vancouver’s Harbor (right around Canada Place). If you can see the mountain pretty clearly, then you know you’ll be able to see Vancouver and the surrounding area as you go up. 

Go on an independent boutique, shopping spree

You probably already know that Robson Street is Vancouver’s most popular shopping destination. For over a mile, the street is lined with many mainstream shops and restaurants, but 9 times out of 10, you will already know these stores and can find them in your own hometowns.

While in Vancouver, I encourage you to check out the many independent shops that sell various products made by Vancouverites in Gastown, Yaletown, Commercial Drive in East Vancouver, and along Main Street in Mount Pleasant. You’ll find quaint bookshops, record stores, vintage clothing, locally created art, and more in these neighborhoods.

Enjoy the views and nature at Stanley Park

Stanley Park is a beautiful green oasis right in the heart of the city — no matter the time of the year, it’s worth a visit! For scenic views, take a stroll along the park’s seawall. From here, you can enjoy Vancouver’s Harbor and imposing mountains. While walking, be sure to pay attention to the water; you might get lucky and catch a harbor seal poking his head out of the water or even a whale! The best time to spot a whale in Vancouver’s waterways is from March to October. 

view of vancouver costal mountains from stanley park on a bright and sunny day

The City of Vancouver is located on the territories of three indigenous groups — the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh). Today, Vancouver is home to Canada’s third largest indigenous population, and the city, along with locals, is working to ensure that their community and culture are honored.

To learn a little about indigenous culture and art, check out the Bill Reid Gallery right in the heart of downtown Vancouver. It’s the only public gallery in Canada that honors contemporary Indigenous Art of the Northwest Coast. Throughout the gallery, you can view various works of art, including music and textiles, and learn about the activist and artist Bill Reid. 

If you make it to Whistler, there is also a Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre that showcases cultural and art exhibits on the Squamish & Lil’wat Nation. 

How to Get Around Vancouver

Getting Around the City

Vancouver has a good transit network and is very walkable — you don’t need to rent a car. You will most likely use the bus throughout your stay, but there is also a light rail system called SkyTrain and a SeaBus that connects North Vancouver with Downtown Vancouver. 

The easiest way to plan your route is with Google Maps — Vancouver currently doesn’t have a transit app. Fares vary depending on the mode of transit. The bus is a set Zone 1 fare, no matter how far you’re traveling, but the price will vary depending on how you’re paying. If paying by cash or contactless payment, the fare is $3.10 vs. Compass Card, which is $2.50. 

Fare for the SeaBus and SkyTrain are divided into three fare zones and is between $2.50 – $6.05 depending on the zone and how you’re paying. It’s easiest to pay with contactless payment or Compass Card. Compass Cards are available online at Compass Retailers, SkyTrain and West Coast Express stations, SeaBus terminals, Tsawwassen and Horseshoe Bay ferry terminals, and select Vancouver London Drugs stores.

If you will use transit a lot, you can also purchase a day pass for $11. 

One important note, unlike other cities, Vancouver doesn’t have a daily transit cap (i.e., if you spend $10, you won’t be charged for further rides). A single fare is valid for 90 minutes, so if you need to change bus, SkyTrain, or SeaBus routes, make sure that you switch within that 90 minutes to avoid paying a second fare. 

If you’re in a pinch and need to get somewhere quick, Vancouver does have Uber and Lyft. 

How to Get Downtown from Vancouver Airport via Mass Transit

It’s easy to get into downtown Vancouver from Vancouver International Airport (YVR); hop on the SkyTrain. The light rail system connects directly with the airport and can deliver you to the heart of downtown at the Waterfront Station in about 25 minutes. The Waterfront Station is a central transit hub for Vancouver; once there, you can grab a bus or SeaBus and continue your journey if your final destination isn’t within walking distance. 

The airport fare is between $3.65 – $4.45, depending on the payment method, plus an additional $5 YVR fare. On average, the fare for Uber or Lyft is around $30.

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