So it’s already my last day in Vancouver. Can’t believe how time flies. It has been so nice and I enjoyed this beautiful city a lot. Looking forward to spend the last days here before I head back home to Holland in July. Tomorrow morning I’ll take a 12 hour bus to Golden in The Rockies. I’ll work there on an organic farm/yoga retreat for about 2,5 weeks. Because I feel that I couldn’t take a break from ‘social media’, I will not be online for the next week. No Instagram, Facebook or email. I feel that I really need this at the moment. But I won’t leave you empty-handed 😉 Enjoy my Vancouver guide!
Where to eat?
1. Gorilla Food
Amazing raw food restaurant! I had the flax seed sandwich with hummus, olive paste and greens and a smoothie with cashew milk, blueberries and chocolate. I especially loved the smoothie. Brilliant. If it’s busy – like when I was there – you share tables with other people and it’s easy to have a chat.
2. Sushi Mania
Best vegan sushi I’ve had. Perfect rice and fresh ingredients. Only 7,50 for a huge portion of sushi with avocado, cucumber and crispy sweet potato. You get miso soup & tea for free. Loved it here!
You just have to go here for the atmosphere (50’s American Diner style) and the Italian Cream Soda (sparkling water, coconut milk and a flavor of your choice). I had the tofu scramble with rosemary potatoes. Very good. It’s a busy place so prepare to wait for a while.
100% vegan bakery. Oh yeah! Chocolate chip cookies, sandwich cookies, carrot cake, brownies and cupcakes. Many gluten free options.
The place is not really special, but the employees are very friendly and their vegan quesadilla’s with rice, beans and daya cheese are amazing! Perfect hangover meal.
7. The Naam
Famous vegetarian restaurant in Kitsilano. Huge portions, really nice atmosphere, always crowded. Open 24/7. The fries with miso gravy are supposedly really good. I enjoyed their vegan maple syrup pancakes with blueberries this morning.
What to do?
1. Check out the area around Main Street & Commercial Drive. So many nice, little shops and amazing restaurants & coffee shops. Just sit down, drink a coffee and enjoy the daily life.
2. Rent a bike and get around. A great route is to start in Stanley Park, then cross the bridge and cycle towards Kits Beach.
3. Picknick at beautiful Wreck Beach (clothing optional ;)).
4. Go out! Vancouver isn’t famous for its great clubs, but there are enough bars. I really enjoyed drinking cocktails at The Union @ Union Street.
5. Go hiking. Lynn Canyon and Squamish (The Chief) are great places for a good work out. The Chief is pretty hard, but the reward, an amazing view, is so worth it.
(Vanessa, my lovely host)
6. Take the seabus at the end of the day while you watch the sunset. Nice views on downtown Vancouver.
How to become a Van Citizin?
1. Carry the following gear with you: yoga mat, rain coat & take-away coffee.
2. Answer ‘How are you’ with ‘How are you’.
3. Run through Stanley Park or along Kits Beach
4. Say ‘Sorry’ and ‘Thank you’ as often as possible.
5. Put your bike on the bus (omg, I was so excited doing this for the first time and it went wrong of course so the bus driver had to get off to help me. Oops)
1 place you shouldn’t end up
Don’t cycle around as a fool (like me) and end up in the industrial area behind the central station. I don’t know but it suddenly got very dark and the drugs dealers didn’t look that happy. Great experience. NOT.
I’ll be back soon! xoxo