Things to do in Vancouver
Here’s your key to the city. A definitive guide of the best local spots, as told by local Airbnb hosts
Best of the best
791 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Nature's beauty to the extreme. Vancouver's first, largest, and most beloved urban park! Designated a national historic site of Canada, Stanley Park is a magnificent green oasis in the midst of t... read more
Vancouver's iconic and massive downtown park. Surrounded on 3 sides by water at the tip of the downtown peninsula with a 10km sea wall for walking, biking, or roller-blading all the way around a p... read more
613 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Imagine an island in the middle of a city. See? You’re already curious. Now picture a place moulded by a fascinating history, buzzing with a colourful artistic community. A living, breathing urban ... read more
An incredible neighbourhood - Granville Island is a collection of shops, galleries, cafes, restaurants, independent vendors, book stores, live theatre & music venues - all mixed in with marine sto... read more
258 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Kitsilano Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Vancouver, especially in the warm summer months. Located at the north edge of the Kitsilano neighbourhood, the beach faces out onto Burrard Inl... read more
The most popular beach in the city, it is great for everyone. Swimming, beach food, nearby cafes/restaurants, playground, walking trails heading to adjacent smaller beaches and parks. You can't m... read more
329 local Airbnb hosts recommend
The Vancouver Art Gallery is the fifth-largest art gallery in Canada and the largest in Western Canada. It is located downtown Vancouver. Its permanent collection of about 11,000 artworks includes ... read more
Housed (for the time being — its new home will be built at West Georgia and Cambie) in a beautiful neoclassical courthouse located in the thick of Robson Street’s hustle-and-bustle, the Vancouver A... read more
318 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Science World at Telus World of Science, Vancouver is a science centre run by a not-for-profit organization in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is located at the end of False Creek, and feat... read more
Interactive science displays & films for kids from toddlers to early teens, inside a geodesic dome; Science World is one of Vancouver's most recognized landmarks. Science World is a 20-30 minute wa... read more
229 local Airbnb hosts recommend
One of three local ski mountains overlooking the city of Vancouver, Grouse is the closest to downtown and great for hiking outside of the ski season. If you are super fit, do the "Grouse Grind", a... read more
Rising 1,250 metres (4,100 feet) above Vancouver and just 15 minutes from the city’s downtown core, is the vast alpine playground of Grouse Mountain. The iconic Red Skyride gives visitors and local... read more
155 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Hands-down my all-time favourite restaurant in Vancouver. It's non-pretentious fine dining, great for brunch or for dinner. Amazing atmosphere in Gastown, with a great patio as well. If you go for ... read more
A bustling restaurant near the hockey arena and BC Place stadium on the edge of Gastown. Hundreds of Belgian Beers, a great wine list and wonderful food. Lamb Tagine! The Mussels!
152 local Airbnb hosts recommend
A little neighbourhood brewery with a Growler Shop & Tasting Room. They only serve the beer they brew & the occasional sausage, but there are usually food trucks outside!
Brassneck Brewery has a beautiful rustic fill and tasting room right on Main Street. In addition to the quality beer, they serve a selection of jerky and pepperoni and most evenings have food truc... read more
187 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Granville Island is full of local arts, restaurants and a large public market. You can easily access it by hopping on one of the Water Taxis which stop all around False Creek - cash only though. If... read more
Granville Island Public Market is a great place to go to shop for fresh produce, bakery items, or unique gifts, visit the Kids Market, catch theatre performances or just have a lazy day wandering a... read more
273 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Robson Street between Granville Street and Bute Street is lined with clothing stores. Likely nothing you won't find anywhere else, but in case you need to pick something up. If you're looking for... read more
#5 bus picks up along Robson, goes to City Center Station (Canada Line - Richmond, YVR Airport), Granville Station (Expo/Millenium Lines - Burnaby, Surrey), Waterfront Station (Seabus to North Vanc... read more
139 local Airbnb hosts recommend
One of the newest, and best, craft breweries in Vancouver. Excellent dark beer (33 Acres of Darkness) and excellent wheaty lager (33 Acres of Sunshine) plus, plus. Small, busy, but fun.
One of Vancouver's best microbrewery (my personal favourite), a 5 minute walk down the street. Try their award-winning authentic west coast pale ale ("33 acres of Ocean") or get a sampler of 4. The... read more
With a clean, modern west coast design the tasting room is simple, allowing you to focus on the beer and locally sourced snack menu. Oh, and don’t forget the daily food truck rotations! Yummmy!
247 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Experience the Vancouver Sea Bus! 1.5 hours transit (includes sea bus) to The Capilano Suspension Bridge -a simple suspension bridge crossing the Capilano River in the District of North Vancouver... read more
The Capilano Suspension Bridge is just a quick drive away from downtown and is a very popular tourist attraction. Capilano Suspension Bridge crosses to towering evergreens, cedar-scented rainfores... read more
207 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver’s horticultural jewel, is a major draw for floral display enthusiasts and view-seekers, and as a popular backdrop for wedding photos. At 152 metres above sea level, ... read more
World Famous Queen Elizabeth Park, the highest point in Vancouver City. Botanical Garden, Views of Downtown and the city, and a Tropical plant/ Bird Conservatory at the top. There's also a Rose... read more
126 local Airbnb hosts recommend
A huge facility with fairly good food and a HUGE selections of beer ON TAP. This place is a sight to be seen. The operation they are running is admirable, and they accommodate big groups.
Olympic Village and the Main Street area in general are crammed full of breweries. I'm not huge on breweries myself, but Craft (which is huge and has a patio) is a great place to start a brewery/pu... read more
125 local Airbnb hosts recommend
A Vegetarian Staple in Vancouver. Open 24 hours a day for late night cravings. Often there will be live music. Often there will be a long wait. Really chill vibe and atmosphere and consequently, v... read more
If you like healthy vegetarian food and a warm, hippie-tinged environment, the Naam is great. 5 min walk from the house. Good food overall and cosy atmosphere. A Vancouver institution that is open ... read more
124 local Airbnb hosts recommend
A must for brunch is Cafe Medina, a café serving connoisseur-savvy coffee, Belgian waffles, full breakfast, lunch, and brunch menu comprised of dishes created by co-owner and chef, Nico Schuermans.
If you’re hungry for brunch, Cafe Medina has got you covered! They have some of the best Belgian waffles in town with so many amazing toppings to choose from like Milk Chocolate Lavender, and even ... read more
111 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Best restaurant/bar for ppl who want to sit back with a drink and people watch from one of the busiest patios in town. "Local" is packed with crowds mostly aged 20-40, directly across Kitsilano Beach!
Great patio, fun spot to people watch! Right across from kits beach! Definitely try a whiskey lemonade or ceaser in a boot!
123 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Beer lovers paradise with dozens on tap and an amazing menu. If you're with friends not as stoked on beer, they have delicious cocktails too. One of the best parts of this restaurant though is the ... read more
Best Restaurant BC Beer selection- Alibi Room, You'll find one of the most extensive beer lists in town in the Alibi Room, which is located in a century-old Gastown building.
The Alibi Room is a great place for a night out with friends. There are 50 taps of local & imported craft beer, cool cocktails and a delicious menu! The prices are fairly reasonable too.
142 local Airbnb hosts recommend
The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is renowned for its displays of world arts and cultures, in particular works by ... read more
The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is renowned for its displays of world arts and cultures, in particular works by First ... read more
139 local Airbnb hosts recommend
The Pacific Centre is the largest mall in Downtown Vancouver with over 100 stores and shops, most of which are underground. Anchor stores include Holt Renfrew, Harry Rosen, H&M, and Nordstrom.
Pacific Centre is a much bigger mall than Oakridge and has every retail store you can imagine. Right outside of the mall there are two streets that have extensive shopping as well: Granville and Ro... read more
109 local Airbnb hosts recommend
When your craving for Indian food, Vij's comes recommended for a great dining experience in the city! Vij's Rangoli on West 11th Ave is a great spot for a quick lunch and delicious Chai Tea in thei... read more
North American renowned and celebrated Indian restaurant located in Vancouver offering inventive cuisine & a lively atmosphere. Vij is often in attendance greeting guests, and serving appetizers to... read more
107 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Awesome restaurant with lots of micro brews to choose from. The views are spectacular. This spot is in the former Olympic Village. Great place to start or finish a walk around the False Creek sea wall
Great casual place for food and drinks with friends. In Creekside, Olympic Village. Great View of false creek.
Tired of the hidden gems and ready for a patio with a water view? Well, this is your place within an easy walk. Prepare to stay awhile.... it's just so easy when the view is so phenomenal.
118 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Dark, swanky bar with a patio, shaking up Asian-inspired cocktails to pair with fusion small plates.
Tiny bar on Keefer Street with an impressive cocktail list. Local ingredients and lab implements are used to create concoctions like an old-fashioned apothecary shop. Great place to while away the... read more
134 local Airbnb hosts recommend
One of Vancouver's hot new Asian-fusion restaurants in the transitioning old Chinatown. This is a hip place focused on amazing small plates of food that mix traditional Chinese dishes with a West C... read more
This restaurant is considered one of the best in Vancouver - a fusion of Chinese and French. They don't take reservations, but no problems as you can see their front door from the terrace, so you'... read more
91 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Best coffee in gastown (and second best in the city). About 8 blocks away at 325 Cambie St (at Cordova). Consistent, perfect coffee. Espresso, brews and pour-overs. Open 730-6 weekdays. Closed on... read more
One of three great coffee shops in the Gastown area. Please note - they are closed Sundays. Often very busy. If you intend to hang out and have a conversation over coffee, there is another great sp... read more
Possibly the best coffee shop in town. They allow you to choose from a number of espressos and they use a number of brewing methods. You can buy high-end roasted beans here as well.
101 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Located in a great second-story spot at the corder of Water Street and Carrall Street, The Diamond provides a great view of the center of Gastown. Ok small bites menu. Better cocktail menu. Great v... read more
Great atmosphere and some cool views from the big, arched, upstairs windows and into Maple Square. Very much a cocktail bar but their old speakeasy recently became legal and they opened it up to th... read more
165 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Fireworks in the summer, chill nights, hot sunny days and ice cream. All good things. What I like about english bay is the eclectic groups of people that you can see lounging around during the even... read more
"English Bay Beach is the most populated beach area in Vancouver and is host to a numerous events. The Stanley Park Seawall, a popular running and biking route, runs along the east side of the beach."
96 local Airbnb hosts recommend
A short 5-min walk and is very charming. Food is traditional French meals that are delicious but not super fancy. Good wine list and very lovely intimate atmosphere. They require reservations we... read more
The word "Faux" means "False", and "Bourgeois" means "Middle Class" in french. This restaurant serves honest to goodness french food without the snob element. The food and wine are awesome, and the... read more
French bistro - tough to get into, but pop in early or late to get a seat the bar. Cannot go wrong with Steak Frites.
98 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Tons of hiking trails, gorgeous waterfalls and fresh glacier fed river views. Cliffjumping happens here in the summer! Come watch daredevils jump and perform tricks into the ice cold waters. Featur... read more
Take a bike tour with "IntotheWild.ca" for an action packed day exploring the forest of Lynn Canyon Park and the breathtaking valley of Pitt Meadows. Day starts with a leisurely hike through Lynn... read more
92 local Airbnb hosts recommend
"It is a Canadian casual dining restaurant chain with the best patio in the city right on the beach in English Bay. Also the best place to have a drink and enjoy the sunset".$$$
Stunning English bay beach front restaurant. Ride your bike to this beachfront restaurant and plan on happy hour. Watch the beach scene unfold in front of you