Best things to do in Vancouver

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Locals’ favourite places

Here’s your definitive guide to the best parks, restaurants, landmarks and local spots, all according to locals

1. Stanley Park
791local recommendations
Oleg says “Designated a national historic site of Canada, Stanley Park is a magnificent green oasis in the mi...” ·
2. Granville Island
613local recommendations
Steve says “An incredible neighbourhood - Granville Island is a collection of shops, galleries, cafes, restauran...” ·
3. Kitsilano Beach
258local recommendations
Steve says “The most popular beach in the city, it is great for everyone. Swimming, beach food, nearby cafes/re...” ·
4. Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby St
329local recommendations
Karen says “The Vancouver Art Gallery is the fifth-largest art gallery in Canada and the largest in Western Cana...” ·
5. Science World at TELUS World of Science
1455 Quebec St
318local recommendations
Karen says “Science World at Telus World of Science, is a science centre run by a not-for-profit organization in...” ·
6. Grouse Mountain
6400 Nancy Greene Way
229local recommendations
Steve says “One of three local ski mountains overlooking the city of Vancouver, Grouse is the closest to downtow...” ·
7. Chambar Restaurant
568 Beatty St
155local recommendations
Nikki & Steve
Nikki & Steve says “One of the two best approachable fine dining options in Gastown. Will most likely need to make a res...” ·
8. Brassneck Brewery
2148 Main St
152local recommendations
Isaac says “Brassneck Brewery has a beautiful rustic fill and tasting room right on Main Street. In addition to...” ·
9. Granville Island Public Market
1669 Johnston St
187local recommendations
Jill says “Discover Granville Island, home to king of public markets offering a vast array of food vendors and ...” ·
10. Robson Street
Robson St
273local recommendations
Brennan says “Robson Street between Granville Street and Bute Street is lined with clothing stores. Likely nothing...” ·
11. 33 Acres Brewing Company
15 W 8th Ave
139local recommendations
James says “One of Vancouver's best microbrewery (my personal favourite), a 5 minute walk down the street. Try t...” ·
12. Capilano Suspension Bridge
Capilano Suspension Bridge
247local recommendations
Penman Properties
Penman Properties says “The Capilano Suspension Bridge is just a quick drive away from downtown and is a very popular touris...” ·
13. Queen Elizabeth Park
4600 Cambie St
207local recommendations
Karen says “Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver’s horticultural jewel, is a major draw for floral display enthusiast...” ·
14. CRAFT Beer Market
85 W 1st Ave
126local recommendations
Karen says “If you like beer, you must go here! The Craft Beer Market has Canada's largest selection of draft be...” ·
15. The Naam
2724 W 4th Ave
125local recommendations
Catherine says “Iconic, this restaurant is the oldest in Kitsilano. It's been around since the 60's. Great vegeta...” ·
16. Medina
780 Richards St
124local recommendations
Israel says “A must for brunch is Cafe Medina, a café serving connoisseur-savvy coffee, Belgian waffles, full bre...” ·
17. Local Kitsilano
2210 Cornwall Ave
111local recommendations
Osiris  & Geri
Osiris & Geri says “This is the place where the staff like to get to know you. Look for Ashley the senior bartender. Gre...” ·
18. Alibi Room
157 Alexander St
123local recommendations
Brennan says “Beer lovers paradise with dozens on tap and an amazing menu. If you're with friends not as stoked on...” ·
19. Museum of Anthropology
6393 NW Marine Dr
142local recommendations
Donna says “A beautifully designed and curated museum on the grounds of the University of British Columbia. Whil...” ·
20. CF Pacific Centre
701 W Georgia St
139local recommendations
Jason says “If you need a break from the boutique store stroll of Robson St., there's always Pacific Centre mall...” ·
21. Vij's
3106 Cambie St
109local recommendations
Christine says “When your craving for Indian food, Vij's comes recommended for a great dining experience in the city...” ·
22. Tap & Barrel • Olympic Village
1 Athletes Way
107local recommendations
Cathy + Tom
Cathy + Tom says “Awesome restaurant with lots of micro brews to choose from. The views are spectacular. This spot is ...” ·
23. The Keefer Bar
135 Keefer St
118local recommendations
Vanessa says “Tiny bar on Keefer Street with an impressive cocktail list. Local ingredients and lab implements are...” ·
24. Bao Bei
163 Keefer St
134local recommendations
Steve says “One of Vancouver's hot new Asian-fusion restaurants in the transitioning old Chinatown. This is a hi...” ·
25. Revolver
325 Cambie St
91local recommendations
Nikki & Steve
Nikki & Steve says “One of three great coffee shops in the Gastown area. Please note - they are closed Sundays. Often ve...” ·
26. The Diamond
6 Powell St
101local recommendations
Nikki & Steve
Nikki & Steve says “Located in a great second-story spot at the corder of Water Street and Carrall Street, The Diamond p...” ·
27. English Bay Beach
Beach Ave
165local recommendations
Steve says “The closest of Vancouver's downtown beaches, with amazing sunshine facing straight south and close i...” ·
28. Les Faux Bourgeois
663 E 15th Ave
96local recommendations
Sophia says “The word "Faux" means "False", and "Bourgeois" means "Middle Class" in french. This restaurant serve...” ·
29. Lynn Canyon Park
3690 Park Rd
98local recommendations
Karen says “Lynn Canyon Park opened to the public in 1912 and has been a popular destination among tourists & lo...” ·
30. Cactus Club Cafe English Bay
1790 Beach Ave
92local recommendations
Brennan says “If you're out for a walk around the seawall, this restaurant makes for a great lunch stop or afterno...” ·