With beaches, mountains left right and centre, museums, harbour front, and plenty of cafes to get your Instagram snap, Vancouver really does have it all. Even if you are on a budget, you can do Vancouver. 

W H E R E  T O  S T A Y ?

Although I can’t recommend fancy hotels, or lower budget hotels, I can recommend a few hostels depending on your budget – yes, hostels can be very cheap, or very expensive. 
Low Budget – The Cambie Gastown $
Situated in Vancouver’s famous Gastown district, although there maybe some ‘strange’ people surrounding the area, and you may not want to venture east to East Hastings either, but the hostel is about £15 a night. You don’t get free breakfast, but there is a pretty cool bar / restaurant downstairs, which is reasonably priced. The rooms aren’t the best, and neither are the washrooms, but for the price, and how close you are to basically everything, it’s not a bad place to stay. 
Higher Budget – Samsun Vancouver $$
On Vancouver’s famous Granville Street. The HI Hostel is opposite, however, that hostel is not great. If you want a more social scene, with cleaner washrooms, and slightly bigger bedrooms, then head to Samsun for the same price. Breakfast is included. This hostel is around £25 a night.

W H E R E  T O  E A T ?

Vancouver can probably cater for whatever you fancy – sushi, Italian, steak joints, vegan, or whatever you really want. If you are looking for an instagramable breakfast, then head to Cambie Gastown, where you can get avocado on toast with poached eggs, or the classic fry up, or chicken and waffles if that takes your fancy ever.

For a healthier lunch, there are plenty of options. SMAK is a healthy fast food restaurant located in two locations in Vancouver. From salads, to chickpea curry, enjoy a fresh lunch or dinner that isn’t going to break the bank. Tractor is another location known for healthy fast food, here you can also enjoy a range of salads, soup, and sandwiches for lunch. Continuing with the theme of salads, just with the inclusion of tacos and burrito bowls then Hungry Guys Kitchen on Granville Street will sort you out. Again, another healthy fast food restaurant that will be under $10 (including tax).

For a meal slightly more upmarket, and a sit down meal then head to The Keg – Canada’s famous Steakhouse chain. Although it might be slightly hard to find anything to eat if you don’t eat meat, the cocktails are pretty good.

W H A T  T O  D O ?

Whether you want to experience culture at Vancouver’s Art Gallery, or continue being fit on vacation by cycling Stanley Park, Vancouver has plenty of options to fill your day.

The best time to visit Vancouver’s Art Gallery is on a Tuesday evening with entrance is free, otherwise entry is on the pricey side, but if you enjoy art or want to hide from the rain, the art gallery will keep you busy for half a day.

Stanley Park is Vancouver’s equivalent to New York’s Central Park, or London’s Hide Park, a chance to escape from the hectic city – although Vancouver isn’t as hectic as most cities. You can choose to bike the sea wall, and stopping for photographs along the way, or take a trip to Vancouver’s Aquariam, or have a picnic amongst the trees and flower gardens the park offers.

If you are looking for views of the city, or a place to explore local food and unique gifts, then a trip to Granville Island has to be on your list. You can either walk, which will take you about 45 minutes across Granville Bridge, or get the aquabus to the ‘island’. Once you get to the famous market, you can explore the local shops, and sample the food – whether you want gelato, pizza, fresh fruit, or coffee, it is a perfect place to grab lunch. You can sit outside by the river, and enjoy the views of the mountains, and the city.

The Capilano Suspension Bridge is a popular tourist destination in North Vancouver. You can pick up the free coach from Canadian Place (and various destinations) and take the thirty minute journey to the famous suspension bridges. Spend half a day walking over the bridges, various paths, and a mini sky walk as an escape from the city.

If shopping is your thing, then there are plenty of places to visit around the city. Vancouver does host a shopping centre featuring Sephora, Bath & Body Works, and others, but Robson Street has a better choice if you are looking for High Street Shopping and a few vintage shops along the way.

Summer in Vancouver also means a trip down to English Bay Beach, which is surrounded by British Colombia’s mountains. Relax on the beach, or the grassy areas. Both English Bay and Sunset Beach are close to Denman Street where you can find choice after choice of different cafes, restaurants, and places to enjoy an afternoon, or evening drink.


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