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My wife and I are going to be visiting Vancouver with our one year old daughter for the first time next week. Neither of us know anything about Vancouver, but we both really love to eat and will eat anything. I would really appreciate and recommendations for the categories below. One thing though, everything needs to be baby friendly. Thanks in advance.

1. Is there one restaurant that you cannot miss when in Vancouver?

2. Any recs for restaurants that would be kid friendly with awesome food, preferable inexpensive?

3. Are there any food markets we need to see? I heard of somewhere called the Richmond Night Market that sounds great. I love asian Markets, or just anywhere that has massive amounts of food to try.

4. Where is the best restaurant for Oysters?

5. Are there any areas of Vancouver we shouldn't miss? China Town?Parks?

6. Are there any activities/day-trips that we need to do with the baby?

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  1. Where are you coming from bensop? I'm assuming you are staying at a hotel downtown somewhere....

    The Chinese restaurants (where family dining is the norm) are your best bets with a one year old. (eg Kirin, Sun Sui Wah, etc.), IMO. For dim sum - go to Kirin on Alberni - or if you are willing to venture out - go all the way to Richmond on the Canada Line skytrain. It is very easy. And hit an Asian mall like Aberdeen Center (and upscale Chinese mall) and go to the foodcourt where they have some interesting offerings....or one of the restaurants there (I like Fisherman's Terrace for Cantonese dim sum and Northern Dynasty for Northern Chinese cuisine there.)

    Food markets: Granville Island for sure. Richmond Night Market has wound down for the winter. You can try one of the local farmers' markets http://www.eatlocal.org/markets.html (watch for the switch to winter locations and times on that website.).

    For ethnic markets - we have a number of big ethnic grocery stores like T&T, H-Mart, Big Crazy, Rice World....I don't know if that interests you. Chinatown is a little run down, but interesting. Commercial Dr is an great neighbourhood for food shopping. Little India ("Punjabi Market") on Main St/49th is also interesting.

    Oysters - Joe Fortes, Coast, and Rodney's (though I'm personally not a fan).

    Areas - Granville Island (take the little water taxis around fals creek), the beaches (Spanish Banks, etc.), the local mountains for the view. If you have time, take a ferry to one of the nearby islands. A couple are accessible enough to do a daytrip and have reasonable food offerings. The Aquarium is nice. My favourite museum is the Museum of Anthropology out on UBC. http://www.moa.ubc.ca/

    Post again if you need more details or options!

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    1. re: fmed

      Thanks for the reply. We are from Salt Lake City and we will be staying in Downtown Vancouver. We will definitely be checking out the Granville Public Market and the Aquarium, and I really like your idea about an Asian mall.

      Here are some of the restaurants we are looking at so far.
      Guu garlic
      Salt
      Yujis
      Japadog
      Twisted Fork Bistro
      Possibly Kirin for Chinese

      Are these restaurants going to please us? Any other Recs?

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      Guu
      838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA

      Twisted Fork
      1147 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z1M1, CA

      1. re: bensop

        Hi bensop!

        Fmed is steering you well. If you make it out to Aberdeen, Daiso is really fun (Japanese dollar store with everything under the rising sun) and across the street is one of the T'n'T stores (in President Plaza)

        I like Guu with Garlic very much but it is quite boisterous and the food is less refined than at some of the other izakaya if that is a concern. I enjoy the atmosphere for sure.

        Salt is expensive, though they do source good products. Don't go if you are really hungry and want a full meal. Also be prepared for the less-than-salutary entrance (it's in a fairly grotty alley in Gastown).

        I haven't been to Kirin in ages but it sure seems to be consistent and would likely do you just fine for convenience also.

        Have a great trip and let us know where you get to!

        Yuji's strikes me as a neighbourhood resto rather than a destination but it has been some time since I ate there.

        Japadog is fun to try. I hit their bricks and mortar store on Robson several times during our recent film fest and got addicted to the okonomiyaki dog (Kurobota pork) and a side of butter shoyu "shaked" fries, with some tasty cornichons on the side. Their more unusual offerings didn't thrill me too much.

        I've only had brunch once at Twisted Fork and thought it was adequate. The rosti were disappointing,

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        Guu
        838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA

        Twisted Fork
        1147 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z1M1, CA

        1. re: bensop

          I wouldn't suggest trying Salt with a 1 year old in tow.
          Kirin would be fine with a child.
          My toddler loves Japadog but if you're hitting one of the carts try and do it on a nice day as they're a bit awkward to carry far.

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