vancouver in oct
It helps to be more specific on what kind of food you want and what price points.
Guu or Kingyo for Izakaya (Japanese pub fare)
Rangoli for Casual Indian Fusion
Ajisai for sushi
Tung Hing for Vietnamese Banh Mi
L'Abattoir for new hipster style French
Phnom Penh for Cambodian/Vietnamese (best chicken wings ever)
I'm also heading to Vancouver at the beginning of Oct (first timer). Could you help me with a couple of qs since I like your recommendation a lot.
First of all, I booked the Westin Grand Downtown but thinking about rebooking some hotels around YVR instead since they are far cheaper. How is the traffic from YVR to Downtown area during weekday/weekend?
And here is my hit list during my stay, what did I miss (Love to eat almost anything and price would be an issue if the food is weak):
Vij's Railway Express food truck
Beaucoup bakery if opens
Salt Tasting Room
Sun Sui Wan
Ajisai Sushi Bar
Hit list for Atttraction:
Richmond Night MKt
Drinks at Top of the Vancouver revolving Res't for the view
Nitobe Memorial Garden
English Bay Beach
window shopping at Commercial Dr & Gastown
Lastly, How are Scandinavian Spa Whistler and Whistler Village? Recommend it ?
Many thanks in advance!
Skip Vij's food truck -very poor value.
Unless a handful of older homes interest you there is little to see @ Mole Hill it's an ordinary residential neighbourhood.
Whistler Village is an overpriced destination but most people seem to enjoy it-Scandinave Spa often has Bears lurking nearby so step carefully (!)
re: Sam Salmon
Oh I don't know, Mole Hill/Nelson Park has its charms! It's a very "Vancouver" experience... families playing, exchange students lounging, transient people smoking ... things..., you can take a walk around the community garden and check out the puppies (and poop) in the dog park.
The alley behind the heritage homes of Mole Hill is also among Vancouver's most beautiful, containing another community garden, lots of great fruit trees and berry bushes, a tiny creekside walk, and a bee-preservation project area.
Afterwards, you can dash over to Davie Street, check out Vancouver's central GLTB hub, and have a great meal at La Brasserie :)
IMO, Granville Island shouldn't be skipped. The food market is fun, you can get a superior burger at the Market Grill (or if you're there for brekkie, the waffles or the breakfast croissant #2 are amazing), and I highly recommend wandering right around Granville Island, lots of fun artists studios to visit. Don't miss the artisan broom makers (across from the concrete plant).
Otherwise your list of attractions looks great! I might skip the revolving restaurant, but it makes sense if you want the view. There is also a great view park right at the base of Granville St. (near Waterfront Station), and the Public Library (between Georgia and Robson Streets) is a stunning building, you can walk through the atrium during your Robson Street crawl.
One last thing, I agree, it's worth staying downtown. Vancouver is not the most car-friendly city.
re: Sam Salmon
If you have a really clear day I would highly recommend heading up grouse mountain and having a drink or two at the pub. The view is pretty awesome.If you are all hikers and in pretty good shape you could head up the grouse grind and then take the tram down. Takes about an hour to go up, more if not in great shape.
Would substitute Vij's restaurant for the food truck. The food is pretty fantastic IMO.
Vij's Railway Express food truck - had it today. mediocre at best. I like Rangoli much more.
Saboten Tonkatsu - I eat it sometimes when I am at Aberdeen but this is just mediocre lunch food.
Motomachi Shokudo - Replace with Santouka and get the grilled toro niku.
Raincity Grill - Pass
Guu - Delicious, Guu with Garlic (Near Denman on Robson) and Guu on Thurlow are the two best. Kingyo is also quite delicious.
Salt Tasting Room - Not bad - I prefer L'abattoir in that area.
Octopus Garden - Good but on the expensive side. Prefer Ajisai.
Japa Dog - extremely overrated - I wouldn't even bother
I had a fabulous dinner last time at fisherman's Terrace - Much better than equivalent meals at Kirin and Sun Sui Wah
Ajisai Sushi Bar - Great.
Salty Tongue - Never been.
I would also go to Granville Island and stop by Go Fish if it is a nice day out.