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Apr 25, 2014 04:12 PM

Help! 3 days in Vancouver

So normally before I travel, I spend hours and hours combing Chowhound for restaurant recommendations and have a whole itinerary planned out. Unfortunately I have been swamped with work and have been doing a lot of travel and haven't had time to plan appropriately for an upcoming trip to Vancouver. I'm going next week for a conference, and it's the first time I've been to Vancouver. I'm staying at the Fairmont and attending a conference at the Convention Center. I haven't had time to research ANYTHING, including what I might do with the limited free time I have when I'm there, but was hoping I could get recommendations for restaurants that would be relatively convenient. I have no dietary restrictions and will eat anything, though some people who may be joining me for some of the meals aren't particularly adventurous. I don't think I'm going to rent a car. Any help would be appreciated.

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  1. Maybe you and the poster in the below thread

    are attending the same conference?

    1. the Fairmont is a wonderful hotel. a truly lovely place. I stay at the Hyatt Regency directly across the street unless of course you're at the Fairmont Airport which is incredible as well, stayed there 3 times myself.

      the Vancouver Aquarium is magnif and the park with the suspension bridge is awesome as well.

      you don't need a rental car. a day pass on the bus last time there was $9 Canadian. water taxi's are a good thing also going from Falscreek to Granville Island. do make sure to take in Granville Is. no matter how you get there. great food for a meal out plus a super farmers market with things that are really unusual.

      if you're a burger person, treat yourself to a Vera's burger and get poutine there too. don't ask just do it! sooooo good. if you're on a budget and want sushi say for a quick cheap lunch, Yamato's on Davie&Seymour street I think is correct corner.

      enjoy your time there

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      1. re: iL Divo

        Agree with Il Divo re the aquarium, Granville Island, and the suspension bridge at Lynn Canyon (don't bother with the one at Capilano Canyon, expensive and cheesy). Can't recommend Vera's at all, however, in fact I would warn visitors off this local chain that used to be good but not now. Burgers in Vancouver generally are not great because you can't get them done to order.

        For sushi downtown I love Miko (not Miku, unless you just want aburi salmon) on Robson. Also toroniku ramen at Santouka if you don't have that where you live. Izakaya are pretty good here and could be fun if you have a few people with you. L'abbatoir could work for less adventurous but you'll want a reservation. I've also had two very fine meals at Burdock and Co on Main, which is now taking reservations. It feels Vancouver to me. Farmers Apprentice is also worth considering though not with non-adventurous diners and definitely not without a reso. Both are a shortish cab ride or one bus from downtown.

        The thread moyen linked to above has some good lunch and other ideas near the convention centre.

      2. there's nothing telling you Vera's is a must go, I'll never know. but if you've ever wanted a gigoondo burger with every imaginable ingredient available for your consumption, I'm just sayin.
        mentioned before-I get the Doug special, cause I am there for a chili cheeseburger and poutine (fries with cheese curds and dark gravy). I should weigh 8368 lbs as many times as I have waded in there with hunger pangs and huge anticipation of what is about to jump into my mouth. again no matter to me but in case you do......

        1. i will also be in vancouver for the first time at the end of may for 2 days and 2 nights in the weekday.
          looking for: i've always been told for good ramen and good chinese one must go to vancouver or los angeles.
          besides what has been posted in reply to the OP, are there any other ramen and chinese recommendations?
          would also like to try something local...
          someone told me about the Night Market. i am very interested in this. where is it? how do i get to it? i won't have a car so mostly walking and possibly cabs.
          will be staying at the century plaza.
          thanks so much for your help.

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          1. re: ritabwh

            There are two Night Markets both are easy to access via transit and/or shuttles.

            It's up to you to decide if they suit your demographic.



            EDIT-OK there are actually three (3) night markets with one small low key celebration in Vancouver's old Chinatown


            1. re: Sam Salmon

              Sorry to be the bearer of bad news... There will be no Vancouver Chinatown Night Market this year.

              1. re: Sam Salmon

                please excuse my ignorance but this will be my first visit to vancouver. how far is the richmond night market from downtown vancouver and where is the summer night market located?
                thank you!

              2. re: ritabwh

                There is another night market (though not an Asian night market per se), in North Vancouver that is easily accessible via the Seabus. They focus on locally produced crafts and foods and there is always a large contingent of food trucks and vendors. There is also live music and possibly a beer garden (not sure on the status of that for this season) It goes every Friday night from 5:00 till 10:00 pm.

                1. re: Scoffier

                  thank you! i see great possibilities here.

              3. Thanks everyone for the suggestions. Unfortunately I didn't get to enjoy the food as much as I hoped, as I had to attend several group events which weren't chow worthy. It pained me when I knew that I was missing better options. I did manage to get to Santouka for ramen, which was wonderful on a cold, rainy day, and also enjoyed the porchetta at Meat and Bread. Now I'll have to plan a return trip when I can be in charge of the dining choices.