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Locals’ Favourites

Locals’ favourites


First things first:

Translink for all your public transportation needs. If you’re bringing your smart phone (or other handheld internet-capable gadget), Translink has a pretty awesome mobile site that includes real-time next bus information, which you can read about here.

Yellow Cab: 604-681-1111. Please give exact street address. (Quite often, Yellow Cab cars are waiting in front of the hotel – check before you call).


Campus ‘must see’ things:


Museum of Anthropology: not big, but the totem poles and dugout canoes are amazing; don’t miss the outdoor display in the back (adult admission $16.75).

6393 N.W. Marine Drive


Open Tues 10 am to 9 pm, open Wed-Sun 10 am to 5 pm. Closed on Mondays until May 21.


Beaty Biodiversity Museum: don’t miss the reconstructed 25 m blue whale skeleton on display, as well as other wondrous things (adult admission $12)

2212 Main Mall


Open Tues-Sun 10 am to 5 pm. Closed on Mondays for research.


UBC Botanical Garden: fantastic old trees and Asian flora collection (adult admission $8); check out the Canopy Walkway ($12, 1 h tours daily, every hour on the hour 10 am to 4 pm).

6804 S.W. Marine Drive


Open daily 9:30 am to 5 pm.


Nitobe Memorial Garden: small but beautiful Japanese garden with Pacific Northwest  flavour, endorsed by the Emperor (then Crown Prince) Akihito himself (adult admission $6)

1895 Lower Mall

Open daily 9:30 am to 5 pm.


There is also a Museums and Gardens Pass that gives admission to all four places, as well as discounts at the UBC Bookstore and museum cafes – $33 for an adult

see www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/rates



Campus hikes:

PacificSpiritPark trails

– Tower Beach and WreckBeach (go down one of the trails leading from campus, and wear appropriate hiking shoes); note that both beaches are ‘clothing optional.’


Best pub on campus:

Mahony & Sons (a bit pricey, but good food and beer) 11am-midnight Mon thru Wed; 11am-1am Thurs & Fri; Sat noon -1am, Sun 11am-11pm,  5990 UniversityBlvd.

Best coffee on campus:

BoulevardCoffeeRoastingCo. – 6:30am to 9pm during the summer,  5970 UniversityBlvd. (essentially University Blvd and Wesbrook Mall intersection, next door to Mahony’s)

Best fast/cheap sushi:

– Honour Roll in the SUB (6138 Student Union Blvd., lower floor) (best anywhere in the world we tried – and that’s saying a lot, considering that Vancouver has a sushi place practically on every block)

– One More Sushi in the Village (222-2155 Allison Rd., upstairs.)


City ‘must do’ things:


Best places to walk or run:

StanleyPark (walk, run or bike the 10km seawall with its gorgeous views of the sea, mountains, lush forests, and Vancouver skyline); you can rent a bike at the corner of Georgia and Denman; restaurants on Denman will provide food and drink afterwards.

– the paths along SpanishBanks, Locarno, andJerichobeaches (just go down Northwest Marine Drive from campus)

– the seawall around False Creek (city and water views), which continues around Stanley Park and into Coal Harbour



City gardens

StanleyParkGardens:  Rose Garden, Rock Garden and Shakespeare Garden

VanDusenBotanicalGarden (adult admission $10.75) 5251 Oak St., at West 37th Ave. (also has a lovely little cafe with great windows into the garden.)

BloedelConservatory: a tropical garden under a glass triodetic dome (adult admission $5). Located off 33rd Avenue between Cambie and Main Streets, in Queen Elizabeth Park


Best places to watch the sunset:

KitsilanoBeach (restaurant nearby with similar view: TheBoathouse)



QueenElizabethPark (panoramic 180 degree city views, also a restaurant, Seasons, featuring a very nice view and fine dining ($35 prix fixe on Sunday))


Best neighborhoods to explore on foot:

– West Broadway (Alma to Larch): used bookstores, cafes, bakeries, Greek food

– West Fourth (Balsam to Burrard): cafes, restaurants, clothing, and a great magazine store

– Mid-Main St. (around King Edward Ave.):  antique shops, record stores, crafts, clothing

– Davie village (from Burrard to Jervis St.): dance clubs, bars, restaurants of all kinds

– Commercial Drive (from Broadway to Venables St.): organic food, cafés, small live venues


Family-friendly/educational attractions:

– Museum of Vancouver museumofvancouver.ca

– H.R. Macmillan Space Centre www.spacecentre.ca

– Science World (at Telus World of Science) www.scienceworld.ca

– Vancouver Aquarium (must see!) www.vanaqua.org

– Vancouver Art Gallery www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

– Vancouver Maritime Museum http://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com



Best antiquarian bookstore in town (if you want to find some treasures, ask them to take you to their annex across the street): Macleod’s Books – 455 West Pender St.

For local, new & used: Pulp Fiction Books (2 locations)

2422 Main St.

3133 West Broadway (at Balaclava St.)

For children and teens: Kidsbooks – 3083 West Broadway

Best selection of new books in the city: UBC Bookstore – 6200 University Blvd


Treat yourself:

Best coffee in town:  49th Parallel – 2152 West 4th Ave.

Best bakery (plus café): Terra Breads (bread, sandwiches, cookies, and more. 4 locations)

2380 West 4th Ave. (at Balsam St.)

53 West 5th Ave. (at Ontario St.)

1605 Manitoba St. (on the seawall)

Granville Island Public Market – bakery only

Best pies: Aphrodite’s (organic) – 3598 West 4th Ave (at Alma)

Best chocolate: Chocolate Arts (the best we’ve had anywhere) -1620 West 3rd Ave.

Best tea: Bayswater Tea Company – 2966 West Broadway (at Bayswater St.)

Best shopping (local food, arts and crafts): Granville Island (www.granvilleisland.com)



Best vegetarian: The Naam – 2724 West 4th Ave.

Best casual Asian (Malaysian food, three locations) : The Banana Leaf

820 West Broadway

3005 West Broadway

1096 Denman Street

1043 Davie Street

Best funky sushi: The Eatery – 3431 West Broadway

Best ramen noodle soup: Kintaro – 788 Denman St. at Robson (if it’s too busy, Motomachi, Benkei and Santouka ramen shops are right nearby.)

Best bagels:

Siegel’s – 1883 Cornwall Ave., and in Granville Island Public Market

Solly’s (3 locations)

2873 West Broadway

368 West 7th Ave

189 East 28th Ave. (at Main St.)

Best pizza:

Hell’s Kitchen – 2041 West 4th Ave.

Incendio – 103 Columbia St.

Marcello Pizzeria & Ristorante – 1404 Commercial Drive

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