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Location: Richmond

Day 1 - 30 Sep 2020

Vancouver International Airport

Richmond, Vancouver International Airport

Content: Arrived at the Vancouver Airport in the evening, and the customs were a breeze, it didn’t take long. Before I headed out, I decided to convert some money to use during my trip. You can find an exchange desk right before the exit. Since Vancouver is a city, it’s not necessary to rent a car, but if you plan on exploring outside of the city, it is recommended. You can easily find a cab when you exit the airport, as well as take public transit.

Location: Vancouver

Day 1 - 30 Sep 2020

EXchange Hotel Vancouver - An Executive Hotel

Vancouver, EXchange Hotel Vancouver - An Executive Hotel
Vancouver, EXchange Hotel Vancouver - An Executive Hotel

Content: I checked into my first hotel for this trip, which was the EXchange Hotel Vancouver. This hotel is located in the downtown area, walking distance to everything. EXchange Hotel is a stylish, elegant, and luxury hotel. I loved staying here!

Hydra Estiatorio Mediterranean Restaurant

Vancouver, Hydra Estiatorio Mediterranean Restaurant
Vancouver, Hydra Estiatorio Mediterranean Restaurant

Content: Since arriving late, I grabbed dinner and drinks next door at the Hydra Bar, a Mediterranean restaurant. This place has a great atmosphere for drinks and shareable plates!

Location: Vancouver

Day 2 - 1 Oct 2020

Sushiyama

Vancouver, Sushiyama

Content: We started off our day with lunch! We stumbled upon this delicious sushi spot called Sushi Yama, located just west from where we were staying, in an area called Mount Pleasant.

Toonie Tours

Vancouver, Toonie Tours
Vancouver, Toonie Tours
Vancouver, Toonie Tours

Content: On our first full day of Vancouver, we signed up for a Street Art & Craft Beer Tour via a company called Toonie Tours Vancouver. Though I am not the biggest fan of beer, I thought it would be cool to explore the art side of Vancouver. The tour lasted around 3 hours and was very informative. We walked to see stunning all murals while stopping in and tasting a variety of malt grains at local breweries in the characterized neighborhood of Mt. Pleasant. Overall the tour was a fun experience. If you like art, beer, or both, highly recommend!

Guilt & Co

Vancouver, Guilt & Co

Content: Ended the night at this cool speakeasy bar called Guilt & Co, located in Gastown. This bar offered cool drinks and live music all night!

Location: Richmond

Day 3 - 2 Oct 2020

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

Richmond, Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ
Richmond, Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

Content: We were craving Asian food, and decided to eat at Gyu-Kaku. If you’re unfamiliar with this restaurant, Gyu-Kaku is a popular chain of Japanese yakiniku restaurants specializing in Japanese-Korean BBQ. I have been here countless times, and they never disappoint!

Location: Vancouver

Day 3 - 2 Oct 2020

Cycle City Tours And Bike Rentals

Vancouver, Cycle City Tours And Bike Rentals
Vancouver, Cycle City Tours And Bike Rentals
Vancouver, Cycle City Tours And Bike Rentals
Vancouver, Cycle City Tours And Bike Rentals

Content: What better way to explore more of Vancouver than to go on a bike ride? About 15 minutes walk away from our hotel is a cycle shop called Cycle City Tours and Rentals. At the shop you can do a bike tour or rent bikes to explore on your own. My friend and I opted for the exploring on our own option, and it was so much fun! Since Vancouver is a city, biking is a popular way to get around. We biked through Stanley Park, making a few detours along the way. If you ask one of the employees there, they will give you a map of the city!

Teahouse in Stanley Park

Vancouver, Teahouse in Stanley Park
Vancouver, Teahouse in Stanley Park

Content: On our bike tour, we found this cute little spot called The Teahouse, so we stopped by for dessert and coffee.

Dark Table

Vancouver, Dark Table
Vancouver, Dark Table

Content: Dark Table is definitely an experience! This restaurant offers guests with an interesting concept: dining in the dark. Yep, in pitch black. The concept of Dark Table was inspired by visually impaired servers who can’t see on a regular basis. I was intrigued when I saw this restaurant on Groupon, so I had to try it! This restaurant is upscale and you get a 3-course dinner in the dark. Something I’d recommend trying at least once!

Location: Vancouver

Day 4 - 3 Oct 2020

Hydra Estiatorio Mediterranean Restaurant

Vancouver, Hydra Estiatorio Mediterranean Restaurant

Content: We went back again, but this time for lunch. We ordered a variety of their dishes. I highly recommend their spreads and black cod!

St Regis Hotel

Vancouver, St Regis Hotel
Vancouver, St Regis Hotel

Content: Checked into our new hotel which is also an upscale boutique hotel. Located in the downtown area, surrounded by endless restaurants, bars, and shopping.

FlyOver Canada

Vancouver, FlyOver Canada

Content: Flyover Canada is a must tourist attraction for all travelers alike; the tour is about 25 minutes, including the 8 minutes you’ll spend soaring through Canada 🇨🇦- it’s a ride you don’t want to miss out on!

Vancouver Lookout

Vancouver, Vancouver Lookout

Content: Another great tourist attraction is the Vancouver Lookout - located in the heart of Vancouver. You get full 360 views of the city.

Top Of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant

Vancouver, Top Of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant

Content: Once you’re done admiring the 360 views of Vancouver, head one story down and visit their Revolving Restaurant. This restaurant is called revolving for a reason. The restaurant seating slowly rotates, making it possible to view the whole city in just one dinner. We came here for drinks and the views were stunning! Reservations are recommended (make sure to request a window seat)!

Cactus Club Cafe Coal Harbour

Vancouver, Cactus Club Cafe Coal Harbour
Vancouver, Cactus Club Cafe Coal Harbour

Content: Cactus Club Cafe is one of the most recommended by locals and is one of my favorites! We came here for drinks and dinner and everything from the ambiance, people, music, and food was top notch. I can see why the locals love it! This restaurant is a Canadian chain, they have a variety of locations all over Canada.

Location: Vancouver

Day 5 - 4 Oct 2020

St Regis Hotel

Vancouver, St Regis Hotel
Vancouver, St Regis Hotel

Content: One of the perks of staying at this hotel is that they offer complimentary breakfast to guests daily!

A Wok Around Chinatown

Vancouver, A Wok Around Chinatown
Vancouver, A Wok Around Chinatown
Vancouver, A Wok Around Chinatown
Vancouver, A Wok Around Chinatown
Vancouver, A Wok Around Chinatown

Content: A Wok Around Chinatown was one of my highlights fo the trip. It’s recommended for both tourists and locals. During this tour, the Owner Robert Sung takes you on this cultural and culinary tour of Vancouver’s Chinatown; it’s both insightful and tasty! The tour is around 3 hours and costs C$80 with a minimum of 2 persons. Price includes Garden Admission and Dim Sum lunch.

Granville Island Public Market

Vancouver, Granville Island Public Market
Vancouver, Granville Island Public Market
Vancouver, Granville Island Public Market

Content: We took the False Creek Ferries to Granville Island, which is a must to do while visiting Vancouver. Granville Island is known for its public market, brewery and thriving artist community. The island also offers various restaurants, bars, shopping, and water tours. If you make it to the market, def stop by Lee’s donuts!

The Vancouver Fish Company

Vancouver, The Vancouver Fish Company
Vancouver, The Vancouver Fish Company

Content: Before headed back, we stumbled upon this restaurant. And it happened to be happy hour! They had delicious happy hour choices like these oysters and garlic prawns!

per se Social Corner

Vancouver, per se Social Corner
Vancouver, per se Social Corner

Content: While walking, we came across this cute dinner spot! I loved everything about this including the ambiance, service, and food! It’s a 5-star rating for me!

Location: Vancouver

Day 6 - 5 Oct 2020

Science World

Vancouver, Science World
Vancouver, Science World

Content: We came here on our last day and it was cool to check out. This is a great activity to do while with family or children! They also have options for shows - during our time we bought tickets for the Great Bear Rainforest and it was cool learning about these creatures.

Fairmont Pacific Rim

Vancouver, Fairmont Pacific Rim
Vancouver, Fairmont Pacific Rim

Content: We ended our trip at Fairmont Pacific Rim for some drinks and food. This hotel is absolutely stunning! We got lucky and came during the time they had live music - the food and drinks are delish!

Location: Vancouver

Day 7 - 6 Oct 2020

St Regis Hotel

Vancouver, St Regis Hotel

Content: Checked out of our hotel! Had a wonderful and comfortable stay!