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WHERE Vancouver, BC

MISHY'S TOP PICKS

WHAT TO DO :
ACTIVE-
-Stanley Park Seawall walk/bike - 10 kms ( rentals by the hour ) full route 35 kms - full day
- serious mountainbiking in the UBC Endownment lands - not for the faint of heart
HIKING:
- Grouse Mountain 'The Grind' - for the powerful( great restaurant/lounge at the top (tram down), amazing view !!!! - take tram up for sundown if you can't handle 'The Grind'
- Crecent Beach South Surrey to White Rock - 10 kms, bald eagles and and amazing view, nice ending on the White Rock Promenade, beautiful, easy hike
- Lynn Valley
- Stawamus Chief
- Garabaldi ( Squamish )
SEA KAYAKING:
- Bowen Island
GOLFING :
- Country Meadows
- Langara Golf and Country Club
- UBC
- Shawnessey
- Furry Creek ( tough course )
- Northview
- Westwood Plateau
- Mayfair Estates
- Morgan Creek
- Meadow Gardens
- The Redwoods
TOURIST SHOPPING/SITESEEING:
- Granville Island on weekends
- Chinatown on weekend
- Commercial Drive - best coffee, funky restaurants and people watching
- City Trolly Tour - all day, 16 stops, trolly every 15 mins, get on and off at your whim - 20$.
- South Granville, restaurants/stores
- Robsen street to Denman St to Davie St - whole day ( lunch on the patio at Milestones on Denman )
- New Westminster Quay
DAYTRIPS - weekend too:
- Whistler
- Victoria ( take a helijet if you can swing it)
- Gibsons Landing - ferry ride, 40 mins
HOTELS:
-Hotel Vancouver - best location to everything, best lounge, wine list & restaurants
-The Wedgewood - best location, Bacchus restaurant & lounge
-The Sutton Place - best lounge to spot movie stars & filmies - Fleuri Restaurant
-The Waterfront - best view in lounge and big rooms
-The Four Seasons - Chartwell is a fine restaurant
-The Pan Pacific - best view in lounge and rooms - 5 Sails Restaurant has an amazing brunch on weekends.
BEST SKIING:
- Whistler Mountain
- Blackcombe ( Whistler )
- Cypress
WEEKEND GETAWAY:
- Gulf Islands
- Whistler ( or day trip )
- Long Beach/Tofino ( Wickinninish Inn )
- Harrison Hotsprings
- Galiano Island ( Galiano Inn )
- Salt Spring Island
- Victoria ( The Empress Hotel )
FOOD:
Desserts:
- Death by Chocolate
- True Confections
- Senses
- Sutton Place chocolate buffet
- Hotel Vancouver dessert buffet
VEGETARIAN:
- Naam
- Krishna
- Bo Kong
- Habibis
- Woodlands
STEAK:
- Hys
- Gotham
- Mortons
- The Keg
SEAFOOD:
- Cannery ( a must in Vancouver )
- C Restaurant ( best patio )
- The Fish House
- Blue Water Cafe
- The Salmon House
- The Kettle of Fish
REGIONAL/WESTCOAST:
- Zevs
- Raincity Grill ( great BC wine list )
- Bishops ( elegant )
- Seasons in the Park
- Aqua Riva ( great view - casual )
- ZIN
- Raintree
CHINESE:
- Hons
- Won More
- Pink Pearl
- Wild Rice
- Shanghai Bistro
OTHER ASIAN:
- Kams
- Banana Leaf
- Tropika
JAPANESE:
- Tanpopo
- Samuarai
- Daimasu
THAI:
- Thai House
- Thai Away Home
- SalaThai
INDIAN:
- Vijs #1 ( must visit while in Vancouver )
- Sitar
- Raga
- Sami's
GREEK:
- Stephos ( always a line-up )
- Takis
ITALIAN:
- Villa Del Lupo
- Cin Cin
- Luxys
- Antons
- Il Giardino
- Portabello Restaurante
- Cafe de Medici
- Cioppinos
- Circolo
- Incendio
- Fredericos Supper Club ( live music, dancing )
- Rossinis ( live jazz, dancing - casual )
MY HIDDEN SECRET:
- Cafe de Paris - the owners treat you like family
WEEKEND BRUNCH:
- Sophies Cosmic Cafe ( Always a line-up )
- Hotel Vancouver Griffins Restaurant buffet
- Milestones on Denman St ( casual )
- O'Douls, good dinners too
- Elbow Room ( servers are abusive for fun )
- Ecco Il Pane
FINE DINING:
- L'Hermitage ( French )
- Lumiere #1 ( West Coast - book well in advance )
- Bishops #2( West Coast )
- Bacchus ( Wedgewood Hotel )
- Chartwells ( 4 Seasons Hotel )
- Pastis ( French )
- Rain City Grill ( West Coast )
- Piccolo Mondo ( Italian )
- Le Crocodile ( French )
- Fleuri ( Sutton Place Hotel )
- William Tell ( Swiss )
- Star Anise
- Seasons In The Park ( my personal favourite )
- Le Gavroche ( French, very romantic )
FUNKY RESTAURANTS:
- Ouest
- Lucy Mae Brown
- Crime Lab
- Tomatoes Fresh Food Cafe
- Sylvia Hotel Lounge ( view and drink )- very retro
TAPAS:
- Fiction
- El Patio
- Bin 941
- Brix
- Bin 942
( all of these have excellent wines lists too
- Tapastree
SPANISH TAPAS:
- Latin Quarter
- La Bodega
BEST JAZZ:
- Cellar Restaurant and Jazz Club
- Hotel Vancouver Lounge on the weekend
- Rossinis ( great Italian food too )
- Georgia Hotel Bar and Grill - very loud
BLUES:
- The Yale - Very, very loud ! - Mishy loves this place !
BEST COMEDY CLUB:
- Lafflines
WINE SHOPS:
- Liberty
- Marquis
- Broadway International Wine Shop
(all of these carry an excellent selection of BC wines !)
For international wines:
- 39th and Cambie BCLB
- Alberni BCLB
WHAT TO BUY In BC:
- Smoked Salmon
- Haida art and jewelery
- Maple Syrup from Quebec
- Mission Hill Occulus ( Bordeaux Blend )
- Mission Hill Reserve Chardonnay
- Mission Hill Ice Wine Riesling
- Sumac Ridge Sauv Blanc
- Gehringer Brothers Reisling Ice Wine
- Tinhorn Creek Chardonnay
* still waiting for 'other' new vintages in spring arrivals.
BEST BUILDING:
-Hotel Vancouver
-Marine Building - art deco masterpiece
I'm sure I've missed a few ! But I tried
Email me for more info bachian@hotmail.com, if your coming to visit, I'd love to meet any and ALL forumites !

P.S. - I always had dreams of being a concierge
Cheers,
Mishy
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