Travel Through Vancouver Like A Local

By Alisha Mughal

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In town for a quick work trip? Check out these excellent locales to make the most of your visit. 

Vancouver is a sight to behold. Anyone that has visited can attest to the beauty of the city’s lush surroundings: stunning mountains, gentle shorelines, tree-lined streets, and more. It’s safe to say that it’s one of the most visually-stunning cities in North America. But it’s also a booming metropolis rich with culture and activity. The next time you’re in town for work, don’t bother wasting your time looking for suggestions. We’ve got them here for you.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]



Just a few minutes walk from downtown Vancouver and the trendy Gastown neighborhood, The DOUGLAS is a beautiful boutique hotel located inside the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver hotel offering some stunning views. Named after the Douglas Firs that line the banks of False Creek, the hotel features rooms designed with intention to personify the spirit of British Columbia: they’re adorned with beautiful Mid-century modern furniture with rustic and industrial accents. The hotel marries nature and metropolis together while offering all the facilities that a seasoned traveller could desire: state-of-the-art fitness facilities, meeting spaces, great food, and even a one-of-a-kind park on the sixth floor should you require a quick escape. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]



Grand as a cafe out of Belle Époque, Nightingale is a restaurant as beautiful as its namesake. With a menu offering everything from fresh vegetarian dishes to braised bone-in lamb shoulder enough for a large group, this bright spot offers something for everyone. The buzzing bar offers local craft beers and a comprehensive wine list, and has frequently graced many “Best of Vancouver” lists. Named after one of Aesop’s fables emphasizing the importance of the present, Nightingale is a dreamy restaurant that won’t disappoint. Also check out: L’Abattoir, Kissa Tanto, Como[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]



An airy contemporary restaurant, Botanist is inspired by the soil and its bounty. The extensive wine list on offer is “terroir-driven,” determined by the character of the land from which it comes and the wines are from wineries that are sustainable and organic, or practice biodynamic farming. For your after-work drinks, the cocktail program on offer reflects this passion for the earth. They’re sorted into groups such as “flowers and trees,” “fruits and vegetables,” and “orchard and field.” Guests can enjoy these delicious drinks honouring the planet in a garden that has more than 50 different kinds of plants. This spot is not to be missed. Also check out: Prohibition, The Diamond, Hawksworth[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]



Located in Gastown — Vancouver’s oldest and trendiest neighbourhood — Litchfield specializes in the subtly refined. Offering a wide array of home and personal goods that are simple but also striking, the store offers a thoughtful collection of well-made goods that will stay with you a lifetime. With everything from personal fragrances and beautiful leather accessories to rustic furniture and even handcrafted paddleboards, this comfy shop is one you can spend hours meandering through. Also check out: Roden Gray, Leone, Secret Location[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]



For coffee with a kick, head on over to Revolver to start your day. An edgy spot that isn’t messing around, Revolver has a rotating menu featuring roasts from around the world. The joint prides itself in making your coffee fresh and with state-of-the-art equipment. It has a cosy, industrial vibe that complements their belief in the importance of ambience to a damn-fine coffee experience. Stop in on a rainy day and have a taste, otherwise you just might regret it. Also check out: Timbertrain Coffee Roasters, The Birds & the Beets, Nemesis Coffee[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]