We finally made it to the West Coast! Although it was only for 24 hours (on a layover to Indonesia), we had a blast in the amazing coastal city. Here’s how to make the best of a long layover in Vancouver:
Breakfast + Coffee
Start the day with a strong breakfast game at Catch 122 in Gastown. Here you’ll find everything from eggs benedict to Belgian waffles, all with their own Catch 122 twist. As an added bonus, get some ‘beermosas’ – beer mixed with your favourite fruit juice. Not something you can typically get in a restaurant so it was life-changing.
Tip 1: Unlike many other restaurants, Catch 122 serves brunch everyday! Yay! So no need to worry if you aren’t visiting Vancouver on the weekend.
How to get here: Catch the SkyTrain from YVR Airport and take it to Waterfront Station. Walk 5 minutes to get some awesome brunch in your belly!
Tip 2: Get a transit day pass when at the airport since you’ll be using public transportation a lot today! It should cost about $15.
Spend the morning leisurely exploring the paths of the famous Stanley Park. First, head to Spokes where you’ll be able to rent bikes for your upcoming morning adventure. We got two one-speed cruiser bikes and it cost us $36 for two hours.
Once you’ve got your bike, head across the street to the Stanley Park seaside trail. The entirety of the trail is about 8KM but really isn’t a hard one and shouldn’t take more than a couple hours to complete. Along the trail you’ll get gorgeous views of the city and the coast so be ready to make frequent photo stops.
In Stanley Park, look out for its many attractions such as the Sea Wall, Lions Gate Bridge, the Vancouver Aquarium, and Second/Third Beach!
How to get here: Walk over one block and take bus #19 (direction Stanley Park) to stop Georgia St & Denman St (9 stops). Spokes should be across the street.
Head over to the Granville Island Public Market for tons of different lunch options! You’ll find everything from freshly baked doughnuts, fruit, salads – you name it, they’ve got it! Gather supplies and head to a nearby bench for a little picnic. Not really feeling a picnic? Head over to CATS Social House. They’ve got great pizzas, burgers, wings, etc.
How to get here: Take bus #250 to Georgia St & Granville St (5 stops). Walk across the street to take bus #50 to 2 Ave & Anderson St (9 stops), the market will be a short walk away.
If you haven’t already done so, be sure to check out the Granville Island Public Market to explore the various food stalls (and maybe grab a little dessert!). Next, walk over to Granville Island Brewing and taste some of their awesome beer! You can get a flight of beer for $7 where you’ll be able to taste 4 different beers. Lastly, check out the Vancouver Biennale Giants, amazing art installations! Granville Island is a great place to walk around so take a stroll, sit on the grass and enjoy the beautiful views.
If you have any energy left at this point then we seriously applaud you! For dinner, head to the Richmond Night Market for some of the coolest, most delicious foods you’ll ever try. The catch? It’s sadly only open during the summer months on weekends (and holidays). So if you’re here on a day that the market isn’t open, check out La Casita for some awesome and cheap Mexican food.
How to get here: To get to the Richmond Night Market, take bus #50 to Cambie St & Broadway (7 stops), then take the SkyTrain from Broadway-City Hall to Bridgeport (5 stops). To get to La Casita, take bus #50 to Cordova St & Homer St (13 stops).
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