Between the jaw-dropping confluence of mountains and sea, some of the best ethnic food in North America and public transit bliss courtesy of the Canada Line and SkyTrain, Vancouver is much more than an erstwhile Olympic site, or a place to stop over on yo
One of the most genuine Asian cultural and culinary experiences in North America. This sprawling Asian shopping center has an entire store dedicated to Hello Kitty merchandise, a Korean barbecue and a pan-Asian supermarket, among other treasures.
Regardless of the blossoms du jour, it’s all sublime, so meander your way through this 55-acre eco-cocoon of 255,000 individual plants from around the world. Don’t miss the hedge maze. See if you can get to the monkey puzzle tree in the middle.
The ambience is relaxed with a dash of ritzy, but it’s really about the cocktails. The head mixologist, Justin Taylor, has created over two dozen drinks. Try the Moscow Mule, served in an elegant bronze cup, or the 20th Century.
This is no sushi joint, but the tuna tataki, kimchi fried rice, kabocha croquette and yaki udon will make you forget about California rolls. Sit at the bar and watch meticulous chefs arrange plates with the precision of a martial arts performance.
Board the ferry (4 dollars each way) to North Vancouver, a 15-minute boat ride that has to be one of the most stunning commutes in the world. Find seats at the front of the boat for the best views of North Vancouver and the peaks of Olympic fame.
Start with a glass elevator ride- the circular viewing platform offers 360-degree panoramic views of the downtown skyline, Mount Seymour, Grouse Mountain, Lions Gate Bridge and seaplanes taking off from the harbor front.