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Birthday Weekend in Vancouver, B.C.

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A May 2007 trip to Vancouver by sararevell

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Quote: Even though we live in Seattle, there’s something about Vancouver that draws my husband and myself back every year. For my birthday weekend, we brunched on Main Street, slept at English Bay, walked round Stanley Park, window shopped on Robson Street, and suspended ourselves on the Capilano Bridge.

Birthday Weekend in Vancouver, B.C.

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Even though the interior has seen better days, Hotel Sylvia is hard to beat for location, with Stanley Park, English Bay, and Robson Street all within easy walking reach. Food-wise, our delicious and locally produced dinner at Raincity Grill and our organic coffee and giant breakfast muffins at Capers were definite highlights, as was the eggs benedict brunch at the laid back Locus restaurant on Main Street.Quick Tips: A weekend in Vancouver isn’t enough time to do this city justice, but if that’s all the time you have, read up on where you want to go before you go. We’ve made the mistake in the past of wandering around aimlessly. This time we took a good restaurant guide, a comprehens...Read More

Sylvia Hotel

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Hotel | "The Sylvia Hotel"

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The Sylvia Hotel should sit in pride of place along English Bay. At one time it did. In the last 95 years, however, city planning went awry and now the grand old Sylvia is slightly overshadowed but a mixture of modern, and not so modern, ugly tower blocks. It holds its own though and should win an award for the most impressive wall of ivy on the Gilford Street side.Unfortunately the impression that this historic building makes from the outside doesn’t quite carry through to the inside, where any effort to preserve its historic décor must have waned and was covered up by someone who was more a fan of 1970s or 80s style than they were of the early 1900s. It’s a pity to see such unfulfilled p...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 29, 2007

Sylvia Hotel
1154 Gilford Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 2P6
(604) 681-9321

Eggs Benedict at Locus Café

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The Locus Café on Main Street looks like it could have been decorated by Tim Burton’s set designer. The atmosphere is laid back whilst the décor is theatrical and wild, with fake trees growing out of the walls and Lascaux cave paintings in the toilets. We got to Locus around 11am, in time for their brunch menu. Even though the place was busy, we had a choice of seats: outside, at the bar, or by the window. We opted for the window, which was warm and sunny. The staff seemed really at ease and happy to see you, which instantly makes you feel at home. We ordered drip coffees (which come with free refills) and pondered over a brunch menu befitting of any egg lover. The decision was a tough o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 29, 2007

Eggs Benedict at Locus Café
4121 Main Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
(604) 708-4121

Raincity Grill

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Restaurant | "Raincity Grill: The Fresh Quarter"

Raincity Grill Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Raincity Grill was our great discovery of the weekend. We showed up at 8.15pm thinking that a table for two would be easy to come by and the hostess gave us a pained look when we told her that no, we didn’t have a reservation. A second look down her list and she finally asked: "Can you come back at 9pm?" Lucky for us we had had a late lunch and were more than happy to run across the road for a couple of G and Ts at the English Bay Boathouse. At 9pm we were back and seated right away. I felt a little underdressed in jeans. The low lighting and warm wooden floorboards give Raincity a slightly chic air. In addition, you can see through to the kitchen which always makes a restaurant seem fancier to m...Read More

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Raincity Grill
1193 Denman St
Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 2N1
+1 604 685 7337

Kwong Chow Congee & Noodle House

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Restaurant | "Kwong Chow Congee and Noodle House"

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After San Francisco, Vancouver allegedly has the second largest Chinatown in North America. I’ve walked around Vancouver’s Chinatown area a couple of times and I have to say that I never quite understood it. In San Francisco, Chinatown bursts with colour, aromas, and life. Even in London, windows displays dazzle with glistening dead ducks, red, and gold decorations and there’s a constant turnover of customers. In Vancouver the life always seemed to be missing. On my first ever visit, my husband took me to Chinatown for dinner. We spent an hour walking around and couldn’t find one restaurant. The streets were dark, empty, and slightly intimidating. This time we took the April 2007 edition...Read More

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Kwong Chow Congee & Noodle House
3163 Main Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
(604) 876-8520

Stanley Park

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Attraction | "Feeling Green at Stanley Park"

Stanley Park Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Coming from Seattle, it’s difficult not to feel a little envious that George Grant Mackay (the same responsible for the Capilano Bridge) didn’t settle here too and set aside such a large swathe of land for public use. Don’t get me wrong, Seattle has some beautiful parks, they’re just not on the same scale, or with the proximity to the downtown area as Stanley Park is. Leaving the Sylvia Hotel, we turned right and in about a minute we were in Stanley Park: 1,000 acres of trees, grass, and foot and bike paths. One path follows the perimeter of the park, allowing you to walk, bike, or rollerblade along the waterfront the whole way round. Alternatively, well marked trails weave in and out of the park...Read More

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Stanley Park
843 Avison Way
Vancouver, British Columbia V5K 1A1
(604) 257-8400

Capilano Suspension Bridge

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Attraction

Capilano Suspension Bridge Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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From the giant advertising posters that you can see once you cross the US-Canadian border, the Capilano Suspension Bridge looks impressive even on paper. Since the first bridge was built in the late 1800s, it has gone through a few re-builds and still retains some of its original charm, that is if you’re able to disregard the subtle theme park vision that seems to be growing up around it. The first indication that this isn’t quite a backcountry experience is the $25 USD entrance fee, somewhat steep for a place where some trails are under construction and off limits to visitors. Staff dressed in 1800s period costume hand out maps at the entrance. They look a little out of place once you get into t...Read More

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Capilano Suspension Bridge
3735 Capilano Road
Vancouver, British Columbia V7R 4J1
(604) 985-7474

Capers Markets

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Attraction | "Shopping Local at Capers Community Market"

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Walking back from the Robson Street shops to our hotel on English Bay, we passed by Capers. On the street side they have a long wooden deck where customers can take out food from their gourmet deli and bakery. All I know is that with the food from Capers looking as good as it does, having an outdoor deck visible to innocent passersby is something of a genius idea. It was 4pm and the giant brunch from Locus had held us over well but we were feeling a bit peckish. After about 30 seconds deliberation, we decided to turn back up Robson and see what Capers had to offer. We came out with a bowl of spicy carrot soup, a Brie, roast apple and turkey sandwich, a box of Green and Blacks organic butter biscu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 29, 2007

Capers Markets
1675 Robson St
Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 1C8
+1 604 687 5288; +1