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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

8
Very Good
Vancouver has everything! The airport is about a 35 minute drive from downtown, but there is a convenient skytrain, and many hotels have shuttles to/from the airport. There are many many attractions, and natural beauty all around. And many wonderful restaurants and shops.
Maggie
Canada
February 18, 2017
10
Exceptional
Beautiful city! I fell in love with Vancouver! I have to go back soon and during Summer this time! Visit Grand Ville Island, the farmer's market has the best food! And try the different chocolates and tea from there!
Grisel
Venezuela
February 17, 2017
10
Exceptional
People are nice, food is good and especially for the fish and Japanese food. You will feel really relax in the city and yo ucan reach a number of different acitivities at different seasons!
chi shing
Hong Kong
February 18, 2017
8
Very Good
Vancouver has amazing arts and entertainment to enjoy, and the public transit makes it super easy to get around (bus, skytrain, seabus). There is every kind of food you could imagine, and places to enjoy the beauty of nature or city life within a short distance from each other.
CroftonChick
Canada
February 19, 2017
8
Very Good
Nice freindly city in the main . Close to the mountains, nice waterfront. Like any city there are areas to avoid. Seems a safe city but the beggars are a pest.
debbie
Australia
February 18, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Vancouver

Robson Suites

8.9 Excellent

Score from 881 reviews

$101

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    236 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “very clean”
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Rosellen Suites at Stanley Park

8.5 Very Good

Score from 685 reviews

$121

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    222 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    155 related reviews
  • “very clean”
    135 related reviews
Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel

8.6 Excellent

Score from 1,331 reviews

$98

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    296 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    126 related reviews
  • “very clean”
    117 related reviews
Blue Horizon Hotel

8.9 Excellent

Score from 5,802 reviews

$106

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    1294 related reviews
  • “amazing views”
    824 related reviews
  • “very clean”
    714 related reviews
Landis Hotel & Suites

8.3 Very Good

Score from 965 reviews

$172

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    140 related reviews
  • “very clean”
    137 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    82 related reviews
Hyatt Regency Vancouver

8.6 Excellent

Score from 1,046 reviews

$182

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    149 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    102 related reviews
  • “very clean”
    36 related reviews
Auberge Vancouver Hotel

8.7 Excellent

Score from 1,202 reviews

$167

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    227 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    150 related reviews
  • “amazing views”
    94 related reviews
Best Western Plus Sands

8.3 Very Good

Score from 1,655 reviews

$66

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    384 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    187 related reviews
  • “very clean”
    65 related reviews
Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel

8.9 Excellent

Score from 934 reviews

$181

Average price per night
  • “amazing views”
    165 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    78 related reviews
  • “location was great”
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Discover Vancouver

Popular Neighborhoods in Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver

120 properties

The centre of the action. Downtown is a whirlwind of bag-laden shoppers, natty businesspeople and wide-eyed tourists. Stage buffs take in matinées on Granville Street, and joggers zip round Stanley Park. Munch tip-top sushi at Guu Restaurant, then quaff a pint in this charming pub, Morrissey. Finish up sipping cocktails in swanky Venue Club.

Kitsilano

9 properties

“Kits” has undergone quite a transformation. Back in the ‘60s, it was the far-out focus for hippy happenings. It’s mellowed with age, though – nowadays, it’s classic suburbia, with a leafy charm and family-friendly sense of calm. The only remnant of past glories is Naam Restaurant, purveyor of veggie dishes and live guitar music. Freakin’ A, man!

Davie Village

5 properties

To get a sense of Davie Village’s vibe, just head to the area’s main intersection. Instead of a black-and-white pedestrian crossing, you’ll find rainbow colours painted on the street. This flamboyant road marking hints at Davie’s proudly inclusive outlook. People-watch over an ice cream at Sunset Beach, then flounce down to Celebrities nightclub.

Main Street

5 properties

Hipsters try to eschew the mainstream, but Main Street bucks the trend. This is where you’ll find Vancouver’s highest concentration of vintage clothes outlets and cult coffee shops. Ironic tattoos and vegan cuisine are the order of the day in Foundation Restaurant. Brassneck’s serious about beer, and The Fox Cabaret is a beacon of offbeat culture.

Yaletown

3 properties

Yaletown loves lookin’ good. By day, yoga fanatics float between classes, rolled up mat and organic juice in hand. Joggers flash million-dollar smiles as they whizz effortlessly along the seawall. Come nightfall, it’s the turn of Yaletown’s classy cocktail crowd, who come dressed to impress. Toast the high life at OPUS Bar and the George Lounge.

Commercial Drive

2 properties

Commercial Drive: full of high-street outlets and flashy cars, right? Wrong! This is one of the city’s most alternative areas, where the quirky, the nerdy and the downright strange find a home. Dig for vinyl at Audiopile, then swing by Café Deux Soleils for muffins and stand-up. If you’re into board games and sci-fi, seek out Storm Crow Tavern.

Hastings

2 properties

Hastings keeps it real. A strong sense of community binds the diffuse strands of this multi-cultural district together. Strike up conversation with a regular at The Brighton Pub, and tuck into a hearty brunch at the unfussy Red Wagon Bistro. Then max out on old-school adrenaline at PNE Fairground and Hastings Racetrack.

Gastown

1 property

An explosion of cool is detonating in Gastown. Once known as a rundown area, it’s currently swapping upstarts for start-ups, and moonshine for craft beer. Warm up with a taste of esoteric brews in Alibi Room or Portside. Then get your head-bang on at Hindenburg, where late-night happy hour and live rock music make for a wild night.

Local Tips for Vancouver

Quarry Rock hike in Deep Cove
Emily by Emily

Born in Australia and raised in Vancouver, Emily loves hiking the North Shore with friends.

Outside of Vancouver is the town of Deep Cove where you will find Quarry Rock. It's a huge outcrop of rock that you can hike up to, and it gives you the most amazing view of the area. Traditionally, after the hike it's best to grab coffee and doughnuts at Honey's Cafe. You've earned it!

Lazy Sundays in
Shawn by Shawn

Shawn is a writer and musician who's often to be found hanging out in Mount Pleasant.

On lazy Sundays I like to meet up with friends for brunch on Main Street, and then relax in the sun at "Dude Chilling" Park. The park is actually called Guelph Park, but it features a large wooden statue of a lounging man. It has since affectionately been renamed "Dude Chilling" Park.

Crab Park at Midday
Graham by Graham

Graham loves experiencing every aspect of British Columbia, including wrestling with tigers.

Down at the very Northern end of Main Street, you will find this awesome little beach park area. Crab Park overlooks part of the Port of Vancouver, the North Shore, and it's right next to Railtown and Gastown. But really it's just a little hidden oasis in the middle of the city.

Exploring Pacific Spirit Park
Jason by Jason

Sports enthusiast Jason has spent his entire life living in or around Vancouver.

Near the University of BC is an interesting plot of forested wet lands with walking trails throughout. I recommend going for a trail run or just getting lost among the immense natural beauty. There is always something new to discover there.

  • 5495 Chancellor Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1E4
  • cfapp.vancouver.ca
  • Check website for details.
Saturday mornings at the Trout Lake farmer's market
Luis by Luis

Originally born in Brazil, snowboard fanatic Luis is right at home among BC's mountains.

Every summer the farmer's market at Trout Lake is the place to be on Saturday mornings. My wife and I like to go there and do all of our grocery shopping for the week, grab breakfast and coffee from a food truck and try out the unique homegrown samples.

  • 3360 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4M4
  • eatlocal.org
  • Check website for details.
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Recommended in Vancouver

Booking.com asked travelers...

Why do you recommend Vancouver for food?

Oh yes I certainly would. I wish I could have tried all the restaurants on my list but sadly I ran out of time. Once again there truly is something for everyone. The options are endless and depending on your budget and your desires it's truly all there in lovely Vancouver!!

Locals were interested in your story, and in how you as a visitor perceived not just their city, but especially their neighbourhoods.

Walking around the city is much easier than driving. Traffic can get bad, and it can be tricky (and expensive) to find parking

we consistently find great little restaurants wherever we are in Vancouver. try anything!

people are friendly, the city sits in a truly beautiful area, many activities available

Use the public transit which can take you everywhere in the area .

Diverse and inexpensive quality goods and clothes.

Awesome. Peaceful and invigorating

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Transportation

Vancouver Transportation

Air - Vancouver International Airport

The cheaper of the two options to get from Vancouver Airport to the centre is by metro. The station is located just across the street from the main terminal, just follow signs marked "Canada Line". A single ticket costs CAD 9.00, and the journey takes 35 minutes. Alternatively, you can get a taxi from just outside the terminal. The journey to the centre takes around half an hour, and costs somewhere between CAD 30 and 40.

Bus

Vancouver's bus system is reliable and well organised, and it's integrated with the SkyTrain Metro and SeaBus networks. Tickets are valid for 1 hour and 30 minutes, and you can buy them on board or at machines at the stations. Remember that Vancouverites are serious about transport etiquette, so offer your seat to the elderly or disabled, take off rucksacks and move down the bus to make room for others!

Metro

Vancouver has 2 metro systems: the SkyTrain and Canada Line. Both function in much the same efficient way. Tickets are valid across all public transport networks. Each one lasts for an hour and 40 minutes, and price depends on the zones you're travelling to. You can buy them at any of the stations in the network. Stations are identifiable by the large "T" signs around the place.

Bicycle

Vancouver is an extremely bike-friendly city. Many people travel around on two wheels. There are lots of bike lanes, as well as entire streets that are designated exclusively for bicycles. There are also plenty of bike rental shops around the city.

Car

Travelling by car inside Vancouver can be tricky. Although traffic tends not to be too bad outside of rush hour, parking spaces are generally quite hard to come by, and there aren't many city car parks around. Street parking is usually around CAD 1 for 30 minutes. Always check parking meters before leaving your vehicle - many zones have a time limit, and rates differ depending on the area.

Boat

As a port city, Vancouver has a water-based public transport option (SeaBus). It connects Downtown with the North Shore, where you'll find the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Lynn Canyon. You can buy tickets from the machines at the stations - just look for a large "T" sign near the waterfront. Prices depend on the zones that you're travelling to and from, and each one is valid for 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Food in Vancouver

Top Restaurants in Vancouver

Upscale Dining
Grill
Hy's Encore
Upscale Dining
Gourmet
Hawksworth Restaurant
Mid-Range Fare
Japanese
Shizen Ya
Mid-Range Fare
Moroccan
Cafe Medina
Mid-Range Fare
Japanese
Guu Original Thurlow
  • 838 Thurlow Street Vancouver, BC V6E 1W2
  • Open Monday-Saturday 11:30-13:30 and 17:30-00:30, Sunday 17:30-00:00
  • 001 6046858817
Upscale Dining
Italian
Lupo
Upscale Dining
Italian
Lupo
Cheap Eats
Middle Eastern
Saj & Co.
  • 813 Davie Street Vancouver, BC V6Z 1B7
  • Open Monday-Thursday 11:00-21:00, Friday 11:00-22:00, Saturday 12:30-22:00
  • www.sajandco.ca
  • 001 6045592447
Mid-Range Fare
French
Twisted Fork
  • 1147 Granville Street Vancouver, BC V6Z 1M1
  • Open Monday-Sunday 08:00-15:00
  • 001 6045680749
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
Scoozis
  • 445 Howe Street Vancouver, BC V6C 2X4
  • Open Monday-Thursday 07:00-21:30, Friday-Saturday 07:00-23:00, Sunday 07:00-14:30
  • www.scoozis.ca
  • 001 6046841009
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
The Parlour
Upscale Dining
French
La Brasserie
Mid-Range Fare
Malaysian
Banana Leaf
Cheap Eats
European
Fritz European Fry House
Cheap Eats
Italian
Basil Pasta Bar
Upscale Dining
Middle Eastern
Bin 941 Tapas Parlour
Cheap Eats
Vietnamese
Baoqi Vietnamese Eateri
Cheap Eats
American
Joe's Grill
  • 1031 Davie Street Vancouver, BC V6E 1M5
  • Open Monday-Friday 07:00-16:00, Saturday-Sunday 07:00-17:00
  • 001 6046823683
Mid-Range Fare
American
The Fountainhead Pub
Mid-Range Fare
Cafe
Finch's Tea & Coffee House
  • 353 W Pender Street Vancouver, BC V6B 1T3
  • Open Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00, Saturday 11:00-16:00
  • 001 6048994040
Upscale Dining
Seafood
Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar
Upscale Dining
French
Brix Restaurant
Mid-Range Fare
American
West Oak Restaurant
Mid-Range Fare
Grill
Romer’s Burger Bar
Mid-Range Fare
Nepalese
Gurkha Himalayan Kitchen
  • 1141 Davie Street Vancouver, BC V6E 1N2
  • Open Tuesday-Sunday 11:00-22:00
  • 001 6045657965
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