Local Wanderer is a travel blog about bright and delightful places, handpicked by Elaine and Taylor. We want to make it easier for you to discover beautiful and local places when you're traveling. Our travel blog and city guides connect you with spots that are part of a community, so you can make new friends and try new things. We visit every single place ourselves and we only recommend things we enjoy doing. Localism, not tourism - it's kind of our thing.
Vancouver is a very small creative community, so we’ve been able to build a lot of genuine relationships with both creatives and business owners in Vancouver, which we love! Everyone supports each other and tries to find new ways to collaborate, and since we love supporting local, it really inspired us to go out and find other creative communities to be a part of in different cities.
Vancouver isn’t that big, which is great for visiting! You can walk all around the downtown core, and we have a great transit system for getting to other neighborhoods quickly. But the best part is that Vancouver is on a mission to be the greenest city in the world, so that means there are tons of bike lanes to get you everywhere you need to go! And plenty of seawalls, so you can bike on a flat surface with a gorgeous view. One thing lots of people are surprised to find is that there isn’t Uber or Lyft here, so keep that in mind! But there is a metro right from the airport, which is perfect.
Definitely try to venture out to different neighborhoods besides Downtown and Gastown, like Kitsilano, Mt Pleasant, and Chinatown, to get a real local's experience.
Vancouver’s sea walls are such a gorgeous ride around the city, and we love taking the aquabus around False Creek seawall too! Science World is a big sparkly dome building that was built for Expo 86, and it's so magical at night time!
(at False Creek Seawall)
Vancouver has a great coffee scene, and @revolvercoffee in Gastown is one of the best. With a rotating espresso bar and some of the best seating in the city, this is the place to come enjoy a great conversation over a yummy Americano with the local creative community.
(at Revolver Coffee)
This little corner in Mt Pleasant is one of our favorites, it’s full of good food, good coffee, and friendly neighbors! @savio_volpe is a delicious and fresh Italian restaurant that’s ideal for long, late dinners over fresh pasta and good wine, set in the heart of local Vancouver. Check out the Black Lodge across the street for after-dinner drinks in a Twin Peaks-themed bar!
(at Savio Lupe)
A French cafe and home goods shop inside a house, @lemarchestgeorge is definitely a hidden gem of Vancouver. Located in a neighborhood with no other shops nearby, it's perfect to bike to when you're exploring the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood. Whether you want an authentic crepe or a latte served in a bowl (French style), this is the perfect place to catch up with friends...or make some new ones!
(at Le Marche St George)
Vancouver’s first cold-pressed juice company started out as a “juice truck,” but it's since become one of the most beloved small businesses in the city. Now with their own storefront in Mt. Pleasant, and their juices in many businesses around the city, @JuiceTruck hosts tons of community events every week. Plus, their pineapple wallpaper in the restroom is totally selfie-worthy.
(at Juice Truck)
If you need a little pick me up, look out for the @kafkascoffeetea truck to get energized! You can get growlers of cold brew, which are perfect for strapping on to your bike and riding off to the beach or a picnic in the park. Stay tuned to their Instagram for their location, which is usually in Mt. Pleasant or along the seawall.
If you're looking for cool and curated vintage, @heyjudeshop in Gastown is where you want to be. They have a mix of vintage and home goods, and everything is as beautiful as their shop is.
(at Hey Jude)
When you visit Vancouver, you have to get in some mountain action! @capilanosuspensionbridge is a perfect introduction to the PNW, and you can explore both the bridge, a treetop adventure bridge course, and a cliff’s edge walk over a glass platform. Or, you can head to the Lynn Canyon suspension bridge for less of a crowd and some cliff jumping.
One of the best ways to soak up all the gorgeous nature that Vancouver has to offer is to drive the Sea-to-Sky highway. You can take it all the way to Squamish or Whistler, or just drive to Porteau Cove and back for stunning views of the mountains and the water. If you're a pro cyclist and feeling adventurous, you could bike it too...lots of local cyclists train for the Gran Fondo that runs between Vancouver and Whistler!
(at Sea-to-Sky Highway)
Vancouver has mountains, water, and tons of beaches, and English Bay is just steps from the city’s West End. You can chill and tan by the water, or you can hop on your bike to ride the famous Stanley Park seawall for the best ride in Vancouver. Seriously - the views are amazing!
(at English Bay)
Another great nature spot just outside of the city is Whytecliff Park, located close to the ferries at Horseshoe Bay. You'll find scuba divers, swimmers, and the coolest island of rocks to adventure on.
(at Whytecliff Park)
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Special thanks to Denman Bike Shop for helping our Vancouver Locals.