A Blogger Shares Her Favourite Things to Do in Vancouver, Canada
Olivia Lopez is the visual journalist, writer, and creative consultant behind chic lifestyle blog Lust for Life. With a serious case of wanderlust, a keen eye for easy-chic ensembles, and a carefully curated shopping list, Lopez is just the person to influence your style and seek travel tips from. Find out about her trip to Vancouver, Canada below.
At first glance, it appears as a cool coastal city composed of super sleek skyscrapers and waterfront views that will often leave your mouth agape with wonder. But after a few days biking around the city, I found that Vancouver blended a perfect balance between the Scandinavian quality of life with the west coast wellness and leisure.
The city, much like Copenhagen, is walkable from one end to the other. Nature adventures and the thrills of city life are equally accessible, and often no a far walk, bike, or hop in a cab from each other. The culture surrounding sustainability, conscious conservation draws a parallel to northern California's own, and the wellness community and fitness lifestyle rivals Los Angeles. The restaurant scene emphasises a focus on locally sourced unique and innovative dishes to capture the flavour of the region.
Where to Shop: One of a Few is a carefully curated boutique with a list of emerging designers spanning from cities like Stockholm to Silverlake, California. They carry pieces by Ganni, Rachel Comey, Mari Giudicelli, and Base Range. Oak and Fort is a contemporary clothing store from Vancouver that sells timeless, minimalist pieces with high street prices. It's a go-to shop for fans of The Row and Mansur Gavriel.
Hey Jude is a vintage shop carrying repurposed pieces tailored to modern trends. Think creamy beige silks, high-waisted Levi's, and mules with a wooden stack. Neighbor Woman is a multi-brand designer store with streetwear flare tailored to the downtown cool girl, carrying labels like Maison Margiela, Acne Studios, and Sophie Buhai.
Where to eat: Botanist is a Vancouver Newcomer located inside Fairmont Pacific Rim. The interior design is set to a backdrop of millennial pink with id-century furnishing. Miku is a treat yourself dinner with views along the waterfront. It's Vancouver's most praised Japanese restaurant that approaches sushi in an innovative way by combining traditional techniques with modern preferences from around the world.
Tasting the housemade pasta at Savio Volpe was a highlight of my trip. This beautiful sun-rinsed Osteria has a seasonal menu inspired by the local produce. Birds and the Beets is a vegan cafe cum flower shop with a West Village vibe.
Where to Drink: L’Abbatoir is an industrial restaurant centrally located in Gastown that serves fresh and innovative cocktails infused with herbal and floral flavors. Matchstick Coffee is a cosy coffee shop that proudly serves in-house roasts and blends. Revolver Coffee is a buzzy spot for regulars and traveling coffee aficionados known for perfectly foamed milk and excellent latte art.
Where are your favourite things to do in Vancouver? Share your go-to spots for dining, shopping, and drinking in the comment section below.