Day 1 in Vancouver B.C.
Vancouver B.C. Day 1:
Let me start off by telling you how much I adore this city! The food is amazing; in one block you can get sushi, pizza, Mediterranean, oysters, or Vietnamese - the selection is to die for. Vancouver is the place where I am my first bowl of Pho (I know, how did I make it all these years without it?!) Aside from the food, the atmosphere is warm and welcoming; people say hello, they smile, they make conversation! I love it. Third, everyone has a dog! If you know me, you know that I am obsessed with pups of all breeds, but my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is my baby. If you’re not a dog person (no judgement) we cannot have a lasting friendship. Aside from the pups, the views are lovely.
We got into our hotel last night around midnight, the drive from Seattle is only around two and a half hours. Not entirely sure why we don’t come up more often, since we love Vancouver. We had a bit of a late start on this Saturday morning so we headed over to Gas Town, just a few minutes from our hotel in Downtown Vancouver for brunch.
Brunch at Six Acres:
We checked the menus at a few places before settling in at Six Acres and we are so glad that we did! The weather was nice so we were able to sit on the patio and enjoy the people watching as we sipped on our mimosas. Brady got the classic breakfast and I went with their Avocado Toast topped with two poached eggs. Six Acres was not only delicious, but the service that they gave us was wonderful. This place sits on a quaint corner in Gastown, situated you in the perfect spot to see all the Victorian architecture.
After brunch we wandered through the streets of Gastown before heading over to the Capilano Suspension Bridge around 1pm. We had heard a lot of great things about this place, so we had to check it out. I think my six year old self was highly pleased with the bridges suspended above - level 10 coolness in the tree house realm. If plan on going here, I would suggest carving out 2-3 hours of time and keep in mind that weekdays are much better than weekends, as it seemed to be pretty busy with people.
After walking for a couple of hours we decided to go back to our hotel, Sutton Place, and rest before heading down to Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar. Vancouver’s fresh seafood market is impressive and sought out across the world. If you are an oyster fan, then you absolutely have to enjoy the oysters in Vancouver. Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar is in the top three best oyster bars in Vancouver and their happy hour is pretty great as well - $2 per oyster! I paired my half dozen oyster with their cocktail, The Seeker; a lemon hart blackpool navy spice rum, with pineapple, and cinnamon.
We highly recommend Boulevard if your headed up to B.C. - just look at how stunning it is! And don't forget to get a Caesar at some point during your stay! For those that don’t know, a Caesar is a Bloody Mary, times ten, on the taste factor - a must have. In the U.S., a good Caesar is hard to come by.
P.S. Can we take a moment to appreciate this enormous bottle of Kombucha?