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Doug’s guidebook

East Vancouver favorites
East Vancouver is an eclectic, unique and diverse neighborhood! Enjoy local restaurants and cafes in East Vancouver. You won’t be disappointed!
Walk down Commercial Drive and you'll find wonderful coffee shops that serve a good java. We've been coming here since our kids were babies. Close to a school playground and park. We like it here. And they provide outlets to charge your laptop (very handy)!
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Prado Cafe
1938 Commercial Dr
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Walk down Commercial Drive and you'll find wonderful coffee shops that serve a good java. We've been coming here since our kids were babies. Close to a school playground and park. We like it here. And they provide outlets to charge your laptop (very handy)!
Share a pitcher of sangria, and delicious tapas with your friends/family. Good patio seating on sunny day.
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Cabrito - Tapas Bebidas
2270 Commercial Dr
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Share a pitcher of sangria, and delicious tapas with your friends/family. Good patio seating on sunny day.
Good food dine in or take out! One of our favorites.
Gojo Cafe Ethiopian
2838 Commercial Dr
Good food dine in or take out! One of our favorites.
Commercial Drive is known as "Little Italy." You need to order their Sablefish Oreganata and/or Veal Osso Buco Yes, you need to go here!
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Pepino's Spaghetti House
631 Commercial Dr
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Commercial Drive is known as "Little Italy." You need to order their Sablefish Oreganata and/or Veal Osso Buco Yes, you need to go here!
Freshly baked pastries every morning! Croissants selection are pretty good. We're working on trying every single thing on their menu. Enjoy with a hot cup of coffee or tea.
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Bakery Sate
2879 Commercial Dr
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Freshly baked pastries every morning! Croissants selection are pretty good. We're working on trying every single thing on their menu. Enjoy with a hot cup of coffee or tea.
Vegetarian meals. Coffee is good. Oh and you get to enjoy your glass of beer while your kids keep themselves occupied on the stage.
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Cafe Deux Soleils
2096 Commercial Dr
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Vegetarian meals. Coffee is good. Oh and you get to enjoy your glass of beer while your kids keep themselves occupied on the stage.
Local grocer. They seem to always have what we need (spices etc). It's been around for over 16 years and we hope it stays that way.
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Dollar Grocers Ltd
2210 Commercial Dr
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Local grocer. They seem to always have what we need (spices etc). It's been around for over 16 years and we hope it stays that way.
Another Commercial Drive classic
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Fratelli Authentic Italian Baking
1795 Commercial Dr
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Another Commercial Drive classic
Grab a shawarma and go to the beach! Fresh ingredients and good portions.
Best Falafel
2013 Commercial Dr
Grab a shawarma and go to the beach! Fresh ingredients and good portions.
Browse around and find a good book to read. Time slows down in there. And it's besides Bone Rattle Music store. Prado coffee shop is around the corner. Love this neighborhood.
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Canterbury Tales
2010 Commercial Dr
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Browse around and find a good book to read. Time slows down in there. And it's besides Bone Rattle Music store. Prado coffee shop is around the corner. Love this neighborhood.
fresh and good quality sushi.
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Kishimoto Japanese Restaurant
2054 Commercial Dr
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fresh and good quality sushi.
My kids love their teriyaki chicken! Good selection and close by. This is our take-out or dine-in place to go.
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Naruto Sushi
2763 Commercial Dr
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My kids love their teriyaki chicken! Good selection and close by. This is our take-out or dine-in place to go.
Italian restaurant with good cocktail and wine selection. Delicious food. Try their “farm table” menu and share with friends/family. Nice ambience.
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Osteria Savio Volpe
615 Kingsway
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Italian restaurant with good cocktail and wine selection. Delicious food. Try their “farm table” menu and share with friends/family. Nice ambience.
Way back in the day this used to be a mom/pop pho noodles place. I used to come here for many years. Delicious pho and other Vietnamese dishes. Now the place is taken over by their children and they’ve added a hip/cooler vibe to the place without sacrificing the quality of the food. Open lunch and dinner.
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Anh And Chi
3388 Main St
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Way back in the day this used to be a mom/pop pho noodles place. I used to come here for many years. Delicious pho and other Vietnamese dishes. Now the place is taken over by their children and they’ve added a hip/cooler vibe to the place without sacrificing the quality of the food. Open lunch and dinner.
Good coffee, and pastries
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Matchstick Fraser Street
639 E 15th Ave
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Good coffee, and pastries
Fresh, excellent quality and local vegetables/fruit, and baked foods. Also locally caught seafood, fresh cheese, Organic eggs and so much more. Just go here every Saturday from 9:30 am to 2 pm. Enjoy food from food truck and sit on the grass or beach/lake area
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Trout Lake Farmer's Market
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Fresh, excellent quality and local vegetables/fruit, and baked foods. Also locally caught seafood, fresh cheese, Organic eggs and so much more. Just go here every Saturday from 9:30 am to 2 pm. Enjoy food from food truck and sit on the grass or beach/lake area
Authentic and delicious Thai dishes
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Sawasdee Thai Restaurant
4250 Main St
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Authentic and delicious Thai dishes
Crepes, pastries, sandwiches, and coffee. Provide laptop charging outlets! Local fav
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Commercial Street Cafe
3599 Commercial St
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Crepes, pastries, sandwiches, and coffee. Provide laptop charging outlets! Local fav
Walk, bike or run. Bird watch. Enjoy a picnic, and people watch. There’s a small concession stand serving burgers, hotdogs, fries and beverages at beach area of park. Ice cream too. Two kids playground and sandy beach area. Dog park for your four legged friend. Farmers market on Saturdays
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Trout Lake
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Walk, bike or run. Bird watch. Enjoy a picnic, and people watch. There’s a small concession stand serving burgers, hotdogs, fries and beverages at beach area of park. Ice cream too. Two kids playground and sandy beach area. Dog park for your four legged friend. Farmers market on Saturdays
Food scene
Good vibe! Good food! And they have a theater in the back.
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Havana Vancouver
1212 Commercial Dr
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Good vibe! Good food! And they have a theater in the back.
When you crave some good BBQ, go here!
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Memphis Blues Barbeque House
1342 Commercial Drive
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When you crave some good BBQ, go here!
One of the freshest sushi restaurants in Vancouver. Doors open at 5 pm so get there before lineup starts. I don’t think they take reservations. It can get crowded so maybe not so great with little kids. But there are other good sushi restaurants around the area that are kid friendlier.
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Toshi Sushi
181 E 16th Ave
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One of the freshest sushi restaurants in Vancouver. Doors open at 5 pm so get there before lineup starts. I don’t think they take reservations. It can get crowded so maybe not so great with little kids. But there are other good sushi restaurants around the area that are kid friendlier.
Delicious sandwiches and good coffee
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Finch's Market
501 E Georgia St
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Delicious sandwiches and good coffee
Delicious food and great ambience. Great selection of delicious cocktails! Close to stadium skytrain.
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Chambar Restaurant
568 Beatty St
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Delicious food and great ambience. Great selection of delicious cocktails! Close to stadium skytrain.
Cafes in EastVan
Walk a few blocks, and you won’t be too far from a cafe that serve local, organic beans. Enjoy with freshly baked goodies
Another great coffee shop! You'll have to try them all.
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JJ Bean Coffee Roasters
2206 Commercial Dr
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Another great coffee shop! You'll have to try them all.
Close to Grandview park. Grab coffee to go and head to park or sit at patio
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Turks Coffee Bar
1276 Commercial Dr
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Close to Grandview park. Grab coffee to go and head to park or sit at patio
Lucky’s donuts and coffee. Enough said
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49th Parallel Café & Lucky's Doughnuts - MAIN
2902 Main St
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Lucky’s donuts and coffee. Enough said
Sightseeing
Historic Gastown. Steam clock, shopping, cafes and restaurants. There are underground (you need to pay) parkades. But I’d take skytrain and not worry about parking. Must visit in Vancouver!
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Gastown
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Historic Gastown. Steam clock, shopping, cafes and restaurants. There are underground (you need to pay) parkades. But I’d take skytrain and not worry about parking. Must visit in Vancouver!
Top first time in Vancouver to-do-list! But it is pricey. There is a small parking lot which is paid and can fill up quickly. There is a free shuttle from Canada place every 10 min. If you take the day pass (called the compass ticket) on the public transport service you can use the public transport system. The day pass costs Can$ 10 and can be used on sky train, buses, trans and sea bus routes. For a tourist this is the best deal! Or visit Lynn Canyon, there’s a suspension bridge there and it’s free. Locals tend to go here instead.
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Capilano Suspension Bridge
3735 Capilano Rd
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Top first time in Vancouver to-do-list! But it is pricey. There is a small parking lot which is paid and can fill up quickly. There is a free shuttle from Canada place every 10 min. If you take the day pass (called the compass ticket) on the public transport service you can use the public transport system. The day pass costs Can$ 10 and can be used on sky train, buses, trans and sea bus routes. For a tourist this is the best deal! Or visit Lynn Canyon, there’s a suspension bridge there and it’s free. Locals tend to go here instead.
Local favorite! Walk, skate and bike the sea wall. Enjoy swimming at local beaches, and outdoor swimming pool (second beach). Visit the aquarium, take a horse trolley and learn about the parks history, grab some ice cream/gelato and enjoy the view! You need to visit!!!
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Stanley Park
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Local favorite! Walk, skate and bike the sea wall. Enjoy swimming at local beaches, and outdoor swimming pool (second beach). Visit the aquarium, take a horse trolley and learn about the parks history, grab some ice cream/gelato and enjoy the view! You need to visit!!!
Take the skytrain to Main Street/Science World and walk towards Olympic Village (OV) and take the water taxi from OV to Granville Island. Enjoy the view and you won’t need to worry about finding parking and paying parking fee! You can also access Yaletown and downtown from Olympic Village/Granville Island via water taxis
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Granville Island
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Take the skytrain to Main Street/Science World and walk towards Olympic Village (OV) and take the water taxi from OV to Granville Island. Enjoy the view and you won’t need to worry about finding parking and paying parking fee! You can also access Yaletown and downtown from Olympic Village/Granville Island via water taxis
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English Bay
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Picnic, swim in the ocean and enjoy the sunset. Parking can fill up, especially on weekends.
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Spanish Banks Beach
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Picnic, swim in the ocean and enjoy the sunset. Parking can fill up, especially on weekends.
Enjoy walking in forest setting away from busy city noise. There’s a suspension bridge and swimming hole after your walk. Water can be cool but very refreshing on a hot day. Bring swimsuit and own towels. There are washrooms at entrance and information area
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Lynn Canyon Park
3690 Park Rd
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Enjoy walking in forest setting away from busy city noise. There’s a suspension bridge and swimming hole after your walk. Water can be cool but very refreshing on a hot day. Bring swimsuit and own towels. There are washrooms at entrance and information area
Great for families with kids. But adults will enjoy this place too! Take skytrain for worry free excursion as finding parking can be a hassle. Olympic Village is walking distance along walkway with water view and you can take water taxis to Yaletown, downtown and Granville Island.
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Science World at TELUS World of Science
1455 Quebec St
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Great for families with kids. But adults will enjoy this place too! Take skytrain for worry free excursion as finding parking can be a hassle. Olympic Village is walking distance along walkway with water view and you can take water taxis to Yaletown, downtown and Granville Island.
Take a day trip or spend a night or two. Whistler will offer something for everyone. Stroll in Whistler village, take gondola 🚠 and enjoy walk/hike in alpine meadows or bike the trails, and swim in the lakes. Don’t forget to check out Sea to Sky on your way to Whistler for spectacular view
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Whistler Mountain
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Take a day trip or spend a night or two. Whistler will offer something for everyone. Stroll in Whistler village, take gondola 🚠 and enjoy walk/hike in alpine meadows or bike the trails, and swim in the lakes. Don’t forget to check out Sea to Sky on your way to Whistler for spectacular view
Day trip or stop here on your way to Whistler Beautiful view
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Sea to Sky Gondola
36800 BC-99
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Day trip or stop here on your way to Whistler Beautiful view