Vancouver, Canada, is often lauded as one of the world’s best cities, from its scenic forests to cutting-edge design scenes. Journalist Ben Dreith’s official HAP city guide awaits below.
Opus Hotel is subtle and local-focused – but that’s what makes it so very Vancouver. The Yaletown building has quite a pedigree as a party spot for local writers, chefs, and other luminaries to gather for big holidays. The pop-art-inspired rooms are perfect for a Van city visit. Check out the attached bar & restaurant, Capo and Spritz.
Ask for Luigi
Some may not know that Vancouver is known for its Italian food. Ask for Luigi is an intimate restaurant near Gastown, where cobblestone streets lead to the famous steam clock. This charming restaurant offers hand-made pasta and a distinctly Vancouver take on classic Italian ambiance.
This classic Vancouver restaurant offers Belgian-inspired cuisine in airy digs. Famed for its mussels, Chambar offers a lively dining experience under the soft glow of lights by the iconic local design studio, Bocci.
Visit the Audain Art Museum
A trip to British Columbia would be incomplete without a drive up the stunning Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler, where you can find this angular marvel, designed by Patkau Architects. Notably, the museum hosts a collection of masks from different Indigenous peoples.
Bike around Stanley Park
Stanley Park is nearly the size of the city itself. With massive firs and cedars, the park is lined by a pedestrian walking path and bike lane with stops at cafes, totem poles, and beautiful beaches with views over the water to the misty mountains that surround the city.
Shop Granville Island
Granville Island is an eclectic spot with several shops and an indoor market selling fresh fish, cheeses, and handmade goods. Here, you’ll find anything your heart desires. Put together a cheese board and eat on the water or stroll up the hill to the newly minted Armoury Design District to check out local handmade furniture & décor.