THINGS TO DO
Unique Things For Travelers to See and Do Downtown
- Looking for the hottest fashions? There are more than 1,000 shops waiting for you. Downtown shopping hours vary but are more or less:
Mon-Tues 10am – 7pm
Wed-Fri 10am – 9pm
Sat 10am – 7pm
Sun 11am – 6pm
- Looking for a bite to eat? There are hundreds of dining spots located downtown. Everything from elegant dining to nosh-to-go. Check out restaurants in these districts:
* Granville Street
* Library Square
* Pacific Centre
* Alberni @ Burrard Street
* Hornby Street
- Looking for a movie? Check out the following downtown cinemas...
* ScotiaBank Theatre Vancouver (formerly Paramount Vancouver)
* Empire Granville 7
* Vancity Theatre
* Pacific Cinematheque
- Looking for some refreshments or maybe a gift to take home? Check out these wine stores. They all have a great selection of wines and spirits.
* The Sutton Place Hotel Wine Market
* BC Liquour Stores (Harbour Centre & Alberni @ Bute)
* Spirit of Howe (Granville and Drake)
- Looking for live theatre? Maybe a concert?
* Queen Elizabeth Theatre built in 1959 and renovated in 2007 is home to the Vancouver Opera and Ballet British Columbia.
* The Vancouver Playhouse is part of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and home to the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, Friends of Chamber Music and the Vancouver Recital Society.
* The Orpheum Theatre is the permanent home to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
* Tickets Tonight is Vancouver’s only half-price, day-of ticket outlet located at 200 Burrard Street in the Tourisminfo Centre.
* The Vogue Theatre is an historical gem offering contemporary shows on Granville Street
- Looking for some java? There’s more coffee flowing in this town than snow melting off the mountains in Spring. For your cup of joe, go to...
* Caffe Artigiano (West Hastings, West Pender and Hornby locations)
* Second Cup (Burrard @ Dunsmuir; and it’s got free wireless)
* Blenz (West Georgia @ Richards)
* JJ Bean Coffee Roasters (Alberni @ Bute)
* Caffe Artigiano (West Hastings, West Pender, Hornby and Granville Street locations)
* Take 5 Cafe Granville on Georgia and Pender
* Trees Organic - Hastings @ Granville
* Creme De La Crumb - Hamilton by the CBC Building
* 888 Caffe Express on Dunsmuir between Howe and Hornby
* The Gallery Café (in the Vancouver Art Gallery)
Most Coffee Shops have Free Wifi but click here to see Free WIFI hotspots on Google Maps.
- Looking for something sweet?
* Local Purdy’s (Pacific Centre)
* The Chocolate Buffet (Sutton Place Hotel)
* Creme De La Crumb (Granville @ Hastings, or Hamilton @ Georgia)
* Urban Fare on Alberni - Check out their chocolate section including Thomas Haas
* Bella Gelateria (Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel) - Master Gelatiere
* Giovane Cafe (Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel) - Have the Sugar Buns
* Mink Chocolate, a chocolate cafe, on Hornby @ Hastings
* Beard Papa on Robson x Richards - Japanese Cream Puffs
- Ride the rails. Take a tour of Vancouver via the Skytrain or Canada Line. Board the train at the Waterfront Station and head all the way to King George Station in Surrey via the Skytrain or to the Vancouver International Airport via the Canada Line, then turn back. Travel for 90 minutes in any direction on the same ticket.
- Get a good nights rest so you can tour the city for another day.
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