Northwestern US in North Shore

Crowning Grouse Mountain, the fine-dining Observatory serves its garlic panisse and lamb sirloins alongside breathtaking views over Stanley Park and Vancouver's twinkling towers far below. A perfect romantic dinner venue – you wouldn't be the first to propose here – it has an excellent wine list if you suddenly need to console yourself. Reserve in advance and you'll also get free Skyride passes.

The atmosphere is more laid-back at the adjacent, pub-like Altitudes Bistro, which offers comfort grub of the burgers and fish and chips variety in a casual ski-lodge ambiance.