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Top Choice Cafe in Fairview & South Granville

Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe

Vancouverites used to content themselves with humdrum croissants and lame French pastries that would be laughed off the counter in Paris – until this amazing bakery opened. Now, it's the pilgrimage spot of choice fo…
Top Choice Mexican in Fairview & South Granville

La Taquería Pinche Taco Shop

This popular taco spot expanded from its tiny Hastings St location (which is still there) with this larger storefront. It's just as crowded but luckily many of the visitors are going the take-out route. Nab a bright…
Top Choice Indian in Fairview & South Granville

Vij's

A sparkling (and far larger) new location for Canada's favorite East Indian chef delivers a warmly sumptuous lounge coupled with a cavernous dining area and cool rooftop patio. The menu, a high-water mark of contemp…
Top Choice Gardens in Fairview & South Granville

Bloedel Conservatory

Cresting the hill in Queen Elizabeth Park, this balmy, triodetic-domed conservatory is an ideal rainy-day warm-up spot, as well as Vancouver's best-value attraction. For little more than the price of a latte, you'll…
Top Choice Pub in Fairview & South Granville

Storm Crow Alehouse

The larger sibling of Commercial Drive's excellent nerd bar, this pub welcomes everyone from the Borg to beardy Lord of the Rings dwarfs. They come to peruse the memorabilia-studded walls (think Millennium Falcon mo…
Bakery in Fairview & South Granville

Solly's Bagelry

The main branch of a three-store family-run Jewish bakery minichain, Solly's is the city's best bagel spot. Drop by for a breakfast schmear of cream cheese and smoked salmon on a toasted, fresh-made sesame and you'l…
Indian in Fairview & South Granville

Rangoli

This small, bistrolike satellite of Cambie St's landmark Vij's restaurant is always popular. Service is brisk and friendly and if you score a table on the patio you'll soon be enjoying the hum of conversation around…
Gardens in Fairview & South Granville

VanDusen Botanical Garden

The city's favorite green-thumbed tranquility break, this 22-hectare, 255,000-plant idyll is a web of paths weaving through many small, specialized gardens: the Rhododendron Walk blazes with color in spring, while t…
Theater in Fairview & South Granville

Stanley Theatre

Popular musicals dominate early summer (usually the last show of the season) at this heritage theater, but the rest of the year sees new works and adaptations of contemporary hits from around the world. Officially c…
Ice Cream in Fairview & South Granville

Rain or Shine

Under the gaze of a cone-crowned purple cow on the wall, you may have to queue at this finger-licking ice-cream emporium. But that will give you time to mull the flavors, which range from – on our visit – crushed mi…