Top things to do

Top Choice Microbrewery in Main Street

Brassneck Brewery

Vancouver's favourite microbrewery concocted more than 50 different beers in its first six months of operating and continues to win new fans with an ever-changing chalkboard of intriguing libations with names like B…
Top Choice Performing Arts in Kitsilano & University of British Columbia

Bard on the Beach

Watching Shakespeare performed while the sun sets against the mountains beyond the tented stage is a Vancouver summertime highlight. There are usually three of Shakespeare's plays, plus one Bard-related work (Rosenc…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Main Street

Regional Assembly of Text

This ironic antidote to the digital age lures ink-stained locals with its journals, handmade pencil boxes and T-shirts printed with typewriter motifs. Check out the tiny under-the-stairs gallery showcasing zines fro…
Top Choice Museum in Kitsilano & University of British Columbia

Museum of Anthropology

Vancouver's best museum is studded with spectacular First Nations totem poles and breathtaking carvings – but it's also teeming with artifacts from cultures around the world, from Polynesian instruments to Cantonese…
Top Choice Park in Downtown & West End

Stanley Park

This magnificent 404-hectare park combines excellent attractions with a mystical natural aura. Don’t miss a stroll or cycle (rentals near the W Georgia St entrance) around the 8.8km seawall: a kind of visual spa tre…
Top Choice Sports & Outdoors in Main Street

Mountain Equipment Co-Op

Grown hikers weep at the amazing selection of clothing, kayaks, sleeping bags and clever camping gadgets at this cavernous outdoors store: MEC has been encouraging fully fledged outdoor enthusiasts for years. You'll…
Top Choice Museum in Main Street

Science World

Under Vancouver's favorite geodesic dome (okay, its only one), this ever-popular science and nature showcase has tons of exhibition space and a cool outdoor park crammed with hands-on fun (yes, you can lift 2028kg).…
Top Choice Pub in Gastown & Chinatown

Alibi Room

Vancouver's best craft-beer tavern has an exposed-brick bar that stocks an interesting roster of around 50 drafts, mostly from celebrated BC breweries such as Driftwood, Four Winds and Yellow Dog. Adventurous taste-…
Top Choice Pub in Commercial Drive

Storm Crow Tavern

Knowing the difference between Narnia and Neverwhere is not a prerequisite at this smashing Commercial Drive nerd pub. But if you do, you'll certainly make new friends. With displays of Dr Who figures and steampunk …
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…