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 StreetFood Carts
- 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.
- Nominate someone for a Vancouver Tourism Award.
FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
Ring in the Lunar New Year with family friendly activities and attractions that bring colourful lights to the dark days of winter. LunarFest, a big hit in February 2010 during the 2010 Olympics with its lantern display on Granville Street, is now an Olympic legacy. It is a contemporary expression of Asian arts and culture.
Celebrate Celtic cultural in downtown. Limerick slams, live entertainment, dancing and even a parade take place on St. Patrick's Day along Granville Street. There’s something for everyone.
Cherry Blossom Festival
A festival celebrating an ancient homage to the beautifu cherry tree. With more than 36,000 cherry trees in parks, downtown boulevards and private gardens, Vancouver is in a unique position to celebrate this natural beauty. The celebration kicks off with the Cherry Jam Downtown. There’s a Haiku invitational, trolley and walking tours and plein-air blossom painting.
New Music West
The largest new music festival on the West Coast showcasing over 200 bands during a five night, multi-venue music festival. Music industry and fans will see hot new talent, attend the conferences and networking parties
TD Canada Trust International Jazz Festival
Recently named the "Best Jazz Festival in Canada," this ten-day celebration offers something for everyone, including the free lunch time concerts, Jazz at Canada Place, offered at the north end of the pier. Bring your lunch.
Vancouver Pride Season
July through August
Come out and celebrate the vibrant life and diversity of the Vancouver queer community, including the annual Pride Parade on August 5. West End and throughout Vancouver.
This annual summer music festival offers over 50 classical jazz and world music concerts, with hundreds of artists from around the world and here at home.
Annual Queer Film Festival
Promotes the production and exhibition of films and videos of interest to the lesbian, bisexual, trans and gay communities in British Columbia.
Vancouver Fringe Festival
More than one hundred groups from around the world present 500 shows on a variety of indoor and outdoor stages.
A public celebration of comedy and laughter, this festival features an eclectic and diverse mixture of comic artists from around the world.
This festival promoting Taiwanese arts and culture, which has a long tradition in Vancouver, has a new tradition: a home on the new Granville Street. With fashion shows, contemporary music, traditional puppet shows to food, glorious food, it was something for all cultures.
The Word on the Street Festival
You and your family are invited to celebrate the joy of reading at The Word On The Street Book & Magazine Fair. Library Square Downtown
Vancouver International Film Festival
The festival encourages the understanding of other nations through the art of cinema, to foster the art of cinema, to facilitate the meeting in British Columbia of cinema professionals from around the world, and to stimulate the motion picture industry in British Columbia and Canada. More than 150,000 people attend the 577 screenings of 353 films from more than 50 countries.
Vancouver Asian Film Festival
Vancouver's multiculturalism is reflected in this burgeoning film festival highlighting the work of Asian filmmakers from around the world.
Annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade
Parade route through downtown Vancouver. The Rogers Santa Claus Parade hosts more than 50 different bands, floats, and community groups. Great free, family fun.