Get more bang for your buck when you swing by lesser-known gems hidden close to Vancouver’s major sights.
Nearby: International Village Mall
Now that you’ve discovered Chinatown’s culinary treasures, stop in to the International Village Mall, home to YokoYaya123, the largest Japanese general merchandise store in Canada, the Float Art Space gallery run by local artists, and the Tinseltown Theatre, where you’ll find both star-studded blockbusters and obscure foreign flicks.
Must-see: Vancouver Aquarium
Nearby: Stanley Park Horse Drawn Tour
You’re already at the Vancouver Aquarium to check out the adorable otters who hold hands (let’s face it, that’s the greatest thing anyone will ever see), why not hop aboard a horse drawn carriage and let a friendly guide show you around the rest of Stanley Park, a thousand acre wonderland right in the city.
Nearby: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Gastown is a world-class neighborhood, containing some of the best restaurants, bars and shopping in the city as well as the legendary Steam Clock. Just a ten minute walk away is Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, a secret garden sanctuary in the center of the city, named by National Geographic as the world’s top city garden in 2011.
Must-see: Commercial Drive
Nearby: La Casa Gelato
If you’ve been able to resist all of the other tasty treats down Vancouver’s vibrant Commercial Drive, hang a left at the very end and find yourself at La Casa Gelato International, a massive gelato shop boasting 500 flavors, some as wild as garlic, curry and red bean.
Must-see: Vancouver Airport
Nearby: Summer Night Market
The airport is a must-see because you can’t really avoid seeing it when you fly in. However, it’s worth it to be out Richmond way to experience the Summer Night Market -- named by BBC Travel as one of the world’s top night markets, it celebrates the city’s enormous Chinese population with a bounty of delicious foods, one-of-a-kind goods and exciting performances.