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The Ultimate Vancouver Bucket List

Dale David
Written By
Dale David
Published On
Mar 17, 2022
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If adventure is what you seek, then this bucket list is what you need.

The Influence Agency is here to provide you with the ultimate guide to all the fun things to do in Vancouver.

From where to eat and things to do, to the best shops and sights to see — you’re about to unlock a whole new level in your travel game. 

Ready to discover the best things to do in Vancouver? #YouCanThankUsLater

Where to Eat in Vancouver

Phnom Penh

Treat yourself at one of the best restaurants in Vancouver — Cambodian and Vietnamese style.  The chicken wings and butter beef at Phnom Penh will change your life.

Address: 244 E Georgia St., Vancouver 

Jam Café

This café will be your new jam. The breakfast and lunch dishes at this place are so popular; the lines are totally jammed too. 

For brunch, we recommend going here as soon as it opens at 8 AM to avoid a three-hour lineup — or you could always have a late brunch at 2 PM. 

Address:  556 Beatty St., Vancouver 

Yui Sushi

If you’re looking for the best Aburi sushi in the Vancouver eats department, you’ll find it at Yui. Make sure to check out their Instagram first to see if they’re open on the day you plan to drop by. 

Address: 102-1185 W Georgia St., Vancouver 

Earnest Ice Cream

We earnestly recommend that you get your ice cream fix here. From whiskey hazelnut to salted caramel and even vegan peppermint fudge brownie, your sweet tooth will thrive here. 

Addresses: 

  • 3992 Fraser St., Vancouver
  • 1829 Quebec St., Vancouver
  • 1485 Frances St., Vancouver

Ramen Danbo

The moment you taste their curry tonkotsu ramen, you’ll instantly realize why it’s one of the best restaurants in Vancouver! There’s nothing quite like warm noodles to make your tummy happy. 

Addresses:

  • 1833 West 4th Ave.,Vancouver
  • 1333 Robson St.,Vancouver

Paul’s Omelettery

When talking about Vancouver eats, the breakfast restaurants always rank high up on the list. At Paul’s Omelettery, you can indulge in tasty omelettes, eggs benny, burgers, and sandwiches all day long. 

Address: 2211 Granville Street, 6th Avenue, Vancouver  

Steveston Pizza

We’re 100% sure that you’ve never seen pizza this extra. Putting lobster on pizza was hands down one of the best decisions ever. We know — it’s one of the Vancouver eats that made us fall in love at first sight too. 

Address: 100 – 3400 Moncton Street, Richmond, BC 

Honey Doughnuts & Goodies

Our list of best Vancouver eats just wouldn’t be complete without Honey Doughnuts & Goodies. You’re not ready for their maple bacon doughnuts that will tantalize your taste buds. 

Address: 4373 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver 

Breka Bakery & Café

From their pistachio ganache cake to their strawberry glazed doughnuts, there will be so many reasons why these Vancouver eats will have you smiling from ear to ear. 

Address: 6533 Fraser St., Vancouver 

Key Party

Looking for some fun things to do in Vancouver? Then join the secret Key Party. Once you find it, you can treat yourself to a unique selection of drinks and even some Oyama rillettes (secretly, of course). 

Address: 2305 Main St., Vancouver 

Como Taperia

Looking for tapas fresh from Spain? What about some chorizo iberico bellota, tortillas, and patatas bravas? Then sashay your way into Como Taperia. 

Address: 201 E 7th Ave., Vancouver 

Things to Do in Vancouver

Vancouver Aquarium

Among all the fun things to do in Vancouver, we’re pretty sure that seeing over 65,000 playful animals at the aquarium and immersing in 4D experiences will create some of the best memories. Did we mention you can even meet rescued seals and sea lions? Too. Much. Cuteness.

Address: 845 Avison Way, Vancouver 

SeaBus

We hope you don’t get seasick — because riding the SeaBus is one of the best things to do in Vancouver! This passenger ferry crosses the Burrard Inlet to connect Downtown Vancouver to North Vancouver.

Sea to Sky Gondola

With a gondola over Howe Sound, hiking trails, lodges, a suspension bridge, and cafés, 

Sea to Sky Gondola is a haven for fun things to do in Vancouver! 

Address: 36800 BC-99, Squamish, BC

Vancouver Public Library

There’s more to the Vancouver Public Library than opening up books that take you to different worlds — join in on their diverse programs and events that range from studio writing consults to self-publishing Ebooks! 

Address: 350 W Georgia St., Vancouver 

Vancouver Art Gallery

They don’t call it one of North America’s most respected and innovative visual arts institutions for no reason! Their groundbreaking exhibitions, like the Yoko Ono Water Event, and its public programs that foster visual literacy make it a treasure trove for some of the best things to do in Vancouver. 

Address: 750 Hornby St., Vancouver 

Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge

After bravely waddling walking like a pro on the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge that towers 160 ft. over the Baden Powell Trail, head on over to the Lynn Canyon Café and their Ecology Centre. 

Did we mention it’s free? #HoorayForBudgeteers.  

Address: 3690 Park Rd., North Vancouver

Bloedel Conservatory

If you ask us about the best things to do in Vancouver, we’ll point you in the direction of the Bloedel Conservatory with over 100 birds and 500 exotic plants! 

Address: 4600 Cambie St., Vancouver

Sights to See in Vancouver

Stanley Park Seawall

Known as Vancouver’s most popular fresh-air attraction, Stanley Park’s 13,123-step seawall is the perfect place to rent a bike or walk/drive around as you feel the wind in your hair. 

Address: Stanley Park Causeway, Vancouver

Grouse Mountain

Bring out your inner adventurer on the Grouse Grind hiking trail and then go on the Skyride to get closer to the clouds. This place is home to many of the fun things to do in Vancouver. 

Address: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver 

Deep Cove

Have you ever thought of just moving to a nice, quiet seaside village to live your best life? Whether you decide to move here permanently or not, Deep Cove is a townlet where you can go hiking, kayaking, and paddleboarding to your heart’s content. 

Address: Gallant Ave, North Vancouver

The Olympic Village & Science World

If you’re a sports and science nerd just like us, then Olympic Village and Science World will complete your itinerary of fun things to do in Vancouver. You can even rent a kayak, ride a ferry, and bike around its creek seawall. 

Address: 1428 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver

Gastown Steam Clock

Fancy seeing a steam-powered clock built in 1977 that whistles to tell the time? That’s adorable (and the best alarm clock on the planet) if you ask us. Visiting this classic site is one of the best things to do in Vancouver! 

Address: 305 Water St, Vancouver

Jericho Beach

What could be better than a picnic by the beach followed by some kayaking in the deep blue sea? At Jericho Beach, there’s a whole lot of fun just waiting for you. 

Address: Point Grey Rd, Vancouver 

Steveston Village

This quaint fishing village built in the early 1900s is a seafood lover’s paradise! It was even voted as the #1 Metro Vancouver neighbourhood. 

Address: Richmond, Metro Vancouver 

Lighthouse Park

Another novelty on our list of fun things to do in Vancouver is Lighthouse Park. Go stargazing here and visit the city’s last standing, first-growth Douglas fir tree forest.

This place is beyond magical. You’re welcome. 

Address: 4902 Beacon Ln, West Vancouver 

Places to Shop in Vancouver

Granville Island Public Market

Popularly known as the “Jewel in the Island’s Crown,” this public market features incredible food shops, produce stores, and artisanal gifts from day vendors. If you’re looking for unique gifts, you’ll find them here!

Address: 1689 Johnston St., Vancouver 

Richmond Night Market

With over one million visitors per year, this place is the biggest night market in North America. The food stalls, as well as the trinkets, gadgets, and clothing, all embody Asian culture at its finest! Don’t forget to add it to your list of fun things to do in Vancouver. 

Address: 8351 River Rd., Richmond 

Gastown

This stylish neighborhood doesn’t just offer authentic heritage architecture, it also has a diverse mix of edgy fashion studios, souvenir shops, and dining options that will make you shop until your credit card begs you to stop.  

Address: Gastown, northeast corner of Downtown Vancouver

Become An Unforgettable Vancouver Business

The list of fun things to do in Vancouver never ends! Whether it’s Vancouver eats or mesmerizing local sights to see, there’s never a dull moment in this city — and everything is unforgettable.

Wondering how your brand can become memorable in Vancouver? Team up with The Influence Agency to start making your mark. 

We’re Vancouver’s top digital and influencer agency that specializes in connecting brands with the right audiences — so they shine bright in the city and in social media spaces. 

Becoming unforgettable starts right here. Connect with us to learn more. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Dale David is a Content Writer at The Influence Agency. She's also a sneaker-wearing, guitar-playing, light wash denim-clad, pizza-munching, proud European '90s baby.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Dale David is a Content Writer at The Influence Agency. She's also a sneaker-wearing, guitar-playing, light wash denim-clad, pizza-munching, proud European '90s baby.



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