The 3rd itinerary in my Vancouver series is finally here! If you’re interested in seeing the first two in the series, here are the links: Day 2 and Day 1. Today’s agenda is pretty chill–lots of good food, and some light walking. Yeah, now that I think about it, my favorite food spots from this whole trip are probably in this itinerary. So enjoy!
Brunch: Tuc Craft Kitchen [10:00-11:00am] 60 Cordova Street, Vancouver, 10am-3pm
Get the crispy bacon and egg dish here! It’s their signature dish and it’s amazing!! I don’t even like bacon…but I thought it went so well with the soft boiled egg, and I loved the crispy texture on the outside. So delicious! The Shakshuka dish (in the middle) is also one of their most popular, and I can see why! Lots of flavor, and it’s super healthy! You’ll get your veggie fix, haha. Customer service here is also fantastic! They were running a little bit behind on their bacon and egg orders, so I had to wait a little longer before mine came out. When it finally did, my waiter apologized and said that the bacon and egg would be on the house. It was so so nice of them! I didn’t even wait that long…But yeah, you really can’t go wrong with anything on their menu.
FlyOver Canada [11:30am-12:30pm] 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, 10am-9pm
This is a ride–a 15 min. one that you have to probably wait an hour for, but I 100% think that it’s worth it. For those of you who have been to California Adventures, it’s very very similar to the Soarin’ ride. You’re seated/buckled in, and you experience Canada through a HUGE dome screen. It’s so big, and the effects are done so well, that you actually feel like you’re flying. There’s sound effects, scents, droplets of water–just all around a very well thought out ride. Admission fee is around $18-$20 (there is a small student discount, I believe). I actually wanted to go on this ride again before I left. I think you actually get a discount if you ride a second time during some time frame. Highly recommend checking this attraction out–it’s so well done!!
Lonsdale Quay [1:00pm-3:30pm] 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
It takes about 30 min. to get from FlyOver to Lonsdale Quay. 10 min. walk to the Waterfront station, and then you take the 998 SeaBus Northbound. Between this market and the Granville one, I would pick this one if you don’t want to go to both. I feel like Lonsdale Quay has much more variety, and the area looks nicer too. Remember to bring cash here! Only a couple vendors took credit card. You probably won’t be very hungry if you had a big brunch at Tuc Craft Kitchen, so this is a good place to get a few small dishes to try/share. Everything here is super fresh–just look at the color of those berries! I definitely ate way too much here–but everything I tried was delicious 🙂
Vancouver Lookout [4:00pm-6:00pm] 555 W Hastings Street, 8:30am-10:30pm
(Picture taken from www.vancouverlookout.com) So…I will confess that I didn’t actually get to visit the Vancouver Lookout. It was just so cloudy on the day that I went that I didn’t think it was worth paying the $12 admission fee to go all the way up. I know $12 really isn’t that bad, but THAT’S how cloudy it was, haha. But I’ve heard that the views are gorgeous. If you don’t want to go in the afternoon, or you want a night view instead, come here after dinner! The dinner place (featured below) is literally a 5 min. walk from here.
Dinner: Jules French Bistro, 216 Abbott Street
Oh my gosh the food here is amazing. The location is great too–right in the middle of Gastown. The restaurant itself is small but cozy, and it’s family-run! The chicken liver mousse was fantastic. Very rich and creamy–a little lighter and fluffier than foie gras, though. It’s a pretty large portion so I highly recommend sharing. I went with a veal dish for my entree. I can’t remember if it’s a regular menu item or if it was their special that day. You should definitely ask, though! The veal was amazing!! The meat was very tender and very rich in flavor. The bone marrow (also part of the dish) was heaven, and the string beans were a good balance to offset all the meat, haha. I saw someone else order the seafood pasta, which looked amazing as well. The next time I visit, I’m definitely coming back here to work my way through the rest of their menu!
So that wraps up Day 3! Told you there would be a lot of food 🙂 Day 4 (coming up) is going to be way more intense–lots of hiking, walking, and outdoor activities. So it’s good that you’ll be well fed and hopefully well rested.