Welcome to our city guide blog series. When they’re not based at Tileyard, our residents are often jet-setting around the globe for business, heading home for the weekend or touring in far flung cities. Travelling goes hand in hand with the creative industries so we thought it would be fun to share the highlights and secrets of the cities our residents know and love.
This week we spoke to Dave Meszaros who is based in the Tileyard co-working space and works for Macklam Feldman Management, an international artist management agency. Dave has spent around 30 years of his life living in Vancouver so he knows pretty much everything there is to know about the city.
Where to Stay
I usually stay with family and friends when I go back home but there are loads of places to stay in Vancouver. There’s a really nice boutique hotel called OPUS Hotel in Yaletown. If you’ve got some extra cash to splash the Fairmont Pacific Rim is a good shout. The views are epic and it’s central. If I’m honest Vancouver is a small city so you don’t need to worry too much about which area you’re staying in. If you’re based in Downtown Vancouver you can walk to most places.
What to Eat
For amazing Italian food head straight to Tavola in the West End of Vancouver. They serve fresh pasta that is made in house and also larger plates. If you go you have to try the Brick Chicken, it’s insane. If you’re in East and want good Italian food check out Ask For Luigi.
For a good, cheap eat, check out Tacofino – the brick and mortar location of a popular food truck from Tofino, BC.
Where to Drink
Now we’re talking:
For Local Craft Beer – 33 Acres Brewing Co is a very popular local spot that also serves a great brunch. It’s family owned brewery and the venue is small. Alibi Room is another decent taproom option that features craft beer from all over the west coast of the US and Canada. They have 50 local and imported beers on tap. They also do the best veggie burger in the city.
For Wine, Beer or Dinner – Vancouver Urban Winery is worth a visit. They produce hand-crafted wines from 100% B.C grapes in Railtown, Vancouver.
If you’re in Gastown – Shebeen Whisk(e)y House is worth a visit. It’s tucked away behind the Irish Heather. It’s a small but cosy place and the prices are fair.
Bars – Hotel Belmont just opened. There’s a bunch of different levels in the building with different bars, chill out areas, food places and drinking spots. There’s a bowling lane inside too. It’s open until late and they often have live music.
For Dive bars – Head to either The Narrow in East Vancouver or The Brickhouse.
What to See
100% the Grouse Mountain Skyride in North Vancouver is a must if you get a sunny day or the more aggressive St. Marks Summit hike. Both offer glorious views of either Vancouver or the pristine Howe Sound.
Stanley Park should be on your list if you’re visiting Vancouver. Bike, run, walk or rollerblade along one of the longest continuous seawalls in the world (almost 9km long). It’s often decorated with supernaturally stacked rocks that a local artist has made a career of balancing during low tide. Amaze every poor chump back home with some seriously instagrammable shots along the way – the Siwash Rock (a natural rock formation) and of course the Lions Gate Bridge.
Granville Island Market is a great place to have a wander around too. There’s a tonne of stalls selling homemade products and loads of good food too – all ‘fresh from the ocean, oven or field’ as they like to say.
Where to Chill
Third Beach, also along the seawall, is a great place to chill out and watch the sunset away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s a naturally sandy beach surrounded by trees. Kits beach offers the same views but may be easier to get to. There is a dog beach on the north end of Kits beach that may be the happiest place in the world on weekend mornings.
‘Dude Chilling Park’ is an obnoxious answer for this category. Formerly called Guelph Park, locals petitioned the city and had it renamed in honor of a bizarre reclining man sculpture. Not necessarily an amazing place to hangout but certainly lives up to it’s name.