Posts Tagged ‘The Sandbar Restaurant’

How to see the very best of Vancouver in just a few short days.

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Its been a crazy Winter here in Vancouver as we have not seen this much Sun over the winter period for as long as anyone can remember – maybe, just maybe this is a sign of a good tourist season to come for 2014.
We are starting to notice a big upswing in reservation calls for people who are now looking ahead to the Spring and Summer season get away’s. We feel this will be a good time to give you advice on how to utilise your time in the city with the few days that you may be stopping over. So we will guide you on what to do if you are stopping by the city for just 1, 2 or 3 days…

1 DAY VISIT
One day in the city may seem like there is no time to see anything, but we feel you can actually see a fair bit of the city due to the size and geography of the area, so, if you are only making a whistle-stop tour and still want to catch some sights, here are the places to see for just one day.

BIG BUS CITY TOUR – HOP ON HOP OFF Big Bus will be the very best way to see the sights of the city while having the freedom to get around at different stops so you can experience some pretty decent areas that Vancouver has to offer. The bus stop is quite literally a 1 minute walk from the hotel on Thurlow St – we suggest that you do a full circle tour on the bus, and then once back around, its time to use the Hop on Hop off option to good use.
Granville Island is a must see area in the city, it is our own version of Seattle’s Pike Place market There are some amazing boutique shops to browse and shop in, the wonderful Granville Island Market whic is open from 9am till 7pm seven days a week. There are also some really excellent restaurants to choose from too, our suggestion is to visit The Sandbar Restaurant, this really showcases the very best Pub style dishes, Seafood and an Asian infusion twist which is very very Vancouver.

Granville Island Website: http://granvilleisland.com/

After spending some time on Granville Island we highly recommend that you take a walk inStanley Park A diamond in the rough – Stanley Park is one of the largest public parks that shows you what the area once looked like before the rapid expansion of the city. The Park is located at the Western end of the downtown peninsula and at 1,001-acres there is plenty to see. Here you are in the heart of an ‘urban Rainforest’ so to speak, there is no shortage of spectacular scenery with the various species of Plants, trees and wildlife, it is a must see area of the city, just like Granville Island.

We also recommend that you purchase your Big Bus tickets with us at the front desk as it will be a cheaper deal for you – as opposed to buying a ticket directly from their website. We will send you their link below so you know what to expect when you get here.

BIG BUS Website http://bigbus.ca/home/

Sandbar Restaurant http://www.vancouverdine.com/sandbar

2 DAY VISIT
Now that you have gotten some of the downtown area out of the way, you can now start to explore a little deeper, if you have purchased a ticket with Big Bus you will have seen that they have a 2 day Pass – this will help get you to explore some of the older areas of the city.
Gastown and Chinatown are also a must see area of Vancouver, here you will step back in time and get to see where the original and oldest areas of the city began, you can check out the famous cobble-stoned Streets, incredibly stunning architecture and historical landmarks such as The Steam Clock, the Chinatown district (which is one of the oldest in North America and Canada – including the majestic and beautiful DR SUN YAT SEN CLASSICAL CHINESE GARDENS website http://vancouverchinesegarden.com/

Gastown Website:http://www.gastown.org/

GROUSE MOUNTAIN & CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE can be visited after spending some time in Chinatown and Gastown, you can head over to Waterfront Station where you can catch the Seabus over to North Vancouver and Lonsdale Quay (which is North Vancouver’s version of our own Granville Island, its smaller but very cute and offers some great views of the Burrard Inlet, Downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park.

Grouse Mountain overlooks Vancouver and can be easily spotted as the middle of the three North Shore mountains that overlook the city, it is nestled in between Cypress Mountain to the West and Mount Seymour to the east. Grouse is excellent for Winter sporting activities for all the family – and in the summer it has great hiking trails, the famous Grouse Grind if you are up for a steep walking challenge and entertainment at the top for all the family to enjoy, this includes a lumberjack show which is funny and breath taking and a Bird Sanctuary and Grizzly Bear enclosure.
Just one stop down from Grouse is the world famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, here you will get to experience one of the worlds largest suspended Suspension Bridges, high above the Capilano river and canyon, there is also a daring cliff walk and glass paths for the especially daring – its a stunning sight to be so high among the trees in this amazing rain-forest canopy.

Grouse Mountain – The Peak of Vancouver https://www.grousemountain.com/

Capilano Suspension Bridge Website: http://www.capbridge.com/

3 DAY VISIT
if you happen to be here for 3 days or more, then we absolutely encourage you to start to explore further out to areas like Victoria on Vancouver Island.
Vancouver Island is a pretty big place – many believe that it is a fairly small place but don’t be fooled it is actually close in size to the UK!
Victoria which is the capital of BC is a very quaint and beautiful town, much smaller than Vancouver and certainly steeped in rich history of its colonial past – it too has a decent China town to explore.
We recommend that you use a Tour Operator to visit Victoria, the one way trip itself take roughly 3 to 4 hours to get from Vancouver to Victoria – this includes the stunning Ferry ride that meanders through the Georgia Strait and the Gulf island, if you are lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of some travelling Whales…..when you are in Victoria, take a visit to the Empress hotel for some High Tea!

We really like LANDSEA TOURS, they have an excellent package that will take you directly from the hotel to Victoria, they will also ship you around the town so you can get to enjoy the world famous Butchart Gardens, The Museum of Victoria and some time to walk around the downtown area, they will also bring you back to the hotel too – its an awesome tour where you can sit back, learn about the area and not have to think! We like that very much!

Victoria BC Website: http://www.victoria.ca/

High Tea at the Empress Hotel Victoria http://www.fairmont.com/empress-victoria/dining/afternoontea/

Landsea Tours http://www.vancouvertours.com/

Restaurants – Staff Picks!

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

MALAYSIAN
Banana Leaf
This is a huge hit on the street and they have quite a few locations dotted all over the city. If you like Thai and Indonesian foods then you will surely enjoy this, so many flavours and a massive hit among staff and guests alike.
Hours of operation
Monday – Thursday
Lunch: 11:30am – 02:30pm
Dinner: 05:00pm – 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday
All Day: 11:30am – 11:00pm
Sunday
All Day: 11:30am – 10:00pm

1043 Davie Street · 604-669-3389

Website:http://www.bananaleaf-vancouver.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Banana-Leaf-On-Davie/217808018242157?fref=ts

JAPANESE – “IZAKAYA”
Guu
Located just a 10 to 15 minute walk away from the Hotel on Thurlow St – this is an awesome experience. It is Japanese style Tapas with an electric, authentic and very welcoming friendly atmosphere.

838 Thurlow St/Robson St Vancouver, BC V6E 1W2
(604) 685-8817

http://guu-izakaya.com/robson/

THAI PHO
It is divided 50/50 between 2 very similar places if you are interested in Pho…so we shall let you decide between the two!
Both are Vietnamese Noodle Shops, Excellent Pho Soup and great Thai style Sub sandwiches at an incredibly cheap price.

Pho Central
Hours of operration:
Mon-Thu 11 am – 10 pm
Fri-Sat 11 am – 11 pm
1118 Davie St.
Vancouver, BC V6E1N2

(604) 669-8638

Pho Goodness
Hours of operation
Sun – Thurs 11am to 10pm
Fri – Sat 11am to 11pm
1183 Davie St Vancouver, BC V6E 4L7

(604) 568-3253

HIGH END FINE DINING (A la carte)
If you interested in fine dining and fancy dressing up for the occasion then following couple of suggestions will be for you. They are great if you are treating someone for a romantic occasion, a birthday treat, or you just quite simply love the fine dining scene…

La Brasserie (French/Alsatian)
Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday–Thursday, 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm.
Friday–Saturday, 5:00 pm to 11:30 pm.
Brunch served Saturdays & Sundays, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

1091 Davie St Vancouver, BC V6E 4L2
(604) 568-6499

http://www.labrasserievancouver.com/

Bin 941 – Tapas Parlour
Fantastic Tapas food with an excellent wine list to accompany these delicious dishes.
Hours of operation:
Mon – Sun 5pm to 1.30am

941 Davie Street
Vancouver British Columbia, V6Z 1B9
Telephone Number: (604) 683 1246

http://www.bin941.com/

SUSHI
Sushi Bella
One of the latest additions to the ever growing restaurant scene – this is a place to check out if you love Sushi!

Hours of operation:
Mon-Sat 12 pm – 11 pm.
Sun 12 pm – 10 pm

1175 Davie St
Vancouver BC, V6E 1N2

(604) 559-7707

http://www.sushibella.com/

GRANVILLE ISLAND
Granville Island is a great place for dining out when you are heading down there with the family.

The Sandbar
Next door to the Granville Island Public Market, it is a one of the most popular restaurants in the city and very Pacific Northwest.
They have an amazing balcony with excellent views of the city from Granville Island…
Hours of operation:
Sunday – Thursday | 11:30am – 10:00pm
Friday – Saturday | 11:30am – 11:30pm

1535 Johnston St Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
(604) 669-9030

Website: http://www.vancouverdine.com/sandbar

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sandbarrestaurant?sk=app_190322544333196