Another suggestion from Opus

WHAT & WHERE

WHY

HOW

Eat – casual/fun: $$$
Bin 941 (Tapas)

Crowded, noisy, always a wait – and totally worth it. Locals flock to this edgy joint because of its tasty tapas and cool crowd. Limited bar, but good beer & wine selection.

941 Davie Street,
Ph: 604-683-1246, www.bin941.com

Eat – upscale: $$$
Parkside (Mediterranean/French)

Small, intimate restaurant off the beaten track in quiet residential part of the West End. Dark room, small bar, great private room for four. Stroll down Denman to beach after.

1906 Haro Street,
Ph: 604-683-6912 www.parksiderestaurant.ca

Eat – ethnic: $$
Cobre (Latin America)

No sombreros, just great nuevo latino cuisine that blends the passion of Argentina, the exuberance of Cuba, the sultriness of Brazil & the joy of Mexico. Ole!

52 Powell Street,
Ph: 604-669-2396, www.cobrerestaurant.com

Eat – Breakfast: $$
Café Calabria  

Espresso and gelato, breakfast of Italian soccer champions! Authentic & kitschy Italian café on The Drive.

1745 Commercial Drive,
Ph: 604-253-7107

Café:
New Amsterdam Café

This place doesn’t exactly specialize in cappuccinos, but it’s one of the most talked about cafés in town. Strangely, I always have the munchies after a visit.

301 West Hastings Street,
Ph: 604-682-8955

Nightclub:
Shine

Newly renovated club in Gastown with low-ceiling, underground after-hours feel, eclectic music and crowd.

364 Water Street,
Ph: 604-408-4321, www.shinenightclub.com

Lounge:
Brandi’s

This exotic lounge brings dignity to lasciviousness with its nightclub-like décor, dress code and classy ladies. Or so I like to tell myself.

595 Hornby Street
Ph: 604-684-2000, www.brandislounge.com

Spa:
Miraj Hamman

Turkish delight! Feel like a sultan with Hammam steam cleansing and Gommage exfoliation treatment then sweetcakes and tea in the Sultana Lounge. Men-only days.

1495 West 6th Avenue
Ph: 604-733-5151, www.mirajhammam.com

Hair:
Jack Hair

This modern barbershop is built for blokes with men’s magazines, TVs at every chair and, um, HOT stylists.

3386 Cambie Street,
Ph: 604-874-5225, www.jackhair.com

Shop – clothes:
Brooklyn Clothing

NY-style casual wear for guys only, promises no stretchy designer trousers or sheer, sparkly shirts. Enough said.

418 Davie Street
Ph: 604-683-2929, www.brooklynclothing.com

Shop – home:
Koolhaus

High-end contempo-chic urban furnishings.

1 Water Street,
Ph: 604-875-9004 www.koolhausdesign.com

Shop – food:
Rangoli

A taste of India to go. When I don’t have time to wait at Vij’s I go next door for to-go meals, packaged foods and spices.

1488 West 11th,
Ph: 604-736-5711, www.vijsrangoli.ca

Shop – books:
Banyen Books

Mysticism, occult, new age, spirituality, travel – books for all moods and phases in life.

3608 West 4th Avenue
Ph: 604-732-7912, www.banyen.com

Shop – fun:
Magpie Magazines

Spend an hour browsing through an extensive and electric mix of magazines. After head out for a strong Italian Espresso.

1319 Commercial Drive,
Ph: 604-253-6666

Sun:
Wreck Beach

Free-spirit Mecca. Anything goes at Vancouver’s famous nude beach. Long hike down. Don’t forget sun block.

UBC grounds,
off NW Marine Drive, down steep hill. www.wreckbeach.org

Recreation:
Vancouver Buddhist Centre

Exercise, bullocks! When I need to let off some steam I find inner piece through meditation.

1871 East 7th Avenue,
Ph: 604-682-3269.

Neighbourhood:
Commercial Drive

I love the ethnic diversity of this ‘hood, all walks of life from hippies to yuppies, lesbian to Lebanese, green to grunge. Live music, cafes, cool shops & gelato.

Commercial Drive,
East Van 
www.thedrive.net

Day trip:
Saltspring Island

Artsy, laid back island, a scenic ferry ride from the mainland. The absolute opposite of London.

Gulf Islands, access by ferry. www.gulfislands.ca

Museum/Gallery:
Coastal People’s Art Gallery

One of many Vancouver galleries selling authentic northwest coast Indian and Inuit art.

1024 Mainland St,
Ph: 604-685-9298, www.coastalpeoples.com

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