So I’ve finally decided to write about my trip to the Pacific Northwest… four months after the fact. But hey, better late than never!
Our trip began in the quirky city of Portland and ended in Seattle, but in between is where I want to start, with Vancouver, Canada!
I had never been to Canada before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Not that Canada was going to be drastically different than the US, but I was still excited. We had heard that Vancouver was a really spectacular city and that it was very modern, and it did not disappoint!
Whenever I visit a new city, I often find myself comparing it to Chicago. Rarely has any city impressed me more than my own, but Vancouver makes that short list. I really can’t find a bad thing to say about this place, so here are some of my favorite things about Vancouver.
- It’s super walkable and you can get anywhere in the city by foot. Plus you’ll want to walk because there are so many shops, restaurants and site-seeing opportunities around.
- The architecture is AMAZING. It’s all very modern and sleek, but each building is so different and meticulously crafted. It was beautiful.
- The people are extremely friendly and thoughtful (besides the lady who just happened to forget our American money was worth more…). Nobody is in a rush or honks their horns at you, which is drastically different than the hectic and busy life we live here in Chicago.
- The food is BOMB. I have three places you must eat at if you visit:
- Breakfast @ Medina Cafe. They’re known for their waffles, so definitely try some of those and at least one of their lattes or cappuccinos! And get there early because this place always has a line.
- Lunch @ Ramen DANBO. Vancouver has a lot of Asian cuisine but this was the best Ramen I’ve ever had. It’s perfect for the chilly temperatures up there, and the service was extremely quick!
- Dinner @ Gotham Steakhouse. Our first night in Vancouver we went to a recommended steak house and were disappointed. We love to indulge in a good dinner when we’re on vacation, so when we ate at Gotham we walked away 110% satisfied. The ribeye is a MUST if you’re a red meat eater! This place is on the pricier side, so be prepared to spend.
We only spent two days in the city so there were plenty of things we wanted to do but didn’t get a chance to, so I will definitely be back! Hey, maybe we’ll even tack on a ski-trip at Whistler while we’re at it!?
Have you ever been to Vancouver or have any recommendations to share? Let me know!