It’d been an unusually sunny April in the Pacific Northwest and so I decided to take a long weekend and take a trip North to Vancouver. I’d been to Canada plenty of times on the East Coast but hadn’t since moving to Seattle.
I contemplated renting a car for the trip, but the train seemed like a cheaper, more relaxing - albeit slower - method of transport. We departed early Friday morning and got into Vancouver around noon. We Airbnbed a beautiful loft-style apartment in the historic Gastown neighborhood of central Vancouver. We spent the first day getting acquainted with the neighborhood; we stopped for lunch at a cafe called Tuc Craft Kitchen.
After a quick nap, we had appetizers at a restaurant called The Flying Pig before heading up the Vancouver Lookout to watch the sunset.
We had a late dinner nearby at a Japanese Izakaya in Gastown called Guu.
The following day, we grabbed coffee and caught a free shuttle to the Capilano Susptension Bridge in Northern Vancouver. It’s a bit of a tourist trap but it was a fun time nonetheless. That afternoon we had drinks in Gastown and took a long walk up to Stanley Park. We roamed around the Park before heading into the ritzy West End neighborhood for dinner.
We had ramen for dinner at Hokkaido Ramen Santouka and drinks afterwards at the West End branch of Guu.
In the morning, we took the light rail out to Richmond - a suburb of Vancouver - for some Dim Sum at a restaurant that a coworker had recommended called Chef Tony’s Seafood. Afterwards we checked out of our Airbnb and had a couple of drinks before boarding the train back to Seattle.