24 Hours in Vancouver
The city has many diverse areas, from funky, industrial Granville Island, crossing over the bridge to bustling, entertaining Granville Street for the music and club scene. A few blocks West and you will find yourself in the oldest part of the city, Gastown before copping a whiff of dried octopus in a market in China Town.
Things to do in Van besides wondering the streets and avoiding the crazies include exploring Stanley Park, walking over the Suspension bridge, skiing or snowboarding the surrounding mountains including Cypress and Whistler or braving the cold swell off Vancouver Island.
The people of Vancouver are more than helpful and friendly and the food choice and quality is pretty up there: there’s fresh sushi, funky bars, delicious burger joints, Mexicano and food trucks.
To make the most out of a day here, I would suggest starting off at Granville Island, grabbing a coffee and homemade pastry at the Public Market and following it with a stroll or bike ride around Stanley Park seawall. For lunch, get a steamy bowl of noodles from China Town, before going for a little guilty shop on Granville Street. Top off the day with a craft beer and live music at a groovy joint in Gastown.
Avoid West Pender and Hastings streets. Especially when the sun goes down. I made the mistake of taking this route and witnessed with my own eyes a bum running over another bums face with a shopping trolley on the sidewalk while a black woman with one eye asked me for my shoes.