There are a number of tourist attractions in Vancouver that pretty much every visitor has on their list: Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium, Chinatown, the Capilano Suspension Bridge, et cetera.
That said, Vancouver is crammed to the edges with lesser-known attractions too; spots that locals love, but tourists tend to miss. While we risk spoiling the locals-only charm of these places by writing about them so openly, were gonna do it anyway. Without further ado, here are a few lesser-known Vancouver attractions we recommend checking out:
Wreck Beach is tremendously popular among Vancouver’s locals, but hidden away on the fringes of UBC campus, it is often missed by visitors. This is unfortunate, because it really is a beautiful beach. With soft sand, plenty of places to sit and relax, and a truly incredible view, it is definitely worth checking out on your next visit to Vancouver. Just be advised: portions of the beach are clothing optional, so you may encounter a bit of public nudity.
Bon’s Off Broadway:
Bon’s of Broadway is a Vancouver Institution. Perched just off Broadway (as its name suggests), in East Van, it is home to a famous $3.00 breakfast. While part of the appeal of Bon’s is that you can load up on eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries and coffee for about half the price of a frothy mocha-whatever at Starbucks, it’s also famous for its, well, interesting decor. The walls are absolutely coated in obscure movie posters and graffiti, while you’ll be hard-pressed to find more than a few matching chairs in the whole place. Admittedly, Bon’s is probably not the best place to take a maintenance date, but every morning, it is a Mecca for hundreds of hungry and hungover who don’t mind a little grit with their dining experiences.
As the home of beloved beloved joints like Uncle Fatih’s and Four Brothers it can easily be argued that Vancouver is the pizza capital of Canada. Of all the pizza joints in the city, however, none compare to Fire Pizza. Situated on Commercial Drive, between 3rd and 4th Avenue, Fire Pizza boasts an array of mouth-watering pizzas that would take months of regular visits to adequately sample. Better still, this mom-and-pop shop uses clean, healthy ingredients, so you can gorge without quite the same level of post-pizza guilt you’d feel elsewhere.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
In the middle of Vancouver’s Chinatown, you’ll find the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, a gorgeous respite from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding area. Inside this pristine facility, you can meander at you own pace, taking in the incredible sights and smells as you go, or partake in an informative guided tour. Either way, the garden will make you forget that you’re in a city of more than a million people, and push that blood pressure right down.
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This article debuted on WildLives.co on 11/1/2017.