Whether you’re looking for food, drinks, shopping, or fresh air, this guide will keep you in the know as the weather moves from rainy to radiant. Vancouver’s shopping, dining, arts and culture scene and natural beauty are just some of the things that make up this vibrant coastal and cosmopolitan city. With an ever-evolving restaurant scene, captivating public art collection, and nature on your doorstep, there’s a myriad of must do’s to explore close to the hotel.
Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Lobby Lounge is a hot spot for locals and visitors alike and can be best enjoyed over an awardwinning cocktail and 100% Ocean Wise sushi while taking in the live music. Upstairs, Botanist restaurant features Vancouver’s first cocktail bar and lab, serving up inventive and intriguing libations like the experiential series that was influenced by the five elements. Slide up to the bar where you’ll have a front row seat to the action taking place in the glass-enclosed lab.
Gastown, one of the city’s most vibrant neighbourhoods, is an easy walk from the hotel or a five minute drive in the hotel’s complimentary BMW car service. Named a national historic site of Canada in 2009, Gastown is also home to Vancouver’s first downtown core. It’s named after ‘Gassy’ Jack Deighton, a “chatty” British seaman who arrived in 1867 and opened the city’s first saloon. It’s not surprising this historic community is home to the city’s most popular independent cocktail bars and restaurants. While you’re here, take a self-guided tour through someof the district’s hot watering holes. Climb the stairs to The Diamond (6 Powell Street) a Gastown ‘hidden gem’ where a list of impressive libations and spirits are stirred and shaken up by a roster of talented bartenders, or make a stop at Pourhouse (162 Water Street) whose home is in a century old building specializing in spirit forward classics. Choose to explore the neighbourhood by way of Vancouver Food Tours Gastown Tasting Tour, a guided progressive dinner where you’ll snack and sip your way through some of the neighborhood’s top restaurants & legendary cocktail bars.
Vancouver’s coastal backdrop is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Urban nature lovers will love the close proximity to Stanley Park, named the world’s best park by Trip Advisor. Select a BMW electric bicycle from the Pacific Rim’s own Bicycle Carousel and the Bike Butler will take care of the rest. The nine kilometer paved seawall wraps through old growth forest, past beaches, and along the ocean. Pedestrian only and divided for walking and cycling, the Seawall is world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path. The 28 km Seaside Greenway which includes the Stanley Park Seawall, extends from the Vancouver Convention Centre to Spanish Banks Park.
Connected on the west-end of Stanley Park is English Bay, another popular destination where you can grab a bite to eat, take in public art installations, or soak in the sun from one of the many outdoor patios. For the intermediate adventurer, the North Shore is a gateway for popular hiking and biking trails. A Vancouver ‘must do’ challenges hikers to take on the Grouse Grind. Nicknamed “Mother Nature’s Stair Master”, and rightfully so; this 2.9 km trail is carved up the face of Grouse Mountain, with 2,830 stairs and 2800 ft (853 metres) of elevation gain. After this feat, take in the panoramic views overlooking North Vancouver and downtown from Altitudes Bistro, which offers a selection of share dishes to pair with a frosty pint of craft beer or a glass of local BC wine.
THE ART OF SHOPPING
Vancouver offers the shopping opportunities of an established global city combined with unique local brands and retailers that give the city its distinct character. From international labels and popular brands to small boutique shops, the city’s shopping scene will not disappoint. For luxury labels, head to Alberni Street, lined with brands like Prada, Gucci, and Rolex. Gastown’s cobble streets and historic buildings are home to local boutiques, unique art galleries and local fashion designers. Granville Island, just a 10 minute drive from the hotel, offers great shopping, artisan studios, restaurants, and a public market, selling everything from pottery, jewelry and art, to hand-crafted stationary, clothing, gourmet foods and local wine.