Food, Accommodation, and Transportation in Vancouver
This was my first trip to Canada, and this was the first time I went on a trip by myself 2 weeks long! My destination included Vancouver, Kelowna, Banff, Jasper, and Kamloops. I didn’t plan the trip way ahead because of personal reasons. Thus, most of the stuff I did on the trip was mostly spontaneous or decided the night before. However I did book my accommodations and my flight a month ahead, which wasn’t early enough and I will talk more about it later!
If you often hang on Instagram, I am sure you would be inspired like I was! There are so many talented photographers showing us how beautiful the world we live in is. Therefore, one day I decided to take the plunge and booked my flight to Canada. After booking my flight, I realized I may have rushed my decision a little too fast. Summer is a peak season for Canadian Rockies and it was extremely challenging for me to find an affordable place to stay!
To prevent this article for going too lengthy, I'd like to first focus on sharing my experience in Vancouver. Hopefully you will find this helpful if you are visiting Vancouver in the summer!
Accommodations in Vancouver
For a first timer, if you only have 3 - 5 days for your vacation in Vancouver, I would suggest you stay downtown. There are many affordable options on Airbnb. For the first few days, I found a place at Robson st. and Cambie st. from Airbnb, and I was able to walk around town and see so many things within that few days! The place I stayed at was on the 18th floor and the view at night was spectacular! I was so fortunate to find a place that also overlooks the BC Place stadium and the view was wonderful as well!
After coming back from the Canadian Rockies, I stayed at a place near UBC so that I could have a slightly different experience. It was an interesting neighborhood with many beautiful houses. It was a nice change, but if you want to see a lot in a short period of time, downtown Vancouver is definitely the way to go. You will save time on transportation regardless how convenient it is.
Food in Vancouver
I am a Chinese Malaysian who lives in Texas for many years, so I was surprised to see so much Asian influence in Vancouver. Ramen is what I would recommend if you love noodle dishes! Google it, or search it on Yelp and you will find many great options! They are all slightly different, but they always come with rich, and flavorful soup! Especially on a cold weather day, nothing better than a bowl of tasty soup noodles!
When I was walking around town, I noticed Belgian Waffles were everywhere, so if you have a sweet tooth, that would be a good option!
For Americans who are visiting Vancouver, go try different Asian cuisines! There are quite a few Malaysian and Indonesian restaurants that are not common in most cities in the United States. And if you like them so much, then you probably will plan a trip to South East Asian soon!
How to get around in Vancouver?
If you are in good shape and can walk more than 5 miles throughout the day, walking is the best option! That way you really get to see every corner of Vancouver and it is flexible because you decide the direction you want to go!
When I was staying near UBC, I used buses. For an adult, it was CAD 2.75. They don’t give you change, so you will have to prepare the exact number of coins for the bus fare. If you plan to the take bus frequently, then get a bus pass, it would be easier and you don’t have to keep counting coins. To figured out how to get to one place from another, you can use Google Maps app on your smartphone. Find the route based on the public transport option, it will give you the instructions, the bus number, and the time the bus would arrive.
If you are confident with your biking skill, get a bicycle route map and you are good to go! They even have a specific lanes for bikers and a separate one for pedestrians at some parks! In my opinion, it is quite safe to bike in Vancouver even on the streets. I didn’t hear people honking throughout my trip, drivers seem to be more patient and more accommodating to each other. That’s definitely a good sign for bikers, right?
I only took a taxi once or twice on my trip. I didn’t feel like it was necessary unless I was traveling out of the downtown area or had a tight schedule.
Don’t you think it is time to take a break? In the next article I am going to tell you about places I have been to and share more pictures with you!