30 hours in Vancouver

On the way home from visiting the family in Toronto, we took a brief stop in Vancouver to break the long journey home

We caught the driverless skytrain downtown....it was weird to us that they did not seem to have any staff on board.  As we walked to our hotel we were surprised by the number of people living on the street and even more surprised by how many of them had dogs.  The next thing we noticed was the love of Football...everywhere people were gathered in bars watching the World Cup.

The St Regis Hotel was a lovely old recently renovated boutique hotel which has awesome breakfasts!

After rugging up in our warm clothes (it was just 12 degrees outside in the middle of summer!) we set out to find some lunch and armed with a list of places to visit from Sarah we headed to Gastown.  This is a lovely area which has been revitalised and filled with cafes, boutique shops and a few too many tourist shops.  The street scape reminded me a little of Nelson with the hanging baskets.

Outside the Flying Pig in Gastown

After strolling the streets for a while we found the Flying Pig and scored a table in the window allowing us to watch the world walk by.  From the window we watched as people bought pancakes from a cute little art deco caravan across the street.

Looking through window from table at cool caravan

Opting for the sides over the main meals was a great idea...the 4 cheese gnocchi was yummo, the fennel & apple soup was superb and the recommend crispy brussel sprouts were pretty good too.

If you visit this area...do take time to check out the steam clock.  We then took a stroll through the main streets (Robson & Granville areas) of Vancouver. 

The next morning we headed for Granville Island Market ... we got their a little too early...doesn't open at the crack of dawn like the Nelson market lol.  Once everything opened we strolled past the food stalls and took in all the yummy smells, our mouths watered as we saw huge counters full of cakes. 

Cake Stall at Granville Island Market

One stall was a Stock stall....freshly made stock was being made in a huge pot (left of photo below)...now that is something new

Stock Stall

There are lots of other little boutique shops dotted around the piers which we ventured into.

Looking at our list of things we could do, we thought we would head to Yaletown for a stroll and lunch.  Yaletown is supposed to be one of Vancouver's hippest areas, filled with sidewalk cafes, trendy restaurants, and boutique shops.  We found ourselves a little disappointed after the lovely afternoon we had the day before in Gastown.  The Cafe's looked large but not so inviting....more designed for large crowds than anything.  After strolling around for a while looking for somewhere to eat, we decided we liked the atmosphere better in Gastown so headed back there and ended up at the Flying Pig once more, to try some more yummy dishes.  We then discovered that there was a Flying Pig in Yaletown but we did not find it.

We ended our short visit with a stroll past the cruise ship areas before heading back to the hotel and to the airport for our flight back home.

More photos can be found in the photo gallery