3 Day 2 Night Itinerary to Explore Vancouver (Canada) – A Perfect Vancouver Vacation

20 August, 2018

Vancouver is quite simply one of the most beautiful places on Earth with its stunning big mountain panoramas and some of the bluest water you’ve ever laid eyes on. It’s green here year round, even when much of Canada is buried in snow or dried up with summer drought. Do make sure that you have a valid Canada ETA before you fly to Canada for your holiday. There’s so much to see and do, but if you have just a few days to enjoy a family, friendly or romantic vacation, here are some of our favorites Vancouver attractions.

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Day 1


Starbucks- Coffee

If you are an early riser and need your caffeine pronto! Coffee culture has improved greatly in Vancouver and Starbucks still running the show. There are a handful of nice cafes in different neighborhoods which includes:


  • Timbertrain
  • Revolver
  • Purebread bakery

East Vancouver:

  • Yama cafe
  • Green tea latte

Riley Park:

  • Le Marche St George

China Town

  • Matchstick

Café Medina- Breakfast

Café medina has been one of the best spots to find an early breakfast or later brunch and their mouth-watering waffles covered in dark chocolate and passion fruit as an additional attraction. Enjoy the great service and the vibrant atmosphere. You can also get decent breakfast and brunch at the listed spots

  • Beaucoup Bakery
  • La Pentola at Opus Hotel
  • Tomahawk
  • Le Marche St George
  • Yolks Food Truck
  • Yolks Commissary


Stanley Park

Once you are done with breakfast you can venture into the magnificent Stanley Park, a historic site of Canada that is integrated into Vancouver’s urban area. It was voted the best park in the world by users of tripadvisor. Whether you’re strolling around by bicycle, shuttle, or horse, you will pass the scenic view of the far mountains, beautiful gardens, artists, wildlife, and sculptures all in one place. The best way to see the park is to rent a bike and cycle around it. Some favorite photo stops are the Totem poles, Siwash Rock and Brockton point lighthouse

Stanley Park is a must do in Vancouver whether a few hours or even a quick drive through. It really is amazing and one of my favorite places in the city.

Granville Island

Granville Island is Vancouver‘s most famous food market. Home to more than 50 vendors, this packed-to-the-rafters market offers the best fresh seafood, produce, meats, sweets, and global specialty foods in the city. It has a great blend of local products, art, live music, and beautiful scenery right by the water. In case you have not got enough to eat you find prepared Indian, Mexican, Chinese, sushi and many more in the food court. Have a decent sunset supper at one of the seafood restaurants like the Longliner Seafoods or take in a show at one of the clubs or theaters that are found near the Market. Granville Island is home to artists, so there are plenty of studios and boutiques to explore.

granville island

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Gastown- Dinner

After exploring the Gransville Island, head to Gastown for dinner and then drinks. You will be impressed with everything at Bauhaus, it is one of the best restaurant experiences you can ever have. There are several recommended restaurants like but I highly recommend you go for some Mexican at Tacofino Bar; there is also Shizenya for Japanese, Nuba for Lebanese or head over to Bestie in Chinatown for sausages and beer.

Day 2


Purebread Bakery

Depending on where you are staying we have cafes to choose from gastown, in East Vancouver, riley park and China town. Jam café is a really nice café in gastown and the breakfasts are amazing and excellent coffee. Be prepared to queue as it is very popular but it’s definitely worth the wait.

Capilano Suspension Bridge

The Capilano Suspension Bridge is a simple suspension bridge crossing the Capilano River in the District of North VancouverBritish ColumbiaCanada. The current bridge is 140 meters (460 ft.) long and 70 meters (230 ft.) above the river. Treetops Adventure is one the most popular experiences at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and the first venue of its kind in North America. It offers a squirrel’s eye view of a thriving coastal forest. Enjoy a stroll through the forest and past tranquil trout ponds.


Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain is an easy 15 minute drive from downtown Vancouver, located in the city of North Vancouver. No matter what time of the year you visit, there are many activities to enjoy on the mountain, including hitting the slopes, taking to the sky, mountaintop dinning, theatre in the sky and getting close to wildlife. To get to the top of Grouse Mountain you board a sky ride! Step onboard the famous Grouse Mountain Skyride, and get ready to experience a one-mile journey like no other.

grouse Mountain vancouver

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Vancouver Art Gallery

If you are an art lover, then you will definitely want to visit the Vancouver Art Gallery in 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver. Immerse yourself in ground-breaking historical and contemporary exhibitions, and encounter artworks by Canadian, Indigenous and internationally acclaimed artists, with special attention to the art of the Asia Pacific region through the Gallery’s Institute of Asian Art. You can also visit the Gallery store for unique gifts or take a break for lunch on the gallery cafes rooftop patio.


Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge

Sometimes an old-school lounge with plush velvet seating, a live pianist, and a neat whiskey is just what you need to end such an adventurous day and when that’s what you need, it’s Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge that you want. This is an amazing restaurant, top notch service, incredible food and excellent atmosphere. If you are on a romantic trip this is the perfect spot for you and your partner. The candlelight and live piano music makes the atmosphere very romantic. The staff are extremely efficient and friendly.

Day 3


Vancouver Lookout

The Vancouver Lookout Harbour Centre Tower provides a stunning 360-degree view of the city and is equally impressive during the day and at night. The tower is home to Vancouver’s only revolving restaurant. Don’t worry, the revolving speed is at a leisurely rate and won’t cause you to lose your appetite. Enjoy intimate views of cosmopolitan Vancouver, historic Gastown and bustling Coal Harbour.

Start your day with the Vancouver Lookout, then come back and end your day with a West Coast sunset and the city lights.

East to East

After a few days of exploring the city, walk into East is East for a tasty meal that will leave you full and satisfied, complimented by a calming serenity. The menu has a vast array of vegetarian and meat options that will please differing palates.

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