Everything you should know about that Kitsilano place everyone keeps talking about…
It’s all too easy to stick around your own hood, frequenting those favourite spots again and again (we know, we’re totally guilty of it too). Break the monotony and check out our guide on what’s hot and happening in other areas around town – trust us, you won’t be disappointed.
Venture over to the city’s west side and make your way around one of our favourite neighbourhoods: Kitsilano (or “Kits” as its commonly referred to). Located across the Burrard Bridge, Kits is a welcome escape from the hectic pace of downtown living and spans a massive area along some of Vancouver’s best beachfront west of Granville Island.
It’s long been home to one of the world’s most recognized sportswear brands, Lululemon, but goes well beyond in terms of delivering the perfect mash-up of small businesses, restaurants, cafes, chic boutiques, and other well-known brands – most of which call W4th Avenue home.
Chic stores and boutiques are in abundance in Kitsilano… and it’s a dangerous way to say bye to your paycheque. Adventure gear can be found at local shops like Longboarder Labs, Billabong, Sitka, and Pacific Boarder (to name just a few), and you’ll find refined styles at spots like Gravity Pope, JNBY, Judith & Charles, Spank, or Nicole Bridger.
Kitsilano has no shortage of hot new spots you have to hit when hunger strikes. Be it somewhere causal (try The August Jack, Fable, or Burgoo), some place refined and fancy (La Cigale, Maenam, and Trattoria Italian Kitchen), or a classic go-to fix like Sophie’s Cosmic Café or Las Margarita’s.
Grab a coffee at 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters (and be sure to nab a Lucky’s Doughnut while popping by their Kitsilano store) or sit back and relax with a perfectly-brewed cappuccino at Culprit Coffee Co. (we adore their cozy, laidback vibe). If you’ve just sweat it out at a nearby Yyoga class, head to Krokodile Pear for your freshly-squeezed cold-pressed juice fix – or check out the soon-to-open The Juicery Co. (coming February 26).
A trip to Kitsilano is never complete without doing one of two things: venturing down to explore Granville Island and the public market; or head down to one of the area’s many beaches. Our favourites have to be Jericho and Kitsilano Beach given their proximity to a few noteworthy watering holes (The Galley Patio and Grill at Jericho Sailing Club and Local, respectively).
This neighbourhood spotlight barely scratches all that Kitsilano has to offer. For more on Kitsilano, or to see full store, café, and restaurant listings in the area, click here.
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