Planning a trip to Vancouver soon? Discover some of the best places to eat, drink and party with my lovely friend Kerry! I met this amazing lady when she joined the erotic book club I ran in London many moons ago. Since then, she’s become one of Vancouver’s most fabulous residents and is here to impart her wisdom about the city below. Lucky you. If you’re keen to experience Vancouver like a local, check out all of Kerry’s tips on my city map here.
I moved to Vancouver on a whim 5 years ago, having never been there before. I didn’t know what to expect, other than I heard there were bears and the people were good looking and polite (like the Mountie in the TV show Due South). Thankfully, all of these 3 things are true, although bears are not as common a sight as I thought.
I’m very happy to call Vancouver home and I’d love to share some of my favourite places with you!
A former porn theatre, now a great venue for dancing and live music. Nice crowd and good vibes! Check out their Motown party! More of a place for folks my age (30+), than the young ‘uns who frequent the clubs on Granville St.
Vancourites know their coffee. Hands down, the best coffee for me can be found at Milano‘s in Gastown, but other folks swear by Revolver. Both of these places are serious about their brew and come with extra beard.
Affordable vegan and gluten-free dishes in two locations: Gastown and Main St. I recommend their mac and cheeseburger if you’re feeling decadent.
Either eat in, no thrills canteen- style or grab some steamed buns to go. Take them down the road to the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese garden and watch the koi carp. I saw a heron fishing koi here the other day and it was such a perfect scene, I thought I was dreaming. New Town is cash only and they have no time for your bullshit.
Two stores in Gastown, one unisex, and one frock shop. Community Thrift & Vintage is a social enterprise initiative, in which all profits go to the PHS Community Services Society, providing support to marginalised folks in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Great cause and really good picks.
The lights are low and the music is loud; it’s like clubbing, but much better for you. Work up a sweat, cheered on by impossibly buff and upbeat instructors and grab an ice cool eucalyptus towel after. Bliss.
You can’t mention Vancouver without mentioning yoga and One Yoga is the best of the bunch. They have ‘pay what you can’ pricing and a yoga for the youth program. It distinguishes itself from some of the more corporate studios.
Queer bookshop/sex shop with an interesting history: read up on the legal case between Little Sisters and Canadian Customs involving Pat Califia’s novel, Macho Sluts. Great selection of books, great selection of dildos.