Summer is here, so it's time to hit the beach! Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver, BC is one of the "sexiest beaches in North America" and, having lived here, we'd have to agree! It's kind of like the Venice Beach of Canada, and it's full of really good looking people. Whether you're hanging out at "the grass," taking a dip in the Olympic-sized swimming pool, or just lounging on the sand, it's the perfect place to catch some rays. Because of this, we're excited to share our brand new Kitsilano Neighbourhood Guide with you guys! Kitsilano is the centre of all things yoga in Vancouver (it's where lululemon started), so you'll find our guide full of juice, salads, tea, and gluten-free treats.
Check out some of the highlights below, and don't forget to explore the rest of our Vancouver city guide here!
The most classic Kitsilano thing to do (besides the beach) is to grab a coffee at 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters. The Canadian coffee pioneers got their start on West 4th, which is an eclectic shopping street a few blocks south of the beach. Living across the street for a while, we just assumed that 49th was a normal local thing, until we started travelling and realized just how many places in the US serve 49th! Hometown heroes, for sure.
Vancouver is a little bit obsessed with juice, and Glory Juice Co. has you covered as far as cold-pressed juices go (our favourite is #4, with pear, pineapple, and mint!). Lucky for us, it's so much more than juice, and they have a ton of nut milks, superfood snacks, and yes...acai bowls. SO GOOD.
O5 Rare Tea Bar has awesome kombucha that's right on tap, and you'll find it being served at other places around town too (like 33 Acres Brewing). Au Comptoir is the new kid in town, and this classic Parisien café has friendly, French-speaking waiters with a delicious menu that's perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. Ooolala.
Moving down to the beach, you'll find a ton of restaurants that are perfect for date nights followed by a walk on the beach. Over on Yew Street is Nook, a beautiful Italian place that's home to pizza, pasta, and amazing wine. Over on 1st near Cypress you'll find a cute new grocery store and cafe Be Fresh, and the hip restaurant AnnaLena for some modern "Canadian comfort food."
Don't forget to check out the rest of our favourites in the Kitsilano Neighbourhood Guide here! And remember: wear sunscreen on the beach!