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04-27-2012, 02:22 PM
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Wellwood You
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Hotel recommendations:

Young & Trendy: OPUS
Luxury: Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Shangri-La
Smaller, boutique: L'Hermitage

For good bang for your buck, I'd recommend either L'Hermitage or OPUS.

Dining:

Vancouver has a whole host of good restaurants, particularly Asian food, due to the population.

Chinese: Kirin for dim sum lunch, Phnom Penh (technically Chinese-Cambodian, for their fried chicken wings, beef luc lac, and butter beef)
Japanese: Guu, Kingyo, Suika (izakayas - Japanese bar food); Zakkushi (BBQ skewers on a stick); Motomachi Shokudo, Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, Kintaro (ramen noodles); Japadog for Japanese-styled hot-dogs (a Vancouver staple)
Indian: Vij's (no reservations - first seating is at 5:30, line starts at 5, otherwise it's a 1.5 hr wait, but worth it) or Rangoli (sister restaurant to Vij's, casual dining next door, food comes out of the same kitchen)

Mexican: Le Taqueria for tacos
French: Le Parisien, Les Faux Bourgeois, Pied-a-Terre, L'Abattoir
Belgian: Chambar
Drinks & Cocktails: Guilt & Co., Keefer,

If you want to splurge a bit for one dinner, I'd recommend either Hawksworth or Blue Water Cafe.

Attractions: Granville Island for the public market, take the Aquabus or False Creek Ferry from Yaletown over. Grouse and the Capilano suspension bridge are nice, but pricey. The Lynn Canyon suspension bridge is free and is a local's secret.

Depending on how long you're here for, renting a car and driving up to Whistler for a day trip would be a recommendation. Strolling through the village, and ziplining would make a nice day away. There's some good restaurants up there as well (Bearfoot Bistro, Araxi).

Otherwise, there's not much of a need to rent a car if you're staying downtown. Public transit is fairly simple. Parking is expensive at downtown Vancouver hotels ($35+/night).

Hope this helps.

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