Photo Essay: Vancouver

Canada Place

VANCOUVER, BC

Sharing some design inspiration from my recent trip back "home" to Vancouver.  Visiting one's hometown is hardly considered adventure traveling, so it is especially thrilling to discover new places!  One such place was Tacofino in Gastown, which I happened upon after admiring its breeze block patio from Trounce Alley.  What started off as a food truck, has expanded into a gorgeous restaurant that still serves up delicious tacos at take away prices.  Loved the endless white bar stools and the gorgeous floor tile that extended up the bar.

Another pretty spot was the Homer Street Cafe.  Apart from a scrummy sandwich made from their in-house rotisserie chicken, the interiors felt like you had escaped to Europe on your lunch break!  Highlights included square subway tile, industrial lighting, and the narrow "windows over the windows" (architecture-speak!) which added light to the space.

I had visited Heirloom Vegetarian last trip, so had to swing by for not one, but two visits.  Don't let the "vegetarian" in the title fool you, this food is so good you will forget it doesn't include meat!  Menu options include both vegetarian and vegan options for those with dietary restrictions.  You no longer have to sacrifice style for taste!

Other highlights included visiting the Art Deco Marine Building on Burrard Street, the Douglas Coupland Digital Orca at Coal Harbour, exploring Gastown's back alleys, and long sunshine-y summer days.

Enjoy!

Canada Place, Vancouver Harbour

Canada Place, Vancouver Harbour

Digital Orca by Douglas Coupland at the Convention Centre

Digital Orca by Douglas Coupland at the Convention Centre

Art Deco architecture, Marine Building, Burrard Street

Art Deco architecture, Marine Building, Burrard Street

Revolver Coffee, Cambie Street, Gastown

Revolver Coffee, Cambie Street, Gastown

Revolver Coffee, Cambie Street, Gastown

Revolver Coffee, Cambie Street, Gastown

L'Abbatoir, Gaoler's Mews, Gastown

L'Abbatoir, Gaoler's Mews, Gastown

Breeze block patio at Tacofino, Trounce Alley, Gastown

Breeze block patio at Tacofino, Trounce Alley, Gastown

Tacofino interior featuring Bend bar stools, Gastown

Tacofino interior featuring Bend bar stools, Gastown

Old and new, Bute Street, downtown Vancouver

Old and new, Bute Street, downtown Vancouver

Homer Street Cafe, Yaletown

Homer Street Cafe, Yaletown

Patio goodness at Granville Island Hotel, False Creek

Patio goodness at Granville Island Hotel, False Creek

Anthropologie exterior, South Granville

Anthropologie exterior, South Granville

Heirloom Vegetarian, South Granville

Heirloom Vegetarian, South Granville

Heirloom Vegetarian, South Granville

Heirloom Vegetarian, South Granville

Bella and Wren interiors, Fort Langley

Bella and Wren interiors, Fort Langley

Wooden Spoon cafe, White Rock

Wooden Spoon cafe, White Rock

Flowers and Company, White Rock

Flowers and Company, White Rock

Flowers and Company, White Rock  All Images by Donna Vercoe

Flowers and Company, White Rock

All Images by Donna Vercoe