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Once the coun­ter­cul­ture cross­roads, now a af­flu­ent yup­pie en­clave, Kits (as the lo­cals call it) still has one con­stant: the scenery. All res­i­dents, from univer­sity stu­dents to young fam­i­lies and well-to-do re­tirees, share a love for the stun­ning beaches, plus panora­mas of down­town and the North Shore moun­tains. On main drag W. Fourth Ave., you’ll find some of Van­cou­ver’s best in­de­pen­dent bou­tiques along­side a string of award­win­ning restau­rants.

EAT

La Quer­cia ( 3689 W. Fourth Ave., 604-676-1007. La­que­r­cia.ca) is one of our most beloved ca­sual rooms; it nails food, ser­vice, and wine se­lec­tion in a space too small to hide any gaffes. There are no PR flacks milling about, no air kiss­ing, and no semi-ironic taxi­dermy. In­stead, pro­pri­etor Adam Pegg takes a yeo­man’s ap­proach to the craft of run­ning a first-rate restau­rant. The pre­dom­i­nantly North­ern Ital­ian menu changes fre­quently, with clas­sics like branzino with fen­nel and vitello ton­nato mak­ing fre­quent ap­pear­ances. Pegg’s pasta may be the best in the city, with the ag­nolotti di Guido (veal, chard, ri­cotta) a firm favou- rite—though the spring vari­a­tion, earthy and ethe­real with sting­ing net­tles, is bet­ter yet. Seven im­pec­ca­ble cour­ses for $50 ex­plains why you might have to re­serve a few weeks ahead.

Nearby: In a city where the hec­tic, bustling rit­ual of dim sum is our pre­ferred Sun­day wor­ship, Dy­nasty Seafood ( 108–777 W. Broad­way, 604-876-8388. Dy­nasty-restau­rant.ca), a viewheavy West Broad­way room, does ev­ery­thing right. All the clas­sic dishes are ex­e­cuted with fo­cus and clar­ity, but must-or­ders in­clude steamed crab dumplings and le­mon-spiked bar­be­cued pork pas­tries. Fresh and imagi- Thai in­gre­di­ents blend seam­lessly with lo­cal ones at Mae­nam ( 1938 W. Fourth Ave., 604-730-5579. Mae­nam.ca), where warm ser­vice and a ter­rific wine list com­ple­ment a tight menu of clas­sic dishes like pad Thai and jun­gle curry—chef’s se­lec­tion makes or­der­ing easy. Speak­ing of chef, An­gus An trained un­der David Thomp­son at the world’s only Miche­lin-starred Thai restau­rant (Nahm in London), and splits his time be­tween his Van­cou­ver room and the street-food Long­tail Kitchen ( 116– 810 Quay­side Dr., 604-553-3855. Long­tailk­itchen.com) in ad­join­ing sub­urb New West­min­ster.

na­tive takes on Chi­nese veg­e­tar­ian cook­ing are found here, es­pe­cially in the Bud­dha’s Feast dish, a jum­ble of bam­boo shoots, mush­rooms, bean curds, tofu, noo­dles, and green vegetables.

SHOP

Blend with lo­cals at the orig­i­nal home base of Lu­l­ule­mon Ath­let­ica ( 2113 W. Fourth Ave. 604-732-6111. Lu­l­ule­mon.com), where yo­gawear un­abashedly dou­bles as day­wear. Founded in 1998 by Chip Wilson (who lives in Kits), Lu­l­ule­mon Ath­let­ica is both a sym­bol of the neigh­bour­hood and a brand with a global fol­low­ing.

When the flag­ship for Ni­cole Bridger ( 2151 W. Fourth Ave., 604730-1129. Ni­cole­bridger.com) fi­nally opened, her im­pas­sioned fol­low­ing re­joiced. Stop by to browse the Van­cou­ver-born, Vivi­enne West­wood-trained de­signer’s ecofriendly line, which proves green cloth­ing can sat­isfy the so­phisti- cated busi­ness­woman as well as the en­light­ened earth mama.

Grav­ity Pope ( 2205 W. Fourth Ave., 604-731-7673. Grav­i­ty­pope.com) stocks time­less footwear sta­ples like Vans and Clarks along­side high-end la­bels like Church’s and Acne. Next door, Grav­ity Pope Tai­lored Goods is so skilled at sourc­ing in-vogue ap­parel that it’s a mag­net for vis­it­ing de­sign­ers (like Rag & Bone founder David Neville).

If you en­joyed the 1990s cult hit Em­pire Records, you’ll want to live in Zulu Records ( 1972 W. Fourth

Step­back ( 2936 W. Broad­way, 604731-7525. Step­back.ca) is de­voted to all things nos­tal­gic. The inventory at this life­style/cu­rios­ity shop is a mix of vin­tage odds and sods (in­dus­trial fur­nish­ings, ceram­ics, taxi­dermy, school maps) and new items with old-school flair. Suc­cu­lents grow­ing in vin­tage cof­fee tins, Eames chairs, and a 1930sera “Frog Dis­sec­tion” bi­ol­ogy chart are ex­am­ples of the quirky items co-owner Chris Switzer finds on days off from tour­ing the world as a gui­tar/drum tech­ni­cian for bands like Ra­dio­head and (lo­cal celeb) Sarah McLach­lan. Ave., 604-738-3232. Zu­lurecords.com). Be­hind the army-green façade, cool in­die kids hid­ing be­hind ironic glasses and beards dole out con­cert tick­ets, and head­phones for shop­pers who need a pre-buy sam­pling. Zulu is also a com­mu­nity cen­tre of sorts, with a reg­u­lar lineup of in-store con­certs.

EX­PLORE

Van­cou­ver’s only salt­wa­ter swimming pool is at Kits Beach ( 2305 Corn­wall Ave.). Its ad­ja­cent park teems with pic­nick­ing fam­i­lies, half-naked stu­dents blow­ing off steam, se­ri­ous mus­cle­heads, and ad­dicted sun wor­ship­pers. Claim your spot, but don’t nap. Whether for tod­dlers learn­ing to bike, en­thu­si­as­tic beach vol­ley­ballers, or seag­ulls in pur­suit of lunch, it’s ad­vis­able to keep one eye open.

Nearby: The city has just com­pleted a $6-mil­lion ex­ten­sion of the Sea­side Green­way, a 28-kilo­me­tre bike and pedes­trian path link­ing neigh­bour­hoods from Stan­ley Park down­town all the way out to UBC on the West Side. That means you can dip in and out of parks all the way from Kits Beach to Jeri­cho and Lo­carno to UBC, with its sto­ried clothin­gop­tional Wreck Beach.

Kits Beach

Dy­nasty Seafood

Mae­nam

Ni­cole Bridger

Step­back

TASTE TH IS Waf­fle Taco RAIN OR SHINE Fill your shell with danger­ously tempt­ing ice cream flavours like brown but­ter snick­er­doo­dle and honey laven­der. Top­pings range from can­died hazel­nuts to a red-wine re­duc­tion. 102–1926 W. Fourth...

Zulu Records

Grav­ity Pope

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