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Over the bridge and up the rise, the 10 blocks of Granville Street start­ing at W. Fifth are lined with some of the city’s best shop­ping—with the added ad­van­tage of be­ing re­moved from the madding crowds of down­town. Make an af­ter­noon of it—strolling, brows­ing, sip­ping—like the lo­cals do

EAT

The sim­ple wood ta­bles at award-win­ning The Farmer’s Ap­pren­tice ( 1535 W. Sixth Ave., 604-620-2070. Farm­er­sap­pren­tice.com) are usu­ally packed with folks ex­plor­ing an al­ways sur­pris­ing menu: chicken liver and foie gras par­fait, hop-cured trout with sour cream. Yes, it’s all farm-to-ta­ble, as the name sug­gests, but that earthy sen­si­bil­ity is al­ways re­fracted through lay­ers of tech­nique and that day’s fresh­est sup­plies. It’s the kind of place where you eat and talk about the food—but not just be­cause you think you’re sup­posed to.

Vij’s ( 1480 W. 11th Ave., 604-7366664. Vi­js­restau­rant.ca) is a true Van­cou­ver in­sti­tu­tion, and has even en­ticed pri­vate-jet-own­ing din­ers to swing up from L.A. just for din­ner. The strict no-reser­va­tions pol­icy of­ten means a long wait for a ta­ble, but that’s never a hard­ship when the wine flows and trays of snacks stream past. When you do sit down, opt for the un­for­get­table “lamp popsicles” or veg­etable kofte with al­mond masala in sour cream curry. Nextdoor Ran­goli of­fers the same in­no­va­tive food in a more ca­sual space, with those cur­ries avail­able vac­uum-packed to go.

Charm­ing French lunches (with plenty of plonk) take place at the cash-only Salade de Fruits ( 1555 W. Sev­enth Ave., 604-714-5938. Salad­ede­fruits.com). Yes, it’s weirdly sit­u­ated inside the French Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, but it still achieves bistro charm; go for gen­er­ous serv­ings of moules frites, or trust chef with the fish of the day. Closed Sun­day and Mon­day; cash only.

SHOP

From bent­wood pen­dant lights to tufted-back li­brary chairs, West Elm is a shop for chic dé­cor at sane prices, but neigh­bour­ing sib­ling West Elm Mar­ket ( 2915 Granville St., 604-734-9302. Westelm. com) is the real deal for the retro­minded. Find rus­tic kitchen ap­pli­ances, clever gar­den­ing tools, and eco-friendly bath sup­plies—many of them from lo­cal com­pa­nies, all chan­nelling a Ye Olde Brook­lyn vibe. Need a boost mid-browse? The fresh La Colombe espresso is pow­er­fully restor­ing.

We go to An­thro­polo­gie ( 2912 Granville St., 604-734-2529. An­thro­polo­gie.com) for boho-chic fash­ion and home dé­cor. Re­cently spot­ted: peas­ant slip dresses for $168, brightly rimmed juice glasses for $8 each, and a bib neck­lace made of vin­tage glass star­bursts for $368. An in­ter­na­tional life­style shop with a sweet and happy out­look.

EX­PLORE

Mi­raj Spa ( 1495 W. Sixth Ave., 604-733-5151. Mi­ra­jham­mam.com) is the city’s only proper ham­mam and spe­cial­izes in full-body (yes, fully naked) exfoliating gom­mage treat­ments us­ing black Moroc­can soap.

Just past the shop­ping strip, The Cres­cent is a ring of very fine man­sions (sev­eral in a gor­geous Tu­dor Re­vival style) wor­thy of a post-shop stroll—and at the cen­tre sits a rarely busy park, ideal for im­promptu pic­nics. To find it, head up Granville un­til you reach W. 16th Ave., then swing east up McRae Ave.

The ap­ple doesn’t fall far from the Burberry tree at Adore Fash­ions ( 2814 Granville St., 604-620-8212. Adore­fash­ions.com), a de­signer bou­tique tai­lored ex­clu­sively for Ju­nior. Dior one­sies, Fendi bowties, and Gucci hats help your lit­tle ones look run­way ready, head to toe.

Farmer’s Ap­pren­tice

West Elm Mar­ket

Mi­raj Spa

The Cres­cent

TASTE TH IS Four O’Clock WEST Do your­self a favour and let the ex­pert bar­tenders get cre­ative. Al­ter­na­tively, the Four O’Clock (bour­bon, Grand Marnier, bitters, topped with lemo­nand-orange-blos­som foam) is a sure bet. 2881 Granville...

An­thro­polo­gie

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