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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
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.
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.
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.
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