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This high street’s iden­tity was ut­terly re­vi­tal­ized by the in­stal­la­tion of the rapid­tran­sit Canada Line. A sleepy lit­tle bor­ough known mainly for our art deco City Hall, it has a slew of de­sir­able new eater­ies and con­cept re­tail stores to coun­ter­act the big-box shops down the hill


Bier­craft ( 3305 Cam­bie St., 604874-6900. Bier­ has long given mas­ter’s classes in Bel­gian beer­ship, with mus­sels and sharables like wings stand­ing up to al­co­holi­cally pow­er­ful dubbels and tripels. The com­pany goes lo­cal now with craft brew­ery Bomber Brew­ing ( 1488 Adanac St., 604-428-7457. Bomber­brew­, a hits-all-bases pur­veyor of clever, lo­cally in­flected suds.

Pronto Caffe ( 3473 Cam­bie St., 604-722-9331. Pron­to­ takes its cues from a tra­di­tional diner’s wooden booths, counter and stools, and menu board. But from this mod­est space comes won­der­ful Ital­ian sand­wiches and pasta dishes; house­made pasta se­lec­tions, such as tagli­atelle arrab­bi­ata with prawns, change daily. A dry cleaner’s next door re­cently mor­phed into Pron­tino, a bar-for­ward twin to this cher­ished neigh­bour­hood spot.

The line snakes past a mu­ral of the Vir­gin of Guadalupe at La Ta­que­ria ( 2549 Cam­bie St., 604-568-4406. Lata­que­, as peo­ple pa­tiently queue for tra­di­tional Mex­i­can street tacos like de ca­chete (braised beef cheeks), pollo con mole (free-range chicken with choco­late mole sauce), and ra­jas con crema (roasted poblano pep­pers with creamed corn). The black­board of­fers 12 op­tions and daily meat/veg spe­cials. Four tacos per per­son usu­ally do the trick.

The gra­cious 30-seat Pied-à-Terre Bistro ( 3369 Cam­bie St., 604-8733131. is a fine-din­ing lunch gem. Set­tle into a sleek ban­quette and al­low the ur­bane wait­staff to guide you through French fare that’s ideal for shar­ing. Try a lob­ster tortellini with smoked salmon caviar.

Gluten-free lo­cals make the pil­grim­age to Lemon­ade ( 3385 Cam­bie St., 604-873-9993. Le­mon­ade­bak­ for good­ies like mouth-puck­er­ing lemon tarts topped with curly white choco­late petals, nos­tal­gic choco­late “camp­fire” cup­cakes, and so­phis­ti­cated mocha cream-filled prof­iteroles.


Wal­rus ( 3408 Cam­bie St., 604874-9770. Wal­ is a pick-and-mix candy store for de­sign freaks. Chat with own­ers Caro­line Bo­quist and Daniel Ko­zlowski as you pe­ruse the hand­made leather bike sad­dle bags by Bil­lykirk, or fall for home- steader-chic kitchen tools like wal­nut-topped Ma­son jars made in the Fraser Val­ley.

Shop Co­coon ( 3345 Cam­bie St., 778-232-8532. Shop­co­ is a tiny re­tail re­treat with cool white-washed brick walls and an­tique book­cases hous­ing pretty home­wares and play­ful jew­ellery pro­duced by Cana­dian ar­ti­sans like the tal­ented Billy Would. Flip through the sparse racks for ecofriendly Cana­dian-made frocks by El­roy Ap­parel and Nixxi.


For wed­dings, grad­u­a­tions, and fam­ily pic­nics, ev­ery­one pauses and poses at Queen El­iz­a­beth Park ( Cam­bie St. at W. 33rd Ave.) amidst its iconic, idyl­lic back­drops.

Don’t leave with­out soak­ing in the view of down­town against a ma­jes­tic moun­tain back­drop, vis­i­ble from the park sur­round­ing the ar­chi­tec­tural trea­sure that is City Hall ( 453 W. 12th Ave., 604873-7000. Van­cou­

The Park Theatre (3440 Cam­bie St., 604-709-3456. Cine­ cinema was de­signed by ar­chi­tects Ka­plan & Sprach­man in 1941, and de­spite many changes in own­er­ship, it re­mains a beloved art deco sym­bol (and meet­ing place) for South Cam­bians.

Cam­bie Street Bridge


TASTE TH ISBeg­gar’s ChickenKIRIN A whole chicken is mar­i­nated in soy and Shaox­ing rice wine, stuffed with pork and veg­eta­bles, then sealedin a pas­try cas­ing. It ar­rives with a ham­merto crack the dough. Needs a full day of prep(call ahead). 201–555 W. 12th Ave.,604-879-8038. Kir­in­restau­

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