Coal Har­bour ................. 16

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An el­e­gant water­front res­i­den­tial en­clave be­tween down­town and Stan­ley Park, Coal Har­bour is a neigh­bour­hood for tak­ing in vis­tas. Spot them across the in­let or re­flected in the glit­ter­ing glass high-rises, which are mostly stylish ho­tels and up­scale con­dos (suites in Three Har­bour Green can go for up to $22 mil­lion). In sum­mer, traf­fic picks up, with plea­sure boats com­ing and go­ing from the ma­rina and throngs of lan­guid tourists re­plac­ing the sea­wall’s wet jog­gers


The water­front Cac­tus Club Cafe ( 1085 Canada Pl., 604-6207410. boasts the best sun­set-view­ing in the ’hood and dishes out all the clas­sics for which the chain (un­der Iron Chef Rob Fee­nie) is fa­mous: rocket salad with parme­san­crusted chicken, tuna tataki with pa­paya slaw, and rich but­ter­nut squash ravi­oli. Ex­cel­lent wine list; no reser­va­tions (but then, it seats 500).

Un­wind atop a tawny leather ban­quette in retro-Parisian Tableau ( 1181 Melville St., 604639-8692. Tableaubar­bi­ Survey pop art while jazz curls around your 1181 apér­tif. It’s worth med­i­tat­ing over the menu: onion soup is an ob­vi­ous starter, but the range of tempt­ing mains and seafood (think crisp roasted duck breast and fresh-caugh­t­lob­ster ly­on­naise salad) chal­lenges even the most de­ci­sive.

Claim a side­walk ta­ble at Bella Gela­te­ria ( 1001 W. Cor­dova St., 604-569-1010. Bel­lage­la­te­ and linger over the au­then­tic Old World gelato that comes in clas­sic fior di latte and strac­ciatella as well as on-trend flavours like salted caramel and saf­fron-rose­wa­ter. Round the cor­ner to luxe Gio­vane Bak­ery ( 1038 Canada Pl., 604-695-5501. Gio­ for espresso and a shouldn’t-butwill vanilla sugar bun.


The Ur­ban Tea Mer­chant ( 1070 W. Ge­or­gia St., 604-692-0071. Ur­ is an ex­quis­ite bou­tique pur­vey­ing lux­ury teas by the Sin­ga­pore-based TWG. Soar­ing ceil­ings al­low for a mind-bog­gling li­brary of 250 loose-leaf-tea tins stored in the shop’s walls. Staff are as knowl­edge­able as mu­seum cu­ra­tors. Fine ac­ces­sories such as 18-karat-gold-plated teapots and bone china cups com­ple­ment the ex­clu­sive blends. Coal Har­bour pups could learn a thing or two about a se­ri­ously pam­pered life from Yorkville pooches. Lucky for them, Toronto-based Bark & Fitz ( 561 Cardero St., 604-568-6096. Barkand­, pur­veyor of all things deca­dent for dogs, has touched down in town. Stop in for bis­cuit brown­ies and groom­ing ser­vices for your jet-set­ter best friend.


Loll around on co­conut-shaped day beds on the city’s largest pri­vate pa­tio, with a day pass at the Wil­low Stream Spa at Fair­mont Pa­cific Rim ( 1038 Canada Pl., 604-695-5300. Fair­ pa­cific-rim-van­cou­ver).

Wan­der the Coal Har­bour sea­wall and take in the bustling traf­fic of float­ing gas sta­tions, gar­gan­tuan cruise ships, and pur­pose­ful fer­ries mov­ing past the serene, land-bound sails soar­ing from the vis­ually ar­rest­ing Canada Place, which was com­mand cen­tral for the 2010 Olympic Games.

Dou­glas Cou­p­land un­veiled his pub­lic art in­stal­la­tion Dig­i­tal Orca ( 1055 Canada Pl.) to na­tional ac­claim. The iconic pixel-in­spired whale is il­lu­mi­nated with 950 LED fi­bre op­tics inside over 1,500 pow­er­coated steel cubes. A few me­tres away smoul­ders the famed Olympic Caul­dron.

The con­ven­tion cen­tre lo­ca­tion of Club 16 ( 1055 Canada Pl., 604558-1600. Trevor­lin­den­fit­ness. com), a gym founded by beloved Canuck Trevor Linden, fea­tures a 100-me­tre bank of win­dows where rows of equip­ment are po­si­tioned so mem­bers gaze at ocean and moun­tains. Drop-in fee for vis­i­tors: $10.

Cac­tus Club Cafe

Dig­i­tal Orca

Wil­low Stream

Bella Ge­la­te­ria

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