Yale­town......................... 22

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Brick ware­houses have had mod makeovers to be­come sleek lofts, stylish bou­tiques, and see-andbe-seen restau­rants. Score peo­ple-watch­ing posts on the pa­tios lin­ing Hamil­ton and Main­land streets. Yes, that celeb you think you just spot­ted is the real deal


Forego reser­va­tions at the new it restau­rant for a sit-down at Cioppino’s Mediter­ranean Grill & Enoteca ( 1133 Hamil­ton St., 604688-7466. Ciop­pinosyale­town.com) This Yale­town room has been the gold stan­dard for more than 10 years. Chef Pino Posteraro runs it with mil­i­tary pre­ci­sion, en­sur­ing that ev­ery bowl of his peer­less spaghetti alle von­gole with Baynes Sound clams is al dente, each por­tion of roasted scal­lops with tomato con­fit and ar­ti­chokes per­fectly driz­zled with pre­served win­ter truf­fle vinai­grette. The wine list is a mile deep, the staff ex­pert.

The Fly­ing Pig ( 1168 Hamil­ton St., 604-568-1344. The­fly­ing­pig­van.com) brings to Yale­town a clev­erly turned, no-frills, con­vivial (some­times bois­ter­ous) room. Com­fort food is priced to shame the ca­sual-fine-din­ing out­lets nearby. Hammy three-pea soup tries to steal the spot­light from ex­cel­lent mains like skil­letroasted chicken with mashed pota­toes, pork rack with pulled­pork pou­tine, and black­ened steel­head with scal­lop but­ter.

Shell­fish afi­ciona­dos should blow their dou­bloons at Rod­ney’s Oys­ter House ( 1228 Hamil­ton St., 604-609-0080. Ro­hvan.com), where the gre­gar­i­ous staff will guide you through fresh half-shell spe­cials that come with po­tent grated horse­rad­ish. If raw isn’t your thing, opt for the gen­er­ous por­tion of rus­tic fish stew.

Van­cou­ver gets a touch of Paris with Ganache Patis­serie ( 1262 Homer St., 604-899-1098. Ganacheyale­town.com). Pas­try chef Peter Fong’s gor­geous mille-feuille cho­co­lat pis­tache lay­ers house­made puff pas­try, pis­ta­chio and milk choco­late mous­se­lines, and vanilla Chan­tilly cream into an el­e­gant study of crunch and aah.

A shave and a hair­cut may not be two bits any­more, but Killjoy

Bar­bers Cock­tail Tav­ern ( 106– 1120 Hamil­ton St., 604-669-4604. Don­nel­ly­group.ca) gives you se­ri­ous bang for your buck. Show off your hair­cut ($35), fade ($25), or beard trim ($10) in the live-D.J. lounge over ab­sinthe and sauer­braten. Clas­sic.


Print junkies need look no fur­ther than Canada’s only Marimekko ( 851 Homer St., 604609-2881. Marimekko­van­cou­ver.com). Jackie O. put the Fin­nish fash­ion company on the map when she donned it in 1960, but the la­bel isn’t limited to cloth­ing. The Yale­town con­cept store is crammed with bright, whim­si­cal graph­ics for bed­room and bath, too.

Beau­ty­Mark ( 1268 Pa­cific Blvd., 604-642-2294. Beau­ty­mark.ca) is our home­grown Sephora. Go there for gotta-have beauty, skin care, and hair care prod­ucts in a girly par­adise. In ad­di­tion to sourc­ing Van­cou­ver-made items like Ilia lip care and Pyrrha jew­ellery, you can head up­stairs to Var­nish and The Col­lec­tive to get spruced up on the spot: fa­cials, hair blowouts, and man­i­cures are all on of­fer.

Say it with us: “es-pass day.” Once you nail the name, the French dé­cor col­lec­tions at Es­pace D. ( 1108 Richards St., 604662-3008. Es­pace­donline.com) no longer in­tim­i­date. Min­i­mal­ist yet play­ful home and of­fice ac­ces­sories com­ple­ment cut­ting-edge fur­ni­ture, tex­tiles, and art­work. Parisian soaps add just enough je ne sais quoi.

Dis­tressed home ac­ces­sories min­gle with ul­tra-luxe tex­tiles and orig­i­nal works by Van­cou­ver artists at The Cross (1198 Homer St., 604-689-2900. The­cross­de­sign.com), an 8,000-square-foot cel­e­bra­tion of im­mac­u­lately on­trend life­style.


Lit­tle dogs prance in Coop­ers’ Park ( 1020 Mari­na­side Cres.), for­mer home to Sweeney Cooper­age, the largest bar­rel­maker in the Bri­tish Em­pire. The cooper­age shut down its False Creek op­er­a­tions to make way for the Cam­bie Street Bridge, vis­i­ble di­rectly over­head. Th­ese days, tots and skaters join the ca­nines to make the most of the water­front park’s ameni­ties.

Ar­dent trav­ellers know that train travel is truly the most ro­man­tic way to go. But once upon a time, it was also the most prac­ti­cal. Take the time to salute En­gine 374, the lit­tle en­gine that could (and did), pulling the first transcon­ti­nen­tal pas­sen­ger train to Van­cou­ver in 1887. It’s cur­rently liv­ing out golden re­tire­ment at the Round­house Com­mu­nity Cen­tre ( Davie St. at Pa­cific Blvd., 604-713-1800. Round­house.ca).


Es­pace D.

Killjoy Bar­bers Cock­tail Tav­ern

Sushi Balls at Mi­nami


King Crab Legs BLUE WA­TER CAFÉ Af­ter a run-in with tal­ented chef Frank Pabst, fresh spec­i­mens from the enor­mous hold­ing tank are gar­nished with del­i­cate veg­eta­bles and bathed in beurre blanc 1095 Hamil­ton St., 604-688-8078, Blue­wa­ter­cafe.net


Round­house Com­mu­nity Cen­tre

Cy­cle City Tours

Cooper’s Park

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