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Vancouver/Mt Pleasant-South Main

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The gardens at Queen Elizabeth Park

Mount Pleasant-South Main is a district of Vancouver south of 6th Ave. It has long been a mixed residential, commerical and industrial area. It's main draw is Queen Elizabeth Park and the restaurants and eclectic shops along Main Street.

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Get in[edit]

The B-Line bus route #99, which runs along Broadway, connects the area with Kitsilano, UBC and East Van.

  • #3 runs up and down Main Street.

The Canada Line follows Cambie Street on its way between downtown and the airport/Richmond with two stations of interest:

  • Olympic Village — Connects with the #50 bus to Granville Island.
  • King Edward — A few blocks walk to Queen Elizabeth Park and Nat Bailey Stadium.

See[edit][add listing]

Captain Vancouver points the way outside Vancouver's city hall
  • Queen Elizabeth Park, 33rd & Cambie (alternate entrance off 33rd Ave across from Nat Bailey Stadium), [1]. An old quarry that was converted into a number of gardens and ponds. The top of the park is the highest point in the city of Vancouver and offers views of the entire city. Free.  edit
    • Bloedel Floral Conservatory, top of Queen Elizabeth Park. Daily 10AM-5PM. Tropical plants and birds under the white dome. $4.60/$2.30 (adult/child).  edit
  • Vancouver City Hall, (Cambie & 12 St). Built on the rise over False Creek, the building has nice grounds and provides a different view into downtown Vancouver and the mountains behind.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Vancouver Canadians, 4601 Ontario St (Nat Bailey Stadium - 30th Ave & Ontario St), [2]. Vancouver's minor league (single A) baseball team. $11.  edit


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South Main (sometimes called "SoMa," the parts of Main Street south of 2nd Avenue or so) is rapidly becoming the new bohemian neighbourhood of designer boutiques, Asian religious item stores, and coffee shops. Many local designers have boutiques on Main between Broadway (the equivalent of 9th Ave) south to about 29th Ave where you can buy cutting-edge and handmade clothing for reasonable prices. Between King Edward Ave (the equivalent of 25th) and 29th is a cluster of antique stores, some of which are expensive and not very good, but you can find treasures there if you search.

One of the best places to look for outdoor equipment in Vancouver is on Broadway in the blocks just east of Cambie Street. The two big shops are Mountain Equipment Co-op and Taiga, but there are numerous other smaller shops in the area if you walk between these two stores.

  • Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), 130 West Broadway, +1 604-872-7858, [3]. M-F 10AM-9PM, Sa 9AM-6PM and Su 11AM-5PM. $5 lifetime membership required to purchase goods.  edit
  • Taiga, 301 West Broadway, +1 604-875-6647, [4]. M-F 10AM-6PM and Sa 9:30AM-6PM.  edit

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Budget[edit]

  • Hawker's Delight, 4127 Main Street, +1 604 709-8188. At Main and King Edward Hawker's servers up authentic Malaysian/Singaporean dishes at $4-5. Fast-paced atmosphere (as the name would suggest). Good vegetarian options.
  • Rhizome Cafe, 317 E Broadway (Just east of Kingsway), +1 604 872-3166 (), [5]. Tu 4PM–10PM; We–Th 11AM–10PM; Fr 11AM–12AM (midnight); Sa 10AM–12AM (midnight) (brunch until 3PM); Su 10AM–3PM; Mo closed.. Good multicultural food, including a novel 'pay as you feel' lentil stew that has no fixed price. Well-lit tables in a variety of sizes added to comfy sofas gives a charming feel. Very friendly staff, with a wide variety of vegetarian, vegan and meat sandwiches and stews. Also the usual cafe fare of coffees, chais, and pastries. Regular performances by artists, and a community meeting room. lunch $8-12.  edit
  • Ro Sushi Japanese Bistro, 542 West Broadway, +1 604-876-9899. M-Sa 11AM-10PM, Su & Hol 12PM-10AM. Mainstream Japanese food, but the wide variety of "boxes" (set meals) are an astonishing amount of food for the economical price. $5-$9.  edit
  • Vera's Burger Shack, 2922 Main St, +1 604 709-8372, [6]. daily 11am-11pm. One of a local chain, well-known for tasty, made-to-order hamburgers and a casual atmosphere. Vegetarian options and beer also served. Take-out also. burgers $6-10, combo $4 extra. (49°15.512' W,123° 06.066' E) edit
  • Whole Vegetarian Restaurant (formerly Bo Kong), 3068 Main St, +1 604 876-3088. Open daily from 11AM-9PM (open to 9:30 Sa-Su). A vegetarian Buddhist Chinese restaurant. Has an incredibly diverse menu. Get the bean curd skin rolls with black bean sauce! It's a good idea to make reservations; it's very popular. Mains about $10.  edit

Midrange[edit]

  • Kamei Royal, 12-601 W Broadway, +1 604 876-3388 (fax: +1 604 876-3389). This is the Japanese restaurant to which you can bring your homesick Japanese business partners. Excellently prepared, professional-grade sushi, rice dishes, kushiyaki, and cooked-at-the-table sukiyaki. An authentic Japanese atmosphere, from the irasshaimase greeting to the pretty pictures in the bilingual menus to the serene decor. Another branch is on West Georgia in the City Centre. Dinner $20.  edit
  • Nyala, 4148 Main St (at E King Edward Ave), +1 604 876-9919 (), [7]. lunch 11:30AM - 2:30PM; dinner 5 - 11:30PM Mon - Sun. Ethiopian food, served communally and eaten with the fingers using injera bread. A good selection of vegetarian entrees. The friendly owner, Assefa Kebele, may well be clearing your plates. The pottery he makes is exhibited there. $10-15/person.  edit
  • Rugby Beach Club Grille, 201-950 West Broadway, +1 604 736–2438, [8]. 4:30PM - Late. Known for its cheap drinks and a large a la carte menu in a casual but slightly upscale atmosphere. Reviewers indicate that service is sometimes sporadic. $20-$45 (appy + main + side).  edit
  • Shiro Sushi, 3096 Cambie St (at the corner of W 15th Ave), +1 604 874-0027‎. If Toshi is too busy, walking west a half dozen blocks will bring you to another affordable family-run sushi restaurant with friendly service and a packet of Pocky with your bill.  edit
  • Saravanaa Bhavan, 955 W Broadway, +1 604 732-7700, [9]. South Indian vegetarian, praised for outstanding value, delicious food, good service. $10-$20.  edit
  • Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant 3888 Main St, +1 604 872-8822. An excellent Chinese restaurant, the chefs are excellent cooks. Beware there are long lineups and reservations are a must.
  • The Foundation, 2301 Main St, +1 604 708-0881. A funky vegetarian/vegan restaurant with a hipster feel, the Foundation serves up delicious food for inexpensive prices. Be sure to try their hummus, it's spectacular!
  • The Reef Restaurant, 4172 Main St (26th & Main), +1 604 874-JERK, [10]. Su-W 11AM-12AM and Th-Sa 11AM-1AM. Caribbean restaurant with live entertainment some nights. $15-$30 (starter + main).  edit
  • Toshi Sushi, 181 E 16th Ave (located off of Main street), +1 604 874-5173. 5-9:45pm Tue-Sat. A small mostly family-run sushi restaurant that serves relatively cheap, good sushi. Avoid the garlic beef, but one must try the tempura. It's a popular spot so it's best to get there before 5PM. (49°15.4'N,123° 06.1'E) edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Locus Restaurant, 4121 Main St (25th & Main), +1 604 708-4121, [11]. M-W 10AM-12AM, Th-F 10AM-1AM, Sa 9AM-1AM and Su 9AM-12AM. Local favourite with a variety of dishes that incorporate local and seasonal ingredients. Will substitute tofu for meat if requested. $20-$35 (starter + main).  edit
  • Seasons in the Park, 405 West 33rd Ave (at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park) (From Downtown take Cambie St Southbound to 33rd Ave. Take the park entrance road to the top of 'Little Mountain'.), +1 604 874-8008. Lunch and Dinner. If the weather is nice, this restaurant has one of the the best views in the city since it is the highest point in Vancouver. Surprisingly, for a restaurant with this good a location, the food and service are excellent and the prices are reasonable. Try the rack of lamb and the stuffed mushrooms. Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin ate here when they had their 1994 summit in Vancouver. Entrées run from $17 to $34. Appetizers from $7 to $13.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Biltmore Cabaret, 2755 Prince Edward St (near E 12th Ave/Kingsway), 604 676-0541, [12]. Nightclub and music venue in a historic location, features a wide variety of music from DJs to indie bands. Popular recurring events include the Ice Cream Social with 50s-60s rock and roll. Drinks $4-8.  edit
  • Pacific Pub, 700 Main St (SE corner of Main & Georgia, 2 min walk north of Main St Skytrain station). Good spot for a cheap beer, but be advised that it's not a great place to walk at night, as that section is not far removed from the worst areas of the Eastside. $2 for a pint.  edit
  • The Rumpus Room, 2689 Main St (Main St/E 11th Ave), 604 568-5663, [13]. Kitschy bar with a hipster vibe, board games, 70s-inspired food and a patio featuring pink plastic flamingoes. Beer $4/mains $10-15.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Douglas & Windsor Guest Houses, 456 West 13th Ave and 325 West 11th Ave, 1-888-872-3060 (toll-free) or +1 604-872-3060 (, fax: +1 604-873-1147), [14]. Two Victorian houses converted to B&B's. Reviewers indicated the hearty breakfasts are good and the location is convenient but a couple of the rooms could be cleaner. Both guest houses are owned by the same person. $75-$165, with cheaper rates in winter.  edit
  • Holiday Inn - Vancouver Centre, 711 West Broadway, +1 604-879-0511 (fax: +1 604-872-7520). checkin: 3PM; checkout: 12PM. Reviews indicate clean rooms and courteous service, although the decor could be updated. $160-$250 in summer, cheaper rates at other times.  edit
  • Park Inn & Suites on Broadway (sometimes referred to as the Ramada Vancouver Centre), 898 West Broadway, 1-888-201-1801 (toll-free) or +1 604-872-8661 (fax: +1 604-872-2270), [15]. Mix of rooms ranging from a standard hotel room to kitchenette to suites. Some rooms have views of downtown and the mountains. High-speed internet and fitness centre on site. $160-$300 in summer, cheaper rates at other times.  edit

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