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Kitsilano Beach in mid-summer

Kitsilano (often referred to simply as Kits), South Granville and Granville Island form most of the northern part of the Vancouver west side. In the 1960s Kits was a neighbourhood where hippies "tuned in and dropped out" but today it has some of Vancouver's most expensive properties. It is situated right on the beach and very close to downtown. Granville Island, and the nearby neighbourhood of South Granville, are a focal point for the arts community in Vancouver with a number of studios and theatre groups.

Understand[edit]

Kitsilano[edit]

Kitsilano is one of Vancouver's most popular neighbourhoods. The first people living in the area were the Squamish people and the neighbourhood's name is derived from a Squamish chief, August Jack Khatsahlano. Its proximity to the early Vancouver settlement drew settlers and it became one of Vancouver's first suburbs.

It's long been a popular spot with young people and was a counterculture hotbed in the 1960s. Greenpeace opened one of their first offices in Kitsilano and the British Columbia Green Party's original offices were here, as well. The area has become more gentrified in the decades since, but it still has a vibrancy that is missing in the more staid neighbourhoods that surround it.

One thing that hasn't changed is the beach, which continues to be the focal point of the community. On a sunny day, the beach towels come out, the volleyballs fly and the patios fill. And while the neighbourhood beaches certainly cater to the sun worshipers and the see-and-be-seen attitude, they also host music festivals, live theatre and other community events.

Kitsilano also has the distinction of historically being an enclave of Greek immigrants and their descendants. The Greek neighbourhood's borders have never been defined, however the strip between Alma St and Trafalgar St is known as 'Greek West Broadway'; West Broadway at Trutch Street is generally considered the neighbourhood's heart. The Greek community of Vancouver continues to maintain a presence by hosting 'Greek Day' on the last Sunday of every June where West Broadway is closed to vehicle traffic between MacDonald and Blenheim for free, family-oriented festivities.

Technically speaking, Kitsilano is defined as the area between Burrard St in the east and Alma St in the west, and from the water to 16th Ave in the south.

Granville Island[edit]

Located beneath the Granville Street Bridge on the south side of False Creek, Granville Island (actually a peninsula) started off as industrial land. Overtime, its warehouses and shops were abandoned and left to decay when the industry moved on. In the 1970s the federal government embarked on an ambitious plan of urban renewal, which involved cleaning up the pollution left by industry on the island and encouraging mixed-use development. Today, the restored original corrugated tin buildings and their new occupants -- artisans, markets, boutique shops and restaurants -- come together to give Granville Island its vibrancy and unique feel.

Get in[edit]

The neighbourhoods are easy to access by car, bike or bus, especially from downtown Vancouver. Parking is somewhat limited and traffic around the beach can back-up on weekend afternoons, so public transit (or walking/biking) will frequently be a better option.

By public transit[edit]

Some good buses to get into and around the area are:

  • #4 runs from UBC to Powell St downtown, and passes most of the Kits/4th Avenue area, as well as stopping by Granville Island.
  • #50 that runs from downtown to the entrance to Granville Island.
  • #84 is an express bus that runs from VCC-Clark Skytrain station in East Van to UBC. In the Kits area it follows 4th.
  • #99 B-Line is an express bus that runs down Broadway. In the Kits area, it stops at Alma, Macdonald, Arbutus and Granville, and is considerably faster due to its infrequent stops.

Bus fare travelling in and around Kits would be $2.75, whether travelling one stop or from end to end.

There is no direct access to the Canada Line/SkyTrain, but the Olympic Village station connects with the #50 bus to Granville Island.

By car[edit]

Burrard St, via the Burrard Street Bridge, links Kitsilano with downtown and Granville St links South Granville with downtown. 4th Ave and Broadway are the main east-west streets that connect the neighbourhood with UBC and Mount Pleasant. Cornwall Ave is the main street along Kits Beach.

By boat[edit]

It is also possible to take the Aquabus or False Creek Ferries from downtown, Yaletown and Science World to Granville Island or the dock at the Maritime Museum on Kits Point. Fares vary between $2-$6 depending on distance travelled.

See[edit][add listing]

Museum of Vancouver and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

There are a trio of museums in Vanier Park on Kits Point, the peninsula forming the mouth of False Creek just west of the Burrard Street bridge. There is some free parking in front of the Space Centre, and it's an easy walk from Translink bus #2 and #22 at Cornwall and Cypress streets. You can also walk down from the 4th avenue buses (such as #4), or over from Granville Island about 1000m away.

  • H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and Planetarium, 1100 Chestnut St, +1-604-738-7827 (, fax: +1-604-736-5665), [1]. Tu-Su 10AM-5PM. The Space Centre is not unlike Science World, with most activities fascinating primarily to pre-teens. The planetarium, however, is a more interesting excursion, and will not be so fascinating to children. It is a small planetarium staffed by volunteers whose knowledge of all things space will stun and amaze you. $15+GST, senior or student $10.75+GST.  edit
  • Museum of Vancouver (formerly the Vancouver Museum), 1100 Chestnut St (shares a building with the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre), +1 604-736-4431 (fax: +1 604-736-5417), [2]. Tu-Su 10AM-5PM (Th until 8PM); Mon 10AM-5PM in summer only. The largest civic museum in Canada, with over 1 million items from Vancouver's history, only a fraction of which fit in the exhibit halls. Tucked away to the left off the Orientation Gallery is a series of rooms telling Vancouver's story from the 19th century to the 1970s. The museum makes an effort to tell many stories of Vancouver: English Canadian, First Nations, various immigrant groups, etc. Kid-friendly exhibits. $12, senior or student $10, youth $8.  edit
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1905 Ogden Ave, +1 604-257-8300 (fax: +1-604-737-2621), [3]. Summer (Victoria Day - Labour Day): M-Su 10AM-5PM; Winter: Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM. Canada's premiere western maritime museum. Covers the maritime history of Canada, includes artifacts, models and the St. Roch ship. The museum apparently has far more things than space to show them, so they frequently rotate their exhibitions in fascinating thematic arrangements. Previous exhibitions included such familiar topics as the history of the Vikings, to the less familiar "1500 years of Croatian sailors." Check for $2 discount coupons that you can print from web site. $10+GST, senior or student $7.50+GST.  edit
  • Vanier Park, 1000 Chestnut St (at Whyte St, and shoreline of Kits Peninsula), [4]. Surrounds the Kits Peninsula, with trails for joggers and bikers paralleling it, and some green grass and trees.This unique location is famous as an ideal place flying kites and hosts a Kite Flying Festival every summer. Stunning views of English Bay, Stanley Park, and downtown.  edit

An ExplorePass offers admission to the Vancouver Museum, the Vancouver Maritime Museum, and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre for $30 (adults), $24 (students), including tax.

Do[edit][add listing]

Kits Beach during a rare snow fall.
  • Kitsilano Beach is the beach for the young to hang out and be seen at. Kits Beach also features beach volleyball courts and a large public swimming pool. Popular in the summer, the salt water pool is 137.5m in length and runs along the ocean's edge.
  • Sailboat racing. Cooper's Boating on Granville Island offers drop-in Friday night racing for all comers. $25, with an additional $15 membership fee (which is valid for 2 years). no skill or knowledge is required, in fact the sailing is strictly novice level.
  • Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (Stanley Theatre), 2750 Granville Street, 604-687-1644. Recently renovated and now the main stage for the Vancouver Arts Theatre Company. Mostly shows Broadway musicals and other large theatre productions.  edit

Granville Island[edit]

Granville Island [5] (accessed from 4th Ave via Anderson St or bus #50 from downtown) is an eclectic mixture of shops, restaurants, theatres, art galleries, one hotel and a functioning concrete plant. It is a major tourist destination and also a huge draw for locals with its variety of food, restaurant and entertainment options.

One of the easiest ways to see the island is to just wander around and take it all in -- browse a little bit, enjoy the views, watch a street performer, people-watch. Railspur Avenue is home to plenty of art galleries and an artisan sake shop. The Granville Island Public Market on the far north end of the island has a revolving set of day vendors selling art and specialty food items, and permanent stalls that offer produce, meat, fish and natural herbs. Notable permanent vendors in the market include: the Stock Market (which sells ready-to-eat soups as well as sauces, stocks and dressings), Granville Island Tea Co., Stuart's Bakery and a la mode, the pie store.

Specific things to do on Granville Island include:

  • Granville Island Brewing Company, 1441 Cartwright Street, +1 604-687-2739 (, fax: +1 604-685-0504), [6]. 10AM-8PM. Take a tour of this local brewery and sample four of their brews. Tours are daily at noon, 2PM and 4PM and can be arranged through the retail shop. $9.75.  edit
  • Maritime Market — Stores and a museum for all things related to the sea.
  • Vancouver Arts Club Theatre, 1585 Johnston Street (beside the Public Market), 604-687-1644. The Granville Island stage for the Vancouver Arts Club Theatre Company.  edit
  • Vancouver Theatre Sports, 1601 Johnston Street, 604-738-7013, [7]. Main show at 7:30PM Th-F and 8PM and 10PM on F-Sa. Long running improv company in the New Revue Theatre on Granville Island. $10-$18 (depends on show and night of the week).  edit

Festivals[edit]

  • Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, [8]. May-Sept. Annual summer Shakespeare festival held in tents in Vanier Park. Each year there are two mainstage productions and two productions for the smaller stage. Even if you have tickets, plan to line up at least an hour before the show to get good seats. Many people will bring a picnic lunch/dinner (purchased at nearby Granville Island) to enjoy while they wait to be admitted. $18-$34.  edit
  • Greek Day [9] Greek Day is a family-orientated street festival that invites visitors to taste Greek food at its many kiosks while enjoying entertainment and activities for all ages. It is the culmination of the Hellenic Heritage Month that celebrates Greek heritage and culture. Greek Day takes place on the last Sunday of every June along West Broadway between Macdonald St and Blenheim St.
  • KitsTreeMap [10] Vancouver, apart from the mountains and the ocean, is famous for its variety of trees, tree-lined streets and cherry blossoms in the spring. No area more so typifies this veritable tree heaven than Kitsilano. Walk down most of the streets in the neighbourhood and you will find yourself beneath one stunning canopy after another. As well as street plantings of the same species of tree, there are hundreds of different individual trees in front gardens, alleyways and public places. One of the most famous tree avenues in Vancouver is the Tulip trees on 10th Ave from Blenheim to Dunbar.
  • Vancouver Folk Festival A truly amazing folk festival featuring spectacular views of the harbour and mountains. The Vancouver Folk Festival typically features multiple stages, and a wonderous mix of traditional and contemporary artists. The 2006 folk festival featured Feist, Jane Siberry, Beats without Borders, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt & Salil Bhatt, Dyad and a myriad of other wonderful performers. The current location is Jericho Beach. [11]
  • Vancouver Fringe Festival [12] - Every year, close to 100 theatre groups and performers from across Canada and around the the world perform for 11 days in diverse venues, from theatres to garages to a moving Aquabus.
  • Kitsilano Showboat [13] Situated in Kitsilano, Showboat's scenic backdrop of the North Shore Mountains, English Bay, and West Coast sunsets make it the perfect setting to enjoy free entertainment. Shows are every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 7:00pm - 9:00pm throughout the summer and showcase many talented musicians, dancers, and performers.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Shopping options are plentiful in Kitsilano and South Granville. 4th Avenue is one of Vancouver's best known neighbourhood shopping areas. Broadway makes for nice walking and shopping and has mature trees that line the street. Along 'Greek West Broadway' (the strip between Alma St and Trafalgar St) you will find a Greek bakery, some restaurants, public house, delis and markets. Finally, Granville Island has a range of craft, toy and gift shops with items from local artisans and imported goods.


4th Ave[edit]

4th Avenue was once the domain of small eclectic shops, but as Kits drifted from its hippie roots, more mainstream retailers have settled in. If you take your time though, you can still find the independent shops mixed amongst the clothing and home decor stores. The street also has a good selection of coffee shops, restaurants and fine dining. Street parking can be challenging along 4th Avenue. There is an underground parking lot in the 2200 block under Capers Market (east of Safeway).

  • Sitka Surfboards, 1864 West 4th Ave, +1 604-568-9935, [14]. Outlet store for this very West-coasty surf and skateboard company.  edit
  • Zulu Records, 1972 West 4th Ave (between Maple and Cypress Streets), +1 604-738-3232, [15]. A long-time mainstay of Vancouver's music scene, and focuses particulary on alternative and indie rock. Has a vinyl section and an outlet for event tickets, and frequent in-store performances.  edit

The junction of Burrard Street and 4th Avenue has a good cluster of ski, snowboard, and skateboard shops, including:

  • Comor, 1980 Burrard Street, 6047367547, [16]. Leading action sports retailer of skis, snowboards, and bikes.  edit
  • Pacific Boarder, 1793 West 4th Avenue, +1 604-734-7245 or 1-888-BOARDER, [17]. M-F 10AM-6PM, Th-F 10AM–8PM, Sa 10AM–6PM, Su 11AM-5PM. Largest selection of snowboards, skateboards, surfboards, stand-up paddleboards in Vancouver with a wide range of clothing and other apparel as well.  edit
  • Showcase Snowboard Surf and Skate, 1766 West 4th Ave, +1-604-731-6449. Mostly snowboard and surfing focused.  edit
  • Skiis and Biikes, 1701 West 3rd Ave, (604) 738-3715. M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 11AM-5PM. As the name implies, but more oriented to alpine ski racing.  edit
  • The Boardroom, 1745 West 4th Ave, +1 604-734-7669, [18]. M-W 10AM-6PM, Th-F 10AM-8PM, Sa 10AM–6PM, Su 11AM-5PM. Snowboarding, skateboarding, wakeboarding, surfing. Has adjacent clearance stores where some good deals can be had.  edit
  • B4 Bike Shop by Comor, 1758 West 4th Ave, +1 604-734-7252, [19]. An all-bike shop by Comor - Go Play Outside.  edit

Granville Island[edit]

There is shopping galore on Granville Island. Plenty of tourist stores with your usual array of Canadiana and B.C.-specific souvenirs. You can also buy fresh seafood right off the boat throughout most of the year; follow the seawall on the west-side of the island to find these public fish sales. Most of the shops and restaurants can be found by wandering the streets (it's not a big place) or in one of these three markets:

  • Public Market— Food stalls and small items.
  • Kids Market— Lots of toys and activities for the children.
  • Edible British Columbia, 565 - 1689 Johnston Street (next door to South China Seas; across from the Tea Shop and the Stock Market), +1-604-662-3606 (, fax: +1-866-272-8777), [20]. Over 700 food-related products on a made-in-BC theme, aimed at the enthusiastic foodie.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

The area has one of the highest densities of restaurants you will find anywhere, with a huge variety in the dishes offered. Most of them are along 4th Avenue, Yew Street, Broadway, Cornwall Ave, Granville St or on Granville Island.

Budget[edit]

  • Baguette & Co, 3273 West Broadway, +1 604 737-8050, [21]. 7AM-7PM daily. A French bakery with some quiches and sandwiches/paninis for lunch and a large selection of desserts and French pastries. The lunch special (sandwich, pastry and an americano for $8-9) is a very good deal. Lunch items $5-9, desserts $2-6.  edit


  • Cheesecake, etc., 2141 Granville St, +1 604-734-7704, [22]. Open every night 7PM-1AM. Vancouver's first late-night dessert cafe. Opened in 1979, it is an authentic Vancouver cultural experience. Featuring the original "Vancouver-style", it is a light cheesecake with various toppings added.  edit
  • East is East, 3239 West Broadway, +1 604 734-5881, [23]. 11AM-10PM. A interesting concept that sometimes works with low shared tables and wailing Asian music in a carpeted room. Decent chai to go with Indian/Tibetan/Pakistani/Iranian food. Some say service is lacking and portions are small.  edit


  • The Naam, 2724 West 4th Ave, +1 604 738-7151, [24]. 24 hours. Vegetarian restaurant with organic options. Food taken from numerous cooking styles. Some love the Naam, some are disappointed by food, service and cleanliness. Wine and beer available. $6-15.  edit
  • Planet Veg, 1941 Cornwall Ave, +1 604 734-1001, [25]. 11AM-10PM (Mar-Aug), 11AM-8PM (Sept-Feb). Passable Indian inspired vegetarian food. Small number of tables, including a few outside. Just a few blocks from Kits Beach, so great for take-out picnics. Most meals in the $6-10 range.  edit
  • Sejuiced, 1958 West 4th Ave (between Cypress and Maple), +1 604 730-9906, [26]. Tu-Sa 9AM-8PM, Su-M 9AM-6PM. Small and casual vegan restaurant serving healthy fare and delicious smoothies and juices. $10-15.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Aphrodite's Cafe and Pie Shop, 3598 W 4th Ave (On 4th Ave, at Dunbar), +1 604-738-5879 (), [27]. A friendly cafe that uses locally-grown and organic ingredients with a first-class menu that's long on vegetarian and vegan dishes. The brunch on Saturday and Sunday is delicious or try the pie and chai combination. Service is sometimes slow, so expect a wait, particularly when crowded. Lunch and dinner on weekdays; no reservations. Pies to go can be purchased at the pie shop next door.  edit
  • Banana Leaf, 3005 W Broadway (on West Broadway near Carnavon Street, between MacDonald and Balaclava), +1 604-734-3005 (), [28]. Mon-Thu 11:30AM - 2:45PM, 5-10:30PM; Fri 11:30AM - 2:45PM, 5-11PM; Sat 11:30AM - 11PM; Sun 11:30AM - 10PM. Malaysian food is a vibrant mingling of Chinese, Indian, Thai, Indonesian, and Malay, and it springs to life at Banana Leaf with rich flavours beautifully presented, yet in an efficient, low-key atmosphere. Many dishes can be prepared vegetarian. Other locations are on West Broadway and Denman. $20/dinner.  edit
  • Hapa Izakaya, 1516 Yew St, +1 604-738-4272. Street level not in any way a Sushi Bar. Izakaya (居酒屋) means bar food with small plates, no sushi. Very trendy - the prices are unexpectedly low but portions are tiny.  edit
  • Memphis Blues Barbeque House, 1465 West Broadway, +1 604-738-6806, [29]. M-Th 11AM-10PM, F 11AM-11PM, Sa 12PM-11PM and Su 12PM-10PM. A restaurant for those who don't think vegetables are necessary or like their meat barbequed. Emphasis is on food and cooking styles from the American South. If you have 3-4 people, try the Memphis Feast for a taste of almost everything. $5-$10 (starter or sandwich), $11-$24 (main).  edit
  • Ocean West Coast Japanese Bistro, 3121 Granville Street (near 16th Ave), +1 604-736-3121, [30]. An elegant Japanese Izakya restaurant, with Japanese tapas, robata, sushi and sashimi. Their innovative signature sushi rolls are a particular highlight. $20+ (dinner).  edit
  • Shabusen Yakinuki House, 2993 Granville Street (upstairs at the corner of 14th & Granville), +1 604-737-6888, [31]. Daily 11AM-2:30PM and 5PM-10:30PM. Japanese and Korean BBQ restaurant noted for its dinner buffet and the grill at the table allowing you to cook your food to your liking. $15-$30, dinner buffet $23.  edit
  • Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co., 1876 W 1st Ave (just east of Cypress St.), +1 604-730-0321 (), [32]. Mon-Fri 8.15am onwards, Sat-Sun 9:00am onwards, Holidays closed. Interesting, flavourful soups, sandwiches, and "flatbread" pizzas featuring organic and local ingredients and attentive service. The bright, colourful interior is welcoming and kid-friendly. Lots of options for vegetarians. A hybrid of pancake eatery, pizza joint, coffeehouse, and bar. Try the "Farmer's Market" pizza, with seasonal veggies like beets (on a pizza?!). Single-person pizzas, sandwiches $9.95, salads $8.25-12.25, beers $6-10, glass wine $7.50, bottle $26.  edit
  • The Eatery, 3431 West Broadway, +1 604-738-5298, [33]. A fusion Japanese restaurant. The food is anything Japanese with a North American twist to it. The crowd can best be described as your usual 20-something crowd. Be prepared for kitsch overload. About $20 and up for dinner.  edit
  • Topanga Cafe, 2904 West 4th Ave (4th Ave half a block west of Macdonald St), +1 604-733-3713. Monday - Saturday 11:30AM - 10:00PM. Great for lunch or dinner, this classic California-Mexican restaurant has been a fixture in Kitsilano since 1978. The food is still made with the authentic recipes. There are a few good vegetarian options. The margaritas and cold Mexican beers are always a hit. The "homemade" chocolate cake is among the moistest on earth and cannot be missed. Dinner entrees $12-24.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Bishop's, 2183 W 4th Avenue, +1 604-738-2025, [34]. Daily 5:30PM-11PM (closes at 10PM Su). Known for its emphasis on fresh and local produce in a quieter ambiance. $50 and up for appetizer + main.  edit
  • Tojo's, 1133 W Broadway (Just east of Alder St), +1 604-872-8050 (, fax: +1 604-872-8060), [35]. Dinner only, Mon-Sat; closed Sun. Serves innovative Japanese cuisine. Try the omakase menu, where you leave the details of your 5-course meal to the chef's discretion. The vegetarian omakase can have spectacularly realistic-looking sushi made from vegetables. À la carte menu also available — but why skip the chance to let the master delight you? Winner of the "Best Japanese Restaurant" awards from Vancouver Magazine every year since 1991. However, some say that since April 2008, prices have risen astronomically and quality has suffered, that service is generally poor and value is doubtful. $75-150/person.  edit
  • Vij's, 1480 W 11th Ave (just in from Granville St), +1 604-736-6664, [36]. Open daily from 5:30PM. Indian restaurant that combines Indian spices and cooking techniques with local ingredients. Does not take reservations. If you can't afford to go to Vij's, try Rangoli[37] next door, which is also owned by Vikram Vij. $30-$45 (Vij's) or $15-$30 (Rangoli).  edit
  • West, 2881 Granville Street, +1 604-738-8938, [38]. Daily 5:30PM-11PM. Upscale and award winning restaurant with excellent service. Menu has a variety of seafood and meat dishes. $100/person and up. $50 prix fixe menu available if you dine before 6PM.  edit

Granville Island and vicinity[edit]

  • Afghan Horsemen, #202 - 1833 Anderson St (On the mainland just opposite the entrance to Granville Island, almost under the Granville Street Bridge. On Anderson at 2nd Ave/Lamey's Mill Road. Behind Starbucks. 2nd floor.), +1 604-873-5923 (), [39]. The exotic decor and rich flavours justify this restaurant's pride in Afghan culture and cuisine. Try one of the platters ($29/2 people). Numerous vegetarian options, and some vegan dishes too. Try to stay for the mesmerising belly-dancer's performance. $20 dinner.  edit
  • Bridges, 1696 Duranleau St (next to Public Market by the water), (604) 687-4400, [40]. A top seafood restaurant, bistro and wine bar with great views of False Creek. $30+.  edit
  • Go Fish, 1505 West 1st Ave (on the waterfront south of Granville Island entrance), +1 604 730-5040. M Closed, Tu-F 11:30AM-6:30PM, Sa-Su Noon-6:30PM. Some of the best fish and chips in Vancouver, along with seasonal fish-based dishes all using fresh ingredients from local fishers. It's just a shack with some outdoor seating and may be a little hard to find; it can be reached by foot, bike, transit #50 bus and car. $7-$15.  edit
  • Lee's Donuts, 122 - 1689 Johnston Street (Inside the Granville Island Public market), +1 604 685 4021. Tues - Sun 9AM-7PM. A local favourite for fresh, sinful donuts. Famous for their dangerously cheap "grab bag" of assorted donuts and plate-sized $5 fritters. Under $10.  edit
  • Cat's Social House, 1540 Old Bridge Street (on Granville Island), +1 604-647-2287, [41]. Generally 11AM-12AM; opens earlier on the weekend and closes later F-Sa. Pub-style food and casual atmosphere.  edit
  • Sandbar, 1535 Johnston Street (On Granville Island near the Arts Club Theatre), +1 604-669-9030. 11:30AM-10PM Su-Th, 11:30AM-11PM F-Sa. Enjoy a variety of fish and seafood while looking out over Granville Island and False Creek. Also has a number of tapas and meat dishes. $16-$50 (appy + main).  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

There are several bars and pubs along West Broadway between Blenheim Street and Macdonald Street. Most of the nightclubs in Vancouver are Downtown.

  • The Cellar, 3611 W Broadway (near Alma St), (604) 738 1959, [42]. 6:30PM-late, closed Mondays. A small jazz club with a fair claim to being the city's best jazz venue, attracting top performers and serious jazz music lovers. Not to be confused with the downtown nightclub of the same name. Cover and minimum charge of $10-15.  edit
  • Darby's Pub, 2001 Macdonald Street (at Macdonald & 4th Ave), (604) 731-0617, [43]. A local favourite, Darby’s is one of Kitsilano’s oldest neighbourhood pubs and has the best rooftop patio in the neighbourhood. Featuring live entertainment, comedy & karaoke nights, UFC, all broadcast & PPV Canucks games. With a classic pub menu focusing on quality.
  • The Fringe Cafe, 3124 W Broadway (south side of Broadway & Balaclava St), (604) 738-6977, [44]. Small and unpretenious bar with a laid-back atmosphere; good beer selection. Pints from $4/Entrees $4-$15.  edit
  • Lola's, 2291 W Broadway (north side of Broadway & Vine St), +1 604 733-7989. Decently small nightclub but with good drink specials and excellent music. Mondays are "Mandatory", and usually the club is packed.  edit
  • Wired Monk Kitsilano, 2610 West 4th Ave , +1 604 742-1752, [45]. Nestled on the corner of 4th and Trafalgar St. It's a cozy free wireless internet cafe by day and live music lounge by night hosting an open stage for local up and coming musicians! Great atmosphere and very very warm staff. All organic fairtrade coffee and an array of loose leaf tea; fresh and fast baked goods and gourmet paninis and homemade soups and salads. Also it's wheelchair accessible.
  • The Wolf and Hound, 3617 W Broadway, (604) 738-8909, [46]. Irish-themed pub with a good selection of draft beers and live music.  edit

A number of restaurants on Granville Island, such as The Cat's Meow in the theatre district, the Sandbar beside the Public Market, and The Keg Restaurant have fully licensed lounges.

  • Backstage Lounge, 1585 Johnston Street, +1 604-687-1354, [47]. Drinks and pub eats with live music most nights. Has a good selection of domestic and imported beers on tap, with nightly drink specials. $8-$16.  edit
  • Granville Island Brewing Taproom, 1441 Cartwright Street (across the street from the Kids Market on Granville Island), +1 604-687-2739. 12PM-8PM. Taster sleeves and full pints of this locally brewed beer.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are a few B&Bs in the Kitsilano area. People tend to stay Downtown.

  • Granville Island Hotel, 1253 Johnston Street, 1-800-663-1840 (toll-free) or +1 604-683-7373 (, fax: +1 604-683-3061), [48]. The only accommodation on Granville Island. Some of the standard rooms have a water view plus there are six executive suites and two penthouse suites. All rooms come with wireless and high speed internet and there is a jacuzzi room on site. $240 for a Standard room May-Oct; $160 at other times.  edit

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