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*'''Planet Veg''', 1941 Cornwall Avenue (Tel: 604-734-1001).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 $4 - $8 range.
 
*'''Planet Veg''', 1941 Cornwall Avenue (Tel: 604-734-1001).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 $4 - $8 range.
 
*'''East is East'''*, 3243 W. Broadway, Vancouver (Tel: 604.734.5881) A interesting concept that sometimes works-low shared tables wailing Asian music in a carpeted room.Decent Chai to go-Indian/Tibetan/Paki/Iranian food. Noteable for abusive management and apathetic staff sometimes the food is worthwile.
 
*'''East is East'''*, 3243 W. Broadway, Vancouver (Tel: 604.734.5881) A interesting concept that sometimes works-low shared tables wailing Asian music in a carpeted room.Decent Chai to go-Indian/Tibetan/Paki/Iranian food. Noteable for abusive management and apathetic staff sometimes the food is worthwile.
* <eat name="Ro Sushi Japanese Bistro" address="542 West Broadway" phone="+1-604-876-9899" email="" fax="" hours="Mon-Sat 11:00-22:00h, Sun & Hol 12:00-22:00h" price="$5-$9" url="http://www.bcrestaurants.ca/rosushi">Mainstream Japanese food, but the wide variety of "boxes" (set meals) are an astonishing amount of food for the economical price. </eat>
 
  
 
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Revision as of 04:08, 20 April 2007

Kitsilano (often referred to simply as Kits) is the northern part of the Vancouver west side. In the 1960s it was a neighborhood 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.

Technically Kitsilano is the neighborhood between Burrard and Alma, from the beach to 12th Avenue. For the purposes of this guide we will also include the northern half of western Vancouver, from about King Edward Street Ave in the south to the water in the north, and from Alma Street in the west to Ontario Street in the east, in the "Kitsilano area". This includes the neighborhoods of Fairview Slopes, Kitsilano, West Point Grey and portions of Dunbar, Arbutus Ridge, Shaughnessy and South Cambie. To the west is UBC, to the east is "East Van", to the south is Vancouver South, and to the north, across the Burrard, Granville, and Cambie bridges, is Downtown.

Seaside views near Jericho Beach

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Get in

Kitsilano is well served by Vancouver's trolley bus system. It is also possible to take little aquabuses from a number of locations on the downtown side of False Creek to the dock @ the Maritime Museum on Kits Point and also to nearby Granville Island.

See

  • H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and Planetarium located in the area of Kits Point. 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.
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum 1905 Ogden Avenue in Vanier Park. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm Noon to 5pm on Sunday, Closed Monday. 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." Adults $8.00, youth and Seniors $5.50.
  • Vancouver Museum is a relatively small museum with a collection of mostly west-coast aboriginal artifacts.

Do

Kits Beach in mid-summer (2004)
Kits Beach during a rare snow fall.
  • Kits Beach is the beach for the young to hangout 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.
  • Jericho Beach is a more family oriented beach with a large picnicking area. The beach forms a crescent shape which creates a sheltered swimming area that is relatively shallow. In the summer, the beach is patrolled by life gaurds who monitor beach near the floating dock. Jericho Beach is also a great location to go windsurfing or dingy sailing.
  • Spanish Bank is further west towards UBC. When the tide is out you can walk way out on the mudflats. This is a popular spot for skimboarders and kite boarders. The area has a large stretch of beach which makes for a popular beach volleyball area as well as a scenic multi-pathway system, connecting Jericho Beach to UBC, making a fine running or cycling course.
  • Ride the Historic Railroad A restored tram car runs from Science World to Granville Island. Runs only on weekends 1pm to 5pm. Adults $2, Children/Seniors $1.

Shop

  • 4th Avenue formerly had many different eclectic shops-now being strangled by overpriced look-alike women's clothing shops of no distinction. Street parking can be crazy along 4th Avenue. There is an underground parking lot in the 2200 block under Capers Market (east of Safeway).
  • Broadway makes for nice walking and shopping and has mature trees that line the street. Broadway has a fine mix of stores and it's here that you will find the heart of the Greek community, featuring several Greek bakeries, coffee shops and restaurants.

Eat

The Kitsilano area has one of the highest densities of restaurants you will find anywhere. There are a huge number of restaurants of virtually every ethnic food you could imagine. Most of them are along 4th Avenue, Yew Street, Broadway or Cornwall Ave.

Budget

  • Aoki Sushi, 1888 W. Broadway, (Tel: 604-731-5577) Fabulous family run Sushi place-excellent value. Authentic Japanese atmosphere.
  • Capers Community Market, 3 Locations: 1675 Robson Street (Tel: 604-687-5288), 2285 West 4th Avenue (Tel: 604-739-6676), 2496 Marine Drive (Tel: 604-925-3316). Open Mon-Sat 8:00a.m.-10:00p.m. Sun 8:00a.m.-9:00p.m. High end organic grocery store featuring a veggie buffet take away or eat in.
  • Thai Terrace, 2872 West Broadway (Tel. 604-738-2824). Excellent Thai food in a small casual setting that gets a lot of take-out business. Lunch specials run around $5-6 with dinner entres in the $7-10 range.
  • Planet Veg, 1941 Cornwall Avenue (Tel: 604-734-1001).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 $4 - $8 range.
  • East is East*, 3243 W. Broadway, Vancouver (Tel: 604.734.5881) A interesting concept that sometimes works-low shared tables wailing Asian music in a carpeted room.Decent Chai to go-Indian/Tibetan/Paki/Iranian food. Noteable for abusive management and apathetic staff sometimes the food is worthwile.

Mid-range

  • Annapurna, 1812 West 4th Ave. (Tel: 604-736-5959). Open daily for Lunch and Dinner. Ancient grubby decor is quite depressing however their exclusively vegetarian Indian food is great when the kitchen is firing on all cylinders. Expect to spend between $10 and $15 per person.
  • Chianti's is another student favourite on 4th Avenue, serving underwhelming pasta dishes for only $6.95 on Mondays and Tuesdays. The same dishes will cost you around $10-12 on any other day.
  • The Eatery, 3431 West Broadway. A fusion Japanese restaurant. The food is anything Japanese with a North American twist to it. The crowd can best be described as your 20-30 year old Ultimate player or University student.
  • Land of Green Ginger, 2967 W Broadway, V6K 2G9. (Tel 604-737-1588). A range of vividly flavoured light meals, mostly organic and vegan, such as wraps and rice bowls ($6.50-$8.50 with a small salad). Try the Jamaican Jerk tofu for a spicy delight. Lattes and chais for $2-3. Five counter seats and one communal table, or take it to go. Warm green and orange decor with buddhist decorations. Mo-Sat 08-20h. Su 10-17h.

Splurge

  • Lumiere, 2551 West Broadway, serves innovative and elegant west coast food with a French flair, master chef Rob Feenie operates both the up-scale Lumiere restaurant and the more economical bistro and bar called Feenie's right next door. Prices for a dinner for two range upward of $200 at Lumiere, but you can dine for under $30 per person at Feenie's.

Drink

There are a few nightclubs in Kits, but most of the nightclubs in Vancouver are Downtown.

  • Nevermind, 3293 West Fourth Ave (Tel: 604-222-0023).Rather ordinary setting with a standard selection of tap beer, martinis.

Sleep

There are not many hotels in the Kitsilano area. People tend to stay Downtown.

  • HI Vancouver (Jericho Beach), 1515 Discovery St. (Tel: 604-224-3208). Open 24hrs May 1 - Sep 30. Located 100m from the beach and between UBC campus and downtown. Beautiful and quiet park setting but the 20-25min bus ride downtown leaves some feeling isolated. $18 - $22+ for a bed in the dorm.

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