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* <eat name="Tojo's" alt="" address="1133 West Broadway" directions="Just east of Alder St" phone="+1-604-872-8050" email="[email protected]" fax="+1-604-872-8060" url="http://www.tojos.com/" hours="Dinner only, Mon-Sat; closed Sun" price="$55-110/person">Serves innovative Japanese cuisine. Try the ''omakase'' menu, where you leave the details of your 5-course meal to the chef's discretion.Since moving to an expensive new location prices have risen astronomically and quality has suffered, service is generally poor and value is doubtful.</eat>
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* <eat name="Tojo's" alt="" address="1133 West Broadway" directions="Just east of Alder St" phone="+1-604-872-8050" email="[email protected]" fax="+1-604-872-8060" url="http://www.tojos.com/" hours="Dinner only, Mon-Sat; closed Sun" price="$100-200/person">Serves innovative Japanese cuisine. Try the ''omakase'' menu, where you leave the details of your 5-course meal to the chef's discretion.Since moving to an expensive new location prices have risen astronomically and quality has suffered, service is generally poor and value is doubtful.</eat>
  
 
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Revision as of 17:34, 6 June 2008

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, South Granville 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

Get in

Kitsilano is well served by Vancouver's 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

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 limited parking in this area, 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 busses (such as #4), or over from Granville Island about 1000m away.

  • H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and Planetarium, 1100 Chestnut Street, +1-604-738-7827 (, fax: +1-604-736-5665), [1]. Tue-Sun 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.
  • Vancouver Museum, 1100 Chestnut Street (in the MacMillan Space Centre building), +1-604-736-4431 (fax: +1-604-736-5417), [2]. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm (Thu until 9pm); 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. Special exhibits: "Levelling the Playing Field: Legacy of Vancouver's Asahi Baseball Team", through November 4, 2007. "Rice is Life", through Jan 1, 2008. "Women's Fashions of La Belle Époque 1890 - 1914", through March 23, 2008. $10+GST, senior or student $8+GST.
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1905 Ogden Avenue, +1-604-257-8300 (fax: +1-604-737-2621), [3]. Summer (Victoria Day - Labour Day): Mon-Sun 10am - 5pm; Winter: Tue-Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 12n - 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.
  • Vanier Park, 1000 Chestnut Street (at Whyte Street, and shoreline of Kits Peninsula), [4]. The beach all around Kits Peninsula, with paved trails for joggers and bikers paralleling it, and some green grass and trees. Stunning views of English Bay, Stanley Park, and downtown.

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

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 guards who monitor beach near the floating dock. Jericho Beach is also a great location to go windsurfing or dingy sailing.
  • Spanish Banks [12] is a set of three sandy beaches 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.A large field behind the beach has been designated as an Off Leash area for dogs and part of the beach as well.
  • 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

  • Sushi Aoki, 1888 W. Broadway, Tel: 604-731-5577. Great little 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 8AM-9PM 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, 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.
  • Ro Sushi Japanese Bistro, 542 West Broadway, +1-604-876-9899, [5]. 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.
  • The NAAM, 2724 West Fourth Avenue, Tel: 604-738-7151, [13]. 24 hour vegetarian restaurant with organic options. Food taken from numerous cooking styles. Some love the Naam, some are disappointed by food and service. $6 - $13. A strong selection of Vegan food. Wine and Beer available.

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.
  • 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.
  • Banana Leaf, 3005 West Broadway (on West Broadway near Carnavon Street, between MacDonald and Balaclava), +1-604-734-3005 (), [6]. 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. This is the Banana Leaf in Kitsilano, not to be confused with their West Broadway or Denman branches. $20/dinner.
  • Tomato fresh food cafe, 2486 Bayswater Street (at Broadway, near MacDonald), +1-604-874-6020 (, fax: +1-604-874-6881), [7]. daily 9am-10pm. Recently moved to the western Kits area after 17 years on Cambie, the newly-remodelled dining area provides a bright setting for beautiful dishes made with organic, local, and ocean-friendly ingredients. Unfortunately, choices for vegetarians are scanty. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served. Dinner entrees $15-30.
  • 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 (), [8]. 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.
  • Aphrodite's Cafe and Pie Shop, 3598 W 4th Ave (On 4th Ave, at Dunbar), +1-604-738-5879 (), [9]. A friendly cafe with a first-class menu that's long on vegetarian, and vegan dishes, filled with locally-grown and organic ingredients. Or try a pie and chai combination. Brunch on Saturday and Sunday is delicious and deservedly crowded, so expect a wait. Lunch and dinner on weekdays. No reservations. Buy pies to go at the pie shop next door.
  • Kamei Royal, 12-601 West 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 Center. dinner $20.

Splurge

  • Tojo's, 1133 West Broadway (Just east of Alder St), +1-604-872-8050 (, fax: +1-604-872-8060), [10]. 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.Since moving to an expensive new location prices have risen astronomically and quality has suffered, service is generally poor and value is doubtful. $100-200/person.

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 lodgings in the Kitsilano area. People tend to stay Downtown.

  • HI Vancouver (Jericho Beach), 1515 Discovery St., Tel: 604-224-3208, [14]. 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.
  • Casa Mora, 4538 West 12th Avenue, +1-800-294-9984 (), [11]. Located on a quiet residential street on the west end of Kitsilano near UBC, and near the 99-B express bus line. There are two B&B rooms, one B&B suite, and a Penthouse Suite that has a full kitchen where you cook your own meals, instead of breakfasts served. $130-250/night, less in off season, week-stay discounts, surcharge for multiple guests per room.

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