How long have you been a Vancouverite? All of my life. I moved away for periods of time but Vancouver’s always been home.
Baker and owner of Beaucoup Bakery. I was previously a designer and owner of a small design firm.
Best way to meet new people in the city: Smile.
Favourite Vancouver neighbourhood:
Granville Island. Before I went to pastry school in Paris, when the dream to open a bakery was just a budding thought in my head, I went there every weekend. Food markets have always inspired me and tend to bring me back to myself.
Best itinerary for 24 hours in Vancouver:
There are way too many things to eat and do in Vancouver, but if I had an out-of-town friend in for a day, I would do the following so that I could fit in as much eating as possible, with the least amount of commuting:
Start the day with coffee and a double baked almond croissant either at at Thomas Haas or Beaucoup Bakery. Go a few doors down to Vancouver Olive Oil Company to check out their amazing selection of oils and balsamic vinegar. Meander around Granville Island, sampling, tasting and seeing. Rest by the water with a matcha latté from Granville Island Tea Company, and then pick up charcuterie from Oyama Sausage, cheese from Benton Brothers Fine Cheese, and bread at Terra Breads. For lunch, we’d walk over to Go Fish for some tacones, and after that, we’d walk a little further along the water to Kitsilano Beach to work it off. After that, we’d drive to Lighthouse Park for a forest walk, and then snack on our Granville Island treats while looking at the sunset over the water. On the way back to Vancouver, we’d stop at La Régalade French Bistro and share the tomato tart, any of their main dishes, and the île flottante for our first dinner stop. For dinner number two, we’d stop at Minami in Yaletown, as sushi is a must in Vancouver. This would be followed by late night wine and drinks at Salt Tasting Room or Uva Wine Bar. After all of this, bed!
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