Dating in Vancouver can be tough. I get it.
Our city is brimming with awesome activities and taste bud tickling food. Besides finding a date – which I’ll leave to other websites like this one – the difficult part of dating, for some, is choosing where to go and what to do.
Last month I passed along some date night ideas from Vancouver’s west-side. This month I’ll focus on our city’s oh-so-hip middle earth: Mount Pleasant. So, grab a friend, lover or partner-in-life-to-be, get off your tuchas, and explore.
The birthplace of the local species of Vancouver hipster, Homo sapiens Vancouverus instagramicus, Main Street and surrounds has a little something for three types of hipster sub-species: the Artist, the Cyclist and the Foodie.
Meet up at Main Street Skytrain station for an afternoon art crawl. From the station, walk a block north to Basic Inquiry, a studio that specializes in life drawing. After Basic Enquiry, turn around and head back south along Main Street to the Gropps Gallery Collective at 144 East 6th Avenue.
Getting thirsty? Venture another two blocks south and visit the brand-spanking-new craft brew tasting room at 33 Acres Brewing at 15 West 8th Avenue . Sample their 33 Acres of Life or 33 Acres of Ocean beers and then trek east and south a few blocks to Urban Source to pick up some upcycled art supplies. The next couple of stops: the Flower Factory and the Regional Assembly of Text should be conversation starters. End your mini-art crawl at Arts off Main before saying good bye for the evening or perhaps hello again to grab some Jamaican nosh at The Reef or dim sum at Sun Sui Wah.
Nothing screams Mount Pleasant more than a couple pedaling together on one of Vancouver’s ubiquitous bike routes. Before you head out on a Mount Pleasant bike date, take your bicycletta in for a tune up at Bikes for All at 112 East 7th Avenue – impress your fellow cyclist with your newly greased chains and fully functional brakes. Head up to the Queen Elizabeth Park Pitch & Putt via the Ontario bike route for a game of golf.
After imitating Nicholson and Palmer, pedal back north to Main and East 15th Avenue to Burgoo. Park your bikes next to the patio and grab a bowl of something awesome. May I suggest crab bisque and burgoo biscuits washed down with big glass Parallel 49 Seedspitter? Après dinner, enjoy Main Street people watching as the sun gently sets and you both plot your next move.
Every Wednesday night the Main Street Farmer’s Market takes place in Thornton Park, in front of Pacific Central Station. From 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. you can buy fresh, local produce, pedal-delivered micro-greens and handcrafted chocolates. Meet your date on a Wednesday evening for a mid-week grocery shop and dinner date to assess how much of a locavore he/she is.
After the farmer’s market head north along Main Street to Campagnolo for Market Wednesdays. Each hump day, Campagnolo chefs shop at the market in the afternoon and starting at 5:00 p.m. market fresh features are added to the menu.
For example, my Market Wednesday meal included: a pizza with local potatoes and onions on top, tagliatelle topped with fresh broccolini, tomatoes, Sloping Hills pork lardons and chilies. Dessert was a luscious combination of ultra-delicate Tulameen raspberries from Gabriola Island, a cream sauce and chef-made gluten free wafers. Now this is a date that’s great for your belly and your local farming community.
Where is your favourite Mount Pleasant date place? Share your Main Street dating tips in the comments section below.