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It may seem strange to call Cloud 9 a hidden gem. The restaurant – a giant, UFO-shaped disc – sits atop the Empire Landmark Hotel in downtown Vancouver. It’s 42 storeys up and visible from just about everywhere in the city.
But I’ve never met anyone who’s actually been inside.
Cloud 9 is, of course, no ordinary restaurant: It’s a (drumroll, please) revolving restaurant. As you eat, the entire dining room ever so slowly spins around. Back when the hotel first opened in 1973, this was no doubt the kind of futuristic thing – like Space Needles and TV dinners – that was all the rage. Vancouverites would have lined up to experience fine dining on a giant merry-go-round 400 feet above Robson Street.
With time, however, the novelty must have faded. Today, Cloud 9 remains popular among hotel guests and visiting out-of-towners. But for a whole generation of Vancouverites like me, it has been nearly completely forgotten.
All of which is a shame because it still has possibly the best view in all of Vancouver. Continue reading:
Hidden Gem Alert: Cloud 9 Revolving Restaurant
On a list of Vancouverites’ top complaints – besides rain and public transit prices – is the city’s apparent ruthlessness when it comes to protecting the young settlement’s heritage.
Happily, some homeowners take it upon themselves to preserve Vancouver history and, often, improve upon it. And you can see some of Vancouver’s finest heritage homes on a tour Sunday June 2. More details after the jump. Continue reading:
Heritage Home Tour June 2
Inside Vancouver has partnered with Google to provide Vancouver content for their new Field Trip app (released in Canada today).
About Field Trip
Field Trip is your guide to the cool, hidden, and unique things in the world around you. Field Trip runs in the background on your phone. When you get close to something interesting, it pops up a card with details about the location. No click is required. If you have a headset or bluetooth connected, it can even read the info to you.
604 Neighbourhoods is a weekly series appearing on the Inside Vancouver blog that will feature photos, history, and information about some of the city’s most distinct communities. Today’s feature is Coal Harbour, on the north side of the West End, where the Burrard Inlet meets Stanley Park and downtown Vancouver.
604 Neighbourhoods: Coal Harbour