Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 9 Sutton Place

I luckily chose one of the sunny days to be a tourist this week and hopped off the Trolley at Stop #9, the Sutton Place, to explore what the bustling corner of Burrard and Robson had to offer.

As it happened to be just before noon, I happily stopped for lunch at the now infamous Japa Dog Hot Dog Stand, on the corner of Smithe and Burrard, in front of the Sutton Place Hotel. Japa Dog offers a wide range of selection from your normal hot dog to delicious bratwurst plus combinations, and has quite the local following. As there is often a line down the street for this stand, I expected to be waiting quite some time but must have just missed the lunch crowd.

The pub you see in the background, The Winking Judge, is a great neighbourhood English pub if you’re looking for somewhere to grab a pint, too. They have traditional English art up on the walls and even have a pool table on premises, a rarity in the downtown core.

My next stop was to the Canadian music superstore, HMV. This location offers three floors of multimedia products, with everything from DVDs, CDs (and records), entertainment related books and accessories spanning the premises. Right next door to HMV is the Vancouver filming and office location of CTV, Canada’s largest private broadcaster, which is also the most-watched network in Canada for the past nine years. CTV was very involved in last year’s 2010 Winter Olympic Games and even had an Olympic Store on site.

Directly across the street from HMV is Canada’s iconic apparel store, Roots. Known for their Canadian culture, made-in-Canada products and comfortable clothing, Roots is a household product and name. However, I was admittedly more interested in their neighbouring store, the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Having lived in California previously, I’m very picky about my caramel apples (Disneyland’s are hard to beat) but was pleasantly surprised when I bit into my first treat from RMCF. What makes it even better? They’re willing to slice the apples for you so you can avoid the messiness that usually ensues when trying to eat an apple on a stick.

The rest of Robson street awaits…

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