By Jennifer Patterson
Laid-back Kitsilano (Kits, to locals), on Vancouver’s west side, offers block after block of stores and restaurants on tree-lined West 4th Avenue. Not sure where to start? Here’s a narrowed-down two-street stretch, from Yew to Maple, to whet your appetite.
Arrive hungry, leave satisfied: this may as well be the neighbourhood motto. Bishop’s sets the bar for upscale regional cuisine, while Bistro Pastis pays homage to Old World French fare. Head to Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe or Joe’s Grill for a casual brunch. Settle in at Hell’s Kitchen or The Bimini for late-night cocktails and craft beers. Recharge with a cuppa joe at cozy Kits Coffee Co. or chic 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters.
Shop away at guys-only Ray Rickburn, hipster-haunt Urban Outfitters or Canadian-fave Roots. Outdoor enthusiasts grab gear at North Face, Gumdrops and Icebreaker; fitness-focused kids and adults stop by Ivviva and Lululemon; and water-lovers make a splash at Swimco and La Vie en Rose Aqua.
Souvenir sourcing comes easy at Purdy’s Chocolates and Briers Home & Gift. For hard-to-find treats visit The Candy Aisle.
From downtown cross Burrard St. Bridge to West 4th Avenue, or catch the Canada Line SkyTrain to Olympic Village Station and take Bus #84 west to Burrard.