Happy Sunday everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve made a travel related blog post, and to be honest I’ve missed it! Now that I’m here on the West Coast, I’m hoping to do a lot more traveling during my down time. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of going to Vancouver, British Columbia for the day with my parents. We didn’t end up spending much time since we planned on returning to Seattle the same day, but I made sure to get the most of my short time there. For anyone who has a layover in Vancouver or if you’re looking for some cool places to hit up and eat some awesome food along the way, this one’s for you!
If you haven’t heard of Erin Ireland, you need to go and follow her Instagram right this second! Erin is the founder of To Die For Fine Foods, a baking company based out of Vancouver. She’s known for her vegan lemon loaf, which is honestly out of this world. Once we got in to the city, I made sure to hit up one of the cafes she supplies with her products. We made our way to Dalina, a cafe and grocery store that carries the famous lemon loaf. I made sure to snag a slice as well as order a turmeric latte with almond milk. Lemon loaf is not known to be the most exciting treat, but in all honesty this was the best lemon loaf I’ve ever had in my life. It was filled with shredded coconut and poppy seeds, was both dense and moist, and had a great hit of lemon. Dalina’s itself is a great spot, I love the fact that they have a grocery store in the back of the cafe, perfect if you’re looking for something to go!
In case you didn’t just want to eat the entire time while in Vancouver and actually see some attractions, I’m also including some place to visit while in the area! Stanley Park is a must! It’s a huge park that has something to see/do for everyone. You could totally spend the day walking through the area, but if you didn’t have much time I would suggest heading over to Brockton Point Lighthouse. You get a bit of a view of the city, but it’s great if you want to be close to the water and see the mountains. If you like, pack a picnic and find a spot by the beach area there!
If you’re pressed for time try to go to Gastown and Chinatown while in Vancouver. They’re right next door to one another and theres a lot of great spots to shop around. If you’re into thrift shopping, there’s a great vintage store called Community Thrift & Vintage that has a lot of great pieces that are not out of wack when it comes to pricing. If you find yourself in Chinatown there are tons of great hipster cafes (which you wouldn’t expect) and grocery stores.
It was a struggle picking out where we were going to eat lunch when we visited Vancouver. After a long debate, we decided to head over to Gastown and try MeeT. MeeT has several locations in the city, and is a 100% plant based restaurant. MeeT serves classic American dishes like burgers, sandwiches, and fries, but offers healthier options like rice bowls and salads. I went for the Mighty Mac Burger, which as you guessed, is a burger that has freaking mac n’ cheese oozing out of it! This was an amazing burger and was surprised with how creamy the mac n’ cheese was. Although it was huge, I didn’t feel gross or heavy after eating it. I also loved that it came with both a salad and fries so I didn’t have to do that awkward thing with the waiter where I ponder if I should be healthy or not.
It seems like everyone I follow on social media who’s from Vancouver can’t get enough of Umaluma gelato. Now going into this place I’ve had Frankie and Jo’s which you know is in my opinion, the best ice cream in the world. But I wasn’t going to pass up an opportunity for ice cream, especially on this particular day where the sun was out and beating down on me. Umaluma has a great selection of flavours, but I went for their pistachio since you can never go wrong with that. My parents went for the mocha toffee flavour, and I actually ended up switching with them since theirs had that rich coffee flavour I can’t get enough of. Overall, their ice cream was creamy and packed some great taste. Do read the ingredients carefully since some flavours do contain honey!
Although it was a short trip, Vancouver left quite an impression on me. From the spectacular views to the mouthwatering vegan food, this city is definitely worth checking out (even if it’s just for 5 hours)! I hope you found this post helpful if you’re planning on visiting, and if not maybe you’ll add this beautiful city to your list of places to visit!