Los Angeles, with its relentless heat, requires an escape from time to time. In fact our seasonal shifts offers little indication regarding what time of the year we’re in. Sometimes the only way to gauge winter’s passage is a cool breeze and sparse hours of sunlight. With our Northern neighbors warming up and the dread of California’s dry and arid summers surfacing to mind, I packed my bags for a weekend in our sister city of Vancouver.

Vancouver at first glance appears as a cool coastal city composed of super sleek sky scrapers and waterfront views that will often leave your mouth agape with wonder. But after a few days biking around the city, I found that Vancouver blended a perfect balance between the Scandinavian quality of life with the West Coast wellness and leisure.

The city, much like Copenhagen, is walkable from one end to the other. Nature adventures and the thrills of city life are equally accessible, and often not a far walk, bike, or hop in a cab from each other. The culture surrounding sustainability, conscious conservation draws a strong parallel to Northern California’s own, and the wellness community and fitness lifestyle rivals Los Angeles. The restaurant scene emphasizes a focus on locally sourced ingredients and tap on chefs to create unique and innovative dishes to capture the flavor of the region.

What to see:
Vancouver is home to some of North America’s most stunning landscapes, and our favorite views were caught from a bird’s eye view angle.

Harbour Air Seaplanes  – The seaplane tour was one of my favorite in-flight experiences. The intimate

Sea-to-Sky Gondola –

Where to Shop:
One of a Few – A carefully curated boutique with a list of emerging designers spanning from cities like Stockholm to Silverlake, California. They carry pieces by Ganni, Rachel Comey, Mari Giudicelli, and Base Range.
Oak and Fort – A contemporary clothing store from Vancouver that sells timeless, minimalist pieces with high street prices. A go to shop for fans of The Row and Mansur Gavriel.
Hey Jude – A vintage shop carrying repurposed pieces tailored to modern trends. Think creamy beige silks, high-waisted Levi’s, and mules with a wooden stack.
Neighbor Woman – A multi brand designer store with a street wear flare tailored to the downtown cool girl, carrying labels like Maison Margiela, Acne Studios and Sophie Buhai.

Where to eat:

Botanist – The newcomer in Vancouver located inside Fairmont Pacific Rim. The interior design is set to a backdrop of millennial pink with mid-century furnishing.
Miku – This is a treat yourself dinner with views along the waterfront. Miku is Vancouver’s most praised Japanese restaurant that approaches sushi in an  innovative way by combining traditional techniques with modern references from around the world.
Savio Volpe – A highlight of my trip was tasting the house made pasta at Savio Volpe. This beautiful sun rinsed osteria has a seasonal menu inspired by the local produce.
Birds and the Beets – A vegan cafe cum flower shop with a West Village vibe.

Where to drink:
L’abbatoir – An industrial restaurant centrally located in Gastown, that serves fresh and innovative cocktails infused with herbal and floral flavors.
Matchstick Coffee – A cozy coffee shop that proudly serves in-house roasts and blends.
Revolver Coffee – A buzzy spot for regulars and traveling coffee aficionados known for perfectly foamed milk and excellent latte art.

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