Thursday, November 12, 2015

Enjoy a short trip to this waterfront city for
a song.
Vancouver can be an expensive city, but there are ways to
keep daily expenses low.
The big advantage for Americans is the favorable
exchange rate.
One Canadian dollar equals $0.75, which makes it seem like you
get a 25 percent discount on anything you buy.
Here's our plan for spending a
weekend there without breaking the bank.
Saturday: Whirlwind Overview Fuel up for your day at Tim Hortons, the
ubiquitous Canadian fast-food cafe.
The coffee is strong ($1.47 for a large)
and the breakfast options substantial, such as the Bagel B.E.L.T.
with bacon,
egg, lettuce, tomato, and cheese ($2.86).
Once you've got your energy going,
the Stanley Park Seawall is a must for its incredible views of the city's
natural beauty, and access is free.
You can walk, run, or bike the roughly 5.5
mile paved trail, which follows the water and offers vistas of the mountains,
trees, and dramatic rock formations.
Come lunchtime, Meat & Bread in Gastown is a foodie sandwich shop with
an enthusiastic following.
You can sit in the industrial-chic dining space and
enjoy a porchetta sandwich ($7) at the communal table or bar
Afterwards, head to Chinatown: The first big wave of Chinese
immigrants into Vancouver settled into Shanghai and Canton Alleys between 1890
and 1920.
Today, the Chinese make up a high percentage of the city's
You can explore the cradle of this ethnic group in Chinatown and
browse through exotic markets and stores.
Asian cuisines are big in Vancouver, so for dinner, grab a seat at Marutama
Ra-Men, which specalizes in the chicken broth-based noodle soup. This is a
popular spot in the West End, so get there early to avoid the line out the
door, and try the original Marutama Ra-Men for $7.
There's still time to sight-see in the evening. H.R.
MacMillan Space Centre
charges an entrance fee, but you can visit the Observatory next door for free
(or choose to give a donation) from 8 p.m.
to 12 a.m.
on Saturdays.
You can
look at the stars up close via a half-meter Cassegrain telescope and ask
questions of the knowledgeable staff.
Sunday: The Great Outdoors Ease into the day at JJ Bean, a local,
family-owned coffee roasting company with several popular café locations
around Vancouver.
You can get a large coffee for $2 and a breakfast chorizo
wrap for $5.50.
To save on lunch, grab a ready-to-eat meal for less than $8 at
a Safeway downtown—they offer a wide variety of options, from fresh-fish
sushi to fried chicken—then make your way to Lynn Canyon, a free park about
a half-hour drive, or an hour bus ride, from downtown.
You can marvel at
rushing water below while standing on the suspension bridge and hike through
trails along pine-scented forest and a tranquil lake, then settle down for
lunch in the park.
Later in the day, the Granville Island Public Market is worth a stroll for
culinary inspiration.
There are beautiful local, artisanal, and handcrafted
items on display, such as cured meats, specialty cheeses, and baked
Make your way to Canada Place, a landmark in Coal Harbour with lovely
panoramic views of the water and mountains.
You can watch the boats, rowers,
and sea planes go by.
In the evening, get a taste of authentic Cantonese cuisine at Hon's Wun-Tun
House, a cafeteria-style eatery on busy Robson Street.
You can order a dish of
12 pork, beef, chicken, or vegetable potstickers that are fried, steamed, or
in soup for $5.
Aileen Torres-Bennett covers the Vancouver beat for Travel + Leisure.
her blog at:
How to Enjoy a Short Trip for Less Than $25 a Day

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