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East Van Groovy Pad Guidebook

Tim

East Van Groovy Pad Guidebook

Food Scene
Famous BC Burger chain restaurant.
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White Spot
1476 Kingsway
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Famous BC Burger chain restaurant.
Excellent Dim Sum.
Dai Tung Chinese Seafood Restaurant
1050 108 Kingsway
Excellent Dim Sum.
Affordable Hong Kong style food. Good Won Ton Soup (I mean, look at what it's called!)
Hoy's Wonton House
1202 Kingsway
Affordable Hong Kong style food. Good Won Ton Soup (I mean, look at what it's called!)
They seem to be under new management and have remodelled. They still have great Hot and Sour Soup. Decadent crispy noodle chow mein, and more... but the prices have crept up a bit.
Ken's Kitchen
1097 Kingsway
They seem to be under new management and have remodelled. They still have great Hot and Sour Soup. Decadent crispy noodle chow mein, and more... but the prices have crept up a bit.
It's a Twin Peaks- themed vegetarian bar and restaurant. Small, odd, delightful and resonant.
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The Black Lodge
317 E Broadway
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It's a Twin Peaks- themed vegetarian bar and restaurant. Small, odd, delightful and resonant.
Excellent Dosas and South Asian food.
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House Of Dosas
1391 Kingsway
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Excellent Dosas and South Asian food.
Beloved French Bistro. Excellent.
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Les Faux Bourgeois
663 E 15th Ave
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Beloved French Bistro. Excellent.
Excellent and popular Mexican Joint. Authentic and yummy.
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Sal y Limón
701 Kingsway
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Excellent and popular Mexican Joint. Authentic and yummy.
Good Chewy NYC-style pizza. No delivery, but they sell by the slice or whole pizzas for takeaway. You can eat in.
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Straight Outta Brooklyn NYC Pizzeria
701 Kingsway
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Good Chewy NYC-style pizza. No delivery, but they sell by the slice or whole pizzas for takeaway. You can eat in.
Excellent and super-popular hipster coffee joint.
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Matchstick Fraser Street
639 E 15th Ave
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Excellent and super-popular hipster coffee joint.
Excellent Vietnamese cuisine. Go for Pho!
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Green Lemongrass
1086 Kingsway
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Excellent Vietnamese cuisine. Go for Pho!
NERD HEAVEN! it's a D&D, pop culture restaurant with events and a full supply of games to play.
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Storm Crow Tavern
1305 Commercial Dr
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NERD HEAVEN! it's a D&D, pop culture restaurant with events and a full supply of games to play.
Cool Vibe in the Hastings Sunrise neighbourhood. Great nachos.
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Jackalope's Neighbourhood Dive Bar
2257 E Hastings St
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Cool Vibe in the Hastings Sunrise neighbourhood. Great nachos.
Cool Hot Dogs, great wings, pinball and a pop culture vibe.
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What's Up? Hot Dog!
2481 E Hastings St
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Cool Hot Dogs, great wings, pinball and a pop culture vibe.
Bustling Italian eatery. A bit more high end, with delicious food. Very popular place.
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Osteria Savio Volpe
615 Kingsway
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Bustling Italian eatery. A bit more high end, with delicious food. Very popular place.
Old School Chinatown Bakery and Diner.
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New Town Bakery & Restaurant
148 E Pender St
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Old School Chinatown Bakery and Diner.
Honest to god authentic old diner. The food is fine, they have alcohol. There are jukeboxes in the booths. I have been coming here since the '80's, and it was old back then.
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Helen's Grill
4102 Main St
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Honest to god authentic old diner. The food is fine, they have alcohol. There are jukeboxes in the booths. I have been coming here since the '80's, and it was old back then.
Great shop on the nearby busy corner. Usually busy.
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Pallet Coffee Roasters
1398 Kingsway
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Great shop on the nearby busy corner. Usually busy.
Delicious Szechuan food. Not too far to dine in and they also deliver. The tan tan noodles and ginger beef are favourites here.
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ChongQing on Commercial
2808 Commercial Drive
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Delicious Szechuan food. Not too far to dine in and they also deliver. The tan tan noodles and ginger beef are favourites here.
Hey. It's just Domino's, so the pizza might not light your world on fire... but it IS right around the corner.
Domino's Pizza
1254 Kingsway
Hey. It's just Domino's, so the pizza might not light your world on fire... but it IS right around the corner.
Excellent "Greek Canadian" style place. That means the pizza is very cheesy and yummy. Not too close, but worth going to, and they also deliver.
Neighbour's Restaurant & Pizza House
6493 Victoria Dr
Excellent "Greek Canadian" style place. That means the pizza is very cheesy and yummy. Not too close, but worth going to, and they also deliver.
Nice, dark pizza restaurant. They also deliver.
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Martini's
151 W Broadway
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Nice, dark pizza restaurant. They also deliver.
If you go to Steveston, you should probably have the excellent fish and chips here... right on the dock!
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Pajo's Fish and Chips
12351 3 Avenue
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If you go to Steveston, you should probably have the excellent fish and chips here... right on the dock!
Feel like pigging out on massive dishes of delicious pasta? This is the place. You might have to wait in line.... I recommend lunch, as long as you're willing to have a nap, later.
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Anton's Pasta Bar
4260 Hastings St
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Feel like pigging out on massive dishes of delicious pasta? This is the place. You might have to wait in line.... I recommend lunch, as long as you're willing to have a nap, later.
Plenty of craft brew taps, yummy food, and sports screens in a big airy space. Lots to recommend, here!
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Bells and Whistles
3296 Fraser St
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Plenty of craft brew taps, yummy food, and sports screens in a big airy space. Lots to recommend, here!
Remodelled and bright, old-school Chinatown. Fesh and delish!
Jade Dynasty Restaurant
137 E Pender St
Remodelled and bright, old-school Chinatown. Fesh and delish!
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Bandidas Taqueria
2781 Commercial Dr
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Parks & Nature
"Non-official" dog park by the school. Playground... big trees.
Sunnyside Park
"Non-official" dog park by the school. Playground... big trees.
Trout Lake is a lovely "official" dog park and has lots to offer.
John Hendry Park (Trout Lake Park)
Trout Lake is a lovely "official" dog park and has lots to offer.
Small buy groovy counter culture beach park, right downtown. Excellent views, great vibe.
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CRAB Park at Portside
101 E Waterfront Rd
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Small buy groovy counter culture beach park, right downtown. Excellent views, great vibe.
Don't feel like going downtown to Stanley Park, but want to walk many kms of lovely trials though tall tall trees? Head up Kingsway to Central Park. There's lots here, including ducks and squirrels galore.
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Central Park
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Don't feel like going downtown to Stanley Park, but want to walk many kms of lovely trials though tall tall trees? Head up Kingsway to Central Park. There's lots here, including ducks and squirrels galore.
You won't believe you are only a half hour drive out of Vancouver. Lovely estuary bird park with hiking trails!
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George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary
5191 Robertson Rd
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You won't believe you are only a half hour drive out of Vancouver. Lovely estuary bird park with hiking trails!
Here's an awesome East Van park, with magnificent views, a beach, a dog area, open spaces, and grand vistas. In the summer there's a public outdoor pool.
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New Brighton Park beach
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Here's an awesome East Van park, with magnificent views, a beach, a dog area, open spaces, and grand vistas. In the summer there's a public outdoor pool.
Essentials
Full-size Grocery Store, walking distance.
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Save-On-Foods
1403 E King Edward Ave
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Full-size Grocery Store, walking distance.
Pretty good grocery store down at Kingsgate Mall.
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Buy-Low Foods
370 E Broadway
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Pretty good grocery store down at Kingsgate Mall.
Famous Foods is a couple blocks past the Save On, but we use it a lot. It's a smaller, old-school neighbourhood grocery store. It focusses on healthier options and imported food, but isn't extra expensive. You'll find organic choices, vegan options, etc.
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Famous Foods
1595 Kingsway
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Famous Foods is a couple blocks past the Save On, but we use it a lot. It's a smaller, old-school neighbourhood grocery store. It focusses on healthier options and imported food, but isn't extra expensive. You'll find organic choices, vegan options, etc.
Drinks & Nightlife
It's a cozy place with screens and nachos. The "local". They also have a liquor store.
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Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood Pub
3728 Clark Dr
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It's a cozy place with screens and nachos. The "local". They also have a liquor store.
They have indie acts and Kitty Nights Burlesque here. It's a dark, red velvet room. Very Groovy!
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Biltmore Cabaret
2755 Prince Edward St
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They have indie acts and Kitty Nights Burlesque here. It's a dark, red velvet room. Very Groovy!
Funky place at the edge of Gastown, near Crab Park and the Police Museum. Many taps of good beer. Nice food.
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Alibi Room
157 Alexander St
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Funky place at the edge of Gastown, near Crab Park and the Police Museum. Many taps of good beer. Nice food.
Vancouver's oldest and most punk rock craft brewery. Excellent beer!
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Storm Brewing LTD.
310 Commercial Dr
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Vancouver's oldest and most punk rock craft brewery. Excellent beer!
A fun Irish pub. Sometimes they have live music. Recommended.
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Johnnie Fox's Irish Snug
1033 Granville St
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A fun Irish pub. Sometimes they have live music. Recommended.
It's a lovely old Canadian Serviceman's Club. They have a great old British Style Pub, and meat draws, and weekly Prime Rib dinners. A hidden gem.
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 176
1407 Laburnum St
It's a lovely old Canadian Serviceman's Club. They have a great old British Style Pub, and meat draws, and weekly Prime Rib dinners. A hidden gem.
Yeah... a dark and secret Tiki Bar. Serious alcohol. Sometimes there's go-go dancers, or live music, or movies. This is fun!
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The Shameful Tiki Room
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Yeah... a dark and secret Tiki Bar. Serious alcohol. Sometimes there's go-go dancers, or live music, or movies. This is fun!
Wonderf secret hole-in-the-wall. It has a dark red roon, and a fun secret patio. Good Nachos, no screens!
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The Narrow Lounge
1898 Main St
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Wonderf secret hole-in-the-wall. It has a dark red roon, and a fun secret patio. Good Nachos, no screens!
Awesome and popular craft brewery in a low rent neighbourhood. Excellent.
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Parallel 49 Brewing Company
1950 Triumph St
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Awesome and popular craft brewery in a low rent neighbourhood. Excellent.
Excellent beer with a small tasting room.
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Bomber Brewing
1488 Adanac St
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Excellent beer with a small tasting room.
Entertainment & Activities
Fantastic Theatre with live acts, new movies, second run films, late night shows, burlesque, shows comedy shows, and a LIQUOR LICENSE!
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Rio Theatre
1660 E Broadway
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Fantastic Theatre with live acts, new movies, second run films, late night shows, burlesque, shows comedy shows, and a LIQUOR LICENSE!
Forbidden Vancouver offers a variety of EXCELLENT walking tours downtown. I should know, I am one of their guides. Look at their website forbiddenvancouver.ca to check it out. Guests at my place should ask me for a code to get a 20% discount!
Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours
207 W Hastings St
Forbidden Vancouver offers a variety of EXCELLENT walking tours downtown. I should know, I am one of their guides. Look at their website forbiddenvancouver.ca to check it out. Guests at my place should ask me for a code to get a 20% discount!
Getting Around
This is Vancouver's bike share system. They have stations all over the city, especially on the bike routes. They also have day and month passes available. This station at 14th and Main is close to us, about a 20 minute walk. There's another down the hill at Glen and Broadway. Check their website because they are opening new stations all the time. https://www.mobibikes.ca/
Mobi Bike Station
201 E 14th Ave
This is Vancouver's bike share system. They have stations all over the city, especially on the bike routes. They also have day and month passes available. This station at 14th and Main is close to us, about a 20 minute walk. There's another down the hill at Glen and Broadway. Check their website because they are opening new stations all the time. https://www.mobibikes.ca/
Arts & Culture
Funky museum with an "true crime" vibe. It includes the original city morgue.
Vancouver Police Museum & Archives
240 E Cordova St
Funky museum with an "true crime" vibe. It includes the original city morgue.
It's up at the University, and worth the trip. Amazing artifacts and genuine, authentic BC Aboriginal totems and carvings, plus mountains of world anthropological stuff. Close to the trail down to Wreck Beach.
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Museum of Anthropology
6393 NW Marine Dr
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It's up at the University, and worth the trip. Amazing artifacts and genuine, authentic BC Aboriginal totems and carvings, plus mountains of world anthropological stuff. Close to the trail down to Wreck Beach.
Amazing historical site that is also a Museum. Learn how poor people worked really hard so that the world could enjoy BC Salmon.
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Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
12138 Fourth Ave
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Amazing historical site that is also a Museum. Learn how poor people worked really hard so that the world could enjoy BC Salmon.