As of today I’ve officially been living in Vancouver for two weeks! While I’m missing Toronto and all the awesome people that grew to become some of my closest friends over the last six years, I’m happy to be home with my actual family again. While it’s a little bit weird to be back, there’s definitely a feeling of nostalgia that comes along with being home.
As the holidays grow near I’m working full time and barely have time to blog, but I wanted to put together a Need-to-know list—à la Vancouver. From the brunch spot I tried this week to my new favourite shop and nail salon, here’s what I’m currently coveting this week in Vancouver.
1. Nelson the Seagull: Went to this lovely little gem in gastown for breakfast with my best friend last weekend and it was everything. The avocado toast lived up to my standards for sure. It’s also a good spot to pick up a quick coffee.
2. Estée Lalonde: My boyfriend would probably laugh if he saw this one. Estée Lalonde is definitely my most FAVOURITE person in life. Once you start watching her Youtube videos you won’t be able to stop. Her personality is infectious. I almost cried when I saw this feature in Darling’s latest issue because it’s just so damn perfect.
3. Hymn For The Weekend: This song by Coldplay featuring Queen Béy in the background is currently on repeat in my Apple Music lineup.
4. Joyride: A really cool new nail salon that opened in Kits which I will be sure to check out in the next week. Nail art is encouraged and I will be trying that bad-ass mini triangle deco featured in the intro image.
5. 720 Sweets: If you know what’s good for you then you will check this new soft serve shop out. I like to think of this place as the Sweet Jesus of Vancouver. Order the Honey 720, a delicious combination of soft serve, rich honey drizzle and sweet golden honeycomb topped with a ghostly nitrogen gas smoke for a wow-all display.
6. Wildebeest: A new(ish) Gastown favourite. After going here this week with a friend I can safely say it’s a 10/10. Try their daily charcuterie board to start and order the Roasted Chicketta with crispy cauliflower and puffed rice as your main. For dessert opt for the Cereal Milk Ice Cream served with caramel popcorn and vanilla meringue.
7. Eastwood Cycle: The next workout class on my list. The trendy gastown spin sanctuary offers a number of classes at different levels, from The Icon (music based, set your own tension) to The Cyclist, which is 75 minute intense number for true spin-class devotees.
8. Le Marché St. George: This charming café and general store operated by Janaki Larsen has become an integral part of the Riley Park area. The shop has a little something for everyone—it acts as the perfect lunch spot to meet with friends, a general store where you can pick up fresh produce and pantry staples, and it’s also a place to pick up rustic home goods and gifts. What more could you want?
All images are courtesy of Instagram.