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Art Gallery
“Stunning exhibitions of contemporary and historic artwork alike, the Vancouver Art Gallery never ceases to amaze, and is always a great way to spend a rainy afternoon.”
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Museum
“In Vanier Park near Burrard Bridge, the Museum of Vancouver is a large institution devoted to all things Vancouver. It covers the city history from the first Coast Salish communities to Japantown, Kitsilano hippie days, and urban development. Other worthwhile museums and centers​ are within a short walk, including the HR MacMillan Space Centre with its planetarium, an observatory, and the waterfront Maritime Museum, where splendid views capture English Bay with the North Shore mountains beyond. ”
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Cuban Restaurant
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“Restaurant and bar, great patio for people watching on the Drive. Comedy/live entertainment at nights.”
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Brewery
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“This industrial part of town, is up and coming. If you want to discover some spots that even some Vancouver locals don't know about, walk along Powell street during the afternoon. ”
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Coffee Shop
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“Get the gibraltar here! Or a pour over. They take their coffee seriously and the room has lots of tables for working on your laptop at.”
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Art Gallery
“The Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) is a non-profit public art gallery dedicated to the research, exhibition, education and documentation of contemporary visual art as it is practiced locally through to internationally. It aspires to generate significant audiences for its innovative and diverse programmes through free access and a profile that is international in scope. The CAG is the longest standing independent public art gallery dedicated to presenting contemporary visual art in Vancouver. They deliver between ten and twenty exciting exhibitions and off-site projects each year, provide an extensive range of learning and public programs for adults, families and children, offer a series of residencies for Canadian and international artists directly contributing to the local scene, and publish insightful catalogues that create a lasting legacy of exhibited work- all while offering all of our programs free of charge through an admission by donation policy. They believe that access to, enjoyment of and engagement with contemporary art and the surrounding debates should be available and open to all.”
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Restaurant
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“A great local restaurant that features live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The menu offers items for all tastes. ”
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Art Gallery
“Showcasing a gorgeous collection made by Canadian artist Bill Reid and other First Nations artists, the gallery is one of the few places in the city where you can truly explore the artistic history of Canada. From gorgeous art pieces carved out in stones, paintings, sketches, totem poles, abstract figurines along with fine pieces of gold and silver jewelry, the place offers something of interest for everyone. Highlights include: Reid’s bronze masterpiece Gold and silver jewelry pieces Totem pole carved by James Hart of Haida Gwaii”
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Café
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“One of my favourite coffee shops for meeting people and working. The food is good, the staff are friendly, they have ambient music playing in the background oh and hey project movies on the walls.”
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Art Gallery
“The beautiful brand new Polygon Gallery exhibits contemporary art, with a focus on photography, emphasizing contemporary Canadian art within the context of historical and international art”
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Art Gallery
“google Jane Ellison and try out a Boing class for a unique dance experience”
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Flower Shop
“Lovely flower shop! We love their creative terrariums. If you are visiting a loved one in the city, this is a great spot for a custom handmade bouquet!”
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Art Gallery
“A glass of wine and a blank canvas. Head here to get a unique experience where you can enjoy the energy of Yaletown and paint all while enjoying some drinks!”
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Art Gallery
“Contemporary Fine Art. Walk along that strip and visit many art galleries along the way (South Granville St, passed Granville Bridge).”
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Art Gallery
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Coffee Shop
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“my favourite coffee and tea spot - free wifi, good food - all made on site ”
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