The biggest emphasis, of course, is on the food and drinks, but still a great place to hang out for a week
Best of Vancouver: A pictorial guide
Street Legal IPA, from Twin Sails Brewing, Port Moody, B.C. Fabulous, not-too-hoppy IPA.
Siegel’s Bagels: Montreal-style chewy, boiled then baked in a wood-fired oven, open 24 hours, $13 for a baker’s dozen
Best outdoor pool in the world
Hawker’s Delight: deep-fried vegetable fritters, two for $1.20
Mr. Red: deep-fried rice cakes with ground prawns and pork, Northern Vietnamese cuisine
Go Fish: fish and chips, tacones, hanging out in the harbour
Vij’s Rangoli: Puffy short-rib samosas
Fireworks over English Bay: Photo Helen Corbett
Peaceful Restaurant: Dan-Dan hand-cut noodles
Chip’s simple garden: sunflowers and coleus
Worst of Vancouver
Red sun at night… and in morning, obliterating all those million-dollar views
Vancouver gas prices; they were under $1 in Calgary at the same time
Platform 7: Cool atmosphere but thinnest pour-over coffee I’ve ever had. You could see further through this brew than the forest-fire haze.