Where to Eat, Sleep, Drink in Vancouver: An Insider's Guide to "Hollywood North"

10:00 AM 5/19/2017

by David Walters

Industry regulars — from Constance Zimmer to Danielle Panabaker — dish on the best new restaurants, hotels and shopping.

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  • Where to Eat

    Liege-style waffles, the specialty at Cafe Medina.
    Liege-style waffles, the specialty at Cafe Medina.
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    "Try Rodney's for oysters and lobster and fun waiters who fill your wineglass to the top and the key lime pie that isn't on the menu." — Meaghan Rath, The Trustee

    "My favorite is an Italian spot called Tavola. It's one of the few restaurants in Vancouver that has ambiance. Most are overlit, in my bougie, annoying opinion." — Beau Garrett, Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce

    "Nook is a tiny spot that serves pizza and pasta and doesn't take reservations." — Danielle Panabaker, The Flash

    "Cafe Medina is amazing, always crowded. It's known for its Liege waffles and lavender lattes." — Constance Zimmer

    "Joe Forte's off of Robson Place is a legendary seafood place. I sit at the bar with my iPad and learn my lines, and someone will inevitably come up to me and start chatting." — Spencer Garrett, Bosch

    "Jean-Georges has a restaurant at the Shangri-la called Market. I had the steelhead sashimi and the slow-cooked arctic cod." — Stacy Rukeyser, showrunner, Unreal

    "Legendary Noodles is one of these places with 10 tables. They hand-pull the noodles right in front of you." — Zimmer

  • Where to Stay

    The pool at Hotel Shangri-La.
    The pool at Hotel Shangri-La.
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    "If you want a kitchen, the Sutton Place has residences. If you want fancy, there's the Fairmont. If you like boutique hotels, you're better off doing Airbnb." — Beau Garrett

    "The Shangri-La is becoming the place to stay, but it's at least twice as expensive as the Sutton." — Rukeyser

    "The Loden is adorable, and they have bikes you can borrow. The Opus in Yaletown is beautiful." — Panabaker

  • Where to Drink

    Partying at the Alexander in Gastown.
    Partying at the Alexander in Gastown.
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    "The new place for us is the Alexander in Gastown. It's actually owned by Terry Chen, one of our actors." — Rukeyser

    "There's a wine bar called Uva that I go to a lot. It has one of the more extensive wine lists in Vancouver, and the vibe is good." — Beau Garrett

    "Gastown has the best bar-hopping scene. I love Keefer Bar. It feels like a bar you'd find in New York." — Panabaker

  • Where to Shop

    "My favorite clothing store is NiftyDo, and if you need glasses or sunglasses, head to Durant Sessions." — Samuel Barnett, BBCA'S Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agenecy

    "The Sutton Place Wine Merchant is one of the best wine stores in Vancouver, filled with British Columbia wines from the Okanagan Valley that you can't get in L.A. or anywhere else in California." — Rukeyser

    "Granville Island feels like Fisherman's Wharf in Seattle. My daughter is 9, and we discovered the Crystal Ark there, a little shack filled with crystals. They have this area where you take your shoes off and walk through tumbled crystals and pick out whatever you want." — Zimmer