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Ethnic food, fashionable shops and one of Vancouver’s best beaches are all part of this bayside neighborhood.

Once the center of Vancouver’s counterculture during the 1960s, Kitsilano is now a haven for the city’s young urban professionals. It’s also one of Vancouver’s best districts for shopping and eating. Sample from a wide array of ethnic cuisines, explore bookstores or fashion boutiques and enjoy one of Vancouver’s most popular beaches.

Walk through the streets and get a feel for the neighborhood. Two famous organizations were founded in Kitsilano and show how it has changed over time. The environmental organization Greenpeace planted its roots here in the late 1960s, when the neighborhood was a counterculture hotbed. In the late 1990s, yoga clothing brand Lululemon was founded in Kitsilano, which suggests the neighborhood’s young professional turn.

Start your visit on West 4th Avenue, where the majority of Kitsilano’s shops and restaurants are located. Popular restaurants serve a range of cuisines, including Malaysian, Mexican and Japanese. Organic food options are common in the area as well. After eating, browse through the shops, which include bookstores, home décor shops and fashion boutiques.

During the summer months, Kitsilano Beach is packed with locals enjoying the cool waters of English Bay. If the crowds are overwhelming, look just off the beach for Kitsilano Pool, one of the longest pools in Canada.

East of the beach, find Vanier Park. This 42-acre (17-hectare) park features lawns, ponds and excellent views of the downtown skyline. Three of Vancouver’s notable museums are located here, including the Museum of Vancouver, which has numerous artifacts from the city’s history, including a collection of neon signs. Discover more educational exhibits at the Vancouver Maritime Museum and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. In summer, Vanier Park also hosts the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. Watch a riveting performance, such as The Tempest, on a sunny Vancouver afternoon.

Located just across False Creek from downtown, Kitsilano is served by several subway and bus lines. If you are arriving by car, park in the Vanier Park lot for a fee and explore the neighborhood on foot.


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Alma Beach Suites
Alma Beach Suites
4 out of 5
2814 W3rd Ave, Vancouver, BC
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Located in Kitsilano, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of English Bay and Kitsilano Beach. Granville Island Public Market and Jericho Beach ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (71 reviews)

"The property is ideally located, close to all amenities and transport. The layout of our apartment was excellent and the location quiet and restful."…"

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2019

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A Suite at Kitsilano Cottage
A Suite at Kitsilano Cottage
3.5 out of 5
3449 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
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Located in Kitsilano, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Burrard Inlet and Jericho Beach. Granville Island Public Market and Granville Street are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Clean, convenient, friendly

"A great place to stay! Spotlessly clean, felt truly like a home away from home. Very conveniently located between two streets with lots of restaurants and shops, very close to the city yet quiet."…"

Reviewed on 1 Jul 2016

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Kitsilano Home 2 Home
Kitsilano Home 2 Home
3.5 out of 5
2723 West 5th Ave, Vancouver, BC
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Located in Kitsilano, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Burrard Inlet, Kitsilano Beach and Jericho Beach. Granville Island Public Market and Granville ...

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Kits Bright Central duplex
Kits Bright Central duplex
2835 Yew St, Vancouver, BC
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Located in Kitsilano, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Vancouver False Creek Seawall and Kitsilano Beach. Vancouver General Hospital and Granville ...

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