With the highly anticipated Au Comptoir restaurant & cafe opening up this weekend (in the old Take Five Cafe space across from Whole Foods on West 4th Avenue), Kitsilano is adding another French dining spot to its list. Before we go and try this new Parisian brasserie, let’s review 4 great French restaurants & cafes in Kitsilano right now.
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If you’re indulging in a little Halloween candy, make it good. We’re dying to give our special someone the Day of the Dead chocolate skulls at Purdy’s. They scream ghoulish fiesta and come in milk chocolate and dark chocolate. We’re dead certain you’ll like them.
Fairytale mushrooms are cropping up along sidewalk edges, acorns and chestnuts are scattered in the grass, and in the gardens, dark plumes of unpicked kale threaten to overcome those tender perennials.
We could suggest fungi foraging. We could list acorn coffee or chestnut cake recipes. Or how about 100 ways to consume kale and still enjoy it? Nah. Instead, try one or more of these 5 free (or almost free) things to do in Kitsilano this weekend. And please, leave those pretty red toadstools alone and let the mycologist do the picking.
5 Free Things to Do in Kitsilano This Weekend
Over the last few weeks we’ve brought you recommendations on what to see, eat, and buy in some of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods that border Kitsilano, including the West Point Grey and The Armoury District areas. For this week, take a look at a neighbourhood where time has stood relatively still and with a community that is fiercely committed to holding on to its relics, including a retro theatre, several bookshops, antique stores, and even horse stables. Welcome to the Dunbar-Southlands neighbourhood.
Exploring Kitsilano’s Neighbours, Part 3: Dunbar-Southlands
Darby’s Liquir Store has a shelf full of pumpkin craft beers. Act fast, before they’re gone and pumpkin season passes you by.
- Red Racer Spiced Pumpkin Ale
- Parallel 49 Beer Lost Souls Chocolate Pumpkin Porter
- Parallel 49 Beer Schadenfreude Pumpkin
- Russell Brewing Pumpkin Jack
- Phillips Crooked Tooth Pumpkin Ale
- Phillips Crooked-er Tooth Pumpkin Ale
Darby’s has expanded their liquor delivery service. You can get your pumpkin beer delivered 7 days a week from 3:30pm to 11:00pm. Call 604-731-8750.
Last week we explored the West Point Grey neighbourhood with its wonderful parks, museums, and family-friendly cafes. This week, head the opposite direction, east, to The Armoury District just across Burrard Street. This esthetically cool and tiny neighbourhood has only recently become official, though many of the chic businesses there have been established for decades. Home to fine furniture, luxury car, and modern design showrooms, art galleries, and indulgent food shops, The Armoury District can easily be strolled through in an afternoon. Here are our recommendations on what you should see, eat, and buy:
Exploring Kitsilano’s Neighbours, Part 2: The Armoury District
Week five of the semester means that classes are in full swing and student stress levels are on a steady incline. One crucial component of student life is finding your go-to study spot where you can get into your zone. Kitsilano is definitely the hot spot for UBC and SFU students in Vancouver, and we have a huge range of cafes, coffee shops, and the like that are perfect for studying.
Here are a few of my favourite neighbourhood nooks and crannies to hole up in with my books. Read more…
This weekend, venture out west. To West Point Grey to be exact. With its eastern boundary beginning at Alma Street, the West Point Grey (or Point Grey for short) neighbourhood is a pleasant stroll or short drive/ride away for many Kits residents. Here’s our guide on what to see, eat, and buy in this affluent, well-established section of Vancouver.
Exploring Kitsilano’s Neighbours, Part 1: West Point Grey
You know it’s nearly autumn when your sweaters and boots suddenly appear from the back of the closet, squirrels hastily begin collecting acorns outside, and the couch starts to look mighty cozy in the evenings. We’ve got 5 ways for you to get out and welcome autumn in Kitsilano and here they are:
5 Ways to Welcome Autumn in Kitsilano
Go buy elastic waist pants. Lucky’s Doughnuts, our local doughnut shop that operates out of 49th Parallel Coffee (2198 West 4th) , launches their new menu today. They’ve remixed old favourites; they’ve added new wonders.
Pumpkin doughnuts return with a few tweaks (see above). There’s a magical breakfast cruller with maple icing and candied peppercorn bacon (see below). We’re tempted to use that as the carb in a wacky sweet-meets-savoury-eggs breakfast sandwich. Other standouts: chocolate chip cookie dough (what?!) and a matcha bismarck. Ummm, eat your greens?
Food porn photos below: Read more…