Food & Drink

4 Things You Didn’t Know about Granville Island


Sea Village

Floating homes at Sea Village on Granville Island

Granville Island’s evolution from a First Nations winter fishing village on a sandbar, to industrial island, to derelict wasteland, to thriving tourist destination and artistry hotspot that it is today, can be difficult to imagine.

Some remnants of its past are still visible. Railway tracks can be seen amongst the cobblestone streets and corrugated buildings. A drill-bit manufacturer and concrete factory still remain – subtle tributes to its days of cranking out manufactured goods.

As a successful model for brownfield redevelopment, Granville Island now sees over 10 million visitors every year.

While urban planners, architects, and developers speculate about its shrouded future, spend an afternoon checking out these 4 things you didn’t know about Granville Island.

4 Things You Didn’t Know About Granville Island

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Where to Get a Milkshake in Kitsilano


Cold, sweet and creamy, milkshakes evoke childhood. There’s something about summer that makes us it okay for grown-ups to indulge too. Here’s where to get a milkshake in Kits, while you can still get away with it.

Where to Get a Milkshake in Kitsilano

1. Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe

We love it all year round for diner fare and the fact that there’s real art (find the Fred Herzog!) mixed in with the kitsch covering the walls. When it comes to the art of the milkshake, you can bet they know their stuff. Expect oversized portions, the overflow served on the side in a chrome mixing cup, with real ice cream in flavours such as coconut, almond and espresso. They also have the classic triumvirate: choc, strawberry and vanilla. Add booze for just $3 more. Read more…

What To Do This Weekend in Kits


Summer Kitsilano is packed with events and we don’t want you to miss out on any of the action. Without further ado, here are 7 fun things to do this weekend in Kits:

Thank you to the Kitsilano Dairy Queen for supporting the community by sponsoring our events guide.

What To Do This Weekend in Kits

1. Vancouver Folk Music Festival: Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Vancouver Folk Music Festival returns to Jericho Beach Park July 18-20 and tickets are still on sale. We love Folk Fest not only because it’s been a part of Kits culture since 1978, but also because the organizers do a great job of honouring the past while keeping up with what’s hot now. This year, for example, folk legend Joan Baez is coming along with the offbeat superstar Andrew Bird, who gives remarkable live performances. Follow the links to find out more about 2014 Folk Fest artists and tickets. Read more…

Yak & Yeti Nepalese Bistro Now Open in Kitsilano


If you’ve been hunting for yak dumplings in Kitsilano, the search is over. You can find them at Yak & Yeti Bistro, the Nepalese restaurant now open at West 4th and Bayswater. Yak & Yeti opened in late 2013, but it hasn’t come across our radar until only recently.

According to the July 16, 2014 review in the Straight, the momos (yak dumplings) are pretty nice and the yak meat in them comes from locally-raised, shaggy beasts. But the rest of the cuisine departs from the Nepalese name tag and turns out to be an odd mash-up of Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai cuisine which the chef/owner describes as other Himalayan street food. Read more…

Vancouver Says Okay to Craft Booze at Farmers Markets

Image: Beer Scout

Image: Beer Scout

As reported by BIV, City of Vancouver recently announced that it will roll out a one-season pilot program to allow the sale of craft liquor at Vancouver Farmers Markets including Kitsilano Farmers Market starting this summer. The program is effective immediately. The Vancouver Farmers Market has a long list of potential vendors ready to offer mini-tastes of beer, sake or wine at summer markets.

The provincial regulations allow for samples of craft beer, wine and spirits to be consumed at a farmers’ market booth. Vendors can also sell closed bottles. Read more…

5 Ways to Beat the Heat in Kitsilano

Melting Ice Cubes

Love it or loathe it, expect at least a few more days of this summer heatwave here in Vancouver. Sure, you can place a bowl of ice-water in front of a fan, drape a wet sheet across an open window, or turn off all heat-emitting appliances, but those options are not nearly as much fun as these 5 ways to beat the heat in Kitsilano:

5 Ways to Beat the Heat in Kitsilano

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What To Do This Weekend in Kits

Image: Susan Jacks; The Poppy Family

Susan Jacks of the The Poppy Family – headliners at Khatsahlano Street Party

Summer Kitsilano is packed with events and we don’t want you to miss out on any of the action. Without further ado, here are 6 fun things to do this weekend in Kits:

Thank you to the Kitsilano Dairy Queen for supporting the community by sponsoring our events guide.

What To Do in Kits This Weekend

1. Khatsahlano Street Party: Saturday
It’s high summer and this is the pinnacle event of the season. The deets: 10 city blocks on West 4th from Burrard to MacDonald. 50 bands giving free shows– genuinely good bands. 8 stages. 40 food trucks. 3 beer gardens. A family zone with family programming. Edgy art shows. 100+ artisan vendors. Don’t miss out. Even if we won’t miss typing Khatsahlano over and over. Read more…

Heads up! Khatsahlano Street Party is Coming to West 4th Saturday, July 12

Image: Khatsahlano

Image: Khatsahlano

Vancouver’s largest music and arts festival is coming up in Kitsilano this Saturday, July 12. Here’s what you need to know.

Khatsahlano Street Party will take over ten blocks of West 4th Avenue between Burrard and MacDonald from 11am to 9pm. The ten blocks will have 8 stages ready for a line up of 50 bands curated by our very own Zulu Records. All shows are free.

You will also find 40 food trucks parked around the area, as well as three beer gardens, outdoor art shows, and 100+ artisans selling locally made goodness.

In addition to the grown -up entertainment, families with little ones will want to hit up the Family Zone at Trafalgar Street which will have hours of live acts for children, games, balloon artists, face painting, a roving juggler, yo-yo artists and more.

Find answers to other Khatsahlano FAQs (participating bands, showtimes, pets, traffic, art etc.) after the jump.

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5 Best Patios in Kitsilano

Darby's rooftop patio. Image: Darby's

Darby’s rooftop patio. Image: Darby’s

Patio sessions are a summer staple. Eating and drinking outdoors is just an entirely different experience. Stunning views, fresh air, sunshine, people-watching – all make a meal or a drink so much more pleasurable.

In Kits, we are lucky to have an eclectic mix of bars, pubs, and restaurants that maximize their space to give us outside options for either enjoying the fresh air and rays or nestling in a cozy hideaway. A few of them even have a view.

After extensive field research, I narrowed the list of neighbourhood patios down to my favourite five. (It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.) Here they are; be sure to check them out over the coming sunny months, and please comment below to let me know your top pick! Read more…