24 Healthy Hours in Vancouver
I recently visited Vancouver for the first time and it did not disappoint. The majestic views, the accommodations, the food and the shopping were all top notch. The kicker is that Whistler, known for its incredible skiing, is only a short drive from the city which makes Vancouver that much more attractive to visit.
Where to Stay
Upon arrival I was greeted with a delicious welcome amenity in my room of fresh pressed juices, power cookies and quinoa bars.
In case you didn't bring any workout gear, the Four Seasons offers complimentary clothes and running shoes upon request which can be a life saver when traveling. The hotel also offers a running map of the city, so that you can get a great workout and a tour of the city at the same time! I really believe running and/or walking a city is one of the best ways to see a new city, if you've never done it, try it on your next trip!
If you have the opportunity, you absolutely need to book a massage at the hotel. It was hands down the best massage I've ever had. I booked a Dig Deep Massage, which is the Four Season's version of a deep tissue massage. Having a deep tissue massage is one of the best things for your body after traveling and working out, although it may not be so pleasant during the massage, your body will thank you later.
Where to Workout
Innovative Fitness Gym in the Four Seasons has everything that you need from an indoor / outdoor pool, all the best equipment and top notch personal trainers. Shortly after checking into the hotel I went to check out the gym where I had a great workout and also had the opportunity to go on a run through city with one of their amazing personal trainers, David.
Eastwood Cycle in Gas Town rocks! They offer two main classes The Icon and The Athlete. The Icon is a full body spin class with incredible music and The Athlete is a well-balanced class that combines endurance and strength. I took the 6:15am Icon class with Jess, which was amazing!!! I really enjoyed the music, the friendly atmosphere, the studio space and that they even offered chilled eucalyptus towels for after the class. You absolutely need to take a class here when you visit!
Where to Shop
I only had the afternoon to do some shopping so I prioritized and knocked out the infamous Lululemon.
Vancouver is the birth place of this iconic brand and also home to their first store located on 2113 W Fourth Ave and currently one of only two stores in the world called Lululemon Lab. The lab is Lululemon's concept store where they create new materials and products, plus its open to the public to shop. All their clothing at Lululemon Lab is produced in house from design to end product so you absolutely need to check it out when you visit!
Where to Eat
I love finding some of the best coffee spots and I was lucky to find one within a short walking distance of Eastwood Cycle following the spin class, Prado Cafe. Its got incredible pastries and really good coffee, everything is organic, free range, non-gmo and made from scratch in house.
For a mid-day light lunch, I stopped by the highly recommended Birds & The Beets. This amazing cafe serves delicious coffee and food made in house. Their bread is really, really good and super fresh.
Vancouver is known very well for their sushi, so I had to go to none other than Miku Sushi on the Waterfront. The views are incredible and the sushi is on another level. Miku Sushi is most known for their flame seared technique which you absolutely have to experience when you go! Every single thing that was ordered tasted great, the fish was so fresh and the way they prepare their sushi is delicious, its a must when you visit!
I hope that you enjoyed my 24 Healthy Hours in Vancouver! Next time I visit, I definitely need to stay an extra day because there is so much to see and do in the city! I can't wait to hear about your experience in Vancouver and if you have any other recommendations please leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, thanks for stopping by and see you again soon!
All the Best,