Good morning Vancouver! These last several days have been jammed-pack with exploration and food adventures. I’ve enjoyed spending time reacquainting myself with the city and discovering new places.
LONSDALE QUAY MARKET
On the other shore of downtown Vancouver is North Vancouver. At it’s entrance lies Lonsdale Quay and at its heart, Lonsdale Market. There are many shops and food vendors. Only a short sea-bus ride away from the downtown core, is the lovely side I now call home. I think it’s one of the best views of Vancouver from afar. There’s something peaceful about stepping back and looking at something with a different perspective.
I planned to visit by my former work place and say hi to the office! I was so excited and decided to picked up some (very, very) fresh coffee buns. The cafe is right around the corner form the market and beside the SeaBus terminal. It was my first time in the bakery and the moment you walk in you’re greeted with the smell of freshly baked pastries – I think it’s one of the best smells in the world!
The buns are special in their taste with a slight note of coffee on the outer and harder shell. The inside is puffy, soft, fluffy goodness. Each day there is a different menu with different flavours. I’m a fan of the traditional, plain coffee buns. Some flavours like green tea and earl grey sound interesting. Grab one or two or six, choose a table on the Quay if it’s a nice day and enjoy the sights of Vancouver Harbor from the north shore!
After stepping off the SeaBus, I noticed that the mountains were beautiful in the sun. I stopped to take some photos along the waterfront. A fresh layer of snow blankets the peaks! I can’t wait to explore them!
VANCOUVER CHRISTMAS MARKET
Our family visited the sixth annual Vancouver Christmas Market at Queen Elizabeth Plaza. The concept of the market is based on the 700-year-old German tradition known as Christkindlmarkt. The market (admission of $4-8) features 50 international vendors offering a variety of handmade crafts and food until December 24th. The market has a small indoor section, which sold handcrafted ornaments imported from Germany. That was very special to look at! Other tasty food and beverages are a sure-fired way to warm up spirits on a rainy day.
Before hopping on the bus we passed by Gastown’s Consignment Store Hunter & Hare (334 West Pender Street). The fun of consignment shopping is that you never really know what treasures you will find. And on top of that you support local and reduce waste (win-win folks, especially amidst a season of consumerism). This tiny nook in the wall was a treasure in itself.
If anyone’s interested I’m currently listening to this lovely playlist curated by Spotify. Ideal jazzy music for eve even of Christmas!
Merry Christmas, happy holidays friends, family, pets. Enjoy this period of rest and relaxation!