Vancouver is one of the most livable cities in the world. It has a temperate climate, lush greenery and lots to do. In a city so large and vibrant, it can be difficult to pick and choose hotspots. But despite the abundance of choices, there are some neighborhoods and activities that rise above the rest when it comes to places in Vancouver to visit.


Kitsilano is a hotspot for its beautiful beaches and high quality of living. There are many hotspots within Kitsilano as it is home to wonderful shops, restaurants, parks, and opportunities for outdoor activities.

The Kitsilano community center is a community building that offers various amenities for the people of Kitsilano. Amenities include an outdoor pool, track, basketball courts, hockey rink, tennis courts, and playing fields. The center also has a gym and fitness classes in both yoga and Zumba so that you don’t keep watching movies all day.

The stores in Kitsilano are unique and interesting; many of them cater to the needs of the Kitsilano community. One store is Thunderbird, which provides an assortment of clothing that represents Native American civilizations such as North America, South America, Asia, and Africa. Another store is called Kitsilano Thrift Store, which is a family-run business that provides used clothing at affordable prices.


Vancouver has a great climate, and there are many beaches around the area where people can go to relax, sunbathe, or take part in water sports. Kits Beach is a very popular beach that contains a playground and volleyball courts. There are also outdoor fitness classes, such as yoga and Zumba, during summer.

Second Beach is another great Vancouver beach that has a view of the mountains and city skyline. Activities in this area include swimming, playing volleyball, and taking part in lifeguard classes.

Jericho Beach is a great beach that contains a children’s play area and is near Kits Beach. This beach also has an outdoor fitness center, which offers both Zumba and yoga classes for free during the summer.

Stanley Park

Stanley Park is a park near downtown that has forests, beaches, ponds, streams, and an aquarium. This area is home to over 200 types of animals, including black bears and bald eagles.

The Granville Market

The Granville Market is also known as the oldest farmer’s market in Vancouver, and it has been operating since 1894. This area has a historic feel with trams passing through and fishmongers selling freshly caught fishes and crabs. It’s a great place to purchase flowers, fruits, vegetables and other types of goods.

The Vancouver Art Gallery

This gallery has galleries, and exhibits that aim to stimulate viewers’ minds by displaying contemporary art pieces. It contains the world’s largest collection of Emily Carr paintings, as well as works from famous photographers such as Edward Curtis and Annie Leibovitz.

Free entry is available on Thursdays from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Public art is available for viewing, along with many cafes and coffee shops where visitors can take a break from their busy days. During summer, the art gallery will stay open until 9 p.m., so visitors can view exhibits during twilight hours as well without ringing any doorbells. 

Vancouver Library

This library hosts workshops on writing, public speaking, drawing, and photography. Visitors can check out books, take classes, or access free Wi-Fi at the library.

The library is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Extended hours are available during exam periods for students cramming for upcoming tests. The space also hosts many events that are open to the public, such as book sales and guest speakers.

Museum of Anthropology at UBC

This museum’s exhibits delve into world cultures through artifacts and multimedia displays. Visitors can also attend workshops or lectures hosted by the museum. The gift shop features crafts from around the world.

Granville Island

Granville Island is a small island in the middle of False Creek, and it’s home to many quaint shops and eateries. The Public Market features fresh produce, artisan crafts, and other specialty items such as candy or pottery. There are also several restaurants with outdoor seating for enjoying views of False Creek while eating.


Vancouver’s hotspots are event spaces, shops, and libraries that give locals a taste of culture. Whether Vancouverites want to shop at a local market or listen to a lecture from a successful author, they can enjoy each space because it immerses them in their city’s history and art scene. With community centers, beaches, and parks to go along with it, there’s no surprise that Vancouver is such a hotspot for locals and tourists alike.