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We're a holiday rental company and passionate about off the beaten path travel. These are our insider tips for the destinations where we offer holiday accommodation. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoy writing it!!

Guide to the best retail therapy in Yaletown, Vancouver

Travel Tips for Area: Yaletown
Guide to the best retail therapy in Yaletown, Vancouver

Yaletown is probably one of Vancouver’s suburbs most influence by the 1986 World Expo. The once run-down hood has blossomed in the last three decades, and has emerged as one of the Canadian city’s most fashionable hamlets. Nowadays, Yaletown’s streets brim with vibrant energy and offer tourists a vast array of attractions and activities to indulge in. Book your holiday apartment in Yaletown when next in Vancouver and you’ll have so much at your doorstep you may find it hard to explore the further corners of town. Luckily, Yaletown is but a short walk away from the city centre, so seeing the major city sights, and retreating back to your holiday-home, will be ever so easy. The main shopping strips, Hamilton and Mainland Sts. are home to a myriad of unique clothing, jewellery and furniture stores. From high-end brands to hippie casual stuff, there’s something here for everyone. While you indulge in some seriously decadent retail therapy, don’t forget to check out our favourite Yaletown gems. For your taste buds: Urban Fare, 117 Davie St. For a unique, modern and extravagant take on simple grocery shopping, head to Urban Fare on Davie Street, one of Yaletown’s trendiest meet-and-shop spots. Not for the faint-hearted, ...

Downtown Vancouver’s Best Ethnic Experiences

Travel Tips for Area: Downtown Vancouver
Downtown Vancouver’s Best Ethnic Experiences

Vancouver is one of those holiday destinations one could stay in for weeks, or even months. The city is vibrant and full of brilliant attractions; the innumerable bays are sublime and the nearby mountains frame the city superbly. No matter how you wish to spend your holiday, whether sightseeing, hiking, fine dining or simply people-watching, there’s a corner of Vancouver that’s just ideal for you. Want to have it all close by? Then book your Vancouver holiday rental apartment in the Downtown area and you will!  If you feel like exploring more of Vancouver’s multi-cultural side, then don’t forget to experience some of the best ethnic gems in Canada. Yes, it’s true, they mostly have to do with food...but if one does not splurge on one’s taste buds whilst on vacation, what’s the point? Enjoy! Chinatown’s Night Markets On the eastern edge of Downtown is where you’ll find Chinatown, one of the largest of its kind in North America. During summer week-ends, you can spend your balmy evenings perusing the night markets, complete with hundreds of stalls selling Asian trinkets, delicious culinary treats, handmade arts and crafts and everything from clothing, to DVDs and, unsurprisingly,  all manner of electronic gadgetry. An after-dinner stroll through ...

Best breakfasts in Yaletown, Vancouver

Travel Tips for Area: Yaletown
Best breakfasts in Yaletown, Vancouver

It must be said that one of the most enjoyable luxuries of holiday time is precisely that: time. Time to enjoy a leisurely breakfast is often rated amongst the best holiday experiences of most people, funny as that may sound. Sure, we travel to gorgeous places, see amazing wonders and mind-blowing views....yet the thing we cherish the most is the long and lazy first meal of the day. No alarm, no rush, no indigestion, just pure and unabated holiday bliss. When travelling to Vancouver you’ll certainly have a long list of things to see and do, yet you may also want to jot down the best places when you can enjoy a superlative and relaxing breakfast. Book your holiday rental apartment in Yaletown and you may find these delectable gems right outside your front door. Sciué Italian Bakery Caffé, 800 West Pender Street If you want a taste of Italy in Vancouver then best you head here pronto! Sciué served us the best coffee of our trip on the very first morning visit, which almost made us declare our undying love to the barista; he managed to transport us to Florence with one mere sip. Having said that, great as cafes are in ...

Kitsilano’s Hippy Past, Vancouver, Canada

Travel Tips for Area: Kitsilano
Kitsilano’s Hippy Past, Vancouver, Canada

A visit to the beautiful beachside Vancouver suburb of Kitsilano (or Kits in the local lingo) soon reveals a mixed-bag of residents and attractions. From heritage-listed buildings to seaside arty stalls, the first question which springs to mind is “Is this the newest suburb in town, or the oldest?” Well, to be honest, it’s actually both! Rent a Vancouver holiday apartment in Kits and step into its multicolored past. Kistilano was named after a Squamish Chief, and reflects the influx of the early settlers, who moved in at the beginning of the 19th Century to partake in the areas’ earliest commercial ventures. These Indian natives were eventually evicted from the land when mass-urbanization began; but in 2001 an 11-acre Native Reserve was set up to honor Kits’ early residents. Kits was initially set to become one of the country’s foremost coal-mining regions, but the project never really took off. At the beginning of the 1960s the land was purchased by the government and turned into a communal living neighborhood. This unusual turn of events lead Kits to become one of the hippiest areas in Vancouver; the low-cost housing attracted the city’s struggling artists and immigrants and this, together with the splendid background ...

Ethnic restaurants in Downtown Vancouver

Travel Tips for Area: Downtown Vancouver
Ethnic restaurants in Downtown Vancouver

Vancouver is regularly voted as the best city in the world to live due to the cleanliness of the streets, the employment opportunities, the healthcare system, the infrastructure and safety. These qualities and this status attract people from all over the world to settle in the city, many of whom open up restaurants selling their native cuisine. Below are some of the best ethnic restaurants in downtown Vancouver, where incidentally Holiday Velvet has many Downtown Vancouver holiday rentals!Samba Brazilian SteakhouseAddress: 1122 Alberni St. VancouverOpening times: 1130-1530 then 1730-2300Steak is a dish which is popular universally. At the Samba Brazilian Steakhouse one can enjoy top quality steaks as well as an extensive barbeque menu. The Brazilian culture is a colourful one which includes a large amount of music and dancing, so the assortment of entertainment available at the Samba Steakhouse comes as no surprise.San Sui Wah – Chinese FoodAddress: 3888 Main StreetOpening times: 10-1500 then 1700-2230The San Sui Wah restaurant on Main Street is a highly acclaimed establishment which offers genuinely top quality Chinese cuisine in an authentic setting. There is a good choice on the menu, which includes Dim Sum, specialities and a main menu. The roasted squab is something ...

Family attractions in Downtown Vancouver

Travel Tips for Area: Downtown Vancouver
Family attractions in Downtown Vancouver

Vancouver is a city perfectly suited to a successful family holiday. While Downtown Vancouver is the business district it also the best place to choose your Downtown Vancouver apartment for hip bars, great restaurants and... family attractions! The below is our pick of the best family attractions in Downtown Vancouver.Vancouver AquariumThis is the largest aquarium in Canada and is also amongst the best in the world. The aquarium is a non-profit organisation which is primarily concerned with preserving sea life, and this care for aquatic life is obvious as you walk around and view the various species on display here. There are a number of interactive displays each day which will help you and your children to expand your knowledge in this field. Kitsilano BeachIn close proximity to downtown Vancouver, this is one of the most popular beaches in Vancouver and epitomises the benefits of building a city so close to the coast. The sand and water are clean and luxurious and provide a play haven for your children, whilst the views from the beach combined with the (often) desirable weather are enough to please any adult.H.R Macmillan Space Centre and PlanetariumThis space centre appeals for so many reasons. Not ...

A short history of Yaletown, Vancouver

Travel Tips for Area: Yaletown
A short history of Yaletown, Vancouver

The district of Yaletown in Vancouver is today a hip and happening district and indeed a perfect location for your Vancouver holiday apartment. This urban neighborhood in Downtown Vancouver has deep-routed ties with the industrial revolution and even today it is often called the 'warehouse district'. Yaletown began to really emerge as the prosperous and popular area that it is today in the 18th century when the rail yards and facilities of Canada’s railroad organisation were moved to the area, which initiated Yaletown for its future as a centre of activity and focus. The original incentive for the Yaletown district to allow the national railroad to use the area as a base was that the area would be exempt from local taxes, but in reality the benefits have proved to be much longer standing. In the period following this there was a heavy industrial influence in the area which was dominated by warehouses and railroads. Over the 19th century the area became a popular residential area for people around the city, although the various peaks and troughs of the property market had a negative impact upon the prosperity of the area. For a few decades in the late 19th century ...

Top 3 spas in Downtown Vancouver

Travel Tips for Area: Downtown Vancouver
Top 3 spas in Downtown Vancouver

The city of Vancouver is regularly voted as one of the best cities in which to live anywhere in the world. The tons of fantastic spas probably account for this fact! While visiting Vancouver make sure to visit our top 3 best spas in downtown Vancouver.Vita Salon and SpaLocation: 2525 West BroadwayOpening Hours: 1000 - 1800This professional and welcoming establishment has a comfortable feel which makes it easy for people to feel at home here. The owners of this spa recognise that it is not just the treatments which contribute to the experience of the customer and make a big effort to maintain a high level of decor and general interior design. This alone makes one feel relaxed upon walking into the spa, and that’s without even partaking in the range of high quality treatments.Sarah’s Esthetics Day SpaLocation: 5th Floor 1110 Howe St.Opening Hours: 0900-1730This downtown spa is the perfect location for a girl's day out. The therapists here offer a full range of treatments and are all fully qualified to a high standard. The staff here make an effort to stay up to date with the latest developments in the health care field to ensure that they can offer ...

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