Whether you are a design aficionado interested in the most famous interdisciplinary design festival in Canada (the Vancouver Design Week) or an outdoorsy type always looking for the next adventure, surely you can’t avoid a little trip to Vancouver. British Columbia’s largest city is in a perfect position – between the Canadian mountains and the Pacific Ocean – and offers at least 30 km of waterfront path, perfect for biking. Even if nature is one of the main protagonists of Vancouver, don’t forget the amenities the city can offer to its tourists, from seafood to beer to art, you only need to get ready and start your trip with the help of our VANCOUVER DESIGN GUIDE. Let’s start!
VANCOUVER DESIGN GUIDE
WHERE TO SLEEP
As a luxury award-winning boutique hotel, the Loden Hotel is the perfect choice for your next stay in Vancouver. From the Halo penthouse, a 1600-square-feet suite with its terrace offering a panoramic view of the city’s Coal Harbour and the North Shore Mountains, to the curated details that make this Hotel one of the most popular choices among the visitors.
The Tableau bar bistro offers an award-winning dining experience with its traditional French bistro cuisine and the 24 hours in-room dining available is just a plus!
FAIRMONT PACIFIC RIM HOTEL
The sophisticated and contemporary setting of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel is the perfect solution for a relaxing end of a chaotic day spent visiting the city. The newest suite collection addiction, the Gold Owner, implements all the characteristic features of Vancouver besides the European mid-century modernism décor that creates a stylish atmosphere. If you are looking for an amazing cocktail the Lobby Lounge and RawBar is the glamorous choice, where at the bar you can find the award-winning Creative Beverage Director Grant Sceney preparing incredible concoctions.
WHERE TO EAT
Inspired by the principle of botany, the glass-walled space of the Botanist – designed by Ste Marie Design and Glasfurd & Walker agencies – has been filled with botanical elements, greenery and more than 50 types of different plant species, such as rare fruit bushes and edible species. The menu combines French and Mediterranean cuisine with particular attention to sustainable choices. The elegant interior is a mandatory stop in our VANCOUVER DESIGN GUIDE.
WHAT TO SEE
First opened in 1963 by founder Niels Bendtsen, today the 30’000 + square foot showroom of Inform Interior provides the best high-end shopping experience, curated by the owner, and hosts monthly speaker series in which interior design professionals are invited to share their perspectives on today’s trends.
Located in Vancouver’s Chinatown, the Rennie Collection – opened in 2009 – is one of the largest contemporary art collections in Canada and today counts more than 370 artists, established and emerging, from all over the world. The exhibition program offers free gallery tours to the public while the Education Program (also free!) makes available workshops and tours for students, encouraging the youngsters’ passion for art and multidisciplinary approaches toward other fields, such as literature, Science, Critical Thinking and Social Science.
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