It's the holidays in Vancouver are there is so much to do in the city. Your friends are probably hitting you up every weekend to go out for drinks and getting you to do Christmas-y activities with the whole squad. While all those things are fun and exciting, it doesn't take more than a single overly packed weekend to tire you out and make you never want to leave your couch and Netflix again.
If this is you, then you probably consider yourself a grandma more than a 20 or 30-something-year-old young adult. Which is fine! But just because you're a grandma doesn't mean that you should sit at home all day, watch Netflix and crochet your cat a sweater.
As much as I know you just want to wait for the entire season of Riverdale to come so you can binge watch it in a day, there are too many fun things to do in the city this winter. Even things that are totally chill and hardly take any effort, that will suit all your grandma wants and needs. So get out there, grab your other grandma friends and check out these awesome things to do in the city.
Where: 2057 W 41st Ave // Kerrisdale
Type: Afternoon Tea
Why you should go: Grandmas love tea, and so do you. You love trying all the different flavours from black to green to herbal - you just can't get tea-nough. And that's why you have spend an afternoon at Adonia Tea House. Not do they offer a fine selection of specialty mixed teas, the interior definitely sends some grandma vibes. We're talking floral wall paper and vintage lamps. My little granny heart is over joyed.
Where: 1152 Mainlaind St // Yaletown
Why you should go: If there's any holiday that grandmas love to celebrate, it's going to be Christmas. Get your Christmas spirit on this year at Yaletown's CandyTown Christmas celebration where there will be life-size gingerbread men, candy making demonstrations and market vendors all down Mainland street. CandyTown will be for one day only this month on Saturday, November 25.
Where: 251 E Georgia St // Chinatown
Type: American, Comfort Food
Price: 💸 - 💸💸
Why you should go: Brunch! Let's be honest, you and your bff sleep at like 10 PM on Friday so you can wake up at 9 AM for a big fat brunch on Saturday. If you're looking for a delicious brunch spot that serves hearty comfort food, Mamie Taylor's is the place. The atmosphere is super cozy, and right after a massive brunch, you can just slowly close your eyes and go into a nice long brunch coma nap.
Where: Various Locations
Why you should go: If you're the type of grandma who loves to drink, but doesn't like to go out to clubs or loud bars, this is the event for you. Paint Nite Vancouver hosts wine and paint nights where you drink the night away as you let the spirits and creativity flow onto a blank canvas. You can even paint a BFF's painting like the image above. So cute!
Where: Lafarge Lake // Coquitlam
Why you should go: Every year Lafarge Lake puts on a beautiful 1.2km Christmas lights display that just fills you up with Christmas cheer. Grab your bae or your BFFs and get ready for a magical walk through Lights at Lafarge. Do it for the insta. Lights at Lafarge opens Saturday, November 25.
Where: 19190 Lougheed Hwy // Pitt Meadows and 7125 138 St // Surrey
Why you should go: What's better than a movie night? A cheap movie night! Hollywood 3 Cinemas offers movie tickets for only $4.75, and for $3.75 on Tuesdays. As much as I know you want to stay home and binge watch Stranger Things, ditch the Netflix for a night and go out with your fellow grandma for a movie night.
Where: 4316 Gallant Ave // Deep Cove
Type: Coffee Shop
Why you should go: There's nothing grandmas love more than spending an afternoon doing absolutely nothing. What better place to do that than sipping on coffee at an adorable cafe. Tucked away on the shore of Deep Cove is the cute AF Cafe Orso. Their amazing coffee and avo toast will definitely fuel you up for all your grandma activities for the rest of the day.
Where: 3699 Main St // South Main
Type: Bakery, Coffee Shop
Why you should go: Baked goods and weird portraits - everything a grandma's life is about. Liberty Bakery has one of the cutest spaces in Vancouver and their Totoro cookies are too adorable to eat. Grab some coffee or tea and enjoy cookies, croissants, bread, or whatever crabs you want for your grandma body.
Where: Jack Poole Plaza 1055 Canada Place // Coal Harbour
Price: 💸 - 💸💸
Why you should go: Eat tons of frakfurter sausages and drink too much glüwhein at the Vancouver Christmas Market. Though I know you probably hate crowds, this one event is probably worth it. It will 100% get you in the holiday spirit, and then you can go home, watch Love Actually, and bake all the cookies you want. The Vancouver Christmas Market opens on Wednesday, November 22.
Where: 317 E Broadway and 630 Kingsway // Mount Pleasant
Type: Restaurant, Bar
Price: 💸 - 💸💸
Why you should go: The Black Lodge is the perfect winter spot to go drinking. The adorable wooden cabin interior will cozy you up, and the drinks will warm you up from the inside. If you're down for a drink sans the crowds, The Black Lodge is the spot.
Where: 801 W Georgia St // Downtown
Type: Bar, Lounge
Why you should go: The Reflection Winter Pop Up only every comes around once a year, so you definitely can't miss it. The cozy ambience and adorable set up is perfect for enjoying a holiday-themed cocktail with bae or a boozy hot coco with your BFFs. If you missed it last year, you definitely have to go this year. Reflections' Winter Pop Up opens on Thursday, November 16.
Where: 898 Homer St // Downtown
Type: Contemporary, Western
Why you should go: There's no restaurant with a comfier or cozier set up than Homer St. Cafe. Known for their rotisserie chicken (as well as other meats), I can't imagine a more comforting place for grandmas to have brunch, lunch or dinner.