Need a little inspiration this fall for new places to check out? We've found some of the best little-known Vancouver places that are going to seriously impress your s/o. They're impressive not because they're fancy but because they have a je ne sais quoi about them. It just feels good to be there and it even feels a little magical in the right light of a perfect fall day.

Unlike in the summer, when you could just go anywhere in the warmth and sunshine and have a good time, now you have to plan a date out. Especially if it's raining that weekend because even though we know how to look cute in the rain, no one wants to get their look wet.

These little-known places are hidden in plain sight and they're great to have in your back pocket when you want to make your time with your s/o extra magical this fall. From new favourite brunch spots and hidden cafes to little-known restaurants and galleries, you're going to want to hit every place on this list. 

Plus, it's hard to come by impressive fall colours when you live in a rainforest where everything is green year-round! We've also taken the liberty of including all the most breathtaking spots to see fall colours and walk under a canopy of changing leaves.

Here are 21 little-known but magical places to bring your s/o this fall in Vancouver:

Kind Cafe

Price: 💸

Cuisine: Vegan

Address: 3080 Main St, Vancouver

Why You Need To Go: Sip colourful lattes and split a vegan Reuben sandwich in the loft at this bright and airy spot in Mount Pleasant.

Trout Lake Park

Price: Free!

Address: 3300 Victoria Dr, Vancouver

Why You Need To Go: In the heart of East Van, this park is one of the best spots for an afternoon stroll to see the ducks and fall colours.

One Yoga

Price: $17 for a class

Address: 150 W Hastings St, Vancouver

Why You Need To Go: The warm brick and wood interior of this vintage-inspired come-as-you-are yoga studio is the perfect place for a yoga date with your s/o. 

Southlands Heritage Farm

Price: By donation

Address: 6767 Balaclava St, Vancouver

Why You Need To Go: This farm in the city is where to take your pumpkin-crazed s/o to get their fall fix.


Price: $50 for a 45-minute session

Address: 940 16th St W, North Vancouver

Why You Need To Go: This affordable spa feels like being in a magical Himalayan salt cave.

Blossom & Vine Floral Co.

Address: 156 E 11th Ave, Vancouver

Why You Need To Go: The most adorable floral shop in Vancouver, Blossom & Vine will take your breath away with its cute shop and magical fall coloured bouquets.

Nitobe Memorial Garden

Price: $15 admission

Address: 1895 Lower Mall, Vancouver

Why You Need To Go: Hidden in UBC, this little-known garden is great for a unique date with your s/o this fall.

Sylvia Hotel

Address: 1154 Gilford St, Vancouver

Why You Need To Go: This historic hotel by English Bay is covered with magical colour-changing leaves. 

Federal Store

Price: 💸

Cuisine: Coffee shop & luncheon

Address: 2601 Quebec St, Vancouver

Why You Need To Go: Hidden off of the main streets, this coffee shop and luncheon makes a cool cup of coffee and it has a unique neighbourhood vibe that makes it totally magical.

Eternal Abundance

Price: 💸

Cuisine: Vegan

Address: 1025 Commercial Dr, Vancouver

Why You Need To Go: Treat yourself to vegan brunch and then pick up a few things for dinner at this laid-back gem on Commercial Drive.

Beta5 Chocolates

Address: 413 Industrial Ave, Vancouver

Why You Need To Go: Take your s/o to see where the magic happens at Beta5's store on Industrial Avenue and get a gorgeous cream puff straight from the source.

Barclay Heritage Square

Price: Free!

Address: 1433 Barclay St, Vancouver

Why You Need To Go: This park in the middle of the West End is surrounded by gorgeous heritage homes, changing fall colours and little hidden pathways.


Price: 💸

Cuisine: Bakery

Address: 1433 W Pender Street, Vancouver

Why You Need To Go: This bakery makes colourful and fun treats that are nothing short of magical.

The Arbutus Greenway

Price: Free!

Address: Starts in Kitsilano at Fir Street and 5th Avenue

Why You Need To Go: Pick a crisp, sunny Saturday morning this fall and head out for a long walk or bike along the magical greenway converted from old train tracks.

The Cinematheque

Price: Ticket prices vary

Address: 1131 Howe St, Vancouver

Why You Need To Go: This tiny theatre right downtown is a chill place to catch a foreign or independent film. They play films year-round but they're also a part of VIFF every fall.

Bill Reid Gallery

Price: $13 admission

Address: 639 Hornby St, Vancouver

Why You Need To Go: Blink and you might miss this amazing gallery hidden downtown. It's full of breathtaking works by Indigenous artists and your s/o probably never even knew this gallery was here.

Cafe Orso

Price: 💸

Cuisine: Cafe

Address: 4316 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver

Why You Need To Go: Deep Cove is famous for Honey's Doughnuts and the Quarry Rock Hike, but you can take your s/o to Cafe Orso for a twist on your usual trip to the cove.

Ubuntu Canteen

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Cafe & restaurant

Address: 4194 Fraser Street, Vancouver

Why You Need To Go: Bakery? Coffee Shop? Restaurant? Ubuntu Canteen does it all and they do it better than most.


Lulu Island Winery

Price: Free tastings

Address: 16880 Westminster Hwy, Richmond

Why You Need To Go: This magical winery has a secret grapevine tunnel and offers VIP tours and free tastings.

Catch 122

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: West Coast brunch

Address: 122 W Hastings St, Vancouver

Why You Need To Go: If you're going to line up for brunch, you need some guarantee of quality and you'll get that at Catch 122. It's a cozy gem in Gastown and has been doing brunch right for a long time.

The Garden

Price: 💸

Cuisine: Coffee shop

Address: 868 E Hastings St, Vancouver

Why You Need To Go: This cool East Van cafe is a stylish and magical place where you'd want to linger over a latte with your s/o.

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