Quick: what is there to do in Vancouver? If you started stuttering or thought of places like the seawall, Stanley Park and the Capilano Suspension Bridge then you better sit down because it's time for class. If you're wondering what do locals like in Vancouver other than complaining about the rain, then we've got you covered.

Anyone visiting Vancouver, new to the city or just a local looking to connect with others who are living in the city needs to know about these local gems.

From cosy neighbourhood hangouts and secret bars to delicious restaurants that all Vancouverites get a craving for, the spots on this list are going to make you want to cancel your weekend plans. After all, the locals always know best. 

For better or worse, Vancouverites famously like to keep to themselves. They do not make eye contact with strangers and they're most comfortable hanging out in their established groups or social circles.

The places on this list are where Vancouverites go to bend those rigid Vancouver rules just a little bit. Try them out and you might even find yourself connecting with someone, a real rarity in the city. Here are seven under-the-radar places where locals actually hang out in Vancouver:

05 Rare Tea Bar

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Cuisine: Tea

Address: 2208 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: Grab a seat at the tea bar and rub elbows with locals while chatting up the "bartenders" who will serve you the most delicious and authentic cup of tea you've ever had.

Prototype Coffee

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Cuisine: Coffee

Address: 883 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: Vancouver has a ton of amazing coffee shops, all of which are populated by Vancouverites desperate for caffeine. However, places like Revolver, Nemesis and even Matchstick are so mainstream now that this East Vancouver haven is where you'll find mostly locals.

Kits Beach

Address: Kitsilano Beach, on Cornwall Avenue near Yew Street, Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: Rain or shine, you'll find Vancourites hanging out at kits beach either jogging on the seawall, walking their dogs, playing beach volleyball or walking hand in hand while sipping coffee.

The Marquis

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Cuisine: Bar

Address: 2666 Granville St, Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: In a city where Lululemon leggings are considered "business casual," the Marquis is a no-frills come as you are kind of bar that's packed most nights of the week with locals sipping cheap specials.

Shameful Tiki Room

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Cuisine: Tiki bar

Address: 4362 Main St, Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: Vancouverites escape the rain and duck inside this darkened tiki bar every night of the week. The sound of the gong and chant whenever someone orders the Mystery Bowl share cocktail is Vancouver legend.

The Naam

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Cuisine: Vegetarian

Address: 2724 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC 

Why You Need To Go: The Naam is an institution that does brunch and late-night eats which are the two most important meals in Vancouver. Their filling vegetarian food and miso gravy with fries are gobbled down by locals. 

The Eatery

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Cuisine: Sushi

Address: 3431 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: Vancouver and sushi go hand in hand. The Eatery is one of the most fun and vibrant places locals love where the sushi rolls are as colourful as the kitschy decor.

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