People love Vancouver and it's rated one of the top places to visit. It's so popular these days that you'll find visitors in every corner of the city. There are still a few places on the down-low that only Vancouverites know.  Locals flock to these unique spots in Vancouver when they need to recharge on the weekends and connect back to the reasons why they love to live in the city.

From hidden bars and off-the-beaten-path hangouts to the ultimate place for a night out with friends, the places on this list are ideal to check out the next time you find yourself in Vancouver on the weekend with no plans.

You could even take your special someone on a trip to these locals-only spots to celebrate a special occasion. The next time you hear your friends complain that there's nowhere to go, or, the next time they suggest hitting up Cactus for the umpteenth time, send them this list. It'll liven up their lives whether they're from Vancouver or not.

It's not that we're averse to tourists. Sometimes, we want to hang out in a place with a neighbourhood vibe and enjoy what makes Vancouver so special. Here are nine hidden places in Vancouver you need to check out that the tourists haven't found out about yet:

Railtown Cafe

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Address: 397 Railway St., Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: On lazy weekend afternoons, you'll only find locals lurking in the Railtown cafe sipping lattes and eating filling, stick-to-your-ribs classic dishes. It's just isolated enough that the tourists don't find it.


Eight 1/2

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Address: 153 E 8th Ave., Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: Hidden in Mount Pleasant, this restaurant and lounge is a great spot to catch up with friends. Since it looks like someone's house, it's unlikely that a tourist will wander in here. 


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Address: Inside Honeybee Bruncheonette, 789 Gore Ave., Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: At night, Honeybee Brunchionette turns into a snack bar serving drinks and dumplings.

Juice Bar

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Address: Inside Birds and the Beets, 55 Powell St., Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: At night, the popular Birds and the Beets cafe turns into a wine bar where you'll definitely run into Vancouverites sipping and swirling.

Le Marchรฉ St. George

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Address: 4393 St George St., Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: Hidden off the main streets, only locals know to come here for crepes, coffees, sandwiches, treats and groceries for dinner. Plus, this place has one of the best patios in the city because it's so calm and chill.

One Under

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Address: 476 Granville St., Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: Right on Granville but seemingly hidden from the hustle and bustle, only locals know to hit up One Under for a digital round of golf and a cheap round of drinks.

MacLean Park

Address: 710 Keefer St., Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: This Strathcona park is perfect for a stroll year-round and it has a neighbourhood feel that soothes and refreshes Vancouverites. Grab a cappuccino from a nearby coffee shop and enjoy the oasis. 


Address: 655 E 15th Ave., Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: Why go to Sephora where it's crowded constantly when you can shop for skincare and makeup at this adorable shop? Everything here is natural, as zero-waste as possible and full of the kind of goodness all Vancouverites crave.

Finch's Market

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Address: 501 Georgia St., Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: Finch's Tea House in downtown is definitely too visible to hide from the tourists, but their sister location hidden in Strathcona is where Vancouverites love to go on a peaceful weekend morning.

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