Vancouver is a brand-new city when you compare it to Europe and it's hard to find that old-world charm here in what Douglas Coupland called the City of Glass. As new and shiny as we are, if you look closely you'll find a few European things to do in Vancouver that will make you feel like you're on a vacation! From perfect Parisian patios to the flavours of Italy, you have to put these spots on your bucket list.
While you're saving up for your next European adventure, why not get a taste of the old country here in Vancouver? One of the best things about being in a multi-cultural city is that we get to enjoy the company and food of people and places from all over the world. Take advantage of these hidden spots where you can feel like you're in Europe, if only for an afternoon.
Have A French petit déjeuner at Au Comptoir
Address: Kitsilano, 2278 West 4th Ave, Vancouver BC V6K 1N8
Why you need to go: Eat like a Parisian at this adorable cafe in Kits! Whether you want the standard croissant and coffee or the steak tartare, you'll have an amazing French food experience.
Friday Night Supper at the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral
When: The first Friday of every month from 5 PM to 8 PM
Address: 154 E 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 1Z4
Why you need to go: Craving perogies? Fill up on authentic, homemade Ukrainian food and join in these community-minded Friday night dinners once a month and picture yourself in Eastern Europe!
Shop For Fresh Pasta Like An Italian At An Alimentari
Address: 635 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3W3
Why you need to go: There's pasta and then there's pasta. Buy direct-from-Italy pantry items and housemade fresh pasta at this authentic Italian cafe and grocery on the drive.
Eat A Spectacular Seafood Spread Like You're On The Coast of Portugal
When: Every Sunday from June 30 to August 25 at 6 PM
Address: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, 845 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2K6
Why you need to go: Boulevard is an award-winning European-styled bistro and their seafood boils are so fresh and succulent you'll be transported to the Portuguese coast!