One of the best parts of being a student is the amazing perks and discounts you get. That's one of the main reasons why I'm obsessed with the SPC.
For those who don't know, SPC is a $10 discount card, exclusive to students, that gets you INCREDIBLE discounts at over 400 stores. Like... wuuut? Seriously, if you don't have an SPC, you're missing out. And $10 only? That's a total steal, especially considering you get access to deals online and in-store for a whole year. And yes, you can even keep getting the same deal over and over for the entire year!
All you need to do to qualify for SPC is a be a student - it is literally that simple. High school, college or university students, it does not matter!
SPC partners with national retailers, like Indigo, Endy Sleep and even Amazon, but they also have a ton of local partners and that is what makes using this card in Vancouver so awesome! You get to go to your favorite local haunts and save money. That being said, here are some of my FAVOURITE places to use my SPC in Vancouver:
This is truly one of my favorite vegan restaurants in Vancouver and even if you are not vegan - this place will leave you smiling and satisfied guaranteed. Originally from Israel, both of the owners have experienced the fresh, spicy, homemade flavors of the Mediterranean first hand and it really shows!
Everything is so fresh and really reasonably priced already and so adding your SPC discount on top of that, this place is a total steal.
2. Dublin Calling
Come for the ambiance, stay for the food! Dublin Calling actually transports you right to Ireland with its traditional Irish food with some modern twists. My personal fave is the classic fish and chips but something you've got to try is their Dublin burger which has cheese sauce made from Guinness beer! Hello delicious decadence at its finest!
3. The Candy Room
Raise your hand if you have a sweet tooth... Ok you all better have your hands up, or ya'll trying to play me! Seriously, I know you are all sugar-aholics like me, right?
Well, once again the SPC has your back. Amazing discounts on the rows and rows (and rows) of candy at the Candy Room, it really is one of the better benefits of having the card.
4. Poke Time
Mmmmmm the new hottest trend... Poke Bowls! Poke Time is a new-ish local and trendy spot that has some of the most delicious poke's in Vancouver. SOO fresh and full of flavor, you'll come back time and time again. Good thing the SPC discount can be used as many times as you want in the year!
5. La Belle Patate
A quintessential Canadian meal, poutine! You know the SPC has a deal for such a classic. Guys, La Belle Patate literally transports you to Quebec City and I am living for it. Hot, crispy taters, fresh melted cheese curds doused in piping hot scrumptious gravy??? BRB, gotta go wipe the drool from my face.
6. The Bimini Public House
The Bimini Public House is an awesome local bar with such a fun chill vibe. If you haven't heard of it, definitely worth checking out. The always seem to have some game night/theme night going on so you know it's going to be a good time
I'm serious, it is one of the best places I've ever eaten wings at and you MUST their sriracha wings! Truly to die for.
7. Rad Team Room
Who are the bubble tea fans out there?? Well if you are, then you should head over to the Rad Team Room. Their bubble teas are top notch, and the matcha is so creamy and delectable... I just can't. And with the SPC discount, you aren't breaking the bank for these yummy treats.
8. Hatzu Bistro
Okay guys and gals, if you're looking for your next date spot - look no further. Hatzu Bistro is so tasty and has such a cute vibe/decor. Plus, they're partners with Skip the Dishes and Doordash and so you can enjoy from your own couch. Best of all - the SPC discounts apply to in-house eating and delivery! Bless.
9. Davie Dosa Company
Davie Dosa Company is this adorable local find that will blow you away with the flavor-packed meals they offer. Do you guys know what a dosa is? It's basically an Indian style crepe/pancake that you can eat with savory or sweet meals and it's basically carb heaven.
10. The Yale Saloon
Located in the heart of Vancouver, The Yale Saloon is your home for all things Country, BBQ and Blues. Open from Wednesday to Saturday evenings, you know you're going to have a fun time. They have awesome live music and one of the most poppin' dance floors in the neighborhood. The SPC gets you awesome discounts on all the classic food they serve and makes your wild nights just that much more care-free. 10/10 would recommend.
11. Aces Pizza
This is actually probably my fave restaurant on the list because the food is just SO GOOD. Think classic thin crust, fire-roasted pizza but then they have a bunch of not so classic topping options. I'm talking Elk chorizo, smoked brisket and french brie. Stop, that's it, BRB gotta go eat something!
SPC gives you tons and tons of options for great discounts at local restaurants and shops that you already love. So why not get your favorite food for less money? We all know that Vancouver can be a bit pricey, but SPC makes it easy to eat at your fave restaurants and bars on a student budget. For real, thank you SPC!!