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One week in Vancouver... The catch? Two little kids

reformed | Aug 25, 2014 11:39 PM

Hello everyone,

I have been skulking around the boards for my family's Vancouver vacation in early September, but wanted to get thoughts on what I've managed to gather.

A little background on us: 2 thirty-somethings now living in the SF Bay Area who have based most of our travel itineraries on CH finds. Having two kids under 4 has cramped our style slightly, but the kids are reasonably adventurous and civilized eaters in restaurants. They have done well with ramen, izakaya, and of course, any place with french fries.

We will be staying in a hotel downtown, not planning on renting a car (but can). The adults are happier once we've had coffee/tea in the morning and beer/wine/cocktails in the evening. We are looking to try places that are "Vancouver-y" or somewhat different than what we can get around SF/SJ, any cuisine, any price range, but clearly my biggest issue is finding good eats with two kids in tow.

A loosely organized list of what I've come up with so far:
Coffee - Matchstick, Revolver
Pastries, etc. - Cartem's Donuterie, Thierry Chocolaterie
Dim sum - Dynasty, Kirin, Sun Sui Wah
Taiwanese - Kalvin's
Ramen - Santouka, Marutama, Motomachi Shokudo
Izakaya - Kingyo, Rajio, Suika, Zakkushi
Pubs (with food) - Alibi Room, Chambar
Ice cream - Earnest, Rain or Shine, Bella Gelateria

Big questions:
Are there any not-to-miss places I'm missing?
Have any of the spots taken a downhill turn and should be struck from the list?
Most importantly, for our sake and that of the good citizens of Vancouver, are any of the places on my list a definite no-go for kids?

Thank you so much for your help. I will report back in September with how we did.

Sun Sui Wah,
Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant,
Kalvin's Szechuan Restaurant,
Marutama Ra-men Canada / Westend,
Motomachi Shokudo,
Rajio Japanese Public House,
Suika Japanese Restaurant,
Zakkushi Dining on Main,
Zakkushi Japanese Restaurant,
Alibi Room,
Chambar Restaurant,
Baggio Gelateria & pizzeria,
Bella Gelateria,
Bella Pizza,
Cartems Donuts,
Kirin Restaurant
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