My third and last full day in Vancouver was spent solo. Marjie had to do a full day of work and I had the whole afternoon to myself. I was worried that I would bore her with all the touristy things I wanted to do and see so I saved those activities for the day of solo exploration.
The amazing thing about traveling alone is doing whatever you want at your own pace. When you are traveling with someone, you always have to find the happy middle ground that will accommodate everyone’s preferences and habits. I hate to admit it but I am not as flexible as most people. After traveling alone for years, I found it hard to compromise on certain things.
I woke up later that day and left the place by 11am to get myself to The Birds and the Beets, a cafe in Gastown, for breakfast and coffee.
Oh boy, I was in for a treat! The place serves breakfast, lunch, baked goods, delicious coffee, and has a built in flower shop. Flowers, coffee, food, and dreamy decor all equals dream space in my book.
After taking my time enjoying brunch, I headed over to Granville Island Market. This indoor market also has a lot of delicious treats, Canadian beer, and a variety of cuisines. I made it in time for Happy Hour so it was only right that I grabbed a snack and sipped on a cold pint of Canadian craft beer.
Of course when in Vancouver, one must eat poutine!
I couldn’t resist these Macarons at the Granville Market! The handsome French man running the place sure knows how to bake!
From Granville Island, I took the Aqua Bus to Yaletown. It was a pretty cool experience to city hop on water. The buses are also very cute and colorful!
Right when I landed in Yaletown, I noticed the rows of restaurants and shops by the waterfront. I explored some of the shops to look for souvenirs. I especially fell in love with a chic fashion boutique called Woo To See You. I can’t wait to go back and buy purses, shoes, and jumpsuits!
After my little shopping trip in Yaletown, I had to hop back on the Aqua Bus to catch the bus to meet Marjie for dinner. For our last meal together, we grabbed sushi in a hole in the wall type of place in Downtown. Right after, we took the Sky Train back to her place and I packed up all my stuff into my carry on bag.
It was a very bittersweet good bye because despite feeling a bit of heartache and frustration from my personal boy drama that was going on during the trip, I really enjoyed the city. Marjie was the perfect host and I couldn’t thank her enough for taking me in.
It was a great first trip to explore Vancouver and it certainly won’t be the last.