Cambie Village

June 1, 2009

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1. An intimate 30-seat room, gracious service, and classic dishes like steak frites, coq au vin, and cassoulet—noted chef and restaurateur Andrey Durbach has created the quintessential French bistro in Pied-à-Terre. Lovely selection of French wines available by the glass. 3369 Cambie St., 604-873-3131.

2. Ask anyone who works in the area and they’ll direct you to Las Tortas for lunch. The slow-roasted Pollo Pibil chicken torta is laced with Mayan spices along with the standard cabbage, refried beans, pickled onions, and jalapeños, while the Mexican club with roast pork and jack cheese runs rings around the classic version of the sandwich. Sip a genuine Jarritos pop and enjoy the vintage Mexican film posters while you wait for your order. 3353 Cambie St., 604-569-1402.

3. Capers Community Market is a refuge for tired groups seeking to please a wide range of palates. Pick from the international dishes at the hot lunch bar or the myriad veggie­tastic local produce in the salad bar, then hit the impressive bakery case, crammed with artistically executed delights of both vegan and butter-rich varieties. 510 W. Eighth Ave., 778-370-4210.

4. Listen to the handsome Benton brothers of Benton Brothers Cheese Shop sermonize about the perfect grilled-cheese sandwich while you shop for locally made picnic supplies like the tart and creamy St. George goat chèvre from Fraser Valley’s Farm House, Granville-cured charcuterie, and the starchy staples necessary to anchor these delicacies. 3432 Cambie St., 604-873-9439.

5. Discover Vancouver’s substantial Eastern European heritage at old-school Piast European Bakery, where you can queue for traditional house-made cheese buns and poppy­seed strudel as well as links of spicy kielbasa. They also do hot takeout lunches like chicken pot pie and stock a massive freezer of Granny’s frozen perogies. 3280 Cambie St., 604-876-2400.



1. Walrus’s philosophy is based on the interactive atmosphere of small European shops, where items aren’t just purchased, they’re adopted. In addition to art and design pieces for the home, there’s jewellery from Broken English, Swiss Velo-re belts (made from recycled bike tires), and whimsical ceramics inspired by takeout containers from NYC designer Lorena Barrezueta. 3408 Cambie St., 604-874-9770.

2. Cambie Cycles has the city’s best selection of recumbents, plus futuristic-looking velomobiles and old-fashioned urban bikes. Rent a bike for the day (from $20) and ride up Cambie Street to view-friendly Queen Elizabeth Park. 3317 Cambie St., 604-874-3616.

3. Shop Cocoon is an innovative retail collective showcasing clothing, jewellery, and crafts from up-and-coming locals. It’s a fine place to snag a unique gift (kids’ tees from co+lab2, West Coast-inspired pendant necklaces from Janae Chiu) or browse tomorrow’s trend-setters. 3345 Cambie St., 778-232-8532.

4. EiO! stocks a fun mix of children’s toys at a variety of price points—we love the beautifully made lacquered wooden toys by Maya Organic, a sustainable initiative benefitting micro-entrepreneurs in India. 3404 Cambie St., 604-873-4543.

5. The intersection of Broadway and Cambie is poised to become Vancouver’s version of Toronto’s Yonge and Bloor, connected to two subway lines (one completed this fall; a second in the planning stages), and a series of urban-scale big-box stores. Whole Foods opened its massive new location here in the spring, joining Save-On-Foods, Canadian Tire, Best Buy, Home Depot, and London Drugs.

6. Finally! A beer and wine store that organizes its inventory the way most of us actually think—not by varietal or country, but by adjective: spicy, sweet, fruity, even “black teeth.” Still lost? The friendly staff at Firefly Fine Wines and Ales are happy to lend their expertise. 2857 Cambie St., 604-875-3325.

7. At Mount Pleasant Cheese, the city’s first all-Canadian fromagerie, look for Carmelis goat cheese from the Okanagan—tangy and gamey, made in the traditional European style—as well as a large selection of raw-milk and other hard-to-source cheeses like Mi-Carême and Hercule de Charlevoix. 3432 Cambie St., 604-875-6363.



1. The neighbourhood revolves around Douglas Park, a lively community centre and 13-acre city park with three jungle gyms (the smallest one ideal for toddlers), a basketball court, soccer pitches, baseball diamonds, and a running trail around the perimeter. 801 W. 22nd Ave., 604-257-8130

2. Once a month, the historic Park Theatre screens films before they premiere in Vancouver. Complimentary breakfast (bagels, muffins, juices, coffee, and tea), and Q&As with guest speakers are included in the price of admission. Check the website for upcoming events. 3440 Cambie St., 604-709-3456. 

The sustainable architecture and aboriginal art in the Vancouver Olympic Centre (4575 Clancy Loranger Way) is a definite tourist draw, but even that can’t beat the unparalleled view of downtown Vancouver against the majestic mountain backdrop, visible from the park surrounding City Hall. 453 W. 12th Ave.,




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