January 1, 2010
SHOP | EAT & DRINK | GET THERE
The affluent suburb of West Vancouver is the closest bastion of shopping and dining for those trekking up Cypress Bowl Road with tickets to freestyle skiing and snowboarding events (including ski cross, making its Olympic debut). Even if you’re not a ticket-bearing spectator, make the drive for postcard-worthy views of the city.
A visit to Park Royal, Canada’s oldest shopping mall, will uncover all the expected labels (American Apparel, Banana Republic, Liz Claiborne) but also a few unique treasures: visit Kiss & Makeup for boutique cosmetics and skin-care products, many organic or mineral-based. (Love the Essie nail polishes and Fresh shampoos). 925 Main St. (Village at Park Royal), 604-922-6292. Kissandmakeupstore.com
While away a sweet hour at Smith & Wong Antiques, perusing fine china and porcelain. Aynsley, Dresden, Noritake, and Royal Albert cover every surface. One block up, Modique Antiques has a vast selection of estate jewellery and quirky finds like vintage Canadian card games ($12.95). Smith & Wong Antiques: 1534 Marine Dr., 604-925-1859. Modique Antiques: 1458 Marine Dr., 604-925-6200
The best cup of coffee in the area is nabbed from the original Bean Around the World location. Get a dark roast to go and jaywalk across the street to Savary Island Pie Company, which turns out exceptional baked goods. Pumpkin spice muffins (dusted generously with icing sugar) are tops for on-the-road snacking. Bean Around the World: 1522 Marine Dr., 604-925-9600. Savary Island Pie Company: 1533 Marine Dr., 604-926-4021
Les Amis du Fromage supplies globally and locally sourced raw-milk and artisan cheeses to many of the city’s finest restaurants (taste it all at their new lounge in Strathcona, Au Petit Chavignol). Ask any of the knowledgeable staff to recommend something out of the ordinary—they’ll relish the task and you’ll reap the benefits. 518 Park Royal S., 604-925-4218. Buycheese.com
Crave Beachside is one of those rare rooms that’s both refined and unpretentious, a concept they mastered at their first location on Main Street. Brunch is inspired: crab cake Bennys, egg-white frittatas, and panettone French toast with a warm Port-berry compote. 1362 Marine Dr., 604-926-3332. Craverestaurants.com
Locally loved La Régalade serves flawless French country fare; chef Alain Rayé’s hearty terrines, casseroles, and stews are perfectly suited to chilly, overcast days. The roast duck with fruit perfectly combines richness and brightness. Excellent wine card represents B.C. and 15 regions of France. 2232 Marine Dr., 604-921-2228. Laregalade.com
Zen Japanese Restaurant The opportunity to sample chef Nobu Ochi’s exquisitely crafted, beautifully plated selections of sashimi, sushi, and innovative maki is well worth a trek across the bridge. Ochi’s Special Scallop Roll is a rich purple shiso and soy wrap brimming with sweet chopped scallops, masago caviar, and Japanese mayo. Tickle your taste buds with the Hamachi Peak—yellowtail, shiso, and green onions in a tempura-crisped tofu-crêpe blanket. 101–2332 Marine Dr., 604-925-0667. Zensushi.ca
Olympic bus network provides transportation from metro Vancouver to Cypress Mountain — but only for Olympic event ticket holders. During the games, road access to the mountain will be restricted to official Olympic vehicles. Click here for more information.