January 1, 2010
SHOP | EAT & DRINK | EXPLORE | GET THERE
Once a small fishing and farming town, Richmond has grown steadily since the 1990s with each new wave of immigration from the East. Today, the city boasts a rich collection of Asian restaurants and shopping malls. The Richmond Olympic Oval, home to the speed skating events, is a vision of ecological elegance with its expansive curved roof made from salvaged pine-beetle-damaged wood.
Speed Skating Olympic Oval hosts medal and non-medal speed skating events. See a schedule of Olympic speed skating here.
Aberdeen Centre, designed by Bing Thom and featuring coloured glass panels and a curving façade, is home to a diverse array of Hong Kong-style products. Grab a box of Beard Papa’s cream puffs and stock up on basic tees and sweaters at Giordano. Realize your every household need at the mega two-dollar store, Daiso, and test out the massage chairs at Osim. 4151 Hazelbridge Way, 604-270-1234. Aberdeencentre.com
Shanghai River Restaurant Their made-to-order Xiaolong baos, paper-thin Shanghai dumplings filled with rich broth, are highly recommended. Other favorites include double-boiled duck soup with ham and bamboo shoots, crisp stir-fried shrimp, and melt-in-your-mouth braised tung po pork belly in sweet wine sauce. 7831 Westminster Hwy., 604-233-8885
At Richmond Public Market, a bustling second-floor food court has the most diverse representation of Chinese cuisine in one location. Try the Islamic-influenced halal cooking (we love cumin-rubbed lamb skewers) at XinJiang Delicious Food and have lamb with hand-pulled noodles in soup at Xian. 8260 Westminster Hwy., 604-821-1888
Steveston Village, at the city’s southern edge, is an operating fish market with sun-bleached boardwalks and small-town charm. Swing by Nikaido Gifts for their treasure trove of teas, Japanese ceramic ware, and comprehensive line of Thymes personal care products. Relive Steveston’s fishing past at two national historic sites: Britannia Heritage Shipyard and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. Wander down to Steveston Seafood House on the wharf where the portions are generous and desserts are trundled out on a tea trolley. Nikaido Gifts: 3580 Moncton St., 604-275-0262. Britannia Shipyard: 5180 Westwater Dr., 604-718-8050. Gulf of Georgia Cannery: 12138 Fourth Ave., 604-664-9009; open from February 1. Steveston Seafood: 3951 Moncton St., 604-271-5252. Stevestonseafoodhouse.com
Riverport is home to a giant entertainment complex with jumbo theatres, wave pool and waterslides, cosmic bowling, jungle gym, and other kid-friendly distractions. Riverport.ca