Hyper-Specific City Guide: What to Do in Vancouver With Your Most Elegant, Well Travelled Friend Who Lives in Linen

Here's your checklist for entertaining your friend who summers in Greece and lives in linen and is so elegant that it’s never annoying when she talks about her “fragrance journey.”

This is part of our Ultimate, Hyper-Specific Vancouver City Guide, featured in the May 2024 issue of Vancouver magazine. We’ve created 25 unique personas and 25 unique itineraries to match. If this to-do list for ‘effortlessly elegant BFF’ isn’t helpful, perhaps one of the other 24 bespoke schedules will be. Explore them all here. 

a room full of people air-boxing

Get reacquainted with your body in a core workout class at the Turf fitness studio ($32 for an intro 2-class pack) and grab a blueberry glow smoothie ($13) on your way out. 101–2041 W 4th Ave., ourturf.com

beautiful homeware objects and furniture in a light-wood room

Fawn over minimalist carafes, soothing essential oils and inspirational coffee table books at hyper-stylish homewares store Old Faithful Shop. 320 W Cordova St., oldfaithfulshop.com

Pop by a farmers’ market for fresh tomatoes, kale and peonies (the Trout Lake market opened for the season on April 1, and the rest have launch dates throughout May and June). eatlocal.org

a glowly pink salt sauna

Get your glisten on in the sauna at Circle Wellness Spa, a “self-guided thermal experience” that will have you sweating and shivering in a mindful, meditative trance. 1297 Johnston St.,

Create your own signature scent in a soy wax candle-making workshop ($95) at Homecoming Candles. 1871 Powell St., homecomingcandles.com

a woman in a yellow linen bathrobe
Splurge for a luxurious linen robe ($98) from Vancouver-based Wilet’s Strathcona showroom.
858 E Hastings St., shopwilet.com


a dish of mussels on a dark wood table
Share steamed mussels with crème fraîche, chorizo and grilled sourdough ($23) at dreamy, design-forward Botanist. 1038 Canada Pl., botanistrestaurant.com

More from the Ultimate, Hyper-Specific Vancouver City Guide here.