Nowhere in the city are brunch spots more concentrated than this part of East Van. Whether you’re looking to nurse a hangover, plan a sweet date, or take the family out for a treat, the area has all your eggs-benny needs covered. Great eats can be found at The Red Wagon Café, Roundel Café, Jackalopes Neighborhood Dive, and Yolks––all along East Hastings. If you’re up for something a little less bacon-and-eggs, Scandalicious and Aleph Eatery––located near Victoria and Powell––offer Scandinavian and Middle Eastern brunch menus, respectively.
This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven is a modern day curiosities shop. Find antique taxidermy, occult supplies, novelty decorations, jewelry, and activities for the amature biologist. They also offer beginner taxidermy workshops and feature local artists in the shop regularly.
Dayton Boots has been hand-crafting footwear since 1946 at their factory store location on East Hastings. Their boots are durable, beautiful, and made to be repaired. A great place to shop locally and sustainably for a foundational item in your wardrobe!
Plenty and Spare is a small batch skincare and soap shop. Their zen space is a great place to discover your new favourite cleanser alongside a curated collection of BC-made lifestyle products.
Red Cat Records is where you go to take control of your playlist. Whether you’re an analogue novice or a seasoned collector, Red Cat has a wide ranging selection and great staff that can help you wind your way through the audio treasure chest. They also make sure to stock all of Vancouver’s own emerging musicians, so if you’re on the lookout for your next local favourite, make this your first stop.
The Pie Shoppe makes the best pies, savoury and sweet, in the city. Period. Helmed by the French sisters, the Shoppe serves seasonal, organic, hand-made pies to eat in or take home. Enjoy with a cup of their own small-batch, single origin Panoramic Coffee.
Polonia Sausage House offers a smorgasbord of cured meats, sausages, cheese, and Eastern European treats.
Bianca-Maria Italian Foods is a classic delicatessen with carefully selected Italian staples including fresh pasta, olive oil, meat, and cheese. The shop also offers lasagna, eggplant parmesan, bread, and stuffed pastas made in-house alongside European sweets and seasonal Italian goodies during the holidays.
Pandora Park is a little square of green tucked in at the intersection of Pandora and Nanaimo has a great playground, tennis courts, and a sweeping lawn for lounging or playing fetch with the dog. During the summer, there’s a little waterpark you can head over to after you’ve picked up a coffee and pastries with the kids at East Café, just up the street. If you’re looking to picnic, New Brighton Park has a designated area with tables that feature an ocean and mountain view for free!
Hidden Gem: Laksa King Restaurant
This family friendly spot serves an incredibly delicious Southeast-Asian menu prepared by chef-owner, Daisy. It’s 1960’s diner style decor, complete with neon ceiling lights and red booths, adds a kind of whimsical ambiance. Be sure to order Roti Canai for the table.