Kitsilano, or Kits for short, is a popular and very trendy part of Vancouver that’s home to one of the city’s best beaches and places to walk and cycle.
Vancouver’s Kitsilano District
The Kitsilano neighbourhood is home to the annual Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival in the summer (just down the way at Vanier Park), as well as the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Maritime Museum, and Museum of Vancouver.
The Kitsilano region is also home to several stunning beaches, and the Kitsilano Farmers Market in the summer.
A Best Place to Walk and Cycle
You can ride your bicycle or walk or jog from Kitsilano Beach along the waterfront all the way to Granville Island, Science World and even to downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park, although the entire route is quite a ways.
You can also head for miles in the opposite direction, past equally beautiful Jericho, Locarno and Spanish Banks beaches, toward Point Grey and the University of British Columbia (UBC), although parts of that route are along the road.
Kitsilano’s main shopping street is West Broadway, which has a wide variety of interesting stores and restaurants, as does West 4th Avenue.
Probably Kitsilano’s most popular destination in the summer is its main beach, which attracts crowds in the summer, and especially during Vancouver’s Honda Celebration of Light fireworks displays.
Kitsilano is arguably one of the region’s most beautiful and popular sandy beaches. From here you can see views of English Bay, the city and the North Shore Mountains; kids have fun in the sand and at the playground; young folk play beach volleyball; and people of all ages just hang out.
In the summer Kitsilano Beach is also a great place to swim, both in the freezing cold ocean and in the park’s beautiful and very large outdoor swimming pool.
In the summer they sometimes have live “community-sourced” live music and entertainment on the Showboat stage in the evenings. The shows aren’t always so professional, but you can come and go as you like. Sometimes the entertainment is great.
There is lots of parking at Kitsilano Beach, but it still gets full on hot summer days due to the location’s popularity.
Click the following link to learn more about Metro Vancouver’s other top beaches.
Kitsilano Farmers Market
The Kitsilano Farmers Market runs on Sundays from mid-May to mid-October from 10 am to 2 pm outside the Kitsilano Community Centre at 2690 Larch Street. It’s a pretty big market, with up to about 50 or so vendors on a good week. The market is located about 20 blocks from Kitsilano Beach, so a ways away, but within easy driving distance.
For more information on this and other Lower Mainland markets, check out Vancouver Farmers Markets.
Places to Eat in Kitsilano
Kitsilano is a trendy place, and with that come trendy restaurants, most of which are located somewhere along 4th Avenue. Some of the best places for a great meal include the following:
- Aphrodite’s Organic Cafe & Pie Shop – a delightful pie and coffee shop at 3605 West 4th Avenue.
- Bishop’s – a fine-dining restaurant at 2183 West 4th Avenue.
- The Boathouse Restaurant – a great restaurant with fantastic views right by the sand at Jericho Beach.
- Burgoo – a good place for soups and stews at 2272 West 4th Avenue.
- Fable Kitchen – just three blocks further down West 4th from Burgoo, at #1944, it’s a popular restaurant with an open kitchen concept that prides itself in using local ingredients.
- La Quercia – a reasonably-priced Italian restaurant at 3689 West 4th Avenue, just a few blocks from Jericho beach.
- Maenam – a great Thai restaurant at 1938 West 4th Avenue.
- Octopus’ Garden – a popular Japanese restaurant at 1955 Cornwall Avenue. Its prices are in the middle-to-higher range.
- The Wolf and Hound – a popular pub at 3617 West Broadway.