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New series: five spots to visit along the Canada Line

With lots of people so excited to ride the Canada Line, I thought it might be fun to do a little series spotlighting places to visit along the Line’s corridor!

So read on for five good excuses to ride the Line out somewhere — as if you needed more :) And if you have five spots to share along the Canada Line too, e-mail me and I’ll put them up. (Fewer spots are fine too, and they can all be at one station or spread out.)

1. Daiso (near Aberdeen Station)

Daiso in Aberdeen Centre!

Daiso in Aberdeen Centre!

Daiso is in Aberdeen Centre, a shopping mall about a block away from Aberdeen Station in Richmond. Here’s a map showing how to get there from the station.

Daiso is probably one of the most amazing shopping experiences in the Lower Mainland.

Classic American magazine!

Classic American magazine!

Daiso is a Japanese department store where everything is $2 (or thereabouts), and in all honesty, once you visit, you will likely spend your entire afternoon wandering its aisles, piling stationery, dishes, pens, toys, gift boxes, and more into your basket.

The sheer breadth of inventory combined with low low prices creates an overload of shopping goodness. Daiso spans two floors and stocks 50,000 items in every category you can think of.

Batteries? Check. Scrub brushes for the bathroom? Yep. Tote bags with a cute dog painted on them? They’ve got that too. And “classic American magazine” — a.k.a. hip tearouts from old Life magazines for you to put on your wall? All this, and more!

For more on the Daiso experience, check out a post from Tams at the Bigger Bang Theory, detailing her trip to Daiso via Canada Line last week.

2. Beard Papa (near Aberdeen Station & Broadway-City Hall)

Beard Papa, in the Aberdeen Centre food court!

Beard Papa, in the Aberdeen Centre food court!

Beard Papa is in the third-floor food court of Aberdeen Centre, a shopping mall about a block away from Aberdeen Station in Richmond. You can also find Beard Papa in City Square Shopping Centre, next to Broadway-City Hall Station, plus more locations in Vancouver and Burnaby. Here’s a map showing how to get to the Aberdeen Centre location.

Beard Papa's eclair cream puff (vanilla filling, chocolate topping)!

Beard Papa's eclair cream puff (vanilla filling, chocolate topping)!

Beard Papa is another wonderful Japanese import — they make delicious cream puffs that are a cult favourite worldwide, especially in New York and San Francisco.

Check out the articles on Beard Papa’s Canadian website: apparently the first weeks of opening in Aberdeen Centre, Beard Papa had lineups stretching to two hours long!

Anyway, the puffs are the size of your fist, and Beard Papa’s classic flavour is vanilla custard cream, although green tea, chocolate, and other flavours are available.

It’s cash only, so make sure you have some on hand!

3. Kube Computers (near Broadway-City Hall)

Kube Computers near Broadway-City Hall Station.

Kube Computers near Broadway-City Hall Station.

Kube Computers is at 2921 Cambie Street, at 13th and Cambie, about three blocks from Broadway-City Hall Station. Here’s a map!

Inside Kube!

Inside Kube!

Exit Broadway-City Hall station and head south away from the big box stores, and you’ll run into Kube Computers, a little computer shop featuring super stylish computer accessories.

Kube’s the place to go if you want a gorgeous laptop case that’s fashionable as well as functional.

And they also do computer repair, design custom computer systems, and other assorted services.

Take a look at their online store to sample their lovely range of bags ahead of time!

4. Arroy-D (near Broadway-City Hall)

Arroy-D Thai Restaurant on Cambie Street.

Arroy-D Thai Restaurant on Cambie Street.

Arroy-D Thai Restaurant, 3106 Cambie Street, at Cambie and 15th, about five blocks from Broadway-City Hall Station. Here’s a map of its location!

You really can’t miss Arroy-D Thai Restaurant—it’s in a bright purple building on Cambie Street.

It’s open for lunch and dinner and the specials make for terrific, affordable Thai meals.

Also, if you bring a bigger group and you’re going to be spending at least $15 per person, you can arrange to sit in the big open area in the middle, which features Thai silk throw pillows and fancy tables.

Edit: I’m sad to report that Arroy-D has in fact closed.

5. Yaletown restaurants along Mainland Street (Yaletown-Roundhouse)

Chocoatl and the Yaletown Brewing Company, right behind Yaletown-Roundhouse Station. Head further up the street for more restaurants!

Chocoatl and the Yaletown Brewing Company, right behind Yaletown-Roundhouse Station. Head further up the street for more restaurants!

Check out this map to see the location of Yaletown-Roundhouse Station and some of the restaurants marked out along Mainland.

Walk north up Mainland Street behind Yaletown-Roundhouse Station, and you’ll encounter a strip of trendy, tasty restaurants in the former warehouse district.

Just near the station, you can hit the Yaletown Brewing Company for casual drinks, Chocoatl for hot chocolates and dessert, or even go celeb spotting at Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar (the gossip pages always say the Twilight kids swing by there).

Or head up the street a bit and check out PHAT (a.k.a. Pretty Hot and Tasty), which serves up delicious lunchtime sandwiches and salads. Hamilton Street one block west has another long strip of great eateries to try. And this is just a small sampling: check out this list for even more restaurants!

And just think about it: if you work or live along the Canada Line corridor, you can now take the train to Yaletown and hit any of these places for lunch or dinner!

Again, if you want to share some spots, I’d love to hear about it. E-mail me your list and I’ll put it up!


17 Comments

  • By JC, August 24, 2009 @ 7:36 pm

    Hmm… Arroy-D is still around? I thought they closed according to this: http://www2.canada.com/vancouvercourier/news/story.html?id=f2d413f9-4f0b-4891-af22-7c40b8714656

  • By cree, August 24, 2009 @ 11:15 pm

    Yes, to Daiso and Kube! I had bought a real nice laptop bag @ Kube. Great for them that they survived the trench construction.

  • By Rvie, August 25, 2009 @ 6:28 am

    Hooray for Daiso! My favourite department store! =D

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, August 25, 2009 @ 10:54 am

    JC: Oh nooo! That’s a shame. I’ll make a note in the post above :(

  • By Donald, August 25, 2009 @ 11:41 am

    I’d like to also note that Harvey’s on the Arrivals Level at YVR is the only location accessible from Rapid Transit. I took an extended 90 minute lunch last Friday to eat my first Harvey’s burger in a long long time. Mmmm. It’ll be a shame once the $2.50 Airport Zone addfare comes into effect.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, August 25, 2009 @ 11:43 am

    Good one Donald. I’ll put that into a post!

  • By LB, August 25, 2009 @ 11:46 am

    If you’re looking for good Thai around the Broadway-City Hall stop, on Cambie down at 7th is Chao Phraya. $7 lunch specials. Yummy.

  • By Reva, August 25, 2009 @ 2:01 pm

    Another great little restaurant near Broadway-City Hall is Lucky Noodle at 546 W. Broadway (about 1/2 block west of Cambie). They have Asian noodle dishes of all persuasions, i.e. Chinese, Thai, Korean, Szechuan, etc. The portions are invariably huge and the meat & veggies they use are always super-fresh. Most entrees are about $8 or $9. Extensive vegetarian options. The owner, who is a most pleasant fellow, does most of the serving himself. My hubby & I come all the way from North Vancouver to eat there because it’s such nice food & service, and very affordable. Will go there even more now with the Canada Line up & running!

  • By Robert, August 25, 2009 @ 3:57 pm

    Re Arroy-D, the Vancouver Courier link mentions a clarification that the restaurant’s landlord has given an extension to the owner; also, their web site is still operational. Maybe someone living nearby could verify the restaurant’s closing. I don’t want to contradict another posting, on the other hand I don’t want to see potential customers unnecessarily (and accidentally) scared away.

  • By Henry, August 25, 2009 @ 10:09 pm

    Doesn’t the Home Depot near Gilmore Station also have a little Harvey’s inside? I haven’t been there for a while, but I seem to recall that almost every Home Depot in Canada has a Harvey’s.

    Thanks for the recommendation for Kube. I gotta check that one out.

  • By Mezzanine2, August 26, 2009 @ 12:40 pm

    I’d easily recommend the Marimekko store on Hamilton Street which is very close to the Yaletown-Roundhouse station.

    Marimekko has a pretty good selection of merchandise from this Finnish design house: men’s and women’s clothing, housewares, textiles, linens, fabrics. Not as spectacular as the flagship store in Helsinki and the men’s items can be a bit boring, but it will do.

  • By Steven, August 26, 2009 @ 8:43 pm

    For me this has made the following favorite places more accessible:

    Golden Age Collectibles (Comic Shop) http://www.gacvan.com/ @ Vancouver City

    Candy Aisle (http://www.candyaisle.com/index1.html) @ Vancouver City

    Elfsar Comics (Comic Shop) http://www.elfsar.com/ @ Yaletown-Roundhouse

    FCV Technologies (http://www.fcv.ca/) @ Yaletown-Roundhouse (created the Translink website and I am working with them too & go for meetings)

    …and of course Oakridge Mall, so good to have access to a supermarket and other stores on the way home from work without going out of my way, made a lot of difference!

  • By ;-), August 26, 2009 @ 10:01 pm

    OK…. for me, I have a weakness for electronics. I love how the CLine joins Best Buy and the Best Buy owned Future Shop at Lansdowne, Cambie and Robson. I’m getting misty-eyed. Looking forward to Boxing Day!

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