The hip district across the inlet from downtown, Kitsilano is home to an excellent beach and the gorgeous Vanier Park, both of which draw droves of locals as soon as the sun appears in the sky. Check out these areas for the excellent views of the city skyline and then head to main boulevards like West 4th or West Broadway for some of the most consistent cuisine in the city.
Meeting the needs of a discerning community, Kitsilano provides the full spectrum of modern foods, from vegan dishes to seafood and sushi, with a smattering of fast food options interspersed between. Try Romer's on West 4th for delicious burgers, Suika for sushi done right or the Noodle Box for boxes of... um... noodles. There are also a great little run of pubs and cafes along Yew Street between Cornwall and 1st.