CAFFEINE STOP: Enjoy locally roasted beans in a sleek, pared-down environment at Rocanini Coffee Roasters (5631 West Boulevard).
LANDMARK: Let the quaint, pillared welcome sign greet you at Kerrisdale’s charming shopping district on West 41st Avenue between Maple and Larch streets.
WATERING HOLE: An impressive cocktail list boasting house-made syrups and tinctures makes Barra 41 (2407 West 41st Avenue) a must-visit.
GO-TO GREENSPACE: Take five at Kerrisdale Park—just steps away from the Arbutus Greenway—with a book and blanket.
For the style stalker
Kerrisdale may be situated on the city’s ritzy West Side, but the ’hood boasts boutiques that cater to a range of budgets. The birthplace of women’s fashion giant Aritzia, Hill’s of Kerrisdale (2125 West 41st Avenue) is a must-stop for quality, contemporary garb—from J Brand denim and ecofriendly frocks to Swedish-designed suiting and Adidas kicks—for both guys and gals.
A curated selection of breezy womenswear awaits at Spill It Sister (1856 West 57th Avenue), while those with tots in tow will find much to love at Blake & Riley (2150 West 41st Avenue) and Isola Bella Children’s Clothing (5692 Yew Street). Looking to shop vintage or secondhand? Head to Dragon & Phoenix (3510 West 41st Avenue), a family-owned biz that’s one of the city’s oldest consignment stores, and HOB Thrift Boutique (2236 West 41st Avenue), proceeds from which support the Vancouver Hospice Society.
For the foodie
Because Kerrisdale used to be a predominantly British neighbourhood, you’ll find teahouses such as Adonia Tea House (2057 West 41st Avenue), Rose House (5687 Balsam Street), and the Secret Garden Tea Company (2138 West 40th Avenue) serving up classic scones and finger sandwiches.
For those who prefer Asian flavours, tasty noodles are offered at Chi Noodle Bar (6019 West Boulevard), while Chinese soup dumplings steal the show at Modern City Chinese Restaurant (2106 West 41st Avenue) and fresh Japanese bites are on the menu at Ajisai Sushi Bar (2081 West 42nd Avenue). Quench your thirst with bubble tea from Boba Boy (2184 West 41st Avenue), and indulge in a variety of matcha treats and drinks from Nana’s Green Tea (2135 West 41st Avenue).