Cheap Things to Do in Every Neighbourhood

DO - Cheap Things to do in every Neighbourhood 

Budget-minded travelers will find no shortage of cultural attractions, fun activities and sightseeing destinations in Vancouver. Just reference our guide for cheap things to do throughout Vancouver’s diverse neighbourhoods.


  • Wander the colourful aisles of Chinatown’s traditional markets.
  • Sip a piping hot cup of oolong tea in one of the many teashops.
  • Eat traditional dim sum dishes, such as shu mai and har gau.


  • Take a picture next to the famous steam-powered clock.
  • Get a glimpse of aboriginal art at one of the many First Nations galleries.
  • Enjoy a pint of locally brewed beer at a nearby public house.

Granville Island

  • Taste locally made pastries, artisan breads, specialty cheeses and more at the Granville Island Public Market.
  • Sample premium sake at the country’s first boutique sake winery.
  • Throw back a pint of Alder Bay Honey Lager or Pelican Bay Brown Ale at Dockside Brewing Company.

West End

  • Watch the sunset at English Bay Beach.
  • Explore Davie Village, where you’ll find Vancouver’s thriving GLBT community.
  • Browse unique boutiques, pet shops and jewelry stores.


  • Spread out a picnic blanket in the beautiful Quarry Gardens at Queen Elizabeth Park.
  • Explore a tropical oasis inside the glass-domed Bloedel Floral Conservatory.

Robson Street/Robson Square

Commercial Drive

  • Browse eclectic record stores, vintage clothing boutiques, used bookstores, skate shops and more.
  • Eat a scoop of authentic Italian gelato.
  • Attend a Saturday morning Farmers’ Market at Trout Lake.


  • Join a game of volleyball on Kitsilano Beach.
  • Relax at a sidewalk café with a specialty latte or cappuccino in hand.
  • Take a dip in Kitsilano Pool, the city’s only heated saltwater pool.

Punjabi Market

  • Fill up on Indian specialties at an inexpensive buffet.
  • Shop for sparkly bangles and vibrantly coloured pashminas.
  • Peek inside the Ross Street Sikh Temple, designed by renowned architect Arthur Erickson.
  • Take home an exotic spice or new ingredient from an Indian grocery store.

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