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Vancouver west end | 4 Things to do on a rainy day

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Choosing a brunch spot in Vancouver’s many neighbourhoods can be a challenge. If you want a change of scenery from the usual spots like Jam Cafe, Medina Cafe or OEB, head to the West End for something different. It’s a perfect place for a cozy date with different activities that are all within walking distance, making it enjoyable even when it pours.

1. Brunch at Cafe Portrait

This charming café exudes warmth and artistic flair, with an eclectic collection of self-portraits. Patrons can choose from dishes named after renowned artists such as Monet and Cezanne. Among their offerings, our favourite was the Turkish eggs and pastrami which we paired with strong Turkish coffee and a side of Turkish delights.


2. Walk by the beach on English Bay
After brunch, take a stroll along English Bay which is just a few steps away from the cafe. It’s a simple yet refreshing way to enjoy the scenery and have a chat. The walk is enjoyable, rain or shine, and offers a break from the usual coffee shop setting.

3. Have desserts at D’oro Cafe
One of our favourite things about D’oro is that it’s one of the cafes that close later than usual but it also has one of the city’s best pistachio gelato. Our most recommended item? Pairing their brownie with pistachio gelato and if you can’t get enough, they sell huge jars of pistachio cream to go.

4. Explore shops at Robson Street
To cap off your West End excursion, head to Robson Street and explore its diverse offerings. With a mix of low to high-end shops, the street is not only a shopping haven but also a hub for various bubble tea joints, snack shops, and convenience stores. From corn dog spots to Korean and Japanese groceries, Robson Street caters to every taste. Be sure to venture inside the Robson Public Market for hidden gems, and don’t miss the chance to grab beautiful blooms at J&J’s convenience store, all at a reasonable price. It’s the perfect way to round out your day in the West End – a neighbourhood that offers more than just the usual coffee date experience.

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