If you haven’t set foot inside this über-stylish boutique, now is the time to discover what you’ve been missing. Stocked with fashion-forward brands like IRO, A.L.C. and Derek Lam 10 Crosby, the store is too adorable for words — but we’ll try anyway. Picture Parisian furniture and finishings, crystal chandeliers, a 3-D floral wall and a change room so cute that you won’t want to leave. Scoop up a boho-chic dress perfect for summer from actress-turned-designer Dodo Bar Or, or if you’re in the market for something bolder, the rose gold pleated leather midiskirt by Manoush is quite the statement piece.
Where: 3680 W. 4th Ave., Jericho Village
When: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
More info: 604-714-0085; rebeccabree.com
Banyen Books & Sound
We're willing to bet you have never been in a store like this before. With more than 20,000 titles to choose from, Banyen Books may very well be home to Canada’s largest collection of content focused on spiritual traditions and holistic wellness. You could easily spend several hours browsing the shelves and still not cover it all. But Banyen offers more than books, DVDs and music, with its impressive selection of musical instruments from around the globe (we’re partial to the Tibetan singing bowls — trust us on this one), tarot cards and crystals, incense and oils, meditation pillows and so, so much more. Maybe block off a whole afternoon for your visit? Just saying....
Where: 3608 W. 4th Ave., Jericho Village
When: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
More info: 604-732-7912; banyen.com
While Kits Beach and Spanish Banks are known spots to get your sun and sand on, quiet Jericho Beach has quite a bit to offer in its own right. Along with stellar views of the North Shore Mountains, the beach offers tennis courts, plenty of picnicking spots and a network of trails along the shore and through nearby forested areas. We especially love that the beach borders a park with a grove of weeping willow trees and a sizable pond that affords lots of bird-watching opportunities. Don’t forget to bring your sunnies!
Where: Jericho Park, Point Grey Rd. bet. Wallace & Discovery Sts., Jericho Village
More info: vancouver.ca
Aphrodite's Organic Cafe
If you feel like grabbing a quick bite or have a hankering for something sweet, Aphrodite's Organic Cafe is a must visit. The pies, also available at Aphrodite’s Pie Shop across the street, are among Vancouver’s best-kept culinary secrets. Whether you order a slice of traditional apple or are in the mood for something more decadent (the chocolate raspberry cream, perhaps?), the taste of these pies — made with organic fruit and stone-ground flour — is truly next level.
Where: 3605 W. 4th Ave., Jericho Village
When: Mon.-Thurs. & Sun., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
More info: 604-733-8308; organiccafe.ca
Consistently rated one of the best casual Italian restaurants in the city, La Quercia is a true neighbourhood gem. It has too many accolades and “best of” awards to count, and deservedly so: The chefs execute rustic Italian fare to perfection, from the bone marrow Piedmontese appetizer to the semifreddo for dessert. The space is intimate and always very busy, so don’t neglect to make a reservation well in advance. For a thorough exploration of the resto's "slow food" style, sit at the bar and order the multicourse family-style menu.
Where: 3689 W. 4th Ave., Jericho Village
When: Tues.-Sun., 5-10 p.m.
More info: 604-676-1007; laquercia.ca