Best of the City 2017: The results are in!


Happy Best of the City birthday! Technically, every year is our birthday, but this year, our annual readers’ choice awards turns the big 2-0

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It’s a special thing to be able to open up our library and look back on how much the city has changed in the past two decades. Back when it was still called Best in the West, the Roxy had yet to be crushed by Tinder for best place to pick up, meanwhile “Other Asian” was an acceptable, all-encompassing category for everything but Chinese and Thai food. 

In the intervening years, we’ve split the poll into Best of the City and Best of the City: Dining, to acknowledge how far our culinary scene has come, while expanding the regular BOTC list to represent a true portrait of city life (yes, yes, we know... there are a lot of categories). 

Thank you to everyone who voted – your thoughtful, sometimes sassy answers are truly one of the highlights of our year. And, to the person who entered Kingsgate Mall into virtually every category, it was surprising how often it made sense. 

Kelsey Klassen,




City Life

Media & Sports


Arts & Entertainment


Lifestyle & Hobbies


Health & Fitness

Personal Care


Winner profiles

Best Talk Radio & Radio Personality: Roundhouse Radio

Best Skate Shop: Antisocial Skateboard Shop

Best Bank/Credit Union: Vancity

Best Karaoke Night: ANAF Veterans 298 Canteen

Best Theatre Company: Arts Club

Best Women’s Clothing/Best Warehouse Sale: Aritzia

Best Jewelry Store: Van Yperen Jewellers

Best Local Actress: Cobie Smulders

Best Construction/Renovation Contractor: Refine & Design Homes and Renovations

Best Facial/Peel Bar: The Vanity Lab

Best Gift Store: Bird on a Wire Creations

Best PR Company: Milk Creative Communications

Best Local Choreographer: Crystal Pite

Best Wedding Photographer: Ambrosia Photography

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