Stars of Vancouver 2015 Revealed

The City of Vancouver has been named everything from Best Destination in Canada (Travel Weekly) to second best city in the world (Telegraph Travel Awards) to World’s Healthiest Place to Live (Time Magazine) and a lot of that has to do with its residents, businesses, restaurants, services and attractions.

And while international accolades are certainly noteworthy and appreciated, it’s the insiders, such as Vancouver Courier readers, who can truly offer great advice on the best of the best this city has to offer.

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That’s just one of the reasons the Courier’s Stars of Vancouver Readers’ Choice Awards continue to be so anticipated year after year.

This annual best-of compilation highlights not only long-established businesses, attractions and services, but also recognizes the new kids on the block, including the hottest new restaurants and food trucks, festivals, art galleries, décor shops dedicated to style and design, and clothing and accessory stores offering the latest fashion trends.

So whether you’re a long-time resident or new arrival, let Stars of Vancouver 2015 act as your guide to some of this city’s deep-rooted favourites, best-kept secrets and hidden gems.

 

 

 

ARTS CULTURE

 

Art Gallery/Studio

1.       Vancouver Art Gallery

2.       Ayden Gallery

3.       Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

Classical Music Ensemble

1.       Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

2.       Musica Intima

3.       UBC Symphony Orchestra

Dance Company

1.       Arts Umbrella

2.       Ballet BC

3.       Goh Ballet

Opera/Choral Group

1.       Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir

2.       Vancouver Opera

3.       UBC Opera

Theatre Company

1.       Arts Club

2.       Carousel Theatre for Young People

3.       Bard on the Beach

Live Music Venue

1.       Commodore Ballroom

2.       The Belmont Bar (previously The Cellar)

3.       Orpheum Theatre

Event Venue

1.       Rogers Arena

2.       Commodore Ballroom

3.       BC Place

Local Blogger

1.       Jessica Luxe

2.       Miss604

3.       Follow Me Foodie

Community Centre

1.       Kerrisdale Community Centre

2.       Kitsilano Community Centre

3.       Trout Lake Community Centre

Place to Take the Kids

1.       Stanley Park

2.       Science World

3.       Granville Island

Street Festival

1.       Car Free Day

2.       Kerrisdale Days

3.       Khatsahlano

Tourist Attraction

1.       Stanley Park

2.       Granville Island

3.       PNE

Neighbourhood

1.       Kitsilano

2.       Kerrisdale Village

3.       Mount Pleasant

Date Night Spot

1.       Granville Island

2.       Cheescake etc.

3.       Gastown

Nightclub

1.       The Roxy

2.       Venue

3.       Celebrities Nightclub

 

FOOD + DRINK

 

Bakery/Patisserie

1.       Moore’s Bakery & Delicatessen

2.       Beaucoup Bakery

3.       Faubourg

Bar/Pub

1.       Shark Club

2.       Luke’s Corner Bar & Kitchen

3.       Celebrities Nightclub

Breakfast/Brunch Spot

1.       White Spot

2.       Medina Cafe

3.       Catch 122 Cafe Bistro

Burger Spot

1.       White Spot

2.       Romer’s Burger Bar

3.       Vera’s Burger Shack

Butcher

1.       Windsor Meat Co.

2.       Jackson’s Meat & Deli

3.       The Butcher

Cafe/Coffee Shop

1.       Legato Tea & Coffee

2.       Starbucks

3.       JJ Bean

Cheese & Charcuterie/Deli Store

1.       Benton Brothers Fine Cheese

2.       Oyama Sausage Co.

3.       les amis du FROMAGE

Ethnic Food Store

1.       West Valley Market

2.       T&T Supermarket

3.       Parthenon Supermarket

Farmers Market

1.       Kerrisdale Village Farmers Market

2.       Trout Lake Farmers Market

3.       Kitsilano Farmers Market

Food Cart

1.       JAPADOG

2.       Tacofino

3.       Re-Up BBQ

Dessert

1.       Faubourg

2.       Cheescake etc.

3.       Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe

Ice Cream/Gelato Shop

1.       Bella Gelateria

2.       Earnest Ice Cream

3.       Mario’s Gelati

Microbrewery

1.       Brassneck Brewery

2.       33 Acres Brewing Co.

3.       Granville Island Brewing

Patio

1.       Joe Fortes

2.       Tap & Barrel

3.       Bridges Restaurant

Pizza Place

1.       Panago Pizza

2.       Don’t Argue!

3.       Nicli Antica Pizzeria

Sandwich

1.       Meat & Bread

2.       Bean Brothers Cafe

3.       Legato Tea & Coffee

Sushi

1.       Ajisai Sushi Bar

2.       Shiro Japanese Restaurant

3.       Miku

Child Friendly Restaurant

1.       White Spot

2.       Milestones

3.       Denny’s

Chinese Restaurant

1.       Kirin Restaurant

2.       Café Gloucester

3.       Dynasty Seafood

Dim Sum

1.       Kirin Restaurant

2.       Dynasty Seafood Restaurant

3.       Fraser Court Seafood

Fine Dining Restaurant

1.       Bishop’s

2.       Blue Water Cafe & Raw Bar

3.       Black + Blue

Gluten Free Friendly

1.       The Naam

2.       The Wallflower Modern Diner

3.       Lemonade Bakery

Greek Restaurant

1.       Stepho’s Souvlaki Greek Taverna

2.       Kalamata Greek Taverna

3.       Kerkis Taverna

Indian/South Asian Restaurant

1.       Vij’s

2.       Rangoli

3.       Chutney Villa

Italian Restaurant

1.       Ask for Luigi

2.       Italian Kitchen

3.       The Bibo

Japanese Restaurant

1.       Miku

2.       Kingyo Izakaya

3.       Shiro Japanese Restaurant

Late Night Dining

1.       Cactus Club Cafe

2.       Congee Noodle House

3.       Guu Izakaya

Latin American Restaurant

1.       La Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop

2.       La Mezcaleria

3.       Chicha

Middle Eastern Restaurant

1.       Nuba

2.       Afghan Horseman

3.       East is East

New Restaurant

1.       Ask for Luigi

2.       Gyoza Bar & Ramen

3.       Sushi Bar Maumi

Seafood Restaurant

1.       The Boathouse

2.       Coast

3.       Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar

Tapas Restaurant

1.       España

2.       The Sardine Can

3.       Tapas 23

Thai Restaurant

1.       The Thai House

2.       SalaThai

3.       Bob Likes Thai Food

Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant

1.       The Acorn

2.       The Naam

3.       Graze

Working Lunch

1.       Congee Noodle House

2.       Banana Leaf

3.       Meat & Bread

Gay Bar

1.       Celebrities Nightclub

2.       Oasis

3.       The Pumpjack Pub

 

STYLE HOME

 

Baby Store

1.       Local: Hip Baby

Chain: Gap

2.       Wee Ones Reruns

3.       Lusso Baby

Bridal Store

1.       Bisou Bridal

2.       Blush Bridal

3.       Bello Wedding World

Eyewear Store

1.       The Optical Boutique

2.       Skylight Optical

3.       Hakim Optical

Florist

1.       Scentrepiece Florist

2.       The Flower Factory

3.       Garden Party Flowers

Gift Shop

1.       Front & Company

2.       The Cross Decor & Design

3.       Fine Finds Boutique

Hardware Store

1.       The Kerrisdale Lumber Co. Ltd

2.       Home Depot

3.       Blight’s Home Hardware

Home Appliance Store

1.       Trail Appliances Store

2.       Home Depot

3.       Future Shop

Home Decor Store

1.       The Cross Decor & Design

2.       Chintz & Company

3.       HomeSense

Kitchenware Store

1.       Ming Wo Cookware

2.       Cookworks

3.       Gourmet Warehouse

Pet Store

1.       Bosley’s by Pet Valu

2.       PetSmart

3.       Tisol Pet Nutrition & Supply Stores

Shoe Store

1.       Browns Shoes

2.       Aldo

3.       Town Shoes (previously Freedmans)

Shopping Centre

1.       Pacific Centre

2.       Oakridge Centre

3.       Kingsgate Mall

Jewellery Store

1.       Tiffany & Co.

2.       Blue Ruby

3.       Maison Birks

Men’s Clothing Store

1.       Harry Rosen

2.       Moores Clothing For Men

3.       Roden Gray

Women’s Clothing Store

1.       Aritzia

2.       JQ Clothing

3.       Holt Renfrew

Fashion Accessory Store

1.       Blue Ruby

2.       Forever 21

3.       Front & Company

Vintage/Consignment Store

1.       Salvation Army

2.       Turnabout Luxury Resale

3.       Front & Company

Sporting Apparel Store

1.       Mountain Equipment Co-op

2.       Sport Chek

3.       Lululemon Athletica

Toy Store

1.       Local: Granville Island Toy Company

Chain: Toys “R” Us

2.       Kaboodles Toy Store

3.       Dilly Dally

Furniture Store

1.       The Cross Decor & Design

2.       BoConcept

3.       Inspiration Furniture

Garden Store

1.       David Hunter Garden Centers

2.       Art Knapp Plantland

3.       Home Depot

Kids Clothing Store

1.       Local: Wee Ones Reruns

Chain: Gap

2.       Hip Baby

3.       Crocodile Baby

 

LIFESTYLE SERVICES

 

Art & Craft Supplies

1.       Local: Opus Framing & Art Supplies

Chain: Michaels

2.       4 Cats Art Studio

3.       DeSerres

Beauty Therapy

1.       OptaDerm Skin Care

2.       Bombay Eyebrow

3.       Absolute Spa

Bike Shop

1.       Bikes For All

2.       Our Community Bikes

3.       Denman Bikes

Car Dealership

1.       Brian Jessel BMW

2.       OpenRoad Audi

3.       Dueck on Marine

Car Share/Co-Op

1.       Car2Go

2.       Zipcar

3.       Modo

Caterer

1.       The Lazy Gourmet

2.       The Dirty Apron

3.       Quince

Chiropractor

1.       MSK Health and Performance Clinic

2.       Jointworks Chiropractic

3.       Backs in Action Wellness Centre

Continuing Studies Education

1.       University of British Columbia (UBC)

2.       Vancouver Community College (VCC)

3.       Langara College

Denture Clinic

1.       Victoria Drive Denture Clinic

2.       Main Street Denture Clinic

3.       Downtown Denture Centre

Dry Cleaner

1.       Busy Bee Gold Dry Cleaners

2.       Kerrisdale Cleaners

3.       Save On Dry Cleaning

Environmentally Responsible Business

1.       Whole Foods Market

2.       Trafalgars Bistro

3.       Choices Markets

Grocery Store

1.       Choices Markets

2.       West Valley Produce

3.       Stong’s

Hair Salon

1.       Salon Haze

2.       Adesso Hair Design

3.       On the Fringe Hair Design

Health & Fitness Centre/Gym

1.       Steve Nash Fitness World

2.       Club 16 Trevor Linden Fitness Centre & Gym

3.       Urban Fitness

 

Health & Wellness Store

1.       Reflex Supplements

2.       Finlandia Pharmacy & Health Centre

3.       Choices Markets

Hotel

1.       Fairmont Pacific Rim

2.       Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

3.       OPUS Vancouver

Liquor Store

1.       BC Liquor Stores

2.       Legacy Liquor Store

3.       Liberty Wine Merchants

Nail Bar

1.       Pure Nail Bar

2.       Broadway Nail Spa

3.       Posy Nail Spa

Naturopath

1.       Integrative Naturopathic Medical Centre

2.       Vitalia Health Care

3.       Sage Clinic

Physiotherapist

1.       Physio Room

2.       Treloar Physiotherapy Clinic

3.       Kitsilano Physiotherapy

Preschool/Daycare

1.       Extra Steps Preschool

2.       Britannia Preschool

3.       Marpole Bilingual Montessori

Private School

1.       Crofton House School

2.       St. George’s School

3.       Talmud Torah

Produce Store

1.       West Valley Produce

2.       Choices Markets

3.       Donald’s Markets

Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

1.       Mai Jackson, Physio Room

2.       Evgeny Morozov, Backs in Action Wellness Centre

3.       Julia Jacobsen, Physio Room

Seniors Care/ Support Services

1.       Driving Miss Daisy

2.       Nurse Next Door

3.       Kitsilano Neighbourhood House

Seniors Residences

1.       Tapestry Retirement Communities

2.       Crofton Manor

3.       Cavell Gardens

Shoe Repair Store

1.       Tony’s Shoe Repair

2.       The Right Shoe

3.       Gold Star Shoe Rebuilders

Spa

1.       Spa Utopia

2.       Willow Stream Spa

3.       Sun Health Centre

Sporting Equipment Store

1.       Mountain Equipment Co-Op

2.       Sport Check

3.       Fitness Town

Vet

1.       West King Edward Animal Clinic

2.       Atlas Animal Hospital

3.       Granville Island Animal Hospital

Yoga Studio

1.       YYoga

2.       Moksha Yoga

3.       Semperviva

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