Notable Now Vancouver: December 13, 2013

Recently Opened: The Fish Counter (3825 Main Street)
Stock up on sustainable, OceanWise seafood and score some sweet deals this weekend by paying a visit to The Fish Counter. With holiday entertaining taking over the calendar these days, this is a great (and healthy) one-stop shop worth checking out. They’ve got a huge selection of take-out items such as ready-made fish tacos, fish n’ chips, soups and more – working with local and seasonal seafood producers to ensure you get the best (and freshest). More info here.

VanDusen Botanical Gardens Festival of Lights (5251 Oak Street)
Launching in time for the weekend from 4:30 to 9pm each night, take in a magical experience in the city’s most celebrated gardens courtesy of 1.4 million twinkling lights. The Festival of Lights brings with it a mystical way to get into the holiday spirit with live music, Scandinavian Gnomes entertaining you, the Parade of Lego exhibit and featured choirs performing. Find more information here.

Got Craft? (1889 Triumph Street)
Back for it’s 14th year of holiday crafting madness, check out this weekend’s finds at the Maritime Labour Centre for Got Craft! It’s a do-it-yourself dream featuring the works of dozens of artisans. Enjoy DJ music to help keep you in the shopping mood, partake in a crafting workshop, nosh on sweet treats and plenty more. Need additional incentive? Get there early to score a free swag bag (first 50 through the door). More info, click here.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens Paper Lantern Lessons (578 Carrall Street)
This Saturday, stop by the seasonally decorated Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens and take in an opportunity to create a one of a kind lantern with workshops led by lantern artist and Director of the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival Naomi Singer. Spots are limited, so call to reserve. Visit the front desk to get tickets or pay by phone (604-662-3207). For more info on this event, click here.

Recently Opened: Yolk’s Brunch (1298 E. Hastings Street)
Get your breakfast fix at this newly opened spot serving up plenty of early morning accouterments that will satisfy any appetite. Try one of their many different breakfast sandwiches (build your own style), grab some granola, or go a bit fancy with duck confit… or down-home with a serving of chicken and waffles. They’re open every day starting at 7am until 3pm. For more info, visit and get cracking.

Now Open: The Stable House Bistro (1520 W. 13th Avenue)
Shopping on South Granville just got a bit sweeter with the recent opening of neighbourhood bistro The Stable House. Head over when you’ve got a hankering for sharable plates, pastries, charcuterie and plenty more. A large bar, lounge area with high tops and more formal dining area afford a cozy atmosphere away from the boutique bustle outside. For more information, visit them here

Photo: VanDusen Botanical Garden

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