On Our Radar: What’s New in Vancouver

With summer in full swing and plenty of excuses to get out of town each weekend, it can be hard to keep tabs on recent boutique, cafe and restaurant openings. Well, it’s time to update that social calendar and add another handful of notable spots you need to get acquainted with.

Yet another reason to pop by the Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Giovane Cafe is the recent addition of a well-stocked wine bar, offering 40 wines by the glass courtesy of a customized Enomatic installation (pictured above), and plenty more by the bottle. Already a favourite go-to for locals and tourists alike, Giovane Cafe has officially added the term ‘wine bar’ to their handle, aiming to attract the after-work crowd, discerning foodies and urban sophisticates come five o’clock. Authentic, simple Italian foods and inspired charcuterie, as well as a tempting selection of antipasti are available. Hankering for something a little more to pair with that rich Valpolicella? No issue here, the wine bar offers a plethora of pizzas, cheeses and salads to help make the perfect pairing. Unlike its more casual day service, Giovane’s newly transformed wine bar will up the ante with table service and mood-making music we think will entice notables to become regular repeat-offenders. And when you’re in the mood for more, simply dash next door to the hotel’s swanky lobby bar to catch live music for your own grand finale. Be sure to stop by and rediscover the new Giovane Cafe + Wine Bar soon. Located at 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver (Wine Bar is open until 10pm), and follow them at @GiovaneCafe.

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For a quick culinary fix, GO FISH! The old Bin 942 location (and favoured haunt for many) has recently undergone both an interior and menu-makeover (almost done). Owned by beloved Vancouver Chef (with a spicy personality) Gord Martin, he made the decision to expand his ever-popular take-away kiosk, GO FISH Waterfront Emporium, further inland. Having arguably laid the ‘tasting plates’ foundation within Vancouver’s dining scene in the late 90s, Martin’s long run of success began with the establishment of Bin 941 – paving the way for 942 thereafter. The switch of this location to the aptly named GO FISH West Broadway reflects Martin’s quest to provide a creative (sustainable) and fresh take on local cuisine at a moderate price to his loyal customers. GO FISH West Broadway will offer the same casual concession-style fare, dressed up for a dine-in crowd. Additional mouth-wateringly good items on the restaurant menu are just another reason to check this new spot out. We’re pretty sure you’ll love it to the point of possible obsession…hook, line and sinker. You’ll be able to see for yourself soon: GO FISH West Broadway opens soon. 1521 West Broadway, Vancouver, or follow them on Twitter @gofishVancouver.

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Put your best face forward at the new Kiehl’s on Robson St. Globally, Kiehl’s Apothecary has been pampering skin since 1851, though their boutique on Vancouver’s trendy Robson Street recently decided to freshen things up. Beginning with a complete store makeover and slight address change (find them at 1021 Robson Street) the new location is sleek and chic, with a dusting of NYC-inspired edginess. You’ll still find all your facial favourites – pleasingly displayed on stainless steel shelves lining the walls and on marble countertops. The updated space keeps things simplified and spacious (begging shoppers to peruse products and take their time at the fully-loaded testing-bar). The new boutique resonates with Kiehl’s long-standing commitment to environmental responsibility. Natural products and environmentally-conscious packaging aside, look for the use of sustainable building materials incorporated throughout the new space. As is policy with all Kiehl’s locations, their ‘try before you buy’ policy is in full effect. Request samples of any product before you purchase and ask for a complimentary consult with their staff to find your skin’s best fit. Swing by their new digs and get spoiled. 1021 Robson Street, or follow them for more news @KiehlsCA.