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16 (mostly free) ways to spend your lunch break in Downtown Vancouver

16 (mostly free) ways to spend your lunch break in Downtown Vancouver
16 (mostly free) ways to spend your lunch break in Downtown Vancouver

Like many others, I work at an office job. I can’t make it through the whole day without going outside for a walk but that can get a little boring. The other day, I was trying to think of other things I can do during my lunch break that don’t involve shopping. Here’s a few things I came up with:

Eat your lunch outside in a public space

The Downtown Vancouver BIA set up a number of outdoor patios in the downtown. The patios are the perfect spot to bring your lunch, meet some friends, and sit outside. Check out the locations here

Grab a healthy lunch or smoothie: I share 15 of my favourite healthy restaurants in Vancouver here

Ship to Shore Lunch

Eat lunch from one of the many food trucks

There are plenty of food trucks in the downtown Vancouver core. The bigger problem may be which one to try first! Find a list of food trucks here

Hit the beach: English Bay and Sunset Beach

My office is within walking distance of English Bay and Sunset Beach. Every few weeks, I’ll walk down to the beach and it feels like such an escape from the office.

Sunset Beach

Go for a walk in the park: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park or Crab Park. Find a list of Vancouver parks here

Go for a walk on the seawall

Yaletown Seawall

Try a new fitness class or outdoor yoga class

YYoga and Lululemon offer free yoga classes in the warmer months. Sign-up for the YYoga e-newsletter or drop by the Lululemon store on Robson for class schedules. During the fall and winter, try out a new fitness studio. The first class is usually free and many studios offer 30-45 minute lunchtime classes. Visit the ClassPass website for a comprehensive list of studios in the downtown area or try out the Robert Lee YMCA.

Lululemon Sunset Yoga

Browse the shelves of Chapters or the Vancouver Public Library

Enjoy public art: find public art in Vancouver by neighbourhood here

Shop local: go to a Farmer’s Market

The downtown Vancouver Farmers Market takes place Thursday afternoons at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza. The last one is October 27.

Salt Spring Island Grocery Store

Get caffeinated: attend a JJ Bean coffee tasting

Sure, you could go buy a coffee. But why not attend a coffee tasting for free? JJ Bean hosts free weekly tastings at different locations. Visit their Facebook page for times and locations. Revolver Coffee and Rocanini Coffee also offer tastings. Find out more here.

Explore a new neighbourhood or area: wander the streets of a new area and who knows what you may find

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Learn something new: attend an educational talk or seminar

A few places to find free educational talks: SFU Lectures, Vancouver Public Library Events, Spring University, Small Business BC, 

Browse the Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery for free

Visit the dogs at the Fairmont Vancouver Hotel

Did you know two dogs sit by the front desk at the Fairmont Vancouver Hotel? Since my plans to get an office dog are not panning out, I drop by the Vancouver Hotel instead to visit Mavis and Beau.

Host a potluck with your coworkers


Honourable Mentions: run errands, catch up with a friend, book appointments, try a new restaurant or cafe, sit on a patio, go shopping

Need more ideas? Check out: Miss 604 cheap things to do in Vancouver, Bored in Vancouver Best List of Free Things To Do in Vancouver, Vancity Buzz Free Things to Do in Vancouver, Tourism Vancouver 25 Free Things To Do in Vancouver

How do you spend your lunch break? 


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