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Long Table Distillery is one of the first distilleries in the city producing micro batches of gin, vodka and other spirits. Its hand-crafted spirits are prepared using organic and sustainable methods and copper machinery. It is open to visitors for tours of the distillery as well as tasting sessions of its unique spirits like the Long Table London Dry Gin, Long Table Marc Du Soleil and Long Table London Cucumber Gin. It also suggests innovative recipes for using its spirits to concoct novel cocktails. The best day to visit this distillery is on Fridays when it hosts the Gin and Tonic Fridays.
Once a warehouse area, this is now the city's newest shopping, high-tech and film industry district. Turn-of-the-century buildings that now house high-end furniture, home design and designer clothing retailers characterize the neighborhood, and it has become the favorite spot for film industry offices and shooting. Stick around and you might see a Hollywood star along the streets. Some of the city's best pubs and restaurants can also be found here. Great sips can be had at the Yaletown Brewing Co.
The False Creek is a creek that divides downtown from the rest of the city. You can see that the creek is made up of the four major water bodies of Vancouver. The creek was named by George Henry Richards a hydrographer in his survey of 1856-63. A beautiful inlet and a must-see.
Featuring two gigantic diamond rings, Engagement is an art installation by Dennis Oppenheim. Oppenheim also installed versions of this work in Nevada, California, Austria and Finland. Standing at a height of approximately nine meters (30 feet), this sculpture was set up at Vancouver's Sunset Beach Park in 2005. The two rings tilt away from each other, leaving this art open to varied interpretations on the bond of marriage. An evening view of these rings are truly gorgeous, when the setting sun adds a beautiful gleam to the diamonds.
This is the best place in the city to fly a kite or watch talented people fly them with grace and finesse. Visitors can marvel at the skyward fancy loops, swirls and dips by the seashore. This large park located five minutes from downtown, is home to the Vancouver Museum, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Pacific Space Centre and Gordon Southam Observatory. Views of downtown and the water make this a place to sit and quietly observe. It's also home to the summer's Bard on the Beach and Children's Festival.
South Granville is a shopping area rich with culture and tasteful boutiques. The area is abundant with upscale galleries, restaurants and specialty stores full of high-end merchandise. Between West 6th and 15th Avenues you'll find Vancouver's Gallery Row, showcasing some of the city's best artists. There is a wide array of modern art to check out at these galleries. The area is also home to the recently-refurbished Stanley, a 650-seat art-deco theater. Just steps from the theater are Asian green grocers, cappuccino bars and other shops.