Good day INTERNex family,
Smart $aver Vancouver is here to help you enjoy our beautiful city to the fullest without breaking the bank. Summer has officially started so put those rain jackets aside and get ready to experience this city like a life-long local.
A great place to soak up some sunshine in South Vancouver is Queen Elizabeth Park located at 33rd Avenue and Cambie Street. Take in the natural beauty of the carefully landscaped gardens, discover the secret waterfall while walking the lower trail, hit the links at the 18-hole pitch n putt course for $16 (club rentals included) or enjoy a round of tennis on one of the 18 newly renovated tennis courts. What’s great about this place is that it doesn’t attract the major crowds like downtown’s Stanley Park so you can be free to enjoy the surroundings in peace. Parking here is also free in the South lot and there’s plenty of bicycle parking all over the park.
Great food should be accompanied by great friends, not great big prices. To taste some of Vancouver’s diverse foods at reasonable rates, head down to the Richmond Night Market. On now until the end of summer, this ever-growing outdoor marketplace resembles one similar in Hong Kong. Here, you can dig into a plate of fried rice noodles, nibble on bbq pork skewers and fried prawns, and settle it all with fresh mangoes in ice cream! All that for under $20, you’d still have a few dollars left over for kick-knacks or souvenirs. Open Friday-Sunday evenings from 8pm-12am, the main entrance is located at Bridgeport Road and Sweden Way across from the IKEA and there’s no charge for admission. There’s also a smaller version of this market in Chinatown on Keefer Street that runs during the same time.
If you’re looking for fine fresh groceries, Chinatown offers plenty of fresh meats, seafood and produce at a fraction of the price of a leading grocery store chain. The best (and cheapest) products can be found on Keefer, Pender and Main Street. For a filling authentic Chinese meal at a modest price, go to Hon’s Wonton House on Keefer between Main Street and Gore Ave. Be sure to order their famous Potsticker dumplings at $6 per dozen, they can be an appetizer to share or a meal on its own. The most expensive large dishes reaches a staggering $14 but is commonly shared between 2-4 people.
That’s it for this week with Smart $aver Vancouver but be sure to log in again next Thursday where I’ll share with you more ways to save while here in town and another local cheap eats favorite.