Peter Van de Reep - What I love about Vancouver

July 03, 2012

While we're in the same place for the next few months we've invited guests to contribute to There & Here by telling us what they love about their favourite place in the world. Our guest this week is Peter from Vancouver, Canada.
English Bay, VancouverOne of the many great beaches lining the city.

What I love about Vancouver is ...well, pretty much everything.

I love how close we are to the ocean and mountains. I love the diversity of our people. I love our restaurants and cafes. Now, don't think it's not all a big love-fest out here, we do have our problems but, regardless, I have fallen in love with this city since I moved here seven years ago. I haven't travelled too much as an adult, but I feel like I still have so much to explore in Vancouver that my desire to go abroad is tamed. If I want to go to Japan, I slip into a boisterous izakaya for beer and snacks. If I want to go to China, I can visit a myriade of regions from shops and restaurants all within a 10 minute bike ride from my house. This city offers so much.

Robson Street, Vancouver OlympicsSo it was two years ago, but the Olympics were pretty rad.

BC Ferries to Bowen Island20 minutes on BC Ferries gets you to Bowen Island, a great place for a hike.

Bowen IslandSometimes you forget that Vancouver is in a rainforest.

spot prawnsOne of the best seasonal delicacies from our waters, spot prawns!

Guu, VancouverGuu is an izakaya that transports you to Japan.

Nine Dishes, VancouverBeer drinking food, Sichuan style. Conveniently Nine Dishes is only five blocks from my house.

East Van cross by Ken Lum The iconic East Van cross by Ken Lum.

False Creek at duskFrom the shores of False Creek at dusk.

Peter Van de Reep lives in Vancouver, BC. Following a university degree in geology, he worked at UBC until funding dried up for his research. After that he moved back into the coffee world where he's slung coffee for Elysian Coffee for the past two and a half years. Currently Peter's transitioning into food and drink where he makes delicious Italian food and drinks at Campagnolo Roma. His adventures are usually chronicled on twitter @peter_van.


  1. ...and he's from Calgary.

  2. Yeah John, we met Peter when he used to live in Calgary! We meant "from Vancouver" in the sense of that's where you can find him now. Great man.