About Mel C
Lives in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Since Jun 2013
25-34 year old female
I was born in Mauritius, Africa and grew up in Vancouver, Canada since I was two years old. After 25 years of my life growing up in Canada, I had an irresistible urge to live somewhere else for an experience and because I knew there was so much more of the world to see. In 2013 I quit my full-time jobs to work for an NGO in Cambodia for 7 months. I then went to 5 other countries in Southeast Asia, met hundreds of people and it was the best year of my life. I can't seem to stay away from Cambodia for very long now I'm working for a travel company during my time here and loving it. I've met some of the most generous people I've met in my life in Cambodia. In my spare time I love riding my motorcycle, cycling, hosting dinners and enjoying the company of funny people.
Islands, Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Art Museums, Art Galleries
Children's Museums, Science Museums, Theatres
Educational sites, Aquariums
Flea & Street Markets
Observation Decks & Towers
Granville Island has a great blend of local products, art, incredible food, live music, and beautiful scenery right by the water. Go beyond downtown Vancouver and wander around this area during the day to sample local products, enjoy a meal by the water, or see a theater performance.
Once you're done exploring Granville Island, you can hop on the Vancouver Aquabus for a mini-cruise of the False Creek area. This is the perfect way to explore one of the most beautiful parts of Vancouver.
If you are an art admirer, then you will definitely want to visit the Vancouver Art Gallery in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The gallery contains about 10,000 pieces of art in its permanent collection, which includes many local artists as part of the organization's commitment to preserving British Columbia's artists. There are often speakers, family programs, and special exhibitions throughout the year for locals and tourists to enjoy.
Both kids and adults can enjoy the fun at Science World. It’s located right along the seawall where you can appreciate the beautiful view before or after you explore this educational and fun-filled dome. Science World has interactive activities, galleries, exhibits, and programs with the goal of engaging local people and inspiring future leadership in science.
We're very fortunate that Vancouver is filled with restaurants from all around the world. I've tried the full range in the city, and Banana Leaf is definitely in my top three — the food is filled with herbs and spices that will leave you wanting more. It's no surprise the restaurant has one so many awards with the blend of Indian, Chinese, Indonesian, Thai, and Singaporean flavors. This is the perfect place for dinner after a full day exploring Vancouver.
If you want to keep exploring the beautiful landscape around the water, you can rent bicycles around downtown and cycle around the seawall. The 8.8km seawall path around Stanley Park will take you to the beach, historic sites, food vendors, and the quietest areas by the water. Even if you're not into cycling, there is a walking path around the water to separate the cyclists and rollerbladers. This is a great place to escape the city noise and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
If you’re an animal lover, don't miss the city’s protected sea creatures at the aquarium in Stanley Park. It's committed to conserving aquatic life and offers shows, and interactive activities, for everyone to enjoy. Kids have stayed overnight as part of programs and slept right by the beautiful belugas! And the sea otters are just adorable!
Once you’re done at the Aquarium, you can continue to venture into the magnificent Stanley Park, a designated historic site of Canada that is integrated into Vancouver’s urban area. Whether you're strolling around by bicycle, shuttle, or horse, you will pass the scenic view of the far mountains, beautiful gardens, artists, wildlife, and sculptures all in one place. You'll be captivated by the vast beauty and design of this natural space.
If you don’t want to limit yourself to a la carte or set meals, then you should definitely stretch your dollars by going for the all-you-can-eat at Shabusen Yakiniku restaurant for Korean-style BBQ right in downtown Vancouver. All the tables have stove tops so you can barbecue your desired ingredients and also make your own soups with a hot pot. The menu items includes fresh sushi and sashimi.
If you feel like having a sophisticated evening downtown, check out the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at the beautifully designed Orpheum Theater. The high-quality performances of classical and culturally-diverse music will pull on your heartstrings, as they have for audiences young and old alike. The talented musicians have performed at the 2008 Grammy and Juno Awards, 2008 Tour of Asia, and a 2013 West Coast tour. Watching these popular performances is a fantastic way to end a night in Vancouver.
If you prefer to shop outside the malls, hop on the SeaBus and admire the view as you take the 12-minute ride to the Lonsdale Quay Market. Here you can check out a variety of food, jewelry, fashion, and even a spa. The market is colorful and you can enjoy a meal with a beautiful view of the water. This is a great place to have lunch and unwind in the afternoon.
From downtown, you can easily walk to the Gastown area. When you come to this neighborhood, it almost feels like you are walking back in time. This area is Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood and has more preserved historical features than other parts of our very modernized city. As you walk through, you can explore Gastown’s many independent businesses, cutting edge boutiques, and award-winning restaurants, all of which contributed to being named the fourth most stylish neighborhood in the world in 2012.
While you’re in downtown, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city at the Vancouver Lookout with binoculars provided. Take a 360-degree view of the waters, mountains, and city sky line.
Us 'Vancouverites' love beer and what better way to experience Vancouver’s local drink than a brewery tour. The owners have a commitment for quality and carefully source their ingredients. To add another touch of uniqueness, they hire local artists to design their stylish labels.
After a few days of exploring the city, have dinner at East is East, one of my favorite restaurants in Vancouver. The founders escaped Afghanistan during the soviet war and relocated in India while immersing in the country’s language, art, and cuisine. Their passion is to create something unique that stands out from other ethnic restaurants and their commitment to a sustainable lifestyle is reflected in the restaurant's design, traditional music, and vibrant flavors. The owners integrate local organic ingredients and use sustainable materials to decorate the restaurant. Come and indulge in the atmosphere and flavors while listening to one of the many world-class musicians play for your pleasure.