After 11 years of bringing you local reporting, the team behind the Vancouver Observer has moved on to Canada's National Observer. You can follow Vancouver culture reporting over there from now on. Thank you for all your support over the years!

Vancouver for Locals



Go deep local

This is the local guide to Vancouver, as created by the locals themselves. We're highlighting independent businesses and secret spots: that hot new café, that perfect sandwich, that beautiful lookout spot.

We are not interested in yet another chain store or generic restaurant. We prefer the unique, the home-grown, the independent. Furthermore, we love meeting the locals who show us these hidden gems.

The Locals-Only Map of Vancouver is a living thing, updated over time as we explore this beautiful corner of the Pacific Northwest.

Know your block

Do you know your neighbourhood like the back of your hand? Prove it! Take us on a tour and be featured in the VO.

Also, support independent media and become a member of the Vancouver Observer.

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