When the sun is shining, who wants to spend their days inside? You might not have a choice during the workday, but you can always take a break from the florescent lights and stale air by eating lunch outside. Grab some food to go, bring some friends, and enjoy the warmth and breeze with these five free spots in Downtown New West.
photo courtesy @speckinmyeye
Bring a blanket, dig your toes into the sand and have an impromptu picnic! Pier Park is a quick walk away from Columbia Street and is fully equipped with benches and umbrellas for a peaceful afternoon. If sand isn’t your thing, you can sit on the grass among the wood columns and watch the river flow.
*If you’re looking for a treat, Eats at the Pier (concession stand) sells ice cream, cold drinks and snacks!
New West Quay Boardwalk
photo courtesy @fromjuliehuff
The shaded walk sandwiched between the Fraser River and residential area is an ideal spot to take lunch. If you didn’t bring your own lunch, the River Market is minutes away and hosts a wide variety of restaurants. Benches, shaded spots and even lawn chairs dot the boardwalk, leaving ample room to spread out. It is also a popular dog-walking spot, so watch for all the cute pups!
photo courtesy @zoltguy
Nestled against the Begbie Court, this shaded courtyard has a number of spots to sit down and eat. If you are looking for somewhere that isn’t too hot and out of the sun, this is your best bet – the abundance of trees keeps it nice and cool. The waterfall provides a soothing backdrop noise for your lunch.
If you’re looking for a place to people watch as you eat lunch, Douglas College is the perfect spot. Populated with students, cafes and lunch spots, bask in the sun on top of the roof with an amazing view of the surroundings. To get to the spot pictured, head to the Aboriginal Gathering Place on the fourth floor.
Set against the backdrop of a newly renovated Front Street, reignite your inner child on the wooden swing installed there. There are a number of places to eat and relax, seemingly hidden away from the rest of the world. If you’re looking for a quick pick me up or a snack, Hive Café and Old Crow are nearby, or wander into Antique Alley to see what they have!