30 Things To Do Before & After Yoga
We've compiled a list of some of the best and most fun things to see, do, and eat before or after our yoga classes!
With the sun shining, it's easy to get to all these spots walking or biking around. Vancouver is super walk, transit and cycle friendly! If you don't have a bike, no worries! Take a Mobi Bike to class or enjoy a nice scenic ride afterwards.
Kitsilano in the evening.
Our Kits Beach yoga spot is close by to all of Kitsilano's highlights. Our favorite activity to do after class is to watch the changing beautiful sky as the sun sets over the water. Attending an earlier class? Be sure to take a stroll (or run!) along the beach, and see or take part in the numerous games of Volleyball taking place. You can also go for a dip in the newly renovated Kits pool.
Water Adventures have just set up shop for the season on the beach (they also have a Granville Island location too!).
One summer event that is very popular every year is the Khatsalano Street Party that will be taking place on Saturday, July 7. A large section of 4th Avenue is closed off for the event so the whole street can be filled with party goers.
Fancy brunch before yoga, or feeling peckish post class? One brunch spot to be sure to check out is Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe on 4th Ave - it's a neighborhood staple. They have a really retro diner vibe going on, and classics on their menu. Fable is also a go too spot for locals, featuring a farm-to-table experience, with local food and great flavors all in a farm house style setting.
If you’re on the move, or wanting a catch up over coffee, Beaucoup Bakery is a great spot - their almond croissants are divine!
Bard on the Beach is also back for the summer under the big top where this year's line up includes Macbeth!
Something to check out even closer to our yoga spot is Publik Secrets, the artists in residence at the Hadden Park Fieldhouse. Their work has taken on many different formats, including urban interventions, performances, installations, and ephemeral gatherings. Everyone is welcome to their many events, all on their website, publiksecrets.com!
Downtown on a busy Tuesday. Photo by @acrochillax.
Right in the downtown core, our Robson Square class runs every Tuesday night, the same night Vancouver Art Gallery has their by donation night - how convenient!
Tuesdays nights are also half price movie tickets at Scotiabank Theatres, and half price bottles of wine at Earls. Both places are just a couple blocks away. Yoga, wine, and a movie is a recipe for a great evening!
Want to learn more about our beautiful city? Be sure to have a walk around the city with Toonie Tours, who offers free guided walking tours of Vancouver. Take your pick of their two tour options, surf or turf (or both if you have the time!).
Main Street mornings are so peaceful.
Our Main Street yoga spot is full of life! Main Street for shopping alone is a perfect spot. There are so many individual, quirky vintage shops to spend hours browsing and finding great deals. If this sounds like your cup of the tea the Main Street Car Free Day, on June 17, could be the day for you! See the shops and vendors spill in into the street as the road is closed to all vehicles - fun for the whole family!
Riley Park Farmers Market is a great pre or post yoga activity, as we run our Saturday yoga class concurrently with the market hours. This gives you plenty of time before or after yoga to check out all the amazing vendors and their produce. In addition, take a walk around the park and see the efforts and beauty of the Riley Park Community Garden.
Our very own Merakos Fieldhouse is located in proximity to the Riley Park yoga classes. Here you will find a collective of groups and individuals who all create and run different socially and environmentally progressive start up companies, the product of which are amazing community programs.
Now who doesn’t like pie? Get your fill at Pie Hole with either sweet or savory selections. Many options available; by the slice, mini pies or buy the whole thing! If pie isn't your thing, maybe Earnest Ice Cream is! Well worth the walk, they even offer non-diary options and pints to take home.
The Main Street and Olympic Village area has become well known for its ever expanding selection of local craft breweries. There are a number of watering holes all a short cycle or bus ride post class, and they are within walking distance of each other. A few of our favorites are:
Now you have filled yourselves up with lots of treats, clock those steps by taking the walk up to the top of Queen Elizabeth Park. It's minimal effort, for maximum reward; the views are awesome, day and night!
Our new Granville Island location. Coming July 1st. Photo from Granville Island.
Our newest spot is at Chain & Forge on Granville Island! Full of new and very vibrant murals from Vancouver Mural Festival, it's a beautiful outdoor gallery.
When you think of Granville Island, you think Granville Island Market - a well known spot for tourists and locals alike. At the market, there are a variety of vendors, from hand carved sculptures to locally made chocolates. Pick up one of a kind gifts, souvenirs, and so much fresh local food!
Granville Island is accessible by foot, bike, bus and car, but the most fun and enjoyable mode of transport is by water! Water taxi companies, Aquabus and False Creek Ferries, both run water taxis to Granville Island, so it's easy to get there from anywhere along False Creek. Check out their websites for times and schedules.
Once your shopping bags are full to the brim, refresh and rehydrate at Granville Island Brewery.
Heading west on the Sea Wall after class? Grab a bite to eat at the Go Fish food stand! Their Fish and Chips are on point.
The beautiful city of Vancouver. Photo from @inside_vancouver
Did we miss any of your favorites? Comment below and let us know where you love to go before or after class!
the Mat Collective Team