This week we were sporting the Genesis GV70 2.5T Advance Plus, a sleek looking model, not unlike all the other Genesis we have had to date. The brand’s aesthetics continue to wow and impressive not only us, but those witnessing our cruises. I was once even stopped and congratulated for the handsome looking vehicle, after I had pulled into a stall to park.
Inside you are seated on premium leather that hugs each ergonomic seat and extends to the supple wheel. A luxury that surrounds with a similar sensation from the infotainment centre. Great responsiveness from the touch screen, you can feel the plate indent when you press it the slightest. And the dials glide on each turn. We especially liked and noted the chrome buttons for the audio/media controls. It had a pleasant nostalgic feel, with the large buttons being reminiscent of a boom box (90’s slang for a Stereo you toted around).
I especially liked all the cameras that surrounded the vehicle. It removed blind spots, providing multiple vantage points and increased driving clarity. Although when the eagle eye view was broadcasted on the centre screen, it showed that the vehicle was white, whereas our GV70 for the week was a glossy midnight black. This threw me off each time, having me disbelieve what it was I am actually seeing live. Although I am sure I could have changed the colour in the view, had I taken the time to reference the manual. As is, it wasn’t clear that this was a possibility.
As for the way it drove, the Genesis GV70 2.5T Advance Plus was a smooth ride from a powerful vehicle. Easy handling and controlled motion. The warmer weather allowed for us to utilize the panorama sunroof fully as we cruised around Main Street’s hub neighbourhoods, rounding up a list of our favourite spots to recommend and frequent, it is as follows.
Well known for its relaxed and unique vibe, I visit the area for its specialty spots, one of a kind cafe, and well priced food and drink items.
Welks is a local general store specializing in the unique and the kitsch. It is one of those stores I can spend hours exploring. From home essentials to seasonal giftables, stationary to limited release foodstuffs. There is something for everyone, provided you take the time to peruse.
3511 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3N3, Canada
On the same vein as Welks, with the ability to explore shelves and revisit aisles multiple times during a visit is Front & Co. Their section is a mix of new and gently use consignment, arranged in a way that is designed to have you rummaging and examining the space. They have expanded their footprint multiple stores over, to be able to arrange their offerings by home decor, vintage, and gifting.
Front & Company
3772 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3N7, Canada
Fog Lifter is a great little cafe for local coffee, specialty beverages and light snacks.
Foglifter Coffee Roasters
3590 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3N4
If you are like me, after a night of heavier drinking, you want to chase a belly full of beer with pizza and/or a warm bowl of noodle soup, you can cut out the middle man at Sing Sing. Have your fusion pizza and Vietnamese noodles as you drink from a diverse selection of lagers, ales, IPAs, sours, etc.
2718 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E8, Canada
Looking for gluten-free ice cream sandwich with plant-based options for those with dairy allergies and dietary restrictions? Innocent Ice Cream is one of my favourites in the space, given their wider variety of options for those who typically don’t have any.
Innocent Ice Cream Parlour
4895 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3R9, Canada
The Arbour is one of my favourite spots to recommend for vegetarian and vegan sandwiches and burgers. Not just good for vegetarian options, but these are sandwiches you would try and crave for again.
The Arbor Restaurant
3941 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P2, Canada
Trendy Bucks is Main Street’s local dollar store and plant haven. I am always in awe of their lush foliage, which has overgrown within the corner of their store. They carry a wide selection of plants including cacti and bamboo.
4101 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P6, Canada
Once home to the Legion, a club house and meeting point for veterans, now a blue collared bar and arcade that still hosts the country’s heros, but in a more public setting. Come for reasonably priced burgers and beers, stay for a complimentary round of darts and a game of duck hunt. They also host live entertainment and themed nights worth looking in to.
3917 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P3, Canada
Hawkers is one of the OGs in Malaysian street food for the city. During summer, without air conditioning and the flies are naturally buzzing around, it can feel like you are at the heart of a Malaysian outdoor market. Plus, the food is some of the most authentic when I compare it what I have had previously, in an actual Malaysian marketplace.
Hawkers Delight Deli
4127 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P6, Canada
Bon Cafe is one of the oldest Vietnamese cafes on Main Street, serving simple street-corner Vietnamese cuisine like noodle soup, sandwiches, and bubble tea. They are also my preferred go-to for tasty banh mi at one of the best prices.
4909 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5W 2R2, Canada
Liberty cafe is a well-known cafe on Main Street, notable for their cute Totoro cookies. And now with the city’s expanded outdoor seating area adjacent, its popularity has only skyrocketed.
Liberty Bakery + Café
3699 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3N6, Canada
The second location of my favourite Indian restaurant Sula, offers a delicious and modern approach to traditional Indian cuisine. And on top of diverse seafood options and a list of cocktails worthy of their stunning bar; they also have the best vegetarian mushroom caps I have had to date.
SULA Indian Restaurant, Main Street
4172 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P7, Canada
Sister restaurant to The Eatery, General Public is well-beloved for their lengthy list of creative sushi combinations, with their just as creative names. All set in a mood black light setting with glowing papier-mache masks of well known pop culture characters. My description does not do it justice, you just need to see it in person to understand my awe.
The General Public Sushi Lodge
3289 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3G7, Canada