North Vancouver’s Lower Lonsdale area isn’t typically associated with being the cultural hub of this city. It may be lacking in spots to frequent but it more than makes up for it with beautiful mountain slopes, west coast trees, and long stretches of beach. This lack thereof is quickly developing thanks to a selection of shops and restaurants opening in the Lower Lonsdale area. Has anybody else been noticing this new district expanding? Here are a few of our favourite stops:
Finch & Barley – Restaurant
250 East 1st Street, North Vancouver
Although it has been open for 18 months already, Finch & Barley still feels like a fresh addition to the North Vancouver scene. Ali and Jessica, the couple and owner duo that started this spot, renovated the location themselves. Its dim lighting and live music creates a fun atmosphere, and, of course, the menu is delicious. They have weekly live music on Thursdays, and a DJ on Fridays.
The Juicery – Juice Bar
254 East 1st, North Vancouver
The Juicery is a brand new company and already a huge hit within the Vancouver community. With an amazing story behind their start-up, a pulse on the social media scene, great product, and values, this company is bound for great success. Using only organic ingredients, and nut milks made by hand, there is only pure goodness going into your body. They offer a range of juice cleanses, and made-to-order juices. A bonus – the decor is fresh like their product!
The Mill – Home Decor
163 East 1st Street, North Vancouver
The Mill has a beautiful assortment of rustic, vintage/vintage inspired interior pieces. From vintage furniture, to jewelry, to a play teepee, The Mill has something for everyone. It’s the perfect place to find that special piece for your home, or a gift for a friend. They have their in-store products listed online as well.
Two Daughters Bakeshop – Gluten-Free Bakery
121 East 1st Street, North Vancouver
Being that I am allergic to gluten and dairy, this is my personal favourite! Lisa, the owner, started the company after finding out her daughter was allergic to gluten. She is just as sweet as her baking, and is more than willing to accommodate baking for your personal diet needs. She creates everything from decadent nanaimo bars and brownies, to savory breads, and everything in between. She recently started teaching cooking classes through her back-lane shop as well. Be sure to pop in for a sweet treat!
Read our first post on Lisa’s shop here: https://rentfluff.com/backlane-culture/
Well Fed – Home-Based Boutique Food Studio
260 1st Street East, North Vancouver
Well Fed is a company that offers “delicious homemade meals to go, meal assembly classes, inspiring cooking classes and food experiences”. They support local chefs and are considerate about food allergies or dietary restrictions. The location is bright and charming, and definitely makes us want to start cooking!
These business owners have their fingers right on the pulse, and we can’t wait see what happens next to this district.
~ Jordan Houston, designer & textiles