This 'condo' enjoyed a good location right next to the Stadium/Chinatown Skytrain 'metro' rail system. However, both the centre of the city, and the nearby Yaletown, could be reached on foot in 10 minutes. The owner of the apartment, Gerry, was always available by email and instantly supplied us with extra saucepans (cooking pots) on request. The property was well maintained, cleaned to a good standard (just dust in obscurer places) and enjoyed central fitness faciilities plus a swimming pool.
The nearest supermarket was down the steps, just beyond the Skytrain station, but even better food could be bought in Urban Fare in Yaletown. Opposite the Stadium (en route to Yaletown) is Frankie's, a straightforward, good-quality restaurant. Walk further to the Yaletown dock, catch a small 'bubble' boat to Granville Island, and visit Bridges, preferably during the day, for an excellent chouder or other delightful food.
The best trip, during our month's stay in Vancouver, was with Prince of Whales, who do a one-day, fast, whale-hunting expedition to Victoria on Vancouver Island. Skimming over the water at 35 knots, with a superbly-friendly crew, ending up at the incredible Butchart Gardens, enabled us to see a humpback whale with young in tow. If botony is your thing, also visit VanDusen Garden near Skytrain at King Edward station.
If money's no object, pre-book a trip to Whistler via the Rocky Mountaineer Train and fly back by seaplane. But don't go for a day - the train journey is slow and can be delayed; you need time for the Gondola and then the second, spectacular Peak-to-Peak ride over a 3-km, single-span valley (bears sometimes visible). During your stay at Whistler, the Pinnacle Hotel provides good service at a reasonable price; the adjacent 'French" restaurant has stunning food.
Back in Vancouver, the very best coffee shops are:
1. http://www.footocroissant.com/index.html at 858 Hamilton St, where they do wonderful, freshly-baked croissant.
2. http://www.treescoffee.com/ towards the bottom of Granville - very popular, herb scones and cheese-cake their specialities.
As you can tell, we didn't have a car; but that's an advantage in this pedestrian-friendly city. A wonderful place to be, whose origins are all explained at the BC University's Anthropology Museum.