09/18/2012 07:20 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Touring Vancouver's Toronto contributor Kat Tancock spent a whirlwind weekend in Vancouver, and her of-the-minute itinerary is fit for visitors and locals alike.

Ditch stodgy for saucy at the newly renovated Burrard Hotel. Perks include free Wi-Fi, bike rentals and phone calls, an inner courtyard complete with palm trees and retro left-coast style that ensures you'll know where you are when you wake up. 1100 Burrard St., Vancouver

We didn't mind lining up (too much) at The Acorn, the city's newest vegetarian restaurant with plenty of vegan and raw options. The goat cheese arancini with Okanagan cherry emulsion were a standout; the cocktail menu was a hit, too. 3995 Main St., Vancouver

Bitter Tasting Room features eight local beers on tap plus a global selection in bottles and some fancy-sounding beer cocktails, too. Light drinkers can order a flight of three selections to get the tasting experience without needing help getting out the door. 16 W. Hastings St., Vancouver

The Vancouver-only Lululemon Lab turns the brand on its head by designing -- and making on-site -- clothes that are streetwear first, studio second. Stop by for an ever-changing collection of basic neutrals with a twist. 511 W. Broadway, Vancouver

Sometimes, tourist clichés really are worth doing: rent some bikes with locks and helmets in Coal Harbour then ride the seawall around Stanley Park; be sure to stop by the Vancouver Aquarium to see the belugas, porpoises and other creatures of the deep, including the gorgeous orange jellyfish.

After all that calorie-burning (or before, we're not judging), head to Lucky's Doughnuts to replenish with its selection of basic-done-well fried goodness. We loved the square doughnuts filled with a not-too-sweet BC blueberry compote; coming up for this fall, pumpkin varieties are in the testing stages. 2902 Main St., Vancouver