32 Fun Vancouver Date Ideas

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Sunset over the Vancouver Rowing Club in Stanley Park in Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver, on Canada's west coast, is a city with many activities. It's also a great city, believe it or not, for unique and memorable date locations and is one of Canada's top party cities.

If you and your partner find yourselves going on the same dinner and movie date every week, why not mix it up a bit by trying a few of the fun Vancouver date ideas below? From chilled-out beach days to cuddling with cats and solving crimes, Vancouver offers an array of exciting date spots.

No matter which activity you choose from the list below, you and your date are sure to have a remarkable and unforgettable time!

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Deep Cove with boats

Spend the Day at Deep Cove

Deep Cove is a little out of Vancouver, but it is worth it if you’re looking for a full-day date idea. This quaint town is about a 30-minute drive out of Vancouver, or an hour on public transport.

Start your date by visiting the independent shops. Don’t forget to stop by the famous Honey bakery for one (or more) of their legendary donuts. Then, head to the cove to hang out on the beach or rent a kayak.

While here, you can also do the Quarry Rock hike. This about 1-hour long hike will take you high above Deep Cove, offering views of the area and Vancouver in the distance.

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View of English Bay, Vancouver

Chill Out at English Bay

Hanging out at English Bay is a classic date idea in Vancouver. It's the perfect spot for laying back and enjoying some food and drinks with your date.

Chill out on the beach, talking or playing beach games. Then, visit one of the many beachside bars and restaurants when you need some refreshments. These include Cactus Club Cafe, The Three Brits Pub, and Hook Seabar - all of which are within a minute from the beach.

You can also get ice cream and take cute pictures with the A-maze-ing Laughing Statues. Or, extend your beach date by walking to another beach on the seawall. In the summer, you can go together on Tuesday nights to Third Beach for the drum circle, or to Second Beach to enjoy an outdoor movie!

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A lake in VanDusen Botanical Garden

Explore VanDusen Botanical Garden

The VanDusen Botanical Garden is a relaxed place for a daytime date. You and your partner can wander around the range of gardens featuring over 7,500 species of plants.

The highlight of the gardens is the Elizabethan hedge maze. Take a chance and get lost in this maze. You can work together to find your way out of the vast labyrinth.

Finish the trip with some refreshments at the Truffles Kitchen garden-side cafe, and don’t forget to take lots of pictures!

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Cuddle Up with Kitties at a Cat Cafe

Visiting a cat cafe is one of the cutest date ideas out there. As long as your date isn’t allergic to these furry animals (be sure to check beforehand!), there’s no way they won’t have fun!

Catoro Cafe is one of two cat cafes in Vancouver. This cafe is Totoro themed, and you’ll get to snuggle and play with over 20 cats in their magical forest-themed cat lounge.

Before going into the cat room, grab some refreshments. They serve a vast selection of bubble tea, including their sparkling series which features flavors like Champagne Grape.

All cats are up for adoption, so be careful not to get too attached (unless you can take one home). If you haven’t got your kitty cat fill after this place, head to Catfe. Grab a cat-themed coffee and chill out with more fluffy friends.

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Visit the Market on Granville Island

Granville Island has several exciting activities, making it a great date location for lots of couples. Explore the public market, snacking at stalls as you go. Stalls sell a range of cuisine from Italian to Mexican and Japanese. There are also all kinds of bakery stalls, and be sure to grab a donut at Lee’s Donuts.

You could also shop for picnic supplies. Enjoy your feast at the outside picnic tables, or go to Sunset Beach once back downtown. You could alternatively buy ingredients to take home and cook together!

You can additionally explore the many independent shops and stop for a drink at The Liberty Distillery or Granville Island’s own craft brewery.

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Try to Escape at i-Exit Escape Room

Trying an escape room is a different, and possibly challenging date idea! But, it’s a unique way to get to know your date better! It’s also perfect for rainy days, and a good choice if you’re looking for a double-date activity.

i-Exit is centrally located downtown and one of the best escape rooms in Vancouver. You and your date can choose from four themed rooms and will have an hour to work together to try to escape.

If you’ve completed all of the escape rooms, or prefer to be outside, they have some interactive outdoor games too. There are two different missions to choose from that use GPS and augmented technology to take you around downtown, finding clues to solve the cases.

No matter what activity you choose, i-Exit is an excellent date idea in Vancouver.

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Stanley Park Seawall in Vancouver

Wander Around the Seawall in Stanley Park

Stanley Park is a trendy place to visit, and an excellent spot for a date in Vancouver. Walking, biking or roller-skating around the seawall will allow you to chat with your date while enjoying the stunning views. You can stop to take cute pictures together with the fantastic background too.

Head to Prospect Point to view the city skyline from the lookout. Then, grab an ice cream or drink at the Bar & Grill. While in the park, you can also venture off the seawall path to view the romantic rose garden, find Lost Lake, or stop for lunch at the Teahouse.

Be sure to keep a lookout when crossing the bridge at the entrance of the park, too. Seals frequent this area, and you may even see whales from here. A very memorable date experience! Combine a day in the park with a trip to the aquarium, located in Stanley Park, for a fun all-day date!

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Listen to Live Music at Railway

Railway Stage and Beer Cafe is a quirky bar downtown. It's the perfect date spot if you want to get some drinks and listen to live music.

There is a range of performances most nights of the week here, and they have Karaoke on Sundays. They also have 24 craft beers on tap and a selection of other drinks and snacks.

A night at the Railway is a good date idea in Vancouver if you're looking for a super laid back night.

Another cool bar with live music is Malone's Social Lounge & Taphouse. Check their website for timings, but they often have live music at happy hour and later in the night on the weekend.

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View from Grouse Mountain

Explore Grouse Mountain and Tackle the Grouse Grind

Nature and hiking enthusiasts will love a daytime date at Grouse Mountain. If you're both up for it, tackle the Grouse Grind. To get to Grouse Mountain's peak, you'll need to climb up over 2,800 steps!

Alternatively, get to the peak on the Skyride gondola. Along the way, you can enjoy views of the Burrard Inlet and surrounding forests. Once at the top, you and your date can stop for lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants.

Stop by the bear enclosure too to get some adorable pictures with Grouse Mountains' resident duo of grizzly bears. You and your partner can additionally zip-line or carry on to another hike, such as the BCMC Trail.

If you enjoy the Grouse Grind hikes, why not try one of these other Vancouver hikes on your next date?

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Panorama of Robson Square

Go Ice Skating at Robson Square

Going skating at the ice rink at Robson Square is a festive thing for couples to do in Vancouver. The rink is open from December to the end of February, making it a perfect winter date spot.

Whether you and your date are experienced skaters, or it’s your first time on the ice, you’re sure to have a great time! The rink is open from 9 am until 9 pm, and hours are extended to 11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Perfect as a daytime activity or for a late-night get together.

If at the rink in December, extend your date by taking some pictures with the Christmas tree in the square. Then, take a short walk to Coal Harbour to enjoy the annual Christmas market.

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Enjoy Playland at the PNE

Playland is a cool funfair at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE). The fair runs May through September and is open until midnight for adults only (19+) on various weekends. Whether you’re spending the day together or looking for a date night activity, Playland is an excellent choice.

You and your date can go on a range of rides with choices for all thrill levels. There are also fairground games and food stalls. The mini-donuts are a popular choice and are great for sharing!

The PNE also has other exhibitions, such as A Taste of PNE - a food truck festival showcasing BC restaurants and breweries. Concerts and other events are also held here year-round if looking for other date activities.

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Spend a Day at the Races at Hastings Racetrack

A day at the races in Vancouver is a super exciting and unique date idea. The Hastings Racetrack is very easy to get to, whether driving or taking the bus. Entrance is free, and you can watch the races even if you don’t want to place a bet.

Along with the races, there is a range of food trucks selling food and alcoholic beverages. The views around the racecourse are amazing too.

On select days in the summer, there are even dog races here along with the regular horse races. These are just fun events where owners bring their pets to compete in a quick race. You can see Corgis, Bulldogs, and Dachshunds race with qualifying on Saturdays and finals on Sundays during July. So cute!

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at La Casa Gelato

An ice-cream date is always a good idea, and a visit to La Casa Gelato is one of the best places to go for a first date in Vancouver, especially in the summer! This quirky gelateria has 238 flavors to choose from, meaning there’s something for everyone. It may take you a while to decide, though!

Along with the vast selection of award-winning gelato, they also serve sorbets (the pink champagne is highly recommended) and frozen yogurt. You can also get treats like cannoli or chocolate-covered strawberries.

If you want to try another ice-cream date spot, Rain or Shine is always recommended. A good idea is to head to their well-known Kitsilano location on Tuesdays to try their yummy ice cream tacos.

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Bowl Your Date Away at Grandview Lanes

Bowling is a classic date idea that shouldn’t be forgotten! Vancouver has multiple bowling alleys to choose from, with Grandview Lanes on Commercial Drive being a popular choice.

This alley has both 10-pin and 5-pin bowling. The five-pin bowling is recommended for a more chilled out date. There’s music, glow in the dark decor on the wall, and black-lights. Dress up in white clothing to glow in the dark, too!

Grandview Lanes also serves classic bowling alley food like hot dogs, pizza, and nachos, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Another popular bowling alley is Commodore Lanes on Granville Street. They have 5-pin bowling plus billiards, foosball, and arcade games. Like Grandview, they serve food and alcoholic drinks too.

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Go Beer Tasting on a Craft Beer Tour

British Columbia is well-known for its craft beers. If you and your date are beer enthusiasts, take a craft beer tour! There is a selection of companies offering these tours, with transport to and from each brewery included.

Vancouver Brewery Tours is a good choice. The tours begin close to Waterfront Station, making it easily accessible. Their Craft Beer tour takes you to three breweries where you get to try one beer flight at each stop.

You can also add food with a stop at Big Rock Urban Brewery & Eatery. They also offer a Gastown brewery walking tour if you want to stay downtown, which also allows you to try their wine too.

Alternatively, hit up a few breweries on your own. There are many in both the Gastown area and on Commercial Drive.

Steamworks is a popular option. They have a long list of craft beers, and you can get a flight with ten samples if you can’t decide what to try. The East Van Brewing Company on Commercial and the Red Truck Beer Company are also worth a visit.

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Jump Around at an Indoor Trampoline Park

If you’re looking for a more extreme date, visiting an indoor trampoline park is a cool thing for couples to do in Vancouver! There are a few parks to choose from, but Apex Adventure Plex in Richmond is one of the best.

Apex Adventure Plex has over 76 interconnected trampolines, plus slide trampolines and trampoline courses that have been used on The Amazing Race. Having bounced around the courses, you can also try bubble soccer here, a freerun parkour course, or rock climbing. They even have a trampoline basketball court!

Alternatively, take your date to the nearby Extreme Air Park. This park stays open a bit later than Apex, which closes at 7 pm. You can bounce around until 10 pm, or until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays for a late-night date.

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Dine in the Dark at Dark Table

A dinner date is not that creative, but a meal at Dark Table in Kitsilano will be unique and different. The restaurant is pitch black, and the servers are all blind or visually impaired. The reasoning for this concept is that your lack of sight heightens your other senses, which allows you to enjoy your meal and dinner conversation more.

Upon arrival, you and your date will choose a two or three-course meal option, and then you will both be led to the dark dining room for dinner. Options include meat, fish, and vegetarian dishes. There are also surprise options for each course if you’re feeling daring!

Once served, you’ll have to eat your meal using just touch. Try sharing your meal with your date to see if you can guess what you’re eating when you can’t actually see it!

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Show Off Your Knowledge at a Trivia Night

You can find at least one bar hosting Trivia every night in Vancouver. It’s an interesting way to bond with your date as you try to answer questions on a range of topics.

The Lamplighter’s Tuesday night trivia is particularly popular. Along with trying to win the trivia night, you can enjoy many drinks from fun cocktails to craft beer or mixed drinks. They also have a vast bar food menu. If you can’t make trivia night, they also have a Bourbon and Bingo night on Wednesdays starting at 8 pm.

If you know your sports, you could also try Red Card’s trivia night on Wednesdays starting at 7.30 pm. If you’re looking for a Friday night quiz, Eastside Craft House has a trivia night every Friday beginning at 8 pm. What’s more, if you answer their lightning round questions correctly, you’ll get free nachos!

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Visit the Beautiful Chilliwack Tulip Festival

A visit during the spring to a tulip festival is a cute date idea. Chilliwack hosts a Tulips of the Valley festival every year during April and May when the flowers are in bloom.

You and your date will be blown away by the vast fields of pretty tulips that come in all colors from pink and purple to red and yellow. After exploring the grounds and taking lots of pictures, stop for something to eat.

There are food trucks on-site and a Stroop Waffle stand that’s worth a visit. Or, you can pack a picnic to enjoy while taking in the colorful view - super romantic!

You can also buy some bulbs as you leave if you’d like to plant some tulips at home as a reminder of your date. The fields welcome dogs too if you want your pup to join you on your date.

Alternatively, Abbotsford also hosts a tulip festival each year with similar amenities.

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Play Ping Pong at Back and Forth Bar

Ping Pong is an enjoyable activity for all types of couples. Whether you want a relaxed game or are planning on being more competitive, Back and Forth has got you covered!

They have five ping pong tables that can be rented by the hour, and they also serve draught beer for 5.75 CAD along with other beverages. They don’t serve food but welcome you to bring food in or have it delivered to the bar. They also have giant Jenga and a selection of board games.

To carry on with your date, head to another great date night spot in Vancouver for those who love games, The Bourbon. Here, you can play beer pong or flip cup, and they also have bocce ball, a pool table, and live DJs Thursday through Saturday.

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Check Out a Comedy Show at Yuk Yuk’s

Spend an evening laughing with your date at Yuk Yuk’s stand-up comedy club. They have a variety of shows every night (except on Sunday and Monday), making taking in a performance an awesome Vancouver date night idea.

Stand-up shows range from amateur and open mic nights to comedy competitions and professional stand-up shows. No matter which night you go, and what type of show you see, you’re guaranteed to be laughing all night long.

Yuk Yuk’s also offers a vast assortment of alcoholic drinks to enjoy with the show, and you can order food too. The club has lots of tables, and even if the show is sold out, it won’t feel crowded at all. In fact, with the dark lighting, it will feel like you and your date are viewing your own private comedy show!

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Solve Crimes at the Vancouver Police Museum

If you and your date are lovers of true crime, the Vancouver Police Museum is a quirky date spot. They have a range of exhibits on real and unsolved crimes from Vancouver’s past. To add to the experience, the displays are all housed in the city’s former morgue.

If that’s more fascinating than spooky to you, you can even return for a date night that consists of seeing one of their Movies in the Morgue! They also host forensic investigation nights and themed events throughout the year where you try to solve crimes using a variety of evidence.

If you want to try a more edgy date, you should also check out a Vancouver Ghost Tour where you’ll be taken to several supposedly haunted Vancouver locations.

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Go to a Game

If your date loves sports, there are lots of options in Vancouver! Catching a Vancouver Canucks hockey game at Rogers Arena is always a good time. You could also head out to Langley to watch the minor league hockey team, the Vancouver Giants.

For soccer lovers, plan a date at a Whitecaps game at BC Place. You can grab some beers and choose from a selection of snacks to enjoy as you watch the game, too.

Alternatively, Vancouver has a Canadian Football League team, the BC Lions, who also play at BC Place. Or, venture out to Queen Elizabeth Park to watch the minor league baseball team, the Vancouver Canadians.

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An afternoon at the Vancouver Art Gallery will make for an interesting date. The contemporary art gallery houses a range of temporary and permanent exhibits. Artworks include those by international and Canadian artists, and there's also a First Nations Art exhibit.

There are also evening events here, such as meet the artist nights and contemporary art discussions. Finish by exploring the gift shop and grabbing some cake and coffee at the gallery's cafe.

The gallery is a perfect spot for a relaxed and cultural daytime date.

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Indulge on Sweets at a Dessert Cafe

If you and your date have a sweet tooth, why not skip the main meal and go straight for dessert? Vancouver has a fantastic selection of dessert-only cafes that are perfect for treating yourself.

Sweet Revenge is a delightfully decadent choice. This dessert-only cafe has a variety of options, including the Sweet Revenge torte made with rich and dense chocolate. There are several other chocolate options as well as a raspberry and mascarpone cake and a sampling platter that is perfect for sharing.

Another excellent option is True Confections, which has a long list of boozy dessert coffees, frappes, and milkshakes. You can also choose from many styles of cheesecake and chocolate cake.

If you want to go “dessert-hopping”, Snackshot, specializing in Hong Kong-style desserts, and Thierry Chocolates, selling French Patisserie, are also recommended.

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Picnic at the Beach

Vancouver has a host of amazing beaches to hang out at. While just hanging out at the beach can be fun, why not pack a picnic too or grab some takeout to make it a beach dinner (or lunch) date?

You could pack your own picnic or get takeout from your favorite spot, but Vancouver also has a few companies that make picnic packages. Dachi makes delightful picnic hampers filled with classics such as bread, meats, and cheeses, all sourced locally.

For a twist on the classic picnic, Chancho offers “backyard kits” ready to eat with a choice of taco fillings, corn tortillas, chips and guac, beans, and salsa. Or, grab a Juke Box from Juke Fried Chicken complete with chicken, ribs, and a choice of sides.

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Enjoy a Fancy High Tea

If you’re after a slightly more sophisticated date idea, why not go for high tea? Vancouver has a large selection of places serving high tea with many that specialize in afternoon tea alone.

The Neverland Tea Salon, in Kitsilano, is a cute and whimsical spot to try. You’ll be spoiled with a range of freshly-made finger sandwiches, cakes, and scones.

You can accompany your treats with a choice of over 60 types of tea, or upgrade to also include a glass of sparkling wine, rose wine, or a mimosa. They also offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, so there’s something for everyone.

Other high tea spots in the city include Notch 8, The Secret Garden Tea Company, and TWG Tea Salon.

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Spend a Fun Day at Big Splash Water Park

Spending the day at a water park is a super fun and relaxed thing for couples to do in Vancouver. The Big Splash Water Park is one of the biggest water parks in BC and is sure to offer an awesome date experience.

The park has a large selection of waterslides plus pools and hot tubs, some of which are for adults only. The main attraction here is the Boomerang tube slide (the only one in western Canada). If you and your date dare, you’ll be sent the equivalent of six storeys up before sliding down a vertical drop to get back to the pool below.

You can also book a cabana in advance if you want to relax by the pool. Food and drinks are sold on-site.

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Snack Your Way Around the Richmond Night Market

Richmond Night Market is an ideal date night location for all types of couples, especially if you and your date are major foodies! The market runs May through October and boasts over 100 stalls selling all kinds of food.

As Richmond has a strong Asian heritage, there are lots of amazing Asian street food stalls selling both classic and more innovative dishes. Along with a host of savory dishes, there are many Asian sweets offered as well, including mango desserts, dragon's beard candy, and bubble waffles.

Additionally, there are stalls selling all types of other international cuisine and fun snacks like tornado potatoes, churro ice cream cones, and rainbow grilled cheese.

Be sure to come with a big appetite as you and your date will have a lot to try at this atmospheric nighttime market!

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Go Go-Karting in Richmond

If you and your date are a little competitive, head to the go-kart track to battle it out! TBC Indoor Kart Racing in Richmond is the perfect place to do so.

You’ll be able to drive Sodi RT8 karts at up to 70km/hr on a 13-turn course. You and your date can compete with both other racers and each other for the fastest time. If you discover you’re a pro, they even place the highest scores on their website as ones to beat.

If interested in trying another track, Speeders is also a great option.

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Play Board Games and Eat Pizza at Pizzeria Ludica

Get competitive at Pizzeria Ludica with a pizza and game night date. The board game pizzeria serves fresh, made to order pizza and pasta. They also have a collection of over 700 board games and card games.

Their game collection includes everything from classics to games you've probably never even heard of. They also have a game steward to help you choose the best game to try.

The pizzeria has a selection of small tables for an intimate date, or larger tables for a double or triple date with friends. They also offer brunch on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12 pm to 4 pm. It's a great rainy weekend date spot!

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Bond Over Brunch

Going to brunch is a super popular thing to do during the weekend in Vancouver. It makes a great daytime date activity as well!

Vancouver has many fantastic brunch spots across the city. A local favorite is Earls, and with locations across Metro Vancouver, you and your date can enjoy brunch here no matter what area you live in.

They offer all the classic brunch dishes along with more unique options such as lobster and prawn omelette. They also have "happy hour" deals all weekend, and you can choose from their lunch menu if none of the brunch dishes appeal.

Accompany your meal with a selection of brunch drinks from fully garnished Caesars and Mimosas to alcoholic coffees. They also have sharing pitchers of classic cocktails that are on special all day on Sundays.

Some other excellent brunch spots include Jam Cafe and Medina Cafe. These are extremely popular though so be ready to wait in line to get in.

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In Summary

With these 32 Vancouver date ideas under your belt, you and your partner are sure to have fun, no matter which activity you choose.

If you're up for it, why not try a different suggestion each week? You're guaranteed to have an awesome time and won't miss your old boring date nights at all!

This article was edited by Loredana Elena and was first published on Aug 5, 2020 18:06 UTC.

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Written by Alli Sewell

allisewell WRITER Currently based in Canada, I've also lived and worked in the UK and Brazil and travelled in North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. I love finding the best photo-ops and food and drink locations wherever I go!


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