Vancouver Oxford & Cambridge Society


VOCS accumulates one or two new members a month. Some are long time Vancouverites and others are new to Vancouver and British Columbia generally. Here you’ll find Member favourites in the City and the Region, arranged by Restaurants, Pubs, Hotels, Theatre, Music, Gardens – basically any favourite thing, even a good Barbershop or such other objects of affection as may be special to members. We encourage Members to send along additions to the list of “favourite things” to VOCS. Please include the name, address and web address (if any) of the favourite thing, and not more than 25 words as to why your favourite a favourite.



1480 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver
Indian fusion menu – higher end but best restaurant maybe anywhere.

1488 West 11th, Vancouver
Indian fusion menu – quicker cheaper version of Vij’s – same management.

Kerrisdale Nakamura
2055 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Good, elegantly served Japanese food.

Cambie Vietnamese Restaurant
4136 Main Street @ King Edward Blvd, Vancouver
No website see Urban Spoon for more
Very inexpensive delicious Vietnamese food with charming Dad and Mum management that greets everyone as “my brother” or “my sister”.

Bigsby the Bakehouse
4894 MacKenzie Street @ 33rd, Vancouver
Best baked goods in town and superb lunches from the folks who ran The Red Onion in Kerrisdale for nearly 30 years.

Bufala Kerrisdale
5395 West Boulevard, Vancouver
Excellent high end pizza



The Cheshire Cheese
4585 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Good selection of beers, friendly service and very passable pub grub.

Mahony and Sons
5990 University Blvd., Vancouver
Good selection of beers and stouts, friendly service, very passable pub grub and handy for UBC folk.



The Sylvia Hotel
1154 Gifford Street, Vancouver
A Vancouver landmark in the West End



Bard on the Beach
Vanier Park in Summer
An addictive Vancouver Summer tradition – first class Shakespeare and related plays – fun “village” for before and intermissions – site of VOCS annual Bardnic – play and potluck picnic.



Early Music Vancouver
Chan Centre, Vancouver Playhouse, Orpheum Annex and Fox Caberet
Superb concerts of diverse historically informed music from early medieval to 19th century.

Music on Main
Various Venus
Very original and diverse musical presentations with panache and creativity.

Vancouver Recital Society
Chan Centre and Vancouver Playhouse
Superb classical music concerts by “best in the world” established and coming artists.



Vandusen Botanical Gardens
37th Avenue and Oak Street
55 acres of mature, scholarly and beautiful gardens.

UBC Botanical Garden
6804 South West Marine Drive, Vancouver
Totally different from Vandusen, superb alpine, forest and canopy garden.

Nitobe Garden
1895 Lower Mall, Vancouver
A mature Japanese garden of memorable peace and beauty.