De Dutch (locations on Oak Street and Robson Street) – try the Pear and Maple pannekoeken, basically a thin pancake bigger than your face.
Meat & Bread (370 Cambie Street, Gastown)- Open 11am-5pm. Get there early before the crowds line up. The Porchetta sandwich and grilled cheese should not be missed!
Nook (781 Denman Street Vancouver at Robson St.)- a small italian spot, but still very kid friendly. Food comes out quick and hot and will leave you full for hours. Pasta, pizzas and salads are the main item menus with a nice little wine list to go with it.
Kamei Royale (1030 W.Georgia St., 2nd fl., enter on Burrard St. next to Tiffany’s) – loads of great sushi and cooked options for the whole family. Semi-private booths let kids wander a little bit without disturbing other dinners.
Bella Gelateria (1001 West Cordova Street, corner of Burrard and Cordova)- do not miss the salted caramel and old fashion chocolate gelato. If you go on a weekday you will be able to sample a multitude of flavors a little more easily since the lines aren’t as long.
Parking can be expensive. Very expensive. The cost is generally not included in your hotel rate.
Street parking is available, but you need to keep an eye on your meter. If you have international access on your phone, you can actually pay your meter by phone. It will even send you a 5 minute warning when your meter is about to expire.