Choosing A Hotel in Richmond
Quick Summary of Most Popular Areas
Downtown Richmond: where you'll find countless restaurants as well as some very popular Chinese-style malls for excellent bargain hunting and unique items
Vancouver Airport: located very close to the downtown core, it is a central hub for Vancouver and surrounding cities
Steveston: historic fishing village that hosts an annual salmon BBQ
What Richmond is all about
Richmond is like the little brother to the good looking, athletic Vancouver and harbours intense resentment because it will never be as 'special' in the eyes of mom and dad. But don't rule it out, Richmond is a nice place to visit (and only 15km away from Vancouver). Richmond is a coastal city that overlooks the Strait of Georgia and has a rich fishing history. Richmond is also home to the Vancouver Airport, which is a central hub to Vancouver, Burnaby and New Westminster.
What to eat in Richmond
There is a wide variety of restaurants from all sorts of ethnic backgrounds to try, however with the population of Richmond being roughly 50% Asian, you can be sure there are a lot of choices for some great Asian cuisine. The Asian centre of the city is known as The Golden Village which is home to "Food Street" (officially known as Alexandre Street) containing over 200 restaurants. You can find everything from Thai, Viet, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Southeast Asian and Taiwanese.
Steveston Historic Village
Many flock to Richmond for the Steveston Salmon Festival which is basically one giant salmon BBQ to celebrate the fishing heritage of the city. The Steveston Historic Fishing Village, home to many historic sites and shops, provides visitors with a unique glimpse of the west coast fishing industry and is only about 7km southwest of the downtown core.
Being less 15km south of Vancouver means visitors are never too far away from one of Canada's largest and most popular cities.