What to do in Kerrisdale for a Mother-Daughter Summer Date?

It’s no secret that I love Vancouver’s Kerrisdale neighbourhood. There’s such a sense of community, everyone’s friendly and it has a charming, cool vibe. I might be a little biased since I spend a lot of my time at our Kerrisdale eyewear store the Spectacle Shoppe, but there’s no place I’d rather work. When I’m not helping customers find the perfect frames, I also like to stroll around with my kiddos. With the last day of school approaching, why not plan out a day exploring Kerrisdale Village? To help you map out your adventure, I’ve put together a guide of what to do in Kerrisdale for a mother-daughter (or mother-son) summer date.

9am: Of course, the first stop is a Kerrisdale café. Mom, you can fuel up some coffee or tea, while the kids enjoy a treat. I’d be hard-pressed to pick the best Kerrisdale café since there are quite a few outstanding ones. You can’t go wrong with any of these suggestions: 

  • Faubourg – 2156 W. 41st Ave – Faubourg is a French bakery and café with the tastiest croissants around and they have their own blend of espresso beans. Go for a double shot espresso or iced café latte. If the little ones are hungry, add a croissant breakfast sandwich to your order. Since it’s a special day, you could also throw caution to the wind and splurge on a pain au chocolat (you won’t regret it). 
  • Rocanini Coffee Roasters – 5631 West Boulevard – This Kerrisdale coffee shop roasts its own beans and they have a ton of coffee options as well as tea, sandwiches and baked goods. I like the croissants and whatever fresh pastry they’re serving for the day.
  • Bean Brothers Café – 2179 W. 41st Ave – Bean Brothers is laid-back and comfortable. Grown-ups will love the gourmet coffee and tea, while kids will be big fans of the breakfast menu. I’d recommend the chai tea latte and for your meal, the French toast or cheese omelette.


10am: Take advantage of the Kerrisdale shopping scene! Stop at:

  • Blake & Riley – 2150 W. 41st Ave – When shopping in Kerrisdale on a mother-daughter date, it doesn’t get much more appropriate than Blake & Riley. The boutique has incredibly fashionable (and adorable) children’s and women’s clothing, accessories and even home goods. Both of you will find something and your kiddo won’t complain of being bored while you try things on.
  • Buchan’s Stationery & Gifts – 2141 W. 41st Ave – I could spend hours browsing the selection of cards at Buchan’s and while a stationery shop might not be the first place that comes to mind when planning a day out with kids, the back of the store has fun children’s stuff. It’s just so charming and there’s so much to look at that will keep kids interested.
  • Isola Bella – 5692 Yew Street ­– No mother-daughter Kerrisdale shopping trip would be complete without a stop at Isola Bella. They have stylish baby and kids’ clothes, shoes, accessories and gifts in a beautiful store.
  • Jacadi Paris – 2299 W. 41st Ave – For sophisticated children’s clothing and shoes swing by Jacadi Paris. The selection is fashionable but still whimsical.
  • The Kerrisdale Bootery – 2182 W. 41st Ave – There’s nothing like getting the whole family’s summer shoes in a single trip. The Kerrisdale Bootery has been selling the top brands of shoes for men, women and children for decades.
  • The Spectacle Shoppe – 5683 West Blvd – Yes, this is my shop but, hey, we carry some pretty amazing eyewear for kids and adults! Come on in to our Kerrisdale store and meet us. Little ones can try on fun, bright children’s frames and we’ll help you pick something out for yourself as well.


12pm: If you can finish up your shopping in a few hours, it’s time to take a break for lunch. With so many options, where to eat in Kerrisdale Vancouver will depend on what you and your sidekick are in the mood for. Some of the best Kerrisdale lunch spots include:

  • Moore’s Bakery – 2128 W. 41st Ave – Since my kids have a special place in their hearts for the iced cookies at Moore’s, we love to stop here for treats and a sandwich. You can’t leave without baked goods but their lunch options are good too.
  • Sofra Mediterranean Kitchen – 2277 W. 41st Ave – This Mediterranean-Lebanese-Turkish restaurant is an excellent Kerrisdale lunch spot. The food is exceptional and the service is friendly. If you have picky kids, go with the margarita pizza. You won’t want to miss out on the chicken shawarma platter though. 
  • Ajisai Sushi Bar – 2081 W. 42nd Ave – Ajisai is tucked away and occasionally there’s a wait but it’s well worth it as it serves up some of the best sushi in Vancouver. It’s fresh, authentic and delicious. They also have a kid’s menu. I personally love the tuna roll and spicy tofu roll.
  • Secret Garden Tea Company – 2138 W. 40th Street – Secret Garden Tea Company is so, so adorable. Make reservations for high tea and your child will feel super fancy! You’ll get to choose your tea and snack on dainty miniatures, including sweets, sandwiches and scones.


2pm: Now, what to do in Kerrisdale when you’re done eating? Well, I have a few more stops to round out your day and to grab some goodies before heading home:

  • Music Under the Clock – West 41st and Yews Ave – On Saturdays in July and August from noon to 4pm, you can catch a variety of live music by the clock.
  • Benton Brothers Fine Cheese – 2104 W. 41st Ave – You can’t go shopping in Kerrisdale without stopping at Benton Brothers. Their cheeses and accompaniments are exceptional and they let you try it before you buy it. Broaden your kid’s palate and wander around the cool store. 
  • Sweet E’s Pastries and Sweets – 2032 W. 41st Ave – Sweet E’s has gorgeous, playful, delicious baked goods that will enchant any child. Their desserts are amazingly cute to look at and even better to eat. Don’t walk out of the store without stocking up on mini tarts (if they’re small they barely count as dessert, right?).


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Morgan Nahanee
Morgan Nahanee


Morgan is The Spectacle Shoppe’s Lead Technician and Customer Relations Specialist as well as a Principle of Spectacle Shoppe. She is a licensed contact lens fitter and dispensing optician and has been working for The Spectacle Shoppe since 2006. She graduated from Douglas College’s two year Dispensing Optician and Contact Lens Fitting Program in 2008. From contact lens fitting to eyeglass repairs and adjustments Morgan is eager to help you with any optical needs. Connect with Morgan Nahanee on Google+