We love our neighbourhood, and not just for its view of the mountains and its proximity to the beach, but also because we love our neighbours. Being snuggled in between South Granville and Kitsilano means that we have tons of great cafes, restaurants, shops, and studios all within walking distance of our front door.
There are so many spots that we regularly hit up before and after class to fuel our ride and to recover post-sweat, and we want to share our go-to’s with you. Today, we’re taking you on a trip down West 4h Avenue to give you some ideas for an absolutely beautiful day in the neighbourhood:
Before your ride, grab a smoothie at Sejuiced. Our favourite is the Morning Energizer, filled with almonds, bananas, and whey protein to give you good fuel for your ride.
Time to ride. Whether you’re an early riser, a noon-er, or an after work rider, we’ve got the perfect cool down planned for you, so give it your all and don’t be afraid to get sweaty!
After your ride, head to Silk Road Tea on West 4th Avenue for a delicious alternative to your typical sports drink. Their local and organic teas are crafted with intention, and we love that they carry a range of wellness teas rich in nutrients that are particularly perfect for active people. Since you just got really sweaty, you should order a cup of Quench to replenish your electrolytes. Yum! And, if you mention that you ride at Cadence, they have an exclusive treat for you!
Keep on walking down West 4th, and you’ll come across LUSH (just follow your nose). Pop inside and treat yourself to a bath bomb. Pick one with sea salt if you want some added benefits for sore muscles (we like Big Blue). A warm bath will be the perfect way to end your day later!
Right around the corner from LUSH, you’ll find Kokomo. It’s the perfect place to grab a post-spin bite. Each seasonal menu here is curated by a nutritionist to ensure that every meal is ideal pre- or post-workout fuel. The idea behind Kokomo is that those of us who are on-the-go, fitting our spin classes into already busy days, can still find quick, delicious, and nutritious food. Currently, the All-Day Breaky Macro Bowl (pictured) is a fall favourite. A tofu scramble topped with gems like roasted squash and cumin pickled cauliflower, it’s got the perfect balance of macronutrients. The tempeh, tofu, hemp hearts, and brown rice are packed full of protein; the cilantro and fresh greens are detoxifying; and the pickled cauliflower supports gut health. It’s a filling, colourful, totally delicious bowl that will keep you going for the rest of your day.
After your meal, head back the way you came. On West 4th at Burrard is the neighbourhood’s original barre studio called The Dailey Method. In addition to their fitness classes, they offer a variety of restorative classes that are ideal for supplementing your intensive spin routine. Offered at 7pm on Tuesdays, noon on Fridays, and as part of a stretch and meditation class on Wednesday nights (called Dailey Release), MELT targets the body’s neurofascial system via release work on foam rollers and pressure balls. We swear by it as a necessary act of self-care. You can learn more about how it works here.
Ahhh. Now you’re feeling fed, watered, and rejuvenated. Time to head home to your LUSH bath!
And there you have it: a beautiful day in our neighbourhood. Stay tuned for a trip down South Granville coming up in a few weeks. If you have any recommendations, or if we’ve inspired you to discover a new favourite, leave a comment below and let us know!