Vancouver's Brightest Stars Dish on Their Hometown

•Bishop's is one of the best places in Vancouver and it's also very romantic. 604-738-2025; bishopsonline.com

Smulders also recommends sampling Vancouver's signature dish, a "good smoked salmon or a salmon entrée. Our salmon when it's fresh and wild, it's the best salmon in the world."

Shopping:

•Lou Lou Luv. Really fun, beautiful and affordable jewelry. 604-677-0682; loulouluv.com

•Gravity Pope Shoes. I walk into (the store) and I want to buy at least seven pairs of shoes. They're all imported from London and very cool. 604-731-7647; gravitypope.com

•Favorite shopping walk: Antique Row on Main Street staring at 6th Avenue. (You can find) great clothes and furniture.

Cory Monteith: 'Glee' star on where to score the perfect cup of java in Vancouver

Cory Monteith, actor in Glee, grew up in nearby Victoria, moved to Vancouver to start acting at age 20

Favorite Olympic sport: Snowboarding

Best place to snowboard/ski: Cypress Mountain is my hill. I think the best view of the city is on a run called Panorama and it's aptly named because you can pull over to the side of the run and see the entire lower mainland from atop a snowy peak. On a clear day you can see all the way to the United States. 604-926-5612; cypressmountain.com

Sightseeing:

•Vancouver Island is a brilliant day trip. I kind of plan my life around coffee shops. Moka House on Cook Street is great. 250-388-7377; mokahouse.com

•Classic Vancouver experience: Getting out to a Canucks game and going to the Cactus Club for burgers is pretty classic Vancouver. multiple locations;cactusclubcafe.com

Dining/Nightlife:

•The Eatery. It's the best sushi in town. It's like a cross between the best sushi you've ever had inside an Andy Warhol explosion. It's (got) TV screens playing colored visuals and effigies of Astro Boy hanging from the ceiling. It's representative of the food culture and the youth of the city. 604-738-5299; theeatery.ca

•The Naam. Twenty-four-hour-a-day vegan food. There's something that makes you feel terrible about eating late at night, like two or three in the morning, and when you're eating really healthy food that's actually tasty, it kind of takes away some of that guilt. 604-738-7151; thenaam.com

•Roxy Burger on Granville (Street). It's kind of a throwback to the West Hollywood version … a superchill place. 604-646-4000; roxyburger.com

•True Confections. A table service, sit-down restaurant, but all they sell is cake and pie and it's all made from scratch on the premises. Not that I can eat any of it anymore, but they have a chocolate pecan pie that's just incredible. multiple locations; trueconfections.ca

•Caffè Artigiano is the best cup of coffee you will get in Vancouver. I like a nice, strong Americano with a little milk and sometimes sugar. multiple locations; caffeartigiano.com

Personally speaking: First thing I do when I get off the plane: I step out of the airport and I inhale a lung-full of the most wondrous, liquid air that everybody takes for granted up there …It's like night and day from Southern California.

Most surprising thing: How visually stunning the city is. How green it is and how much it rains, especially in February.

Inside tip: Refer to Vancouver affectionately as "The Coove" and you will be welcomed with open arms.

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