Chocolate pairs well with art deco for this Vancouver walking tour

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Followers of each chocolate and artwork deco are salivating with glee after a candy new strolling tour launched in downtown Vancouver. The most recent guided stroll from Forbidden Vancouver, combines among the metropolis’s most celebrated artwork deco websites with decadent tastings at native chocolate outlets.

The doorway to Vancouver’s Marine Constructing, town’s best artwork deco confection. Picture by John Lee

Architectural highlights of the two-and-a-half-hour stroll embrace Granville Avenue’s Vogue Theatre – with its streamlined rooftop Roman goddess determine – and the beloved Commodore Ballroom, a 1920s-designed music venue with an elaborate brick and plaster exterior. Simply throughout the road is the much more elaborate Energy Block, with its eye-popping multicoloured façade echoing historical Egypt.

The tour takes you to all one of the best chocolate outlets. Picture by Kryssia Campos/Getty Photographs

Alongside extra downtown buildings and architectural options, the tour saves loads of time to savour one in every of Canada’s best artwork deco edifices. Opened in 1930, the breathtaking Marine Constructing was as soon as the tallest tower in Vancouver. The splendid skyscraper bankrupted the corporate behind it nevertheless it stays a visually arresting reminder of deco’s highest design beliefs. Behind its ocean and transport-themed exterior motifs – starting from seahorses to ships’ prows and from streamlined trains to rolling waves – the constructing’s ornate foyer is a cathedral of stained glass, etched elevator doorways and a shimmering, astrology-themed ground. It’s the form of place the place each angle is value pointing your digital camera at.

The Roman goddess atop Vancouver’s artwork deco-era Vogue Theatre. Picture by John Lee

However the brand new tour isn’t nearly ogling cool previous buildings. Deploying its well-practiced storytelling prowess, Forbidden Vancouver’s entertaining narration contains salacious tales of yesteryear metropolis scandals, bootlegging and homicide – with a splash of naughty rum-running shenanigans thrown in for good measure. Sadly, there’s no rum to pattern on the tour, however peckish contributors have loads to nibble on at two chocolate-tasting interludes. The sweet-tooth pit stops embrace a go to to Mink Goodies, the place every particular person receives a small-batch bar of Mermaid’s Alternative, a celebrated gold medal winner at 2014’s Worldwide Chocolate Salon.

Ornate elevator doorways inside Vancouver’s Marine Constructing. Picture by John Lee

Alongside Forbidden Vancouver’s different excursions – overlaying Gastown, Chinatown, Stanley Park and town’s classic Penthouse Nightclub – tickets for the brand new guided stroll should be booked prematurely by way of the corporate’s web site. At present operating on Thursday and Saturday mornings solely and aimed toward these aged 13 and over, tickets value CA$45 (US$35) every (CA$41 ($32) for seniors and college students).

By John Lee

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