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Things to Do in Langley: Dine, Shop, See, Drink

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Last week, I spent a day with Tourism Langley to explore and learn about what the charming town has to offer. From visiting restaurants, lovely boutiques and historical sites to tastings at a winery and craft distillery, here’s a few worthy reasons to visit Langley.

Things to Do in Langley: Dine, Shop, See, Drink

Start the Day at Saba

We fueled up for our day of exploring the town at the charming Saba Cafe. They’re a lovely, family-run bistro with a menu bursting with flavours inspired by the Middle East and the Mediterranean.

Things to Do in Langley: Dine, Shop, See, Drink Saba Cafe

As we walked through the door, we were meet with the pleasant smells of fresh baked goods. The display case featured a tantalizing range of pastries like galettes, quiches, scones and more.

Things to Do in Langley: Dine, Shop, See, Drink Saba Cafe

We felt nourished after enjoying breakfast delights like Classic Farm House Breakfasts, Breakfast Board, and Veggie Breakfast Skillet and House-made Challah French Toast.

Things to Do in Langley: Dine, Shop, See, Drink Saba Cafe
Things to Do in Langley: Dine, Shop, See, Drink Saba Cafe
Things to Do in Langley: Dine, Shop, See, Drink Saba Cafe
Things to Do in Langley: Dine, Shop, See, Drink Saba Cafe

Birthplace of BC: Fort Langley National Historic Site

We toured the Fort Langley National Historic Site where the Hudson Bay Company had a fur trading post 150 years ago. Among the rough-hewn timber buildings, we saw glimpses of the pioneer way of life.

Things to Do in Langley: Fort Langley National Historic Site
Things to Do in Langley: Fort Langley National Historic Site
Things to Do in Langley: Fort Langley National Historic Site
Things to Do in Langley: Fort Langley National Historic Site
Things to Do in Langley: Fort Langley National Historic Site
Things to Do in Langley: Fort Langley National Historic Site
Things to Do in Langley: Fort Langley National Historic Site
Things to Do in Langley: Fort Langley National Historic Site
Things to Do in Langley: Fort Langley National Historic Site
Things to Do in Langley: Fort Langley National Historic Site
Things to Do in Langley: Fort Langley National Historic Site
Things to Do in Langley: Fort Langley National Historic Site

We also stopped by lelem cafe, a First Nations owned and operated cafe that delivers authentic flavours supported by local ingredients.

Things to Do in Langley: Fort Langley National Historic Site Lelem
Things to Do in Langley: Fort Langley National Historic Site Lelem
Things to Do in Langley: Fort Langley National Historic Site Lelem

SHOPPING IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA

The Village of Fort Langley exudes such old-world charm and there you’ll find unique shops and boutiques where you can indulge in some serious shopping. There are no franchises here, just independent locally owned stores offering organic and vegan goods, beautiful home decor, cute clothing boutiques and more. We went from shop to shop and found some fun finds for this fall season.

Fort Langley Village Shopping
Fort Langley Village Shopping
Shopkeeper’s Cottage
Fort Langley Village Shopping
Shopkeeper’s Cottage
Fort Langley Village Shopping
Fort Langley Village Shopping
Fort Langley Village Shopping

We visited the lovely Floralista in Fort Langley – a full-service flower studio that offers arrangements but also holds events and workshops.

Fort Langley Village Shopping Floralista
Fort Langley Village Shopping Floralista
Fort Langley Village Shopping Floralista
Fort Langley Village Shopping Floralista
Fort Langley Village Shopping Floralista
Fort Langley Village Shopping Floralista
Fort Langley Village Shopping Floralista

MODERN FINE DINING

Fortitude Restaurant by Chef Romy Prasad (formerly of CinCin in Vancouver and Il Caminetto in Whistler) offers a modern fine dining experience in the heart of Fort Langley.

Fortitude Restaurant by Chef Romy Prasad
Fortitude Restaurant by Chef Romy Prasad
Fortitude Restaurant by Chef Romy Prasad
Fortitude Restaurant by Chef Romy Prasad

I enjoyed the Buddha Bowl (brown rice, avocado, red cabbage, sweet potato, hemp seeds, grilled portobello) which was light and nourishing.

Fortitude Restaurant by Chef Romy Prasad

However, the Fortitude Burger (where the in-house ground beef patty is cooked medium) was definitely a favourite at our table. I had just a tasting of it and really wanted the entire burger for myself.

Fortitude Restaurant by Chef Romy Prasad
Fortitude Restaurant by Chef Romy Prasad

Other dishes enjoyed during the lunch include the seafood risotto, turkey sandwich and pumpkin pie.

Fortitude Restaurant by Chef Romy Prasad
Fortitude Restaurant by Chef Romy Prasad
Fortitude Restaurant by Chef Romy Prasad

Langley Libations

Did you know Langley is home to ten wineries? Since 2009, Backyard Vineyards has been producing award-winning varietals, blended, and bubbly wines from 100% BC grapes grown o-site and complemented with fruit from the Fraser Valley and South Okanagan.

Backyard Vineyards
Backyard Vineyards
Backyard Vineyards
Backyard Vineyards
Backyard Vineyards

Langley is also home to the first craft distillery in the Fraser Valley: Roots and Wings. This charming family-owned and operated distillery offers a collection of farm-to-table spirits includes vodka, whiskey, and gin that can be enjoyed on their own or in your favourite craft cocktails and mixed drinks.

Roots and Wings
Roots and Wings
Roots and Wings
Roots and Wings
Roots and Wings
Roots and Wings
Roots and Wings

For more information on how to experience Langley, visit https://www.tourism-langley.ca/.

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