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The walking tour starts at the Vogue Theatre, a streamlined beauty built on rum-running money. You’ll walk along Granville Street to the fabulous Commodore Ballroom, inspired by ancient middle eastern temples, to the Power Block, rich in the colours of ancient Egyptian artistry.

Next up you’ll leave the world of Art Deco to hear tales of murder and fame at the Vancouver Art Gallery, solve the mystery of the three Hotels Vancouver, and marvel at a truly gigantic pendulum. Then it’s back to Art Deco for the long lost Georgia Medical & Dental Building before your final stop at the incredible Marine Building, where you’ll enjoy a private viewing of the gorgeous lobby.

As you discover the beauty of Vancouver’s Art Deco architecture you'll indulge in delicious tastings from two local award-winning chocolatiers. This includes your very own bar of Mink Chocolate's Mermaid's Choice, the chocolate bar that won Gold at the 2014 International Chocolate Salon in San Francisco. This walking tour is a must-do for both chocolate fans and history buffs alike!

The cherry on top of this tour is the chocolate, of course! Along the route you will stop at two of Vancouver's most famous chocolatiers to sample their wares and learn more about their craft.

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Whether you’re a Vancouver local or newcomer to the city, you will learn something new on this Art Deco and Chocolate Tasting tour of the city. Walk through the downtown core, discovering impressive Art Deco buildings. Your guide shares remarkable tales of murder, fame, and mystery. Stop at 2 award-winning local chocolatiers and indulge in generous tastings. Explore Vancouver’s past, architecture and amazing chocolate.

  • See the Commodore Ballroom, Marine Building and more impressive Art Deco buildings

  • Stroll through the city’s downtown core

  • Hear tales of bootlegging, scandal and murder

  • Generous chocolate tastings at 2 local chocolatiers

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Vancouver Art Deco

I enjoyed Lena's presentation very much. She was on time, spoke clearly and conducted herself very professionally. The chocolate offerings were delicious, but it would have been nice to have a representative from each store tell us about the chocolates. The first few stops on...More

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ForbiddenVan, Communications and Operations Team at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello dpmwriter, Thank you very much for review of the Art Deco and Chocolate Tasting Walking tour this past week! It was such a pleasure to lead your tour the other day, I love the Art Deco era so much and I can't think of...More

Reviewed 30 July 2018
Loved this - learned so much and had fun, too!

I grew up in Vancouver so was familiar with many of the buildings but had no idea of their history. Tim was a great guide - very amusing and full of interesting stories about what we were seeing. My husband is already planning a revisit...More

Thank tiakara
ForbiddenVan, Communications and Operations Team at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2018

Hello tiakara, I'm so glad to hear that you had such a wonderful time on the Art Deco and Chocolate Tasting walking tour. Tim is an excellent guide that has an incredible talent for bringing these stories to life! We absolutely love having Vancouverites on...More

Reviewed 27 July 2018
Another Excellent Tour by Forbidden Vancouver

We have attended most of the tours by Forbidden Vancouver and have enjoyed them all. Tim our guide was excellent. He was able to speak to our group over the noise of the city and was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. It was neat knowing more about...More

Thank RelaxationTime
ForbiddenVan, Communications and Operations team at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2018

Hello RelaxationTime, Thank you for your review about the Art Deco and Chocolate Tasting walking tour with Tim! It sound like you had a wonderful time as he shared some insight into our early Vancouver history. I cannot agree with you more on the chocolate...More

Reviewed 20 July 2018
Amazing, having lived in the lower mainland for many years and to discouver and see things I never took the opportunity.

Tim was an amazing guide. Able to project his voice above any traffic noise. Having lived in the Vancouver Tim shared some of his own experiences related to his growing up. OK - must mention the Chocolate - fantastic, delicious and will be returning to...More

Thank JoanM1812
ForbiddenVan, Communications and Operations Team at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

Hello Joan M, I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed our new Art Deco and Chocolate Tasting walking tour! Tim has a wealth of knowledge about our city and he so enjoys sharing stories with both locals and visitors. I can not agree with...More

Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile
Art Deco Meets Great Chocolate

I highly recommend this tour. Tim the guide is full of stories and personality. I learned so much about Vancouver history I’d never heard before and ate chocolate in a cafe I didn’t even know about. Informative and delicious for locals and visitors alike.More

Thank Theresa C
ForbiddenVan, Communications and Operations Team at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2018

Hello Theresa C, Thank you for your lovely review of our Art Deco and Chocolate Tasting walking tour! Vancouver definitely has quite the collection of curious history and some very fine chocolate. And who better than enthusiastic Forbidden Vancouver storyteller, Tim, showing you the way!...More

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