Neighbourhoods

Gastown

Dense, eclectic, discordant, vibrant: The Gastown/Chinatown area is a hip and buzzing centre of art and business, as well as being a hub spot for tourists, locals, and business owners alike. Ventures of sartorial boutiques, culinary destinations, lively bars, and innovative startups are housed in old, storied architecture. Despite being one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city, Gastown exudes a modern vibe with its palpable zeal of community and creative energy. Combined with Chinatown’s eateries (note: ask any local to point you in the direction of a lunch spot to discover flavours like you’ve never tasted before), colourful history, and old-school architecture, both neighbourhoods are currently walking the line between gentrification and retaining the historical character somewhat lacking in some of Vancouver’s newer ‘hoods.

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Condo of the Week: A Roomy New York-Style Condo in the Heart of Gastown

Condo of the Week: A Roomy New York-Style Condo in the Heart of Gastown

Your band photos will be next level thanks to the exposed brick

The Best Thing I Ate All Week: Clam Chowder at Crab Park Chowdery

The Best Thing I Ate All Week: Clam Chowder at Crab Park Chowdery

This could be the beginning of a friendly competition with chowder capitals South of the border.

The Art of Mixing High-and-Low Styles at Home

The Art of Mixing High-and-Low Styles at Home

Contributing editor Amanda Ross shares her fave places to shop for designer homewares and budget-friendly decor.

Review: Is There Room for Zero Zero in This Pizza-Loving City?

Review: Is There Room for Zero Zero in This Pizza-Loving City?

Zero Zero Pizza's thick and doughy slices are filling but flawed.

Add This to Your Calendar: Shoe Shopping and Marshmallow Popping

Add This to Your Calendar: Shoe Shopping and Marshmallow Popping

Centre A and John Fluevog want you to buy a new pair of shoes—all in the name of charity.

H&M’s High-Fashion Sister Store COS Opens in Vancouver

H&M’s High-Fashion Sister Store COS Opens in Vancouver

Canada’s fourth COS flagship store opens to the public March 17 (at noon!) in Gastown.

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7 Alternative Date Ideas Guaranteed to Impress Your Valentine

7 Alternative Date Ideas Guaranteed to Impress Your Valentine

Are you about to make a reservation at the most up-scale restaurant in town? Read this first.

Flagship Sneaker Gallery Six Hundred Four Debuts in Gastown

Flagship Sneaker Gallery Six Hundred Four Debuts in Gastown

Six Hundred Four aims to tell a story through their footwear, while supporting local artists and charities at the same time.

It Ain’t Easy Being a Tow Truck Driver in Vancouver

It Ain’t Easy Being a Tow Truck Driver in Vancouver

The city's most hated take us for a ride.

Inside a Vancouver Designer’s Eclectic Gastown Apartment

Inside a Vancouver Designer’s Eclectic Gastown Apartment

For Fox Design Studio's Ben Leavitt, a life well travelled calls for an apartment to match.

Alternative Bridal Boutiques Say ‘I Do’ to Gastown

Alternative Bridal Boutiques Say ‘I Do’ to Gastown

A new wave of wedding dresses have sprung up in this historic section of the city.

How Restaurateur Craig Stanghetta Spends 24 Hours in Vancouver

How Restaurateur Craig Stanghetta Spends 24 Hours in Vancouver

Wining, dining and splashing around with the interior-designer-turned-restaurateur.