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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Are Commercial Rents Crushing a New Generation of Restaurant Innovation?

Are Commercial Rents Crushing a New Generation of Restaurant Innovation?

The economics of your local restaurant depend on skyrocketing commercial rents—and the bottom line doesn't look good.

Month-to-Month: How a First Grade Teacher (and Sports Enthusiast!) Lives on $4,000 a Month

Month-to-Month: How a First Grade Teacher (and Sports Enthusiast!) Lives on $4,000 a Month

Cycling gear, dance classes, recreational car insurance—plus some extra cash to spare.

A 120-Year-Old Heritage Brand is Dropping in Gastown

A 120-Year-Old Heritage Brand is Dropping in Gastown

And if you're not familiar with Filson then you're not familiar with how the Pacific Northwest came of age.

This Might Just Be the Best Bowl (!) of Cheese in the City

This Might Just Be the Best Bowl (!) of Cheese in the City

Why we're saying "Yes, please!" to cheese at La Mezcaleria.

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.

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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.

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.