Neighbourhoods

Kitsilano

Photo: Ariana Gillrie

Close to downtown, close to the beach, close to restaurants and great shopping—there’s not a lot this neighbourhood lacks. Once a hippie haven, Kitsilano has evolved into a yuppie paradise, replete with endless yoga studios and trendy baby boutiques. While the grocery stores and many restaurants still focus on health foods, there are plenty of ways to indulge: heaping scoops of Rain or Shine ice cream to keep you company while you walk to the beach, a lazy brunch at retro diner Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe or pitchers of beer on the expansive beachside patio at Local Public Eatery.


Real Estate: Beach Lovers, Bohemians and Health Nuts

With its mix of condos, townhouses, duplexes, triplexes, single-family homes and mansions, not to mention rental suites tucked into every nook and cranny, Kits is the most eclectic west-side ’hood—at least from a real estate perspective. But it’s the proximity to the ocean and mountain views, as well as the health- and fitness-minded shops and eateries along bustling 4th Avenue, and the food stands and cafés on West Broadway, that continue to draw buyers of all stripes and incomes. Those who purchased a while back are sitting pretty, too: over the last decade, the average two-storey detached home has increased in value by more than 133 percent. “Some people are leaving Kits and moving to Main Street, Cambie or Commercial Drive,” says realtor Rod MacKay. “Other people don’t want to be anywhere but Kits, and they just never leave.”


Did you know?

West 4th was known colloquially as Rainbow Road in the 1960s because of the proliferation of hippies, health food stores and vegetarian restaurants, including The Naam, Vancouver’s oldest vegetarian restaurant (open 24/7)—a Kits staple since 1968.


Neighbourhood Stats

Median Age of Residents: 20–39
Population: 41,375
Average Monthly Rent: $1,204
Avg. Total Household Income: $87,825
Schools: 5
Parks: 18

The AnnaLena Team Opens New Coffee Spot in Kits

The AnnaLena Team Opens New Coffee Spot in Kits

You can never have enough coffee shops, really.

An Ode to the Topanga Cafe

An Ode to the Topanga Cafe

Fire took down the 40-year-old institution this morning. And while it never racked up the awards, there's something about its unchanging nature that will be deeply missed.

We Tried It: Boxing Before Wine at Turf

We Tried It: Boxing Before Wine at Turf

On the hunt for the city's best workout, we stop in at the new cool Kitsilano gym/eatery/hang out spot, Turf.

Dog of the Week: Oakley the Doodle

Dog of the Week: Oakley the Doodle

An adventurous golden doodle spotted at Kits Beach.

Review: Mak N Ming Brings Wild Ambition to Quiet Yew Street

Review: Mak N Ming Brings Wild Ambition to Quiet Yew Street

"By the time you read this, the menu will no doubt be different."

Get the Newsletter

Own your city with Vancouver’s thrice-weekly scoop on the latest restaurant news, must-shop hotspots and can’t miss events. Rest assured your email is safe with us.

Our Fave Places to Shop in Kitsilano

Our Fave Places to Shop in Kitsilano

Speciality food stores, cool fashion boutiques, gift shops and more!

5 Mooncakes to Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival

5 Mooncakes to Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival

From gourmet tea shops to beloved hole-in-the-wall bakeries, here's where you can find the city's most delectable mooncakes.

Home Tour: A Kitsilano Cottage Gets an Elegant Makeover

Home Tour: A Kitsilano Cottage Gets an Elegant Makeover

Designer Lauren Webb transforms a dated Kitsilano home into a bright and airy space for entertaining.

Condo of the Week: A Breezy, Split-Level Beachside Pad

Condo of the Week: A Breezy, Split-Level Beachside Pad

Kits is calling! And she’ll use a spiral staircase and stunning views to tempt you.

Review: Turf is a One-Stop-Shop for All Things Healthy

Review: Turf is a One-Stop-Shop for All Things Healthy

Get fit (and indulge just a little) at this gym-and-café hybrid in Kitsilano.