Neighbourhoods

Chinatown

Photo: Ariana Gillrie

Nowhere else in the city has a sense of place quite like Chinatown. It’s where you find a slick new art gallery inside a 128-year-old heritage building, a trendy cocktail bar next to an old-school open-air grocery, and the preternatural calm of a classical Chinese garden between high-rises. It’s an area with some of Vancouver’s richest historical character, with a renewed popularity and some great new places to visit.


Real Estate: A Historic Neighbourhood in Transition

Like Strathcona, Chinatown is an area in transition—and its rich cultural character, along with its relatively affordable new condos, has transformed the neighbourhood into a hot spot for young buyers. The development push has also been controversial, with many expressing concern that long-time residents and business owners are getting pushed out—and when the viaducts go, the area will face an even bigger shift. “It reminds me of New York’s Meatpacking District. It’s these old funky shops and in between them are new bars and restaurants,” says realtor Rick Stonehouse. “All of a sudden it’s become this vibrant, young, hip place to be.”

The Ticket: Watch a Movie at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen

The Ticket: Watch a Movie at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen

Chinatown Movie Night and Culture Fair is September 1.

Say ‘I Love You’ with Fried Chicken This Valentine’s Day

Say ‘I Love You’ with Fried Chicken This Valentine’s Day

They say the way to someone's heart is through the stomach...

5 Things to Do in Chinatown

5 Things to Do in Chinatown

You could spend all day just browsing the grocery supply shops in Vancouver's historic Chinatown, but in between stocking up on fresh seafood and dried spices, there are plenty of other attractions to explore.

Reason to Love Vancouver #23: Vegans Can Feast in Chinatown

Reason to Love Vancouver #23: Vegans Can Feast in Chinatown

Pizza, acai bowls, gelato and more neighbourhood eats to feel good about.

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The Best Thing I Ate All Week: Acai Bowl at Kokomo

The Best Thing I Ate All Week: Acai Bowl at Kokomo

The latest addition to Chinatown's vegan boom offers a better way to start the day.

The Ultimate Guide to Eating on the East Side

The Ultimate Guide to Eating on the East Side

Hungry on the East Side? Try one of these 21 restaurants, breweries and cocktail bars.

Cool Workspace: Rennie Group’s Remodelled Chinatown Office

Cool Workspace: Rennie Group’s Remodelled Chinatown Office

See how a heritage space became home to a bustling real estate marketing and brokerage firm.

This Robotic Furniture Opens Up the Possibilities of Small-Space Living

This Robotic Furniture Opens Up the Possibilities of Small-Space Living

One day you'll be able to hack your square footage with this transforming (and kind of magical) piece of furniture.

Is Vancouver Ready for the High Line Effect?

Is Vancouver Ready for the High Line Effect?

The $200-million park planned for Northeast False Creek could become a glittering urban gem—and another dividing line between rich and poor.