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 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.

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Vancouver’s Future Hinges on the Fight to Save Chinatown

Vancouver’s Future Hinges on the Fight to Save Chinatown

The controversy over a proposed Keefer Street development begs a big question: can we preserve our heritage and keep our neighbourhoods alive?

We’d Like to Introduce You to the Best Sandwich in Vancouver

We’d Like to Introduce You to the Best Sandwich in Vancouver

It's the meatball hoagie from the new Say Hey Cafe and it's a thing of beauty.

Here’s What Downtown Vancouver Could Look Like Without the Viaducts

Here’s What Downtown Vancouver Could Look Like Without the Viaducts

The city is looking for your feedback on its plan to overhaul Northeast False Creek.

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The Ultimate Spot Prawn Price Guide!

How to make sure you're sourcing the best price on these sweet lil' suckers.

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.