Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Exploring Lower Mount Pleasant

Ready for another catchy neighbourhood acronym?  Metro Vancouver is already home to PoCo (Port Coquitlam), PoMo (Port Moody) and SoMa (South Main Street).  Now let me add one more to the list: LoMo (Lower Mount Pleasant).

Actually, LoMo sounds really annoying – so let’s just stick with Lower Mount Pleasant.¬†¬† This funky area wedged between Broadway and False Creek and bounded by Main and Cambie Streets (also known as Southeast False Creek) is home to a ridiculously diverse mix of old heritage homes, industrial buildings, new high rises, one-off bars and restaurants and art studios.

If you’re looking for a unique neighbourhood on the cusp of cool to explore on foot or for a night out, this would be it.¬† A great article in the Vancouver Sun picked out some of the hidden gems in Lower Mount Pleasant.¬†¬† I’ve included a few of their suggestions below, as well as my own.¬†

In terms of things to do, the big draw is the waterfront.¬† The new section of the seawall along Southeast False Creek is beautiful, winding from Science World to glitzy new Olympic Village and even skirting a neat man-made island in False Creek that you can explore.¬† But the leafy streets climbing the hill toward Broadway are also worth a stroll – Look carefully and you’ll notice a hive of artist studios as well as a hub of graphic design workshops.¬† And – of course – there’s always Main Street for boutiques and second-hand shops.

Restaurants in this area can be hard to find but are worth hunting down.  Raw food enthusiasts should definitely stop by Organic Lives (1829 Quebec St.).  All of their dishes Рfrom macaroons to lasagna Рare uncooked and organic and much tastier than you might expect.  A few blocks north, another gem for a fresh, bistro-type meal is Eight 1/2 (151 E. 8th Ave.), which occupies a historic heritage home.   Nuba, the Middle Eastern place, has a branch (146 E. 3rd Ave.).  And for a truly old school diner with cool murals, check out the Argo Cafe (1836 Ontario St.).

There are also some really unique nightlife options in this area.  The Narrow Lounge (1898 Main St.) is located in a windowless, underground room roughly the size of a shipping container.  It has no sign and is packed most nights.  Nearby, the ANZA club (Australia New Zealand Association) (3 W. 8th St.) hosts funk nights every Wednesday and the Celluloid Social Club for aspiring independent filmmakers once a month.

There’s a lot more going on in Lower Mount Pleasant: art and design, boutiques, even the province’s largest private liquor store (Legacy Liquor; 1633 Manitoba St.).

Got a favourite bar/restaurant/boutique in Lower Mount Pleasant?  Let us know below. 

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