Vancouver’s Neighbourhood Happenings: Flavourful Food #onRobson

Cafe Crepe

The Nutella Banana Crepe at Cafe Crepe

The following article was submitted by the Robson Street Business Improvement Association.

When you think of Robson Street, we’re sure that you think of endless shopping! But, did you know that Robson Street is a go-to destination for Vancouver foodies?

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Vancouver’s Neighbourhood Happenings: Flavourful Food #onRobson

Vancouver’s Neighbourhood Happenings: Robson Street

Saje at Home

Saje at Home

The following article was contributed by the Robson Street BIA

This spring, Robson Street has seen an influx of new store openings and expansions. Read on for a round-up of the latest happenings!

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Vancouver’s Neighbourhood Happenings: Robson Street

Khatsahlano Block Party announces lineup, features return (sort of) of the Poppy Family!

Jody Glenham at the Media Club, Vancouver, Jan 25 2013. Christine Redmond photo.

Jody Glenham at the Media Club, Vancouver, Jan 25 2013. Christine Redmond photo.

The musical lineup for the Khatsahlano Block Party has been announced.

The annual event, which stretches over 10 blocks on West 4th, celebrates the West Side, aka Kitsilano, one of Vancouver’s best-loved and most historic neighbourhoods. The Khatsahlano Block Party has grown with each successive year, and the July 12 2014 celebration looks to be the biggest yet, with no fewer than 12 stages featuring 50 musical acts, an outdoor art exhibition and forty food carts.

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Khatsahlano Block Party announces lineup, features return (sort of) of the Poppy Family!

Inside Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Gastown

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Founded by a saloon owner and entrepreneur named ‘Gassy’ Jack Deighton in the 1860s long before there even was a Vancouver, Gastown is the city’s original neighbourhood.

A statue of Gassy Jack marks the spot where the city was founded and along with the Gastown Steam Clock, is a favourite spot for visitors to grab a photo. Gassy Jack’s legacy lives on today as Gastown is now one of the hippest and trendiest dining and nightlife destinations in Vancouver.

It’s hard to imagine today, but in the 1970s, the city was planning on demolishing the neighbourhood to make room for a 12-lane freeway along the waterfront. Unlike the waterfront in Toronto, Chicago and New York, Vancouver decided to preserve the neighbourhood. It’s now a National Historic Site of Canada.

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Inside Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Gastown

The Changing Face of South Granville – Big Brands Transform South Granville Shopping

Eileen Fisher's first Canadian store opened on South Granville in August 2011. Photo: Dana Lynch

The last ten years have seen huge changes in most Vancouver neighbourhoods. Gentrification and development have made once “seedy” neighbourhoods hip and trendy (see: SoMa, Lower Mount Pleasant), created brand-new residential areas (like the Olympic Village), and transformed certain districts so thoroughly that, if you hadn’t seen them in ten years, you wouldn’t recognize them.

One such district is South Granville, the shopping and entertainment district in Fairview that extends from the Granville Street Bridge to 16th Ave. Known best for its art galleries (hence the famous moniker “Gallery Row,”), restaurants (West Restaurant and Vij’s are both in South Granville), and the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, South Granville has been developing its reputation as a major Vancouver shopping destination for many years. In the last five years alone, South Granville has transformed from an eclectic collection of mostly independent shops into a kind of Robson Street for yuppies.

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The Changing Face of South Granville – Big Brands Transform South Granville Shopping

Vancouver in a Day – Chinatown and Cypress Mountain

Looking for some adventure? You’ve come to the right city. No matter what time of year, when you start your day in Vancouver, it can take you anywhere.

Lunar New Year is celebrated by a number of Asian cultures around the world. Of Vancouver’s 2 million or so residents, over 800,000 are of Asian descent. Every spring, tens of thousands of people pack the streets of Vancouver’s Chinatown for one of the biggest and most colourful festivals of the year.

If you’re already planning on coming to Vancouver to ski or ride, try to time your vacation to coincide with this festival. Make sure to research and plan in advance though because the exact dates for Lunar New Year change every year. The festival takes place according to the phase of the moon.

Cypress Mountain is Vancouver’s largest ski area. With 53 ski runs, six lifts and 2010 vertical feet, it’s obvious why this is such a popular destination for visitors to Vancouver. In addition to the alpine skiing and riding area, there is also a Nordic area for snow shoeing, cross country skiing and snow tubing, making Cypress a great family destination. For more information, visit: http://www.cypressmountain.com.

Shopping at the Punjabi Market – Vancouver’s Little India

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When we asked famous Vancouver blogger Miss 604 (Rebecca Bollwitt) for her list of 10 Hidden Gems in Vancouver off the beaten tourist path, she included Vancouver’s Little India neighbourhood, the Punjabi Market.

Locals already know the pleasures of the Punjabi Market (Little India), the commercial and cultural focal point for Vancouver’s Indo-Canadian population.

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Shopping at the Punjabi Market – Vancouver’s Little India