A Perfect Day in Gastown

The following post was contributed by Carrie Leung, Tourism Vancouver’s Client Manager for the Chicago, Midwest and Western US markets. Read about her perfect day in her favourite neighbourhood, Gastown.

One of the many things that make Vancouver unique are the diverse neighborhoods, perfect for sightseeing and shopping. Gastown, a unique neighborhood in the downtown core and the original city of Vancouver, is by far one of my favourites. I love wandering along the cobble stone streets that reflect a refreshing mix of old and new. To start my afternoon of re-discovering Gastown I drop into the Canadian Maple Delights Gourmet Bistro & Shoppe for a latte and maple sugar cookie. Yummy!

Along Water Street I pass by beautiful heritage buildings that now house galleries, designer furniture and clothing stores, cafes, and restaurants. Local designers who display their clothing at Dream, 212 and One of a Few are stores I always have to visit while in Gastown. At each quarter hour I can hear the faint chimes of the famous Gastown Steam Clock. Tourist – and locals alike – love to stand on the corner of Cambie and Water Street waiting to take a photo of the clock blowing its steam and to hear the magical chimes.

After an exciting day of window shopping and exploring I like to end the day hanging out with my friends at the Irish Heather, a casual local pub. With so many restaurants to choose from in the area it’s always difficult to decide, but two of my favourites are So.Cial At Le Magasin and Cobre Restaurant. So.Cial At Le Magasin features contemporary Canadian cuisine with a casual ambiance. Cobre Restaurant, an intimate restaurant that seats 90 people on two levels, blends flavors from all over South and Central American in their sharing tapas plates. My evening in Gastown wouldn’t be complete with out a stop at Salt Tasting Room, a dynamic wine and charcuterie venue.

Gastown is truly a one of a kind neighborhood that reminds me how much fun it is to spend time in my home town… Vancouver!

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