Photo: Ted McGrath | Flickr

Photo: Ted McGrath | Flickr

Year-round, BC Place Stadium and Rogers Arena – two of Vancouver’s biggest and most
impressive event venues – play host to globally recognized sporting matches, concerts and exhibits (upcoming: FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015, Madonna, Taylor Swift and MLS soccer). So it’s only natural that the area surrounding these stadiums – aptly known as Vancouver’s “Stadium District” – has evolved into a destination-within-a-destination.

Extending north from Terry Fox Plaza (at the corner of Beatty and Robson streets) towards the edge of Gastown, the neighbourhood is brimming with top-calibre restaurants and bars that are ideal for getting pumped or winding down pre- and post-event. Here, there’s a flavour for every palate: North African and Middle Eastern cuisine at the newly expanded Chambar; hearty Canadian fare at Bogart’s Bar; and old-school beer-and-barbecue at Devil’s Elbow.

Other internationally influenced options: Frankie’s (classic Italian), Black Rice (Japanese izakaya), Library Square Public House (plenty of screens for catching the game) and the soon-to-open Central City Brewpub (local craft beer). Even better: the area is easily accessible via Canada Line skytrain. Think of the Stadium District as Vancouver’s answer to “dinner and a show”.


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