Downtown Vancouver has something to offer everyone, its ever-changing landscape of new restaurants, shopping, and events, help to keep it fresh even for Vancouver Veterans. It’s the place to be if you want to get the most out of a limited time in the city, check out limited time events, festivals and some of the best high retail shopping Vancouver has to offer all in the core of the city.
Things To Check Out
Downtown Vancouver is a culture to experience, it’s the beating heart of Vancouver and home to many of the cities events and festivals. Walking the streets you’ll always find something new to check out nestled in between the neighbourhood’s mainstays.
Vancouver Art Gallery
The Vancouver Art Gallery is a must see for any art aficionado, it’s hosted works by some of history’s most prolific artists including Da Vinci, Picasso, Warhol, and most recently Herzog, as well as many local artists like Emily Carr and Joe Average. While you’re in the area make sure to stop at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, only a five minute walk west on Robson St. and sample some of their artisanal treats.
Farm To Table Gourmet Food Market
The Farm to Table Gourmet Market is a brand new addition over on Richards street offering the best of Vancouver’s local artisanal goods and produce including produce and homemade products like soup mixes, cheeses, and ice creams. This is the second Farm To Table Gourmet Market located in Vancouver, with the original located over on Marine Drive in West Vancouver.
Places To Eat
Among the Museums, Shops, and Theatres, you’ll find an incredible variety of cafes, food stands, and restaurants with something for every craving. Here are some of the local foodie favourites you’ll find tucked away in hustle and bustle of Downtown Vancouver:
Colette Grand Café
The Colette Grand Cafe has been a staple in the Toronto Foodie scene since it first opened its doors, and thanks to a partnership between luxury retailer Holt Renfrew and the Chase Hospitality group. Vancouver welcomed it’s very own Colette location this year. Serving modern French cuisine with a Mediterranean twist, it’s a must on any foodies bucket list. Check it out at the Hold Renfrew Location on Dunsmuir Street.
Assembli is an up and coming chain of pizza restaurants that offer a fresh take on pizza, literally! Looking to serve the needs of customers who are looking for a healthy and fresh fast food option, they offer pizzas and salads made to order at the counter with your choice of 50 different toppings and 13 types of salad dressing. Stay and eat or take yours to go, but make sure you give them a try, they’re quickly becoming a staple for local foodies.
History of Downtown Vancouver
Downtown Vancouver wasn’t always the fresh and vibrant community it is today, back in the 80’s it primarily served as an industrial district, housing warehouses and out of use trains, though the area has always had a lot of potential with its abundance of green space and proximity to the waterfront.
It’s only within the last decade that the area has really come into its own, with the addition of new apartment buildings, office spaces, and businesses. It continues to grow, becoming an increasingly popular area for families thanks in part to the Vancouver Aquatic Centre and Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre which offer a lot of family-friendly fun as well as swimming classes and indoor sports.