Gastown is the oldest neighbourhood in Vancouver, and the birthplace of the city, so it should come as no surprise that it remains one of the cities most vibrant cultural hubs. It’s a cool blend of authentic historical charm and modern living, offering a uniquely Vancouver experience.
Things To Check Out
Gastown combines it’s rich historical elements with modern additions seamlessly, giving it a cool unique vibe that’s all its own. Any visit to Gastown should include a historical tour, starting with a walk along Water Street where you can experience old Vancouver first hand, enjoying the heritage buildings, cobblestone streets, vintage lampposts, and the Steam Clock. At the end of your journey down water street, you’ll find a statue of the cities founder, Gassy Jack Deighton. Take it all in from another angle at the Vancouver Lookout, which stands at 548-feet providing visitors a full view of the city.
Explore Gas Town
There are lots of places to enjoy the nightlife in the city, but if you want to make your evening something to remember we recommend drinks on the patio at the Lamplighter, followed by taking in some live music at the Revel Room just across the street.
Places To Eat
From farm-to-table pop-ups to molecular gastronomy restaurants, Gastown covers all your dining needs. Looking for a light meal instead of a sit-down? Try the charcuterie and cheese options at one of the areas wine bars or stop at the Sardine Can on Powell Street for Tapas. Don’t want to miss the game? Try Charles Pub or the Lamplighters Public House. Gastown is also the place to be if you want to explore the city’s cocktail scene, looking for something new or prefer to stick with the classics? Gastown has what you’re looking for.
L’Abattoir is a modern addition to the restaurant scene in Gastown, but it’s still part of the areas rich history. Located just off of Blood Alley, L’Abattoir is located in the historic building that was originally the cities first jail, and later the main butchery. Stop in to enjoy an elegant but comfortable dining experience and top quality modern french comfort food while soaking up some local history.
Gringo is a taco bar that prides itself on making good food without fuss. Dining in is a treat, you’ll enjoy a bright and fun casual dining experience with lots of classic favorites from the 80’s and 90’s playing in the background. It’s a great place to unwind with a cheap beer or Margarita and some great tacos.
Need a coffee? We recommend getting your fill at the lively Prado Cafe where every cup of coffee is brewed from the 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters local blends. If you’ve got time for breakfast, stay in and enjoy your coffee with some of their excellent Sweet Waffles.
History of Gas Town
Gastown is more than just a name, it hints at the origins of Vancouver, which was founded in 1867 and grew into a city from a small Gastown Cavern. This history can still be felt in the cobblestone streets and vintage buildings, but it’s still at the front of the new and trendy in Vancouver.
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.