Gastown is one of the oldest and most picturesque neighborhoods in Vancouver, British Columbia. It's located right along the waterfront and is packed full of trendy boutiques and great gastronomical eateries. The red brick cobblestone sidewalks and historically accurate lamp-lined streets give this part of town its signature “Gastown” aesthetic. If you’re in the mood for a little shopping we highly suggest a visit to shops like Litchfield, Nouvelle Nouvelle, John Fluevog Shoes, and Parliament Interiors. Each of these stores are locally owned and operated and certainly emphasize quality and what it means to be a Vancouverite. After a long day of shopping, you can catch happy hour at any of the restaurants located in neighbourhood. A few fan favourites include Juice Bar, Birds & The Beets and Gringo. Of course, you’ll have to get a photo with Whiskey Jack as well.
Birds & The Beets
This charming little spot has a special place in the heart of Gastown. Located right at 55 Powell St. Vancouver BC, the café offers a seasonal selection of delicious and locally sourced selection of breakfast and lunch items. It’s a relaxing place to enjoy your mandatory caffeine fix and enjoy a lovely meal on those breezy weekdays. We highly suggest the Avocado and Slow Poached Egg Brioche Sandwich, and everything and anything off their seasonal menu!
Juice Bar is truly one of Gastown’s hidden gems. The wine bar is located at the back entrance of the ever so charming Birds & The Beets at 54 Alexander St. Vancouver BC. At Juice Bar, you can get international and locally produced wines, both by the glass and by the bottle. Well-versed in all things vino, the friendly staff can help you navigate their impressive selection of adult grape juices. The warm and inviting space makes it the perfect place for after work bevvies and catching up with your best crew. They also have a selection of rotating seasonal snacks and munchies.
From the words of founder Jonathan Litchfield: “Life is a series of simple moments and those moments are made beautiful by the tools we use to live.” His tasteful and chic boutique is the perfect embodiment of this. Simple and elegant household tools truly make for a better quality of life. We love the stunning pieces Jonathan has chosen to bring into his shoppe; from kitchen tools to apothecary, each piece was thoughtfully picked with class and functionality in mind. Find what you’re looking for at 38 Water St. Vancouver BC.
For a truly spectacular coffee experience, we highly suggest making your way to Revolver Coffee on 325 Cambie Street. Every cup of coffee is made to order with as much precision, care and attention to detail as you could only expect from one of Vancouver’s most prized coffee institutions. From pour overs to the best lattes you’ve ever had, each cup is made to the highest of standards any java connoisseur would be eager to enjoy. Revolver’s menu also changes with the season and their taste – with new and exciting beans and blends to discover!
Inventive libations, live music and a super fun atmosphere. What more could you want in a bar? With creations like their famous Apiary and Avocado Gimlet, it’s a cocktail connoisseurs’ paradise. If you’re in search for a unique place to unwind or enjoy some cocktails and entertainment - this is the spot. Find them tucked away in between Barber and Co. and The Lamplighter on 212 Abbott St. Vancouver BC. You know you’re in the right place when you see “the hand”.
Located in historic Blood Alley, Gringo’s is a little slice of paradise in the bustling city. Bright, upbeat and full of character, this tiny hole in the wall is sure to put a smile on your face. The friendly staff, lively environment and tasty selection of tacos are always on the menu, and also a full playlist of the best 80’s and 90’s hits. What more could a person ask for?? You’ll be vibing from the time you’re seated until the time you leave. Relax and unwind at 27 Blood Alley Square.
Nouvelle Nouvelle is a multifaceted boutique located on 302 West Cordova, Vancouver BC. The boutique carries both men’s and women’s accessories and apparel with brands like Opening Ceremony, Ganni, Saturdays NYC and more. You can find everything you’re looking for at this one-stop shop. From apparel to apothecary, they stock their shelves with brands from up and coming labels to tried and true staples.
John Fluevog Shoes
You can’t come to Vancouver without visiting John Fluevog Shoes. From their humble beginnings right in the heart of Gastown in the 1970’s to now having multiple stores across North America and Europe, Fluevog shoes is a little slice of local history. As one of the leading designers in footwear, Fluevog shoes has become a staple in North American culture with their signature quirky designs, knee high boots and curved heels. You can spot celebrities such as Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Alice Cooper rockin' the Fluevog signature style.
Beat Street Records
Established in 1996, Beat Street Records began as a small skateboard/clothing store and has evolved into one of Vancouver’s most popular record stores. After many moves, they’ve found their home at 439 West Hastings Street. The store has over 50,000 records on hand and even more in their warehouse. They also supply urban lifestyle items such as DJ equipment, apparel, accessories, collectables, concert and show tickets and more. Beat Street is the perfect place to visit if you have a deep love for music, history and Vancouver’s urban culture. A definite must on our list!
There you have it - our list of the top ten places to visit when in Gastown. We hope that after this trip you’ll find yourself inspired by this eclectic part of city and the beautiful things it has to offer. See you next time.
Written by Gabrielle Tan