Caffeine stop: Revolver (325 Cambie Street) serves a rotating selection of coffees from around the world.
Landmark: The Gastown Steam Clock may see the most tourists, but Maple Tree Square is the ’hood’s buzziest spot.
Watering hole: Few bars do late-night cocktails better than The Diamond (6 Powell Street).
Go-to greenspace: The well-hidden CRAB Park (101 East Waterfront Rorad) offers welcome respite from city life.
For the style stalker
Rivalled only by Main Street for the title of Vancouver’s most impressive independent shopping scene, Gastown—with its gritty charm and well-worn cobblestone streets—has a boutique for all tastes.
Indie and emerging designers are lovingly curated at The Block (350 West Cordova Street), One of a Few (354 Water Street), and Nouvelle Nouvelle (302 West Cordova Street); edgy, contemporary menswear is the m.o. at Neighbour (125–12 Water Street) and Roden Gray (7 Water Street); affordable Korean fashions get the spotlight at E:CLE (486 West Cordova Street); and quality, long-wearing denim is the name of the game at Dutil (202 West Cordova Street).
For the foodie
Besides its fair share of locally established coffee bars and pubs, this tourist destination also happens to attract many locals with its line-up of restaurants.
Canadian comfort fare can be found at The Flying Pig (102 Water Street) and Tuc Craft Kitchen (60 West Cordova Street), while gourmet French eats are created at Jules Bistro (216 Abbott Street) and L’Abattoir (217 Carrall Street).
Vegetarians will enjoy the cheeky grub at MeeT in Gastown (12 Water Street), but carnivores at heart can check out Salt Tasting Room (45 Blood Alley Square)—a spot that specializes in cheese and cured meats.
If you’re a sweet tooth, go for the organic soft-serve ice cream at Soft Peaks (25 Alexander Street).