A Trendy New Neighbourhood to Explore: Gastown
Jun 25th, 2011
In the past few years, Gastown has undergone quite a transformation. Not too long ago Gastown had a reputation as a seedy, crime-ridden neighbourhood, notorious for drug use and home to some of the city's most run-down buildings. While many a urine-smelling alley can still be found, Gastown
has been cleaned up a lot, and now has an array of trendy boutiques, decor stores, and restaurants and clubs. In Gastown you'll see a mix of people: tourists checking out the historic steam clock and souvenir stores as well as locals shopping
, eating and drinking.
Here's where to go if you're in the neighbourhood:
Where to Eat
Guilt and Co.
(1 Alexander St.) is a relatively new addition to Gastown, located in a cool, cave-like spot underneath the Chill Winston. Guilt and Co. has been getting a lot of attention for both the creative food and drinks (which are served by fedora and suspender-wearing staff) and the free live entertainment every night of the week. They also have board games you can bring to your table. If you're in the mood for mainstream fare, head to tourist favourite Water Street Cafe (300 Water St.) for salads, pasta and seafood.
Where to Shop
The Block (350 W Cordova St.) is a stop for fashionistas looking for unique styles from both local and international designers, while One of a Few (354 Water St.) has a slightly less expensive selection of designer women's clothing, jewelry and lingerie. Gastown has only small clothing boutiques
, so don't go expecting to find big name brands at low prices – you're better off going to Robson Street
or Pacific Centre (Granville and Robson Streets) if that's what you're after.
Where to Get a Drink
(3 Alexander St.) is a high-energy lounge with a large outdoor patio for people-watching. It gets packed early on, so it's best to make a reservation (604) 288-9575. Try a Devil's Three Way (whiskey, Triple Sec, and vermouth) or order up a dark Belgian beer. However, if you're hungry, eat somewhere else. The general consensus on the food: overpriced and not as good as the fare at Six Acres across the street. Looking to party late into the night? Hit a nightclub: Shine (364 Water St.) is a fun spot for drinks and dancing, while The Blarney Stone (216 Carrall Street) and The Lamplighter (92 Water Street) are great pubs to grab a pint or a pitcher.
Gastown district - Vancouver BC