Often voted one of the world’s top five most liveable cities, Vancouver is a coastal Canadian city of cosmopolitan delights framed by nature, from Vancouver Island and the Pacific Ocean to the west to the North Shore Mountains just 15 minutes from the CBD. To experience the city like a local, get to know these key neighbourhoods that are very Vancouver.
Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood is full of historic charm and independent spirit. Located east of the Downtown area, Gastown is known for its Victorian architecture and chic boutiques, and a stroll down Water Street will reveal the neighbourhood’s past with vintage lampposts, cobblestones, and the famous Steam Clock.
The popular beachy neighbourhood of ‘Kits’ was Vancouver’s bohemian enclave in the ‘60s and retains that laidback appeal. Kitsilano Beach is considered one of the world’s top urban beaches, and you can get a taste of the local lifestyle with outdoor activities, at organic cafes, and via retail therapy along West 4th Avenue.
Yaletown is one of the city’s premier shopping, dining, and entertainment precincts. The waterfront parks are another drawcard, with the city seawall connecting two of the biggest green spaces. You will often find Vancouverites walking, running, and cycling along the Seawall, or dining in the atmospheric former red brick warehouses.
Canada’s largest Chinatown is another historic district, with the commercial hub comprising six blocks in which to sample dim sum and peruse the wares in Chinese herbal shops and speciality stores. For a quiet moment of reflection, seek out Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, the first of its kind in Canada.
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