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Waterfront between Granville and Main Sts. | North of Hastings St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2K7, Canada (Downtown)
604 683 5650
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Ranked #48 of 185 Attractions in Vancouver
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Type: Neighborhoods
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: The oldest commercial district in Vancouver, best known for its beautiful Victorian-style architecture.
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38 reviews 38 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW via mobile

Hard to credit that on the Labour Day holiday so many businesses were closed. This precinct has much potential but needs to embrace its laneways and warehouses to create a truly vibrant mix. Too much kitchy souvenir stuff and too many coffee shops serving too much insipid coffee. Could learn from the laneway culture of Melbourne and the bustle of... More

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Los Angeles, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Lovely area of Vancouver, which is worth exploring. Lots of historical buildings that retain their charm and ambience. Loved the steam clock. Definitely a place to do some retail therapy and have a meal. Lots of hipster shops and spots. Do not bother with walking the short distance from Gastown to Chinatown. (Avoid Hastings St). Very disappointing. I was expecting... More

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Conroe, Texas
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

You can't say you have seen Vancouver if you don't visit Gastown! Gastown is the City's oldest neighbourhood, colourful and characteristic with its old buildings, Victorian houses, boutiques, art galleries and souvenir shops. It's full of life and vibrant with its bars, cafe' and bistros. Sit down in one of them and enjoy a plate of Poutine, a Canadian dish... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This was a delightful little place with lots of places to eat and drink outside/inside (weather dependant) and shops (mainly gift type). The steam clock is great. Easy walk to Chinatown and Yaletown.

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Vancouver, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This is the area which lies in Vancouver downtown, British Columbia province. This is the oldest place in Downtown Vancouver named after 'Gas'sy Jack. One can find his statue here. The main attraction here is Steam Clock which is built by Canadian horologist Raymond Saunders. The clock displays the time on four sides and a whistle chime that plays the... More

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Buffalo, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I loved the small-town feel of this area! Lots of trees and flowers made it beautiful. All kinds of shops, restaurants and bars. The nightlife was hopping as well. I was surprised however at the amount of homeless asking for money.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Gastown is a small street with some restaurants, stores and an amazing decoration. The steam clock is charming just like the rest of this place. Good pubs there too.

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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
30 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Its a nice cultural historic part of town if the sun is shining you've cracked it. Great bars and eateries. Would recommend staying near this area if you were visiting Vancouver. 2 minute walk from the Waterfront train station and accessible by all tour buses. Wish I was there now huff puff!!

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Seattle, Washington
5 reviews 5 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Gastown is a cute, quirky part of Vancouver. Lots of fun shops and places to eat. A bit touristy, but not too bad. BE CAREFUL TO GO TO THE RIGHT STREET. Gastown is very close to a seedy part of town - if you get lost in the junkies and homeless people, you're in the wrong place! Go two blocks... More

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218 reviews 218 reviews
40 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Very pre-tourist Brooklyn (or Soho in NYC circa 1990)-and what I mean by that is that there are a couple of streets (safe-but not glitzy) of great small stores , alongside nice restaurants and bars.You can easily spend a couple hours walking around window shopping (or shopping for real, even).

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