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Gastown

Waterfront between Granville and Main Sts. | North of Hastings St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2K7, Canada (Downtown)
604 683 5650
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As featured in 3 days in Vancouver
Ranked #50 of 185 attractions in Vancouver
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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Boston
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218 reviews 218 reviews
40 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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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Waitsburg, Washington
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79 reviews 79 reviews
23 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Trendy shops, great restaurants, eclectic energy and vibe. We spent two afternoons and evenings in Gastown and enjoyed it.

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Lacey, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We visited the Gastown area of Vancouver. We enjoy interesting shops and restaurants, and this fit the bill. Lots of nice quality gifts to choose from. We neglected to get Canadian money beforehand but, luckily, you can pay the parking meter by phone!

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Red Deer, AB Canada
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100 reviews 100 reviews
49 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Gastown is an interesting way to spend an afternoon...not far from the seabus, public transat and Canada Place. Easy walking! Places to eat, art galleries, etc. Stop for lunch at the Old Spaghetti Factory!

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Sydney, Australia
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396 reviews 396 reviews
148 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

A must visit area of Vancouver! So much to see, do & experience for there is always something special happening here. On one of my visits there were a number of bands playing through most of the streets. The trees & building were illuminated & the atmosphere was festive with throngs of people everywhere. The most obvious attraction is the... More

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Matsudoshi
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15 reviews 15 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

My wife and I walked from the bustling Robson street to Gastown, hoping to see one of the "sights" in Vancouver. However, we were utterly disappointed and turned off. The streets were littered with homeless people, and every now and then, someone would approach you for money, food, etc etc. People were spitting stuff on the sidewalks, and the whole... More

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Bridgeton NJ
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58 reviews 58 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Gastown is a fun shopping and restaurant neighborhood near the water in Vancouver. Many of the shops have tourist- oriented items such as t-shirts and jewelry but also have good prices. Be sure to pick up a nephrite (jade) bear figure as a souvenir. The stone is mined and carved right in British Columbia as are other stones. Several restaurants... More

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Folsom, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We were able to walk to Gastown from our downtown hotel. Lots of restaurants and shops. The Steam Clock is amusing to see (and tourists' reaction to it). This neighborhood is worth a visit if you're in Vancouver. Much cleaner than nearby Yaletown.

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London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

The two main 'attractions' in Gastown are the Steam Clock and Gassy Jack. I suggest you go early morning if you want photos with only you or your friends in them! We went to Starbucks for breakfast (right by the clock and you can sit outside) and then took our photos as no one was about. There are a lot... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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230 reviews 230 reviews
96 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We stayed in Gastown when we were visiting Vancouver for a few days, and we really enjoyed the restaurants. Chill Winstons, Six Acres, Guilt & Co for nightly live music -- there are a lot of places to choose from. Steam Clock was amusing, but not sure what all the fuss is about. A lot of complaints about not being... More

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