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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 #51 of 184 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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I came to visit only for about 30 minutes and I loved it. It is a very 'touristy' area with lots of souvenir stores, heaps of cafes, and also the famous steam clock that was surrounded by tourists and their cameras. I thought it was a very classic part of Vancouver and it was just very beautiful to explore.

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McKinney, Texas
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68 reviews 68 reviews
47 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

loved this part of town, just walk around and do some sightseeing. a lot of good restaurant and also if you like buying souvenir there's plenty of stores to choose from. coffee shops and bars. u could also get a view of the vancouver tower. steam clock, that's pretty interesting it's the first time i've seen one.

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Fort Myers, FL
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57 reviews 57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

In our fruitless search in the rain for Chinatown, we stumbled upon Gastown, and what a great surprise! This little nook in the city has an amazingly cool vibe, but manages to be quaint at the same time. We strolled, shopped for souvenirs, ate, and people-watched for hours...even in the rain. Take the time to explore this section of Vancouver!

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Such a cool place, think Soho / Shoreditch but with better air... Great coffee shops , bars and restaurants. I was there for about 3 months and grew very fond of the area. Tip! Coffee shops around this area serve the most amazing cinnamon swirls(pastries), do not go without exploring these, especially 1st thing in the morning... If you go... More

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Sydney
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96 reviews 96 reviews
48 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We went through here in buses twice before finally going to investigate. We ate at the Old Spaghetti Factory and explored the souveneir shops. The gastown steam clock was fascinating to watch and we were given an explanation by a local as to how it works.

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Reno, Nevada
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116 reviews 116 reviews
44 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is their Old Town area. It's beautiful and filled with shops and restaurants. I had the best halibut I have ever had on a sidewalk cafe! I wish I could remember the name and share with you. Take a stroll among the busy streets and make sure to visit the gas clock tower

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El Paso, Texas
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127 reviews 127 reviews
41 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Attractive cobblestone streets with flowers and green trees (at least in early July), lots of souvenir shops & restaurants, easy to walk, don't miss the steam clock

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Des Moines, Iowa
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

I liked the architecture in this neighborhood quite a lot. The steamclock was fun to watch. However, I wish there would have been more unique shops--quite a concentration of junk gift shops. Nice for a walk around in fair weather.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Gastown is an interesting area, with a rich history. The wide selection of restaurants makes it an ideal destination for "foodies". Best of all, Gastown appears to be a safe area and, as such, is very "walkable". A real fun area.

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Stoney Creek, Ontario
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124 reviews 124 reviews
33 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is a nice little walking tour with gorgeous architecture, shopping and trendy restaurants. For us it was about a 15 minute walk from the Best Western Chateau Granville (downtown Vancouver). The steam clock goes off at regular intervals, so that it is easily seen on a walking tour. Gastown is also very close walking distance from the Canada Place... More

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