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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 #52 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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Los Angeles, California
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101 reviews 101 reviews
73 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I think 100 years ago this was a gorgeous place to behold Vancouver and its sights, smells and culture. Now, its a long street filled with identical souvenir shops catering to the cruise crowd, and if you turn off that main street you're in a junky part of town where panhandlers and strung out kids beg for money and lurk... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Gastown is a must visit. Great restaurants. Head for Water Street lots to choose from. Take a look at the Steam Clock which sounds off every fifteen minutes.

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Banbury, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

What a great place to shop & eat, sure its a tourist attraction but its a nice one. Lovely brightly potted planted lining the street with plenty of cafe's, and not to mention the stream clock.

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Burnley, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
15 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Visited Gastown, the original old part of Vancouver while on holiday. Great area, totally different from the now main part of the city, high rise, and Robson Street, the main shopping area. Only a few minutes walk from the city centre and close to Canada Place, another area to visit. The the original nineteenth century buildings, a big change from... More

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McKinney, Texas
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141 reviews 141 reviews
24 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We spent our first full day in Vancouver touring the many shops and art galleries in the beautiful old buildings of Gastown. A stop in the maple syrup shop topped the list to satisfy my lone sweet tooth weakness. We had a tasty lunch at the Water Street Cafe across from the charming old Steam Powered Clock. It was a... More

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Kelowna, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Gastwon is a great place to spend some time while away, even better to be able to wind down a bit. Lots of shopping/Eating and great ambiance.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

several restaurants serving a large variety of foods. Large amount of tourist shops in this area. Make sure you check out the Steam Clock!

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Princeton, New Jersey
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Awesome! We came here looking for spaghetti factory and fell in love of this place. Very interesting. We strolled around for hours.. Would recommend

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Buderim, Australia
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83 reviews 83 reviews
77 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This is such a quaint little area of Vancouver. It has a small village atmosphere. Lovely old gas clock to look at and see it at work. Very fascinating as I had never seen one. Always lots of tourists near it so if you want a good picture, go early in the morning. Lots of sourvinor shops and resturants. We... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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