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Gastown

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Gastown
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Address: Waterfront between Granville and Main Sts. | North of Hastings St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2K7, Canada
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+1 604-683-5650
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The oldest commercial district in Vancouver, best known for its beautiful...

The oldest commercial district in Vancouver, best known for its beautiful Victorian-style architecture.

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Unique shops and eateries

We spent yesterday afternoon enjoying the sights and sounds of Gastown. The old buildings remind me of Beacon Hill in Boston, as do the cobblestone streets. It's hard to believe... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The area is very trendy and has lots to see.. there are lots of homeless and lots of cheesy tourist shops, but the food is great!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Gastown has an old feel to it with all different kinds of restaurants and boutiques. Gastown is the perfect place to walk around and see the steam tower and then grab a beer or lunch with friends

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We spent yesterday afternoon enjoying the sights and sounds of Gastown. The old buildings remind me of Beacon Hill in Boston, as do the cobblestone streets. It's hard to believe this little gem of a neighbourhood is in the middle of one of the largest and most modern cities in Canada - Vancouver! We found many unique shops, offering local... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Well this is the first settled area (by Europeans) and the start of Vancouver, but it is of limited entertainment value. See the steam clock, Gassy Jack whistle and see his statue; look in the overpriced souvenir shops and try to ignore the pan-handlers. This area borders on the sleazy, but slowly changing East Vancouver so be careful and don't... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A walk in Gastown is a must while visiting Vancouver. Many nice shops, coffee places, restaurants and bars. It is not pedestrian only but it feels like it.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What a great stroll for shopping. All sorts of quirky shops. Make sure you have comfy shoes. Great cafes and restaurants.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Some far thinking city planner prevented the forest of skyscrapers Vancouver has become from treading all over the original gas lit streets of Vancouver's oldest neighborhood. It is a pizza slice wedge of history fronted by charming stores and resteraunts and even though it has a heavy tourist flavor being right beside the cruise ship dock it still attracts the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visit Gastown whenever I am in town. The finest drinking establishments and creative eateries can be found here. Artisans abound. neighbourhood of energy and true West coast attitude.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wander, explore lively restaurants, character buildings, wide variety of food. Pubs, shopping, very entertaining and enjoyable walk, find a coffee or dessert spot, people watch, enjoy the view

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Indianapolis
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had so much fun browsing this area. The cool shops, restaurants, bars were so trendy. The famous Steam Clock was something I had looked forward to seeing. It did not disappoint!

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Gastown
A visit to Gastown is like turning back the clock and stepping into a bygone era. With the distinction of being Vancouver's oldest neighborhood, the many plaques that stud the cobbled streets of Gastown tell the story of its colorful past, giving Vancouver's history a more lively presence here than anywhere else. Having been originally founded around a popular worker's saloon, it's no wonder that today some of Vancouver's best micro-breweries, creative cocktail joints, and corner bars can be found in this area. Classical charm suffuses its many vintage boutiques and the brick-built structures that an army of creative professionals call home.
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