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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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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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Great for souvenirs and food!

This is your one-stop shop solution for souvenir shopping! Reasonably priced and good quality souvenir shops line the streets of Gastown. While in Vancouver, head to Gastown to... read more

Reviewed September 25, 2016
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Singapore, Singapore
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Mississauga, Canada
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45 reviews
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Reviewed September 26, 2016

Gastown is a cool little area, but way too tourist focused, and the stores reflect that fact. Not much to shop for around here except shirts and nick nacks. Be weary that East Hastings borders this area and on occasion the east end of Gastown will see drug users and other nuisances. It's not specifically dangerous, just somewhat annoying.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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494 reviews
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Reviewed September 26, 2016

Yes Gastown is all about tourists - although there are several very nice shops here - there are a lot of souvenir shops. Plenty of cafes and pubs, we found a couple of nice coffee shops. The trees are great and at this time of the year showing their Autumn colours. Make sure you have a look at the steam... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed September 25, 2016

This is your one-stop shop solution for souvenir shopping! Reasonably priced and good quality souvenir shops line the streets of Gastown. While in Vancouver, head to Gastown to pick up souvenirs for your loved ones back home. From hoodies and tees to maple syrup and teas, this place offers a wide spread of items for you to pick and choose... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

Gastown has an old English village feel with cobblestone roads and brick sidewalks. There are many small cafes, pubs and restaurants along with shops. We visited the steam clock which is beautiful and very intricate and interesting.

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Porto Alegre, RS
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Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

That's a must see in your Vancouver visit! Gastown offers a great choice of local restaurants and shops!

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Sonora, California
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Reviewed September 25, 2016

If you haven't been to Gastown, you haven't really been to Vancouver. The old skid row, now renovated into tourist shops, pubs and unique artsy places. Great people watching. Sketchy areas nearby with lots of street people, so don't stray too far off the main streets.

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West Hampnett
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed September 25, 2016

so glad we stoped here on the hop on hop of bus we had our lunch here and walked round the shops did the gas clock of course and gassy jack photo has to be done, then walked round to the tower.

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Suffolk, England
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Reviewed September 25, 2016

Out first impressions of Gastown was that it was a bit grubby. The steam clock is very unique and very pretty but surrounded by tourists taking pictures!! There were quite a few drug users out of their heads walking up and down and shouting and that was at midday. There are some nice shops there and some lovely restaurants but... More 

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 24, 2016

What a lovely place to see from the shops to the history of the town all vey interesting and enjoyable.

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Toowoomba, Australia
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Reviewed September 24, 2016

Historical area with tourist shops, bars and restaurants. Steam clock is quirky and a popular subject for photographs. Post lunch period we were there was busy with car traffic and busy sidewalks packed with tourists.

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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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