Gastown, Downtown Vancouver

 

The original cool, Gastown is known as the birthplace of Vancouver, and the home of some the city’s best independent designers.

A designated National Historic Site, Gastown was initially a settlement founded around a tavern that was owned by the pioneer John “Gassy Jack” Deighton. A statue commemorating the pioneer can be found today outside the Six Acres Pub. Another Gastown landmark is the steam clock, where you’ll always find tourists gathered to hear it whistle.

Along its cobblestone streets, is an eclectic mix of fashion boutiques, home furnishings, gift shops, art galleries, restaurants, and bars.

Shoe addict? Stop by John Fluevog’s flagship store for shoes that’ll have you stepping out of your comfort zone. Coffee purist? Gastown offers the best selection of independently owned cafes in the city – Revolver and JJ Bean, to name a few. Looking for more of a gastronomical adventure? You’ll have a tough time narrowing down restaurant options between Cork & Fin, L’Abbattoir, Peckinpah, Meat & Bread, Chill Winston, and dozens more.

Music lovers will be happy to know that not a night goes by without a gig in Gastown. For live indie music, head to Guilt & Co., boot-stomping Country tunes are on rotation at The Bourbon, and Irish band, Kilarney, can be heard at The Blarney Stone.