Yaletown, Downtown Vancouver

 

Formerly an industrial district, Yaletown has been transformed into one of Vancouver’s trendiest neighbourhoods and nightlife hotspot. Often compared to New York City’s Soho District, it is packed with sidewalk cafes, restaurants, bars and nightclubs, as well as chic salons, designer shops, and intimate boutique hotels.

Old loading docks have created wide sidewalks for pedestrian-friendly shopping and dining, and the heritage buildings now house loft-style apartments and hip restaurants and lounges, like Blue Water Café + Raw Bar, Brix, Cache Bistro and Lounge, Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill, Glowbal Grill, Hooker’s Green, West Oak, Earl’s and Cactus Club, to name a few.

During the day, Yaletown bustles with young professionals fueling up on caffeine and power lunches. By night, the patios are overflowing with the cocktail crowd. It is definitely a place to see and be seen, and celebrity sightings are quite common.

Although you’ll often find some of the most luxurious cars parked throughout Yaletown, the area is best explored on foot. With such an abundance of eateries and clubs found within an eight-block radius, bar-hopping is easy and fun. If one spot is too crowded – and there are often line-ups on weekends – simply go next door.

Yaletown is also a hub for arts and culture throughout the year. For a unique experience, visit Raw Canvas. While sipping wine and enjoying local artisan cheeses, you can create a work of art on your very own canvas. Outdoor Movie Night is held at David Lam Park every August, and the Roundhouse Community Centre offers weekly arts and dance classes, as well as drop-in recreational sports.

Yaletown is situated in the southeastern portion of downtown, within a 20-minute walk or short taxi ride of Vancouver’s luxury boutique Auberge Hotel. Yaletown is bordered by Homer Street to the west, Beatty Street to the east, Smithe Street to the north and Drake Street to the south. Yaletown is also easy to access by the Yaletown-Roundhouse SkyTrain station.