vancouver guide: gastown

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For a glimpse into a part of old Vancouver, I took my friend Scarlett for a walk down Gastown, the oldest neighborhood in town. As of 2009, it is a National Historic Site which includes the Steam Clock (the first of its kind).

It is a wonderful place to explore dynamic interior design and up-and-coming fashion and culture as well as delightful foods (I’ve included some favourites at the bottom of this post). It is easily accessible from Waterfront Skytrain, simply turn left as you leave the station. It is hard to miss with its red brick streets and brightly adorned storefronts. The nightlife is also good fun for those keen to experience something a little different from the strip clubs lining Granville.

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*Including photos by Scarlett

Also, if you’re hungry, Gastown has some of the best food:

Nelson the Seagull for breakfast, lunch and coffee // photo by Wilson Mak

Luke’s General Store for coffee, donuts and super cool products // photo by Luke’s General Store

Purebread for all the baked goods you could ever want // photo by Yellow Pages

Meat and Bread for sandwiches // photo by Yow Yow!

Revolver Coffee Roasters for ethical coffee and baked deliciousness // photo by The Artful Desperado

Timbertrain Coffee Roasters for slow-roasted coffee from fresh green beans, pastries and waffles in a train // photo by MJ Kim Photography

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