For a glimpse into a part of old Vancouver, head for a walk down Gastown, the oldest neighborhood in town. As of 2009, Gastown 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.
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.
Also, if you're hungry, Gastown has some of the best food:
- Nelson the Seagull for breakfast, lunch and coffee
- Luke's General Store for coffee, donuts and super cool products
- Purebread for all the baked goods you could ever want
- Meat and Bread for sandwiches
- Revolver Coffee Roasters for ethical coffee and baked deliciousness
- Timbertrain Coffee Roasters for slow-roasted coffee from fresh green beans, pastries and waffles in a train