One of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods and the original downtown core, Gastown is one the coolest most eclectic places to visit in all Vancouver. You can walk down Water St, or sneak down the little side streets, but for today here are some of the interesting things to see and do on Abbott Street. Next trip make sure you do a complete tour of Gastown, you’ll love it there.
Start your trip down Abbott Street with lunch at Jules Bistro, a French bistro, grab a table on the patio and people watch. The head chef hails from Dijon, France and Jules offers classic French cuisine. Next head over to The Capilano Tea House and Botanical Soda to grab a drink as you continue your stroll. Lots of in-house teas and sodas, the Indigenous owned business takes it’s inspiration from their Squamish Heritage and using locally sourced ingredients to craft their wares.
Now for Some Shopping
Gastown has some incredible shopping, from boutique streetwear over at Livestock and beautiful one of a kind designer wear over at Nouvelle-Nouvelle. Now onto the really cool stores, first, pop into the Italian Hat Shop Cappelleria Bertacchi. Try on a Fedora imported from Tuscany and if that’s not to your liking grab a Panama Hat or a French Beret. For some shoes to match your new hat try Nika Design, built from an old elevator shaft they have beautiful shoes, bags and leather jackets imported from Europe.
For something a bit more casual grab a new shirt over at Tees.ca. Cross between a t-shirt shop and art gallery, find a print you like then buy it and wear it. Tees.ca works with new artists both here and abroad to put their art work on t-shirts in limited editions. You can’t tour Abbott Street without seeing Montauk Sofa, this place is more than just sofas it has beautiful tables and chairs. They have a cutely named “Misfits” section where you can find a deal or two.
You have a wide variety of entertainment, if you want a quiet drink The Metropole Pub is an old English style pub with exposed brick, stained glass and plenty of character. You can feel good about patronizing this place as the Pub donates 25% of its profits to charitable donations throughout the Downtown East Side. If live music is more your thing, then the Revel Room is the place to be. 6 nights a week there Rockabilly Swing and screaming pianos, you can grab a late dinner here they keep the kitchen open late.
The Clough Club is dark and dreamy place to grab a sophisticated cocktail. The brilliant bartenders will mix you a fine drink, leaving you no doubt it contains alcohol. Housed in a historic 110 building and on weekends stop in and grab a lazy brunch.
Vancouver has a lot of things to brag about, it’s a great city to visit or live in, but Gastown is by far one of the coolest parts of the city. Next time you’re in town spend some time touring Gastown. If you’re a local rediscover Gastown.