Vancouver's richly diverse West End neighbourhood epitomizes the city's entire downtown core: It is family-oriented and gay-friendly, ultra-urban and tree-lined traditional, a beach town and a downtown combined.
West End Boundaries
The West End is bordered by Stanley Park in the west, W Georgia Street to the north, Burrard Street to the east, and Pacific Avenue to the south.*
West End People
There's far more diversity in the West End than in Downtown Vancouver's other neighbourhoods. Unlike Yaletown, which is still new enough to be home mostly to young professionals, the West End is old enough to have residents of all ages, including those who have made their home there for decades.
Diversity in the West End extends to different areas within the neighbourhood itself. Davie Street--also known as Davie Village--is predominately young, trendy and gay, whereas the area closer to Stanley Park and Denman Street is more family-oriented and older-generation.
The neighbourhood has an entirely different feel on either side of Bute Street, a demarcation between the quiet and residential on the west side and the bustle and noise of Downtown's business and shopping districts on the east.
West End Restaurants and Nightlife
Denman Street, Robson Street and Davie Street are the major dining and nightlife streets in the West End.
Denman Street is literally packed with restaurants of every type imaginable, from Ukranian and Indian to French, East African, and Russian.
Robson Street, famous for its shopping, has loads of eateries and bars, too, including Cactus Club, CinCin Ristorante--a sometime celebrity haunt--and the rotating Cloud 9 lounge and restaurant atop the Empire Landmark Hotel.
For gay nightlife, Davie Street is the Vancouver destination. The city's biggest and most famous gay nightclubs are on Davie, including Celebrities and Numbers, as well as most of Vancouver's best queer bars.
West End Parks and Beaches
West End Landmarks
*According to the City of Vancouver, the official western boundary of the West End is Denman Street, not Stanley Park. But common usage includes the residential area between Denman St. and the park as part of the West End.