Vancouver has the fastest-growing residential downtown in North America: nearly 40,000 people have moved downtown in the last 15 years. Nowhere is this urban renaissance more apparent than in the densely packed high-rise condos and converted warehouses of Yaletown.
Situated in the southeastern portion of downtown, Yaletown is bordered by Homer St. to the west. Once an industrial district, today Yaletown is one of Vancouver’s hottest neighbourhoods. It’s home to many of the city’s trendiest restaurants, bars and night spots, hip shopping boutiques, and celebrity haunts.
While the majority of Yaletown residents are young professionals between 20 and 40 years old, wealthy penthouse dwellers, a small number of families, and a growing number of empty-nesters also factor into the mix.
Whoever they are, there are certain traits all Yaletown locals share: they love their gyms, their yoga, their weekends in Whistler, their easy access to the area’s gourmet food and hip nightlife, and their dogs.
To see the locals in action, head over to the neighborhood’s favorite gourmet market: Urban Fare. At this daytime hub, you can eat breakfast and lunch or bring home dinner.
Restaurants and Nightlife
Hamilton Street and Mainland Street are two of the busiest streets for nightlife in Vancouver. Both streets have a collection of bars and restaurants, including Cactus Club, Bar None Nightclub, and the bar at the Opus Hotel (one of the Top 10 Hotels in Vancouver), that makes bar-hopping easy. If one spot is too crowded, as they usually are on weekends, just try next door. Superb Yaletown restaurants include Blue Water Café + Raw Bar and Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar
There are two parks inside Yaletown's borders: Cooper's Park and Helmcken Park. Cooper's Park is a grassy stretch near the Cambie Bridge, perfect for southern city views and for walking your dog, little or otherwise. Helmcken Park is a shady area filled with flowers and lots of benches.
Yaletown's most significant historic landmark is the famous Roundhouse Community Centre, once the western terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and a provincial heritage site. It still houses Engine 374, the first passenger train to enter Vancouver on May 23, 1887. Today, the Roundhouse is a vibrant community centre dedicated to arts and learning. Other neighborhood attractions include BC Place Stadium, home of the Vancouver Canucks, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, and the Vancouver Art Gallery.