Top Attractions in Downtown Vancouver, BC

Traveler's Guide to Downtown Vancouver, BC

Downtown Vancouver is packed with attractions, shopping, and dining, making it a must-visit for any traveler to the city.

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    Downtown Vancouver Attractions

    Vancouver Art Gallery
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    It's easy to move around Downtown Vancouver via the Canada Line / SkyTrain rapid transit (Vancouver's metro).

    From the Canada Line's Vancouver City Centre station, you can walk to these Downtown Vancouver attractions:

    • Vancouver Art Gallery
    • Robson Square 
    • Downtown shopping (see below)
    • Granville Street Entertainment District (see below)

    You can walk or take the Canada Line to Waterfront Station for these Downtown Vancouver attractions:

    There are also hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tours and walking tours that will take you to all major Downtown Vancouver attractions, plus Stanley Park and Gastown.

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    Downtown Vancouver Shopping

    Exterior of Holt Renfrew in Vancouver, BC
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    Downtown Vancouver is the place to shop in Vancouver, in part because Downtown Vancouver shopping is so diverse. And it's all within a three-block radius, making it easy to walk to each location.

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    Downtown Vancouver Dining

    coast restaurant
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    Vancouver is a foodie city, absolutely teeming with incredible restaurants of every sort. The best restaurants in Downtown Vancouver run the gamut from food trucks (including Vancouver's famous Japadog) to izakayas to seafood extravaganzas to high-end Italian.

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    Granville Entertainment District

    Granville Street in Downtown Vancouver
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    Nightlife in Downtown Vancouver is centered on Granville Street, known generally as the Granville Entertainment District. Stretching, roughly, from Nelson Street to Robson Street, downtown Granville Street is packed with bars and nightclubs, making it easy to club-hop from one destination to another.

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    Downtown Vancouver Neighborhoods: Gastown

    Gastown, Vancouver
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    There are four Vancouver neighborhoods in the downtown peninsula that are next door to / cover parts of Downtown Vancouver: Gastown, Yaletown, the West End, and Coal Harbour.

    You can walk east from the Canada Line Waterfront Station to reach Gastown, Vancouver's most historic neighborhood:

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    Downtown Vancouver Neighborhoods: Yaletown

    Yaletown in Vancouver, BC
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    You can reach Yaletown's restaurant and dining district by taking the Canada Line to Yaletown-Roundhouse Station.

    Yaletown is one of Vancouver's trendiest neighborhoods and is famous for its dining and nightlife. You may even spot a celebrity!

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    Downtown Vancouver Neighborhoods: West End & Coal Harbour

    English Bay Beach at Sunset, Vancouver, BC
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    The West End and Coal Harbour are the neighborhoods west of Downtown Vancouver, toward Stanley Park. There is no rapid transit (metro) to the West End; you can walk or bike the Seawall, drive, or take a bus.

    The West End is also home to Vancouver's best LGBT nightlife: