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
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:
- Canada Place
- Downtown Vancouver waterfront
- Lookout at the Harbour Centre - 553.16 ft-high (168.60 m) panoramic observation deck
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
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.
- Robson Street Shopping - Brand-name, mid-price fashion
- Alberni Street Luxury Shopping - High-end luxury brands
- Pacific Centre Mall - Brand-name fashion similar to Robson Street, but indoors
- Holt Renfrew - Canadian high-end department store, highly recommended for travelers looking for something "Canadian"
- The Hudson Bay Company (The Bay) - Canadian department store
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Downtown Vancouver Dining
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
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.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Downtown Vancouver Neighborhoods: Gastown
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
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Downtown Vancouver Neighborhoods: West End & Coal Harbour
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: