Historic Gastown is one of the most popular districts in Vancouver, BC. Located just east of downtown Vancouver--within walking distance of the (rapid transit) Canada Line's Waterfront Station--Gastown is packed with trendy boutiques, fashionable clubs, and many of the city's best restaurants and cocktail spots.
Gastown restaurants are renowned for their cutting-edge menus, locally-famous chefs, and original cocktails. Use this Guide to plan your next culinary tour of Gastown!
Sleek and stylish, L'Abattoir--a regular on everyone's lists of top Vancouver restaurants--is both a foodie favorite and one of the Top 10 Cocktail Bars in Vancouver. Do not leave without trying one of their award-winning original cocktails! The cuisine is Pacific Northwest, with an emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients.
Need a conversation starter at dinner? Located in the center of Gastown, between Gaoler's Mews and Blood Alley, L'Abattoir occupies the space that once held Vancouver's very first jail.
The Diamond is both one of the coolest Vancouver cocktail bars and a great restaurant, too. Owned by Mark Brand--a restauranteur famous for saving the iconic Vancouver deli Save-on-Meats--The Diamond has the ambiance of a breezy speakeasy: you have to climb up the narrow stairs to its second-floor location, a historic site that was once a brothel and overlooks Gastown's landmark Maple Tree Square.
The Irish Heather
Sean Heather is another famous Gastown restauranteur; his restaurants include The Irish Heather, the Salty Tongue Café, Salt Tasting Room (great for wine sampling), and Judas Goat. Unlike the other restaurants on this list, The Irish Heather isn't ultra-modern; instead, it's a throw-back to old-fashioned Irish pubs. Go for the pub food, or try the Long Table Series, a great intro to communal dining (and a good way to meet new people in Vancouver).
Chambar Belgian Restaurant
Like L'Abattoir, Chambar makes many "best of" lists, including my own Best Vancouver Fine Dining and Most Romantic Vancouver Restaurants. Located outside the center of Gastown (though still within walking distance of Gastown nightlife), Chambar is justly famous for their Belgian mussels and frites. Just like Brussels, but better.
A local favorite, especially for its bar, the Pourhouse serves crowd-pleasing Canadian and American cuisine, including flavourful classics like bangers and mash, steak frites, and spaghetti and meatballs.
Meat + Bread & Incendio
These two great Gastown restaurants are both good options for inexpensive meals / a quick lunch on the go. Meat + Bread makes delicious artisan sandwiches; the porchetta with salsa verde is a particular favorite.
Incendio is famous for its brick pizza oven as well as Italian classics like lasagna and calzones.