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Address: Waterfront between Granville and Main Sts. | North of Hastings St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2K7, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 604-683-5650
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

The oldest commercial district in Vancouver, best known for its beautiful...

The oldest commercial district in Vancouver, best known for its beautiful Victorian-style architecture.

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Gastown Walking Food Tour

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Gastown is a lot more than the Steam clock and tourist shops, although these seem to be the main focus for many. A bit of exploring lead to great cafes and bars, quirky shops and... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This specific tour of Gastown was incredible. The tour guide was so friendly and informative. There were tastings and historical information along the way. The group of 12 was like a party. Each location we sat with someone new and heard of their travels and hometowns. The food was soooooo delicious. It was a 2 hour walking tour that met... More 

The Hague, The Netherlands
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We went for dinner twice in Gastown and went back during the da to check out the shops as well. It's quite a nice part of Vancouver, young and buzzing. Well worth a visit

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Yes, we became those tourists who gather at the clock every 15 minutes, waiting for it to do its steam magic. It was worth being almost knocked over twice by those tourists who refused to put down their phones and consider others' views.

Thank Andrea R
Houston, Texas
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We visited Vancouver in May on a beautiful weekend and walked through Gastown on the way to dinner at Tuc. Some spots are great with pubs, shops and restaurants. But in between the nice spots there are some awful examples of urban and personal decay. Beggars, drunks, people sprawled on the sidewalk, people sleeping in doorways, urinating in public, and... More 

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greenville, sc
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Gastown is more or less where Vancouver was founded and has become a somewhat trendy/millennial neighborhood of shops and restaurants. The steam clock is interesting, but once it's steamed, it's just a clock. there are some quality stores (such as Hill's Native Arts) and tacky souvenir shops as well. The edges of the neighborhood can be a bit dodgy. Okay... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Took the hop on hop off bus. A great deal as you get to see the entire city and can then decide what to revisit.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Gastown is a lot more than the Steam clock and tourist shops, although these seem to be the main focus for many. A bit of exploring lead to great cafes and bars, quirky shops and architecture with plenty of stories to tell. I couldn't find a self-guided walk on TripAdvisor, but it was easy to patch one together from various... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We ate there one night and walked through one morning. Interesting area of the city. We were approached in the morning walk by a couple of people I would have said were drug addicts but I didn't feel unsafe.

Thank Charlotte H
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Your typical tourist part of a big town. Lots of great stores and restaurants. Fair share of homeless people and panhandling. Kind of interesting that there didn't seem to be a presence of police. Definitely check it out but watch your wallet and purses (and it wasn't the homeless or panhandlers you had to worry about). Loved the music playing... More 

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Chandigarh, Chandigarh, India
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The cobbles and the streets give you the impression of being in an old European town! The clock with the steam coming out is a must be clicked at spot. Walk around and one should be able to cover up the whole gas town area in an hour or so. Take a left as soon as you head out of... More 

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A visit to Gastown is like turning back the clock and stepping into a bygone era. With the distinction of being Vancouver's oldest neighborhood, the many plaques that stud the cobbled streets of Gastown tell the story of its colorful past, giving Vancouver's history a more lively presence here than anywhere else. Having been originally founded around a popular worker's saloon, it's no wonder that today some of Vancouver's best micro-breweries, creative cocktail joints, and corner bars can be found in this area. Classical charm suffuses its many vintage boutiques and the brick-built structures that an army of creative professionals call home.
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