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Gastown

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Address: Waterfront between Granville and Main Sts. | North of Hastings St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2K7, Canada
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+1 604-683-5650
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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Cute place especiallly after dark

Trendy place. Lots of good palces to eat, gift shops, and lights that make any picture a good one to save.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Sydney, Australia
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38 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The older architecture and location were interesting but this is essentially a place filled with tourist shops. Probably worth a quick visit

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Trendy place. Lots of good palces to eat, gift shops, and lights that make any picture a good one to save.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Walked thur Gastown on a clear cold day, and really the best thing to remember was the steaming clock. Very historical place, but really not much to see. Should have eaten there, I am sure there must be some good restaurants there.

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

One of the places you have to visit when in Vancouver. The cobblestone roads show the history. Great restaurants and shops to browse while having a stroll. However, be mindful of personal belongings since there are many pan handlers. It's overall safe but have to make sure since Vancouver has become a large city

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Dorset, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not far from Canada Place is the Gastown clock. It actually runs on steam and the clock itself tells you when it was made and by whom. Very interesting

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is one main street (Water St.) with about 2-3 cross-streets that have lots of historic charm. Many one-of-a-kind boutique stores - clothing, shoe, designer furniture & eateries. Lots of tourist goods here. Brick streets, the very famous Steam Clock, street artists - especially native carvers. Some great pubs, interesting historic architecture. Unfortunately, there's almost nothing open until at least... More 

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Corte Madera, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Loved wandering down to Gastown for a little light shopping, lunch and local culture. Plenty of hip and eclectic places along with your standard tourist fare.

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Kelowna, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful and gorgeous. Shopping is horrible here. There are way too many souvenir stores. Worth a visit here

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

An easy walk with a multitude of art galleries, shops and restaurants. Some are pubs some or BBQ there is Italian and sandwich places too.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Having read numerous previous reviews before I went, I found it a bit disappointing. Several reviewers had enthused that it's just like Europe - seemingly because the "main street" is cobbled. Well, yes it is, but Europe is more than just cobbled streets. Europe usually also offers narrow passageways, lots of hanging baskets/window boxes filled with flowers and outdoor cafe.... 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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