Gastown

Gastown, Vancouver: Address, Phone Number, Gastown Reviews: 4/5

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The oldest commercial district in Vancouver, best known for its beautiful Victorian-style architecture.
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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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Cool neighbourhood but residents let down by the state
Oct. 2021 • Family
Some cool architecture and great cafes and bars, but just so, so full of homeless people openly taking drugs. Totally harmless people who were friendly and unthreatening (those that were conscious..), but it was just so incredibly sad to see people living their lives like that. There’s clearly a social problem in this city that needs addressing.
Written October 9, 2021
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John M M
Toronto, Canada10 contributions
Absolutely disgusting, stay away or wear your old clothes
Oct. 2021
We passed through part of Gastown going to to the Blarney Stone Irish pub and thought that we should come back for a proper walk and look as we thought that it couldn’t be that bad.Sadly, it was. We had seen the best part!
There are obviously self-medicated and homeless people everywhere. There are many stores that have gone out of business and a large corner pub ‘temporarily closed’. The closed storefronts not being used as bedrooms are being used as washrooms. The stench of urine is all pervasive.
The sidewalks are made of cobblestones. In many, many areas they are uneven, buckled up or completely missing. There are a few asphalt patches in some spots. There was a fair bit of trash around.
If the City isn’t even going there to pick up trash and maintain one of their touted tourist areas , why would you.
I had to pick a recommended time for visit of less than an hour. 60 seconds would be too long.
Go to the wonderful Granville or Lonsdale Markets instead.
Written October 5, 2021
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scottofhawaii
Honolulu, HI7,071 contributions
Quite Nasty
Oct. 2021 • Solo
Chronic meth and crackheads and everywhere. They were pretty thick in some spots. I was hoping to get a look at some of the street art/graffiti the area has, but I couldn't go down some streets. Just so filthy and disgusting. I couldn't wait to change my mask.
Written October 5, 2021
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Jas16
1 contribution
HOMELESS PEOPLE EVERYWHERE!! STAY AWAY!
Sep. 2021
HOMELESS PEOPLE EVERYWHERE!

Do not come here if you have children. It is very very scary to see how many cracked out homeless people that sleep on the streets. I am so shocked that the mayor and it's citizens allow the neighborhood to be plagued with homeless people. They are doing drugs left and right. Peeing and pooping in broad day light. I would recommend staying somewhere else if you are visiting Vancouver. Clearly, the citizens and politicians don't care about it's citizens. Such a cute neighborhood, with a lot of potential. Such a shame!
Written September 13, 2021
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Katy P
Fleet, UK3 contributions
No thanks
Sep. 2021 • Couples
Umm I’m sorry but whilst I’m not fussed about seeing homeless people I am really unnerved by scores of people on crack or something. This area is not good. I was asked for money three times. We turned down one street to see dozens and dozens homeless laying on the floor, staring in to space and weaving in and out of traffic. I am not exaggerating to say it was like a scene from some horror zombie apocalypse. No Thankyou. I think you need to help these guys and sort the area out.
Written September 12, 2021
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Jamie D
Ottawa, Canada295 contributions
A wonderful surprise
Aug. 2021
We were walking around Vancouver looking for China town, found this place.. it was a pleasant surprise along the street. We LOVED it so much we decided we would purchase a condo when we win the lottery ;). We loved it so much we went 2 nights in a row during our visit.
Written August 27, 2021
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Alishia C
Cobourg, Canada27 contributions
Underwhelming
Aug. 2021 • Friends
Not a must see. Some cute restaurants and shops but the steam clock was underwhelming. I wouldn’t say spend longer than 1 hour here. The architecture and ambiance is cool.
Written August 21, 2021
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Scott M
13 contributions
Pleasant Surprise
Aug. 2021 • Family
This area was a pleasant surprise. Lots of ambiance, tons of shops and several restaurants. Definitely worth a visit of at least a couple of hours, if not longer, should you choose to stay for a meal. Don't forget to check out the Steam Clock on the hour!
Written August 11, 2021
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Kim L
Ottawa, Canada47 contributions
OK, good for a quick stroll
Aug. 2021 • Couples
I expected more, to be honest. I found the shops very spread out and difficult to find. Not that many stores or restaurants that piqued our interest, but that’s a personal preference thing. Buildings are nice, ok for a short walk but be very careful. Blink and you’re in a tough part of the city.
Written August 3, 2021
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Jennie P
7 contributions
So worth going
Jul. 2021 • Couples
Worth going. Love that part of Vancouver. The clock is just so cool and the street are so pretty. Love the old vibe but still modern.
Written July 20, 2021
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