Introducing Gastown & Chinatown
Radiating from the 'Gassy' Jack statue in brick-paved Maple Tree Sq, the main thoroughfares of compact Gastown are Powell, Water, Carrall and Alexander Sts. You'll find plenty of shops and restaurants on Water, while Carrall is home to a more recent wave of hip bars, stores and coffee shops. Wandering south on this street, you'll enter the heart of the Downtown Eastside, where many of the neighborhood's poorest residents reside. Hastings St runs across Carrall and is the area's main drag, serviced by several bus routes. A block further south brings you to Chinatown, denoted by its flare-roofed buildings and dragon-topped street lamps. The entire Gastown and Chinatown district is easily explored on foot and makes for a fascinating afternoon of urban wandering. Couple this with an end-of-day drink or dinner in some of the city's best bars and restaurants. In summer, come back for the weekend Chinatown Night Market on Keefer St, between Columbia and Main Sts.