Downtown & West End in detail

Planning Tips

Top Tips

Downtown Vancouver is home to two art-house cinemas and it's well-worth checking their eclectic schedules before you arrive. Vancity Theatre is the year-round home of the giant Vancouver International Film Festival. But if you miss this 10-day late-September extravaganza, there's a full roster of movies throughout the year. The older but equally popular Pacific Cinematheque is another film fans' fave; drop by in August for its film noir season when classic gritty flicks hit the big screen.

Local Experiences

  • Bookshops Hang out with Vancouver bookworms at the intersection of Richards and W Pender Sts, home to several browse-tastic used bookstores, including the legendary old-school Macleod's Books and the nearby young pup, Paper Hound.
  • Restaurants Robson St is always lined with tourists, but locals are much more likely to be dining out at the better-priced neighborhood eateries on Denman and Davie Sts in the West End, including Japanese, Spanish and Indian options.
  • Jogging The Stanley Park Seawall is a vista-loving jogger's paradise. Avoid the summer crowds by hitting the trail early morning.
  • Galleries Entry is by donation on Tuesday evenings at Vancouver Art Gallery, while it's free on the first Friday of the month at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art.