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Top Choice Pub in Gastown & Chinatown

Alibi Room

Vancouver's best craft-beer tavern pours an intriguing roster of 50-plus drafts, many from celebrated BC breweries including Townsite, Dageraad and Strange Fellows. Hipsters and veteran ale fans alike love the 'frat…
Top Choice Pub in Gastown & Chinatown

Brickhouse

Possibly Vancouver's most original pub, this old-school hidden gem is a welcoming, windowless tavern lined with Christmas lights, fish tanks and junk-shop couches. It's like hanging out in someone's den, and is popu…
Top Choice Italian in Gastown & Chinatown

Ask for Luigi

Consider an off-peak lunch if you don't want to wait too long for a table at this white-clapboard, shack-look little charmer (reservations are not accepted). Inside, you'll find a checkerboard floor and teak-lined i…
Top Choice Mexican in Gastown & Chinatown

Tacofino

Food-truck favorite Tacofino made an instant splash with this huge, handsome dining room (think stylish geometric-patterned floors and hive-like lampshades). The simple menu focuses on a handful of taco options (six…
Top Choice Cafe in Gastown & Chinatown

Catfe

Vancouver's only cat cafe; book online for your time slot (walk-ins may also be available), buy a coffee and then meet the moggies in the large feline play room, where at least a dozen whiskered wonders await. All t…
Top Choice Bakery in Gastown & Chinatown

Purebread

When Whistler's favorite bakery opened here, salivating Vancouverites began flocking in en masse. Expect to stand slack-jawed in front of the glass panels as you try to choose from a cornucopia of cakes, pastries an…
Sandwiches in Gastown & Chinatown

Say Hey Cafe

This corridor-like hole-in-the-wall eatery fuses a friendly hipster vibe with a menu of six seriously satisfying, lovingly constructed submarine sandwiches. On toasted, sesame-studded buns, the selection ranges from…
Bar in Gastown & Chinatown

Back and Forth Bar

There's an inviting, den-like feel to this cool-but-super-friendly games room bar, where six ping pong tables combine perfectly with a 12-tap beer selection (local microbrews and old-school Lucky Lager included). An…
Gallery in Gastown & Chinatown

Six Hundred Four

Steps from Gastown's Steam Clock, this slender, white-walled gallery has an intriguing approach: seven distinctive paintings from local artists adorn its walls, and under each painting are four sneaker-shoe designs …
Coffee in Gastown & Chinatown

Klaus's Kaffee Haus

A unique Austrian and Chinese culture clash delivers an authentic Viennese coffee menu (cream-topped Franziskaner recommended) alongside a plethora of house-baked, fusion-inspired strudel slices. Traditional apple a…