See & Do


Where do you start? Begin at the Cauldron and work your way through our collection of Public Art.


Need some retail therapy? Over 1000+ shops for every desire.


Looking for a bite to eat? There are hundreds of dining spots located downtown. Everything from elegant dining to nosh-to-go.

Downtown Vancouver is a peninsula. It’s easy to navigate with water on two sides and Stanley Park on a third. It’s a planned city, so most streets run parallel or perpendicular to the water. If you get lost, just remember: the mountains are North

Within downtown there are a few districts:


Hastings West

In a modern-day evolution, the historic commerce and banking area of Vancouver's West Hastings Street has become a centre for the most prestigious of Western Canadian retailing, including world-renowned brands, including Birks, Chanel, Escada, Leone and Montecristo, to name a few. It’s just steps from the cruise ship terminal and the Waterfront Station.


Alberni Street

Fast becoming a destination for high-end retailers and trendy restaurants, Alberni Street @ Burrard houses Tiffany & Co., Hermes, St. John, Louis Vuitton and Coach with Escada opening in late 2010. It's flanked by ‘see and be seen’ restaurants Coast and the Italian Kitchen and customer favourites Kirin Chinese restaurant and JJ Bean Coffee Roasters.

Burrard Street itself is a great destination: start at Canada Place and the Coal Harbour waterfront and walk all the way to the Burrard Street bridge/the False Creek Ferries and head to Granville Island. In between, there’s the ScotiaBank Theatres, HMV flagship store at Robson Street, the CTV studios and store, the Roots store and restaurants and other shops.

Library Square

Centred around the beautiful central branch of the Vancouver Public Library, the square is a gathering place for sun-seekers at lunch, protests and rallys and festivals and special events. Located on the edge of downtown, it’s surrounded by lots of restaurants. And, you can even take books out at the library itself. 

Granville Street

Granville Street bridge to Waterfront Station (West Cordova) With more than 100 funky, unique and affordable stores, restaurants and hotels along historic Granville Street, it’s a great place to stroll for that special something you might not find anywhere else. Newly re-designed, look for wide sidewalks, vertical lighting and new street furniture. In Summer 2010, the street was pedestrian only.

Hornby Street

Home to one of downtown's new separated bike lanes, Hornby Street is a great link to other parts of the downtown peninsula (the West End and the Burrard Street bridge to Kitsilano on the south end and the seawall and Stanley Park on the north end), in addition to being a destination in itself. You'll find the business crowd doing everything from picking up flowers from outdoor street vendors, to shoe shopping to dental appointments. The addition of the bike lanes, means a slower pace and increased safety for pedestrians. Local traffic only is encouraged. Watch for installation of street furniture, food street vendors and other streetscape enhancements to come in Spring 2011.

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