Neighbourhood Guide: Yaletown
For all the party people in the house – well, at least those with well-paying jobs – Yaletown should be high on your list for living your best life. Railway loading docks, that hearken back to the 19th century, have been transformed into some of the city’s top restaurants, bars and nightclubs, not to mention ground zero for all your waxing and cosmetic dentistry needs. Former warehouses along Nelson and Mainland have been converted into pricey industrial lofts, forming the core of Yaletown. Other newer, upscale developments hem this historic area, offering additional housing options to city dwellers.
Despite having more nightlife options than most other ‘hoods, Yaletown is remarkably well-suited to young families as well, with many parks, the Roundhouse Community Centre, daycare and schools within its boundaries. The mix of old and new architecture, industrial brick and gleaming new windows, tech companies and their workers, salons and their Insta-worthy clientele, all make for a diverse, lively neighbourhood.
Bordered by the waters of False Creek on its south, Richard Street to the North and Robson Street and BC Place Stadium to the East.
- On the Southeastern edge of False Creek, Yaletown is well serviced by transit with the Yaletown Canada Line stop located at its nexus – Davie & Mainland. Transit aside, it is a short walk down Smithe or Robson to the heart of the city.
- Fill your pantry and fridge with products from Urban Fare or Choices. Alternatively, hop on the Aquabus at David Lam Park and visit Granville Island Market for your food shopping.
- Check out what the Roundhouse Community Center has to offer. This unique collection of brick buildings, once a railway roundhouse used to service steam locomotives, is now a hub of community activity. It serves as both an arts center and a recreational facility. There are gyms, dance and pottery studios, meeting rooms and a glass pavilion on the north side that houses Engine 374 – the first passenger train to enter Vancouver in 1887. The Roundhouse’s fall programming includes everything from pottery and woodwork, to “Manology – Exploring 21st Century Masculinity” or “Earthquake Preparedness for your Pets”.
- Consider a self-guided walking tour of Yaletown that traces its history as a railroad and warehouse district to the hub of urbane pursuits it has become.
- Try the Happy Hour at Hello Goodbye. Down a hidden flight of stairs and through an unmarked door, this cocktail bar makes you feel like you’ve happened across a secret bar on Gansevoort in New York’s Meat Packing District. From 8-10 pm enjoy $1 Hon’s dumplings, $4 beer, and $7 wine. Craft cocktails are always available of course.
SFU, BCIT, and UBC have campuses located in Vancouver’s downtown. As well, Vancouver Film School, VCC, and numerous ESL schools are all within walking distance of Yaletown. Elsie Roy Elementary is right next to Yaletown’s Roundhouse Community Centre and King George and City Secondary Schools are in nearby West End near Denman and Nelson. Independent Westside School is located a couple of blocks from Yaletown proper.
LOOSEN YOUR WALLETS
Shop at: Design House, Suquet Home, The Cross Decor & Design, Brooklyn Clothing, Woo to See You, Fine Finds, Leisure Center, Karamellar
Eat at: Fayuca, Blue Water Cafe, Homer Street Cafe, Nuba, Small Victory Cafe, Top Table, Cioppino’s, West Oak, The Greek, DDMau, Ganache Patisserie, Xoxolat, Karamellar
Drink at: Hello Goodbye, George, Bar None, The Parlour, Opus Bar, Soho Billiards, The New Oxford
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