Located just a few blocks southeast of BC Place is Vancouver’s trendy Yaletown neighbourhood. The area features old warehouse buildings that have been transformed into residential loft spaces and corporate offices, trendy restaurants, fashion and jewellery boutiques, free Wi-Fi so that visitors to the area can easily navigate their way to stores and restaurants, as well as a selection of small parks and outdoor seating areas.
Where to Eat in Yaletown
Yaletown is one of Vancouver’s most popular districts for restaurants and eating out.
Two streets in particular have an exceptionally high concentration of great places to eat – they are Mainland and Hamilton Streets at around the 1100 block. They are interesting streets, with on-street parking down below and all the restaurants (or most of them) up a few steps on a raised sidewalk. Unfortunately, this setup makes it challenging for people with mobility issues.
Evenings in the summer are when these two streets really come alive. Some of the most popular restaurants include the following:
- Blue Water – at 1095 Hamilton Street.
- Brix & Mortar – at 1137 Hamilton Street.
- Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill – at 1133 Hamilton Street.
- Earls – at 1095 Mainland Street.
- The Keg Steakhouse at 1011 Mainland Street.
- Cactus Club Cafe – at 357 Davie Street.
- Hapa Izakaya – at 1193 Hamilton Street.
- Minami – at 1118 Mainland Street.
- Tutto – an exceptional Italian restaurant at 901 Homer Street.
The False Creek Seawall
False Creek borders Yaletown at its southern edge and the seawall here is stunning, both from the north and south sides of the water. Yaletown has one of Vancouver’s most concentrated number of high-rise buildings, which makes the urban scenery especially dynamic.
Being on the north side of False Creek, the seawall along the Yaletown stretch is in the sunshine for most of the day and makes for a great walking and cycling route.
Also along the seawall in the Yaletown area is David Lam Park. One of the biggest parks in downtown Vancouver, David Lam Park features an expansive grassy area, tennis and basketball courts, a soccer field and a playground. The park is also about a block away from the Yaletown Roundhouse Community Centre.
False Creek Events
A number of major events take place in and around the Yaletown part of Vancouver including the following:
- Bastille Day – a festival celebrating the French national holiday marking the start of the French Revolution. It normally takes place on or around July 14th at the Roundhouse Community Centre.
- Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival – dragon boat races in False Creek (late June). The event is based around Science World at the eastern tip of False Creek but the racing can be seen all along the Yaletown waterfront.
- Vancouver Comic Arts Festival – a comic, anime and art trade show at the Roundhouse Community Centre in May.
- Engine 374 Celebrations – a community event celebrating the arrival of the first train in Vancouver in 1888.
- Vancouver International Jazz Festival – a jazz festival from late June until the beginning of July with major concerts in Yaletown’s David Lam Park on the Canada Day weekend.
- Carnaval del Sol – a Latin American festival that used to take place at Concord Pacific Place in July. (Note: As of 2022 the event took place at Vancouver’s Jonathan Rogers Park instead.)
- ElectraFest – an electric vehicle tradeshow at the Roundhouse Community Centre.
- Paws for a Cause – a fundraising event for the BCSPCA in David Lam Park in September.
- Pet-A-Palooza – a street party for dogs and their owners on Mainland Street in August.
- Taste of Yaletown – an event where restaurants in Yaletown offer special menu deals in October.
- Candytown – a Christmas-themed street market in late November.
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