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December 17 2014

Local Guide

Excuse us while we wax nostalgic. There’s something about this time of year that inspires us to gather friends and family a little closer and wish for the days to slow down just a little so that we could savour the season. 

This year, it’s all about taking the time to enjoy every moment. Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be frantic. Start your day over an espresso, sitting and sipping it in one of Gastown’s coffee spots. Then, head out to browse an eclectic selection of impeccably curated shops for personal gifts that reflect the special bonds between family and friends.

There’s plenty of places to stop for brunch before beginning the hunt for that perfect holiday outfit, from the shoes up. And when you’ve checked every item off your list, reward yourself with a cocktail, or two. It’s the right thing to do.

Come to Gastown this holiday season and experience a neighbourhood whose distinct identity is rooted in it’s storied past. Impeccably curated décor studios, thriving fashion boutiques, one-of-a-kind galleries and some of the best culinary fare in the city can be found within character rich spaces and turn of the century architecture. We’re independent. We’re unexpected. We are Gastown.

This page will help you find the best that our neighbourhood has to offer. Gift guides, tips for hosting great holiday gatherings and the inside scoop on how Gastown-ers plan to celebrate the season are on the way, so be sure to check back for the latest posts! 

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HOW TO GASTOWN LIKE A LOCAL

The gentlemen edition.

HOW TO GASTOWN LIKE A LOCAL

The urbanite edition.

HOW TO GASTOWN LIKE A LOCAL

With the creative woman in mind.

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GIRLS NIGHT OUT

Whether you’re planning a stagette or just catching up with friends, here are a few ideas on how to spend the day.

HOW TO SPEND AN ECLECTIC DAY IN GASTOWN

The most exciting aspect to Gastown is the diversity in the neighbourhood. There’s an incredible range of creative businesses, each offering something unique.

HOW TO SPEND A FAMILY DAY IN GASTOWN

A guide to exploring Vancouver’s historic neighbourhood with the family.

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HOW TO GASTOWN LIKE A LOCAL (DURING THE HOLIDAYS)

If you’re itching to break free from the mall, but still have shopping to do, it’s time to Gastown like a local – holiday style.

BEST PLACES TO RAISE A GLASS

It’s the season of catching up with both old and new faces. Come down and enjoy lively conversation over convivial sips and nibbles. We’ve got you covered with a list of great places to raise your glass.