Posted March 2, 2011 by Adam Toren in City Guides

The West End

Known as the most laid back area in downtown Vancouver, the West End is a treasure in itself. Stretching between the Burrard Bridge, Stanley Park, Coal Harbour and Robson Street, this area is beautiful, with its tree-lined streets, quaint groceries and friendly residents. It boasts some of the best restaurants with views around town such as the RainCity Grill, the Boathouse Restaurant and Milestone’s. And if you’d like to dine within Stanley Park itself you can always book a table at the Fish House Restaurant or the Sequoia Grill and enjoy the lush green forest.

The West End has kept its “old town” personality and hasn’t got hooked on all the hype like Yaletown. It seems to be about people feeling comfortable and relaxed without having to worry about where they bought their shoes or clothing. It is certainly an active neighbourhood, with many activities to get involved in. If you love to swim you can plan a day at the Vancouver Aquatic Centre where you can also use the sauna and gym or sit in the jacuzzi. If you are an outdoors type, then visit English Bay and walk, bike, roller blade or jog along the seawall into Stanley Park. The West End also features two other beaches, known as Second and Third Beach. Take the kiddies for a swim at Second Beach on a hot day and eat hot dogs and ice cream from the concession stand nearby. Locals and visitors go to Third Beach to get away from the hustle and bustle of the crowded Kitsilano and English Bay areas. Take a cooler of drinks and snacks and enjoy the day with some friends or family.

If you want to shop and dine, trek down Denman Street and browse through the Denman Street Mall or various other low-key shops on the stretch. If you head north you can always connect with Robson Street and head up there for more shopping. There are many gelato shops, sushi hot spots, ethnic restaurants and pizza parlours on Denman Street for all to enjoy. You might also enjoy a visit to the centre of Vancouver’s gay community in the Davie Village area. Visitors will find loads of gay-friendly shops and restaurants as well as outlets like Shopper’s Drug Mart, Mac’s and KFC. The West End is full of flavour, fun people and loads of color on every corner.

Adam Toren

Adam Toren
Adam Toren is born and raised in Vancouver BC and loves everything Vancouver BC has to offer. He loves traveling and exploring new and unique restaurants and places around the world.