Posted March 3, 2011 by Adam Toren in Top Ten

Top 10 Neighbourhoods in Vancouver

If you’ve been thinking of exploring Vancouver’s neighbourhoods one by one, you might want to begin by checking out these ten popular areas first. Vancouver is split into quite a few neighbourhoods such as Kitsilano, the West End, South Granville and many more. Each neighbourhood has distinct characteristics and not one of them is like the other. These are some of the places to see next time you visit the city of Vancouver.


This trendy neighbourhood is known as one of the most exciting areas in downtown Vancouver. Filled with boutiques, tons of posh restaurants, tree-lined streets, boats and yachts and nightclubs, this place is a treat for visitors old and young.

Granville Island

This neighborhood is a great area to explore; it used to be a place for sawmills and factories. Now there are funky shops, art galleries, a miniature model train museum, many bars, restaurants and a huge market area to discover and explore. You can catch an AquaBus over from False Creek or walk over the Granville Bridge to get there.


This is a quiet area that is known around town as “the village.” Only a 10-to-15 minute drive from downtown Vancouver, it is beautiful with its trees, walkway seating and nice cozy-looking houses. Kerrisdale is full of quaint boutique shops and little village stores to explore while you’re in the neighbourhood.

West End

This area is famous for its laidback feel and glorious tree-lined streets. With Denman Street shops and the beach at English Bay in the vicinity there is always something to do on any day of the week. It is primarily a residential area and is also home to famous Davie Street and the Davie Street Village. You will find Davie Street very colourful and there are a number of great restaurants, like Stepho’s Greek Restaurant and the Fountainhead Pub.


This historic area of the city was the birthplace of Vancouver. It is full of interior design and antique shops, as well as art shops and First Nations souvenirs. Visitors can stroll down Water Street where they can see the old Steam Clock and various other attractions. There are loads of souvenir shops where you can stop in and buy something for a loved one.


This historic area of downtown is the largest Chinatown in Canada and has markets, little Asian food shops, a night market, a T&T Supermarket, events and festivals that go on throughout the year. Almost every city has a Chinatown, but this one is the best!

South Granville

This nice stretch across the Granville Bridge from downtown has fancy gourmet supermarkets like Meinhardt, and there are many cafés, antique stores, art galleries, boutiques, regular retail shops, and furniture shops. It is a great area to meet a friend for coffee—perhaps at Chapters Bookstore.

Granville Street

Known as the entertainment district of the city of Vancouver, Granville Street is home to many pubs, bars and clubs. The Commodore Ballroom is located here, as well as the Orpheum Theatre. This area is always active on weekends when the college students come out to play and there are some bars for an over-30 crowd, such as the Granville Room and Whineos.


This is one of Vancouver’s most hip and happening hangouts. You can explore 4th Avenue, where there are many bars and shops to enjoy. Or you can head to the waterfront near Cornwall Avenue and go to Kitsilano Beach and the Watermark Restaurant. There are many stores, delis, convenience stores, restaurants and theatres in Kitsilano.

Commercial Drive

Known to locals as “the Drive” this is a cool hangout area for young, hip and funky individuals. There are a lot of restaurants in this area, including Latin and Italian food. This area is where the designers, artists and students go to chill out and become inspired.


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.