Hello Downtown Vancouver
Few downtown cores can boast so spectacular a backdrop as that of Vancouver's. The mountains are what dominate the skyline here, not the skyscrapers (although there are a few of them too, of course). Downtown is where you'll find many of the city's largest cultural centers, including The Orpheum, Queen Elizabeth Theater, and the Contemporary Art Gallery, but perhaps the greatest advantage of staying downtown is that you're within touching distance of all the city's other vibrant neighborhoods. Take Gastown, for example – Vancouver's oldest, most effortlessly stylish area. Named in honor of "Gassy" Jack Deighton (he was chatty, hence "Gassy" – what a relief), who opened the area's first tavern in 1867, Gastown is as stylish and hip as neighborhoods come – think fashion boutiques, independent art galleries, and contemporary restaurants.
Stroll a bit further east and you'll hit Chinatown – the dim sum joints, traditional tea houses and specialty food stores will probably be a bit of a giveaway. Don't miss the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – an oasis of calm in an already chilled-out city. Thinking of spending a day in the surrounding mountains or woodland areas? First take a trip south from Downtown to Granville Island and pick up a few picnic items from the colorful Granville Island Public Market.