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Yaletown is located on the False Creek's waters edge of downtown Vancouver, where once situated a rundown warehouse district of Vancouver. Its rebirth started in the late 1980's, and has gradually transformed into a trendy urban community comprising a mix of residential, office, restaurants, boutiques, cafes, and more. Today's Yaletown covers a much wider area than before its rebirth.
No doubt one of Vancouver's trendier neighbourhoods. There is also the Yaletown Brewing Company if your into micro breweries. I explored Yaletown in earlier morning before 10 am and most things were closed.
I would recommend taking in Yaletown either noon time or evening when all the cafes are open. There were plenty of amazing looking places to eat, indoors and outdoors.
I would recommend you enjoy an evening meal down in that area.
Some claim Yaletown to be Vancouver's "SoHo" district, but since I've never been to New York's "SoHo", or London's "SoHo" (or any other neighbourhood named "SoHo" for that matter), I really can't say for sure. Nevertheless, if trendy upscale yuppy boutiques, cosmetic surgery offices, expensive studio apartments and funky hip restaurants are characteristics of "SoHo" neighbourhoods, Yaletown is such in Vancouver.
Yaletown is located in the south-eastern corner of downtown. I didn't even know it existed until 1995. Prior to the 90's, Yaletown was a forgotten warehouse district, home to all sorts of fun industrial things like railroad yards and meat packaging plants. (There's probably a reason why I never went there. I was also a child prior to the 90's, so that's probably the main reason!)
Nevertheless, throughout the 90's, Yaletown turned from a once-cheap warehouse/industrial district into the trendy urban neighbourhood as described above. Luckily, opposite to Vancouver fashion (where they tear down the older brick buildings for glassy highrises), the developpers decided to keep Yaletown's brick warehouses and railroad-embedded alleys, and turned them into award-winning pubs (like Yaletown Brewing Co), uber-chic hotels (like the Opus), trendy restaurants (like Section 3), and high end boutiques (like Atomic Model). Even the grocery stores in this area are trendy. Urban Fare, for instance, offers an extensive selection of gourmet, organic and international food, including their famous $100 Parisian loaf of bread (flown in from France daily!).
Yaletown is Vancouver's trendy place to live. All those stereotypes about the urban Vancouver yuppy - they come true in Yaletown. But unlike other neighbourhoods in downtown Vancouver (like Gastown or Robson Street), Yaletown is not touristy. Yaletown, with exception to the Opus Hotel, is designed for its locals. You'll have an authentic Vancouver experience here, free from the tourist traps...
... but it does come at a price. ;)
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Fun yet Yuppie Neighborhood
Yaletown started as a working class neighborhood that had been recently rediscovered by the yuppies. While it has its upscale restaurants, it still has the downscale feeling in some of its shops and restaurants. Its old warehouse buildings with their converted lofts are bordered by brand-new skyscrapers that are bringing a more mass-market upscale feeling to this side of False Creek.
Yaletown - The cool place to live
Yaletown is a hugely redeveloped are to the south of town. Apparently it was the Expo 86 site.
After years of neglect the area was redeveloped into what you see today, multiple high rise appartments, shops and a boardwalk along False Creek.
The area is very clean, very modern, very chic.
If you are into trendy stuffs...
If you are into trendy stuffs and restaurant, don't miss out Yale Town in Downtown
It's an area where many small stylish shops (home decor, bathroom, clothing, sunglasses...)operated. You can also find a lot of restaurants and cafes with patio sitting to enjoy the fresh air. The mini cooper dealer also situated there so you can check it out if you have time.
Don't forget to visit the cafe called 'Don't show the elephant'. They have this LED window for the bathroom that goes matt when the door's lock and goes clear otherwise. Watch out for people who didn't lock it properly. hehe
Trendy place to see and be seen!
This part of Downtown Vancouver is full of beautiful people, walking their tiny dog. It's kind of funny to watch!
If you head to Yaletown, you'll find a lot of lounge bars with original cocktails, high end restaurants, designer shops or beauty spa. It is very trendy and you might spot some celebrities there.
It is very unique and you should check it out!
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Yaletown: Vancouver's Entertainment District
I had no intention of visiting Yaletown. I hadn't even heard of it before this trip. I was dragged here by my cousin, and I had no idea what to expect. Although I can’t say I enjoyed it, I am sort of glad that I came here, because I got to see the “real” Vancouver, even though it wasn't what I expected.
Don't let the name fool you. Yaletown, is not home to geniuses. A modern day neighborhood, Yaletown is known as the city's "Entertainment District", and is a popular hang out for yuppies, street performers, and members of Vancouver's Punk movement. But, it's also a popular hang out for creeps, bums, and drug addicts.
The district is full of night clubs, restaurants, and window shops. If you want nightlife, shows, and good shopping, this is the place to come.
Yaletown is active day and night, at least on the weekends. We were there on a Sunday, and there were some entertainers performing for spectators, on the street. So if you want to see some performers for free, just walk down Granville St. in Yaletown. You can see everyone from musicians, to magicians, and things that will make you say, “What the hell was that supposed to be?” Most of these performers are amateurs though, so don’t expect anything too spectacular. We saw a guy who was just throwing his hat from side to side. Not very entertaining, but the crowd was applauding him.
I’m not used to big city life, and I’m not really a party guy, so this place was a bit crazy for me, but people who like entertainment, and don’t mind crowds, or shady characters, might enjoy Yaletown.
Honestly, the only part of Yaletown that I enjoyed, was the visit to "The Rock Shop". Maybe I am wrong about Yaletown, as from what I read, the majority of people like this place, and feel safe here. But me being from a small town, and not being used to big city life, I found this place a bit crazy, unpleasant, and even a little scary. Seeing a homeless man camping in the middle of a city, and seeing drug addicts, and crazy styles, was a bit shocking for me. I won’t say that I felt “unsafe”, but the place was a little shady. I was on my toes the entire time, and felt really uncomfortable. This was my least favorite place in Vancouver. Again, I could be wrong about this place, but that’s how I felt. If you’re not a city or party person, you won’t like it here.
I can say for sure though, that Yaletown is a place for students and adults. This isn’t really a good place to bring your kids, although I did see a few.
I guess one good thing about Yaletown is that, you won’t find very many tourists here. It’s mostly locals who come here, so if you want to experience the true culture and counterculture of Vancouver, this is the place to do it.
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Very nice and trendy area in Vancouver with many restaurants, bars and shops, and very close to False Creek.
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