The gateway from English Bay, the West End is one of the easiest neighbourhoods for visitors to explore, getting a real taste of how real Vancouverites live.
Picture a small community within the heart of downtown, where you can get to know your neighbours and make friends easily in a place that’s right next to an abundance of outdoor activities. That’s the West End in a nutshell.
With its abundance of retail, grocery, and transit options, this area really can’t be beaten. You’ll no longer have to make the trek to the shops you love to frequent — and grocery shopping will never be easier. If you’re in the mood for something special, be sure to check out the unique stores and gourmet food and wine markets on Davie as well.
The West End is ideal for beginning or ending your explorations of Stanley Park, the crown jewel of Vancouver’s green spaces. That could take up most of the day given the 1,000-acre haven’s myriad of touring delights, including the Vancouver Aquarium, the heated outdoor Second Beach Pool and the ever buzzing Seawall that runs close to 9km from start to finish.
Beyond the natural attractions that make it easy to get outside with friends and family, the area is home to community gardens, the West End Public Library, community centres, and similar places for locals to mix and mingle.
You’ll have no trouble finding traditional souvenir shops in the West End, particularly along Denman Street. Still, most retail stores cater to locals, including unique bookstores, and gourmet food and wine markets.
Culinary fans, head straight to Denman Street! Here, you’ll find a diverse selection of cuisines, including farm-to-table bistros, taco joints, pubs and brew-houses, multicultural flavours and clubs.
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