Gastown, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Gastown is a national historic site in Vancouver and a mix of hip contemporary fashion and interior furnishing boutiques, tourist-oriented businesses, and restaurants, as well as preserved architecture and the famous Gastown Steam Clock.
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Any visitor to Vancouver should make time to see Gastown. It is easily reached, being a 5 minute walk east from Canada place and the Pan Pacific Hotel.No problem with traffic as all the crossings have pedestrian lights. A safe walk at any time but do not venture further east late at night. Gastown is an amazing mix of old streets, with the famous Steam Clock, tourist shops, specialist shops, and a wide range of restaurants. These range from very cheap spaghetti places, through my favourite Rossinis, which is a great value family Italian restaurant with jazz, to very upmarket (and expensive) establishments. Make sure you pick up some tourist information on ''Gassy Jack'' after whom the district is named. If y...
Worth Seeing Once!
We visited Gastown mid-evening. There were loads of touristy stores with all sorts of Vancouver merchandise. There were also quite a few street people as well, though most did not bother us for money. We walked from the Lookout Tower area down to Gastown, but would recommend taking a taxi from Yaletown/BC Place areas as the streets surrounding Gastown were teeming with homeless people and less desirable scenery. The steam-powered clock was neat to see. Also, would recommend a meal at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Gastown, prices are reasonable and meals include soup/salad, entree, bread and spumoni ice cream for dessert. The interior of the restaurant is pretty cool as well, with an old trolley right in the m...
very dodgy area
I read all the hype about Gastown and Chinatown in the guidebooks but none of them mentioned the fact that they are surrounded by some of the worst areas of Vancouver. My wife and I walked to gastown once and didnt even get as far as china town because gastown is basically a couple of nice streets surrounded by drug dens, prostitutes, addicts cooking drugs in the street etc.. This should be mentioned in guide books because we were prime targets for a mugging but we followed the rule of head down and keep walking, no eye contact and no maps, wallet or camera in view. Saying that, it did at least have a high police presence which is more I can say for the ghetto areas of the UK. get a taxi to take you to the n...