Cobblestone Streets and Cocktails: Gastown's Best Restaurants

Gastown is Vancouver's oldest neighborhood, but one that has seen a lot of new growth over the last few years. It's here that you'll find one-of-a-kind boutiques, cozy cafes and some of the city's best restaurants.

Nicli Antica Pizzeria was the first to bring VPN certified pizza to Vancouver and continues to be a favorite amongst locals craving thin-crust, Neapolitan-style pizza. While pizzas are a must-order here, they also have salads and antipasto to start.

L'Abattoir Restaurant is excellent across the board. With a solid cocktail and wine program that's paired with wondrously creative dishes, diners are in good hands. The intimate ambiance and chic decor make this the perfect spot for your next date night.

If you're dining with a mix of vegetarians, vegans and carnivores, Nuba Restaurant is the best place to go. With something for everyone on their Lebanese menu, all will leave happy. Should you be in the mood to try a few different things (it's really the best way to eat here), order La Feast or Le Grand Feast–you'll be pleasantly satisfied and full.

After dinner, take a stroll around the cobblestone streets and make your way to your next haunt and grab a post-dinner drink.

Step inside this cozy space and grab a seat at the bar and sink your teeth into some delicious Spanish tapas. Don't forget to wash it all down with a glass of sherry! Traditional Spanish tapas can be hard to come by in Vancouver, but there...  Read More

Tuc Craft Kitchen has comfort written all over it from morning until night. Located in the heart of Vancouver's historic Gastown, Tuc is a local favorite. The casual and cozy atmosphere lends itself well to everything from date night to a meal...  Read More

Wildebeest combines adventure and comfort in each of their dishes and in their decor. The menu focuses on using all of the animal and there is a good mix of familiar and not-so-familiar items. Wildebeest's team is passionate about sourcing...  Read More

Nuba Restaurant
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Nuba is one of Vancouver's favorite gems that has built a strong following that has helped pave the way for its expansion across the city. Nuba specializes in Middle Eastern dishes and everything from the hummus and baba ghanouj to the...  Read More

Nestled in Vancouver's historic Gastown, the Pourhouse Restaurant is a local favorite when it comes to good food and well-made cocktails. Lovely vintage pieces of furniture in the bar area complement the reclaimed wood used to build the...  Read More

Jules Bistro has been a Gastown staple for those looking for French cuisine since 2007. Born and raised in Dijon, France, owner and chef, Emmanuel Joinville, brings his skillful love of cooking to each dish he creates. After his apprenticeship...  Read More

Chef Jason Sussman and Kaeli Robinsong have partnered with Ryan Spong to open their flagship location, Taco Bar, on Gastown's Blood Alley. The 3,000 square-foot space has 60 seats in the dining room and lounge, a 20-seat patio set to open this...  Read More

If you were to take a bit from the East and a little from the West, you'd get Gastown's PiDGiN. This blend comes from having worked and travelled throughout various continents and the dishes are a reflection of that. On the menu you'll find...  Read More

Neopolitan pizza has found a large following in Vancouver and on any given night there are hungry diners knocking on Nicli's doors to get a piece of the pie, or a whole pie in this case. The pizza's are served piping hot from the wood burning...  Read More

L'Abattoir is located in the centre of Gastown between historic Gaoler's Mews and Blood Alley. The restaurant was built in the 19th century and is the site of Vancouver's first jail. Originally buttressed to the city's main butchery and meat...  Read More


Meet Natasha John

Natasha is not born and raised in Vancouver, but is pretty certain it's her spirit hometown. After jumping around Canada, Texas, Arkansas and the UK, she has her feet firmly planted in...  More About Natasha

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