Originally Posted by hossboss85
Great thread, Entheosfog! Can't wait to drive up from Portland next month--I can't believe it's taken me this long since moving to the Pacific Northwest.
By the way, what would be a good neighborhood to stay in for a bunch of mid-twenties-ish people? Not clubs and bars, but maybe some nice places to people watch, walk around, have a pint... What part of the city is Chinatown in? ...besides the *whole* city (I think I saw Chinese writing on that election sign!).
Are you planning to stay in a hotel? Most hotels tend to be located downtown either in the (boring) business district or along the more vibrant Robson Street around the West End. Chinatown's interesting to visit, but it's not really somewhere you'd want to stay - it's dead after 5pm.
My recommendation is to stay somewhere in the West End, Yaletown or on Robson Street as they're the most interesting and vibrant and you can walk to pretty much anywhere. As a mid-20-ish person myself, Commercial Drive, Mount Pleasant, and Kitsilano are sort of famous trendy hang-out neighbourhoods for folks our age... but they all lack accommodation in the form of hotels. Commercial Drive is a short skytrain ride east of downtown, Mount Pleasant is a short bus ride away and Kitsilano is just south of the West End across the other side of the Burrard Street bridge at the south end of English Bay.
p.s. The heart of Vancouver's historic Chinatown is located along Pender Street east of Abbott Street ... it's basically east of the downtown core. You can do a Google search for Vancouver Chinatown and you should find Chinatown's official website. The site will show you a map of its suggested boundary... basically Pender Street, Keefer Street, Union Street, and Georgia Street immediately east and west of Main Street. Hastings Street, though one block north of Chinatown, is the dramatic boundary between Chinatown and the infamous Downtown Eastside.