What are the best things to do in Vancouver’s Yaletown?

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Maria Tallarico
Tourism Vancouver/John Sinal

Yaletown is a mix of urban architecture, upscale shops and services and waterfront scenery. The neighborhood’s industrial roots are still very visible in the lofts and brick buildings, but there’s also a contingent of popular chain restaurants, high-end décor boutiques, luxury clothing shops, and many shops and services for residences (from dry cleaners to artisanal grocery stores). While Yaletown has earned a reputation of the land of high-rise condos and lap dogs that fits in a designer purse, the beautiful waterfront seawall and parks and scenic Quayside Marina are the real attraction. Grab a coffee and watch the water taxis circling False Creek or catch a glimpse of the luxurious yachts mooring at the marina. If shopping is on your mind, stop into the gorgeous Basquiat boutique, which stocks contemporary European designers not easily found in Vancouver and stop into Vancouver’s only Marimekko store for the Finnish line’s iconic fabrics, textiles and clothing. For some post-shopping respite, hope for a sunny spot on one of the sidewalk patios at one of the many restaurants that feature West Coast cuisine, seafood, and late brunches.

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