What to Do in Gastown, Vancouver

What to Do in Gastown, Vancouver

Gastown is one of my favourite locations to visit in Vancouver. It’s super cute and there’s so much to explore! I spent a few hours walking around by myself and snapping some cool shots. I never really go on photowalks alone, but doing so made me realize how relaxing and fun it actually is.

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Gastown’s pretty small, but there’s plenty to see, do, and eat around there. Here’s how I spent a day in Gastown, Vancouver!

I always have to have my morning coffee, so I stopped by Milano Coffee Roasters. I was torn between the raspberry or the hedgehog latte, but I ended up trying the hedgehog one, which was actually just hazelnut. To no surprise, it was delicious. The interior of this shop is an Instagrammer’s dream: there are literally so many different kinds of photos you can take here!

Milano Coffee Roasters, Gastown, Vancouver

Gastown, Vancouver

Gastown, Vancouver

I heard a lot of good things about Tacofino, so I decided to give it a try. The chicken tacos weren’t amazing, but I really enjoyed the fish tacos. I didn’t know there was a spot to dine in so I ate at the bar by the front – I would have preferred sitting in the dining area if I’d known!


You can also pay a visit to the famous steam clock, which isn’t really all that interesting, but it’s a tourist attraction. It’s one of the only few steam clocks in the world.

Gastown Steam Clock, Gastown, Vancouver

Gastown, Vancouver

If you get thirsty, have some coffee or tea at The Birds & The Beets. It’s another cute little Instagram-worthy cafe, but it’s much smaller than Milano. I tried the hibiscus tea, and it was pretty good – I’d never had tea made with just tea leaves before this!

The Birds & The Beets, Gastown, Vancouver

Gastown, Vancouver is a beautiful place to visit. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, there’s plenty to do by yourself. Exploring and taking photos is much more fun than it sounds! I definitely recommend visiting in the morning, because it gets pretty busy in the afternoon.

Gastown, Vancouver

Have you ever been to Gastown? What’s the best place you’ve ever explored on your own? I’d love to know in the comments!

P.S. if you liked this post, be sure to also check out my travel diary from my trip to Vancouver last year!

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  • Lovely Images, which camera are you using? Thanks for the nice guide.


  • mckenna bleu

    I would love to visit Vancouver!
    your pictures are beautiful there and the steam clocks looks so cool I would love to check it out!

  • thesofieyahdiaries

    Omg your photos look amazing <3 <3 <3 I'm so excited to be going back haha 🙂 It sucks you didn't see it when it was dark though 🙁 it's also gorgeous in the dark <3

    • Oooh maybe next time I’ll check it out at nighttime! Hope you enjoy Vancouver girl!! 🙂

  • Greta Hollar

    I’ve always wanted to go to Vancouver. This is such a helpful guide if I ever go!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  • Oooh I’ve never heard of this place. I got up to Vancouver every now and then so I will be sure to check this out next time I’m up there 🙂

    • Jealous! I’d love to visit Vancouver more often!

  • Gille Wade

    I’ve heard of Gastown! So glad to see a guide on it. I can’t wait to visit.

  • Gastown is so beautiful! I am glad you enjoyed it. There is so much to see in Vancouver.

    • Agreed! I’d love to explore Yaletown next time I visit!

  • This is cute! At the end of the month I’m going to Portland and Seattle. I would love to squeeze in a day trip to Vancouver.

  • I’ve always wanted to visit Vancouver, this makes me want to book a trip STAT! What a lovely place.

  • Your pictures are gorgeous!! I think taking photos and spending a day for yourself is so relaxing!! Loved this post girl 🙂


  • The last time I was in Vancouver, I ended up leaving and going up to Whistler. I need to come back because it looks like a great place to visit!
    Jordan xx

    • It’s definitely worth a visit, even for just a day trip! 🙂

  • Stacey

    I’d love to visit. It looks like a great place for quiet strolls. Maybe someday I’ll make it to Vancouver.

    • Vancouver is definitely a place worth visiting at least once!

  • What a charming little place! Love the photos, babe 🙂

    Enclothed Cognition

    • Thanks so much girl! Enjoy your weekend 🙂