Neighborhoods Around Vancouver

by Ms._J_in_VanCity

There are 23 communities that make up the City of Vancouver. Each community has its own community profile webpage with community specific information.

The map below that lists the 23 communities:

Ideally, the communities by the beach are more favorable: Kitsilano, West End and West Point Grey and the closer you are to the water, the higher the cost of housing.

There are multi-million dollar homes in every community and a higher percentage of these can be found in the following communities: West Point Grey, Shaughnessy and Dunbar-Southlands.

The West End and Downtown area are primarily high rise apartments: Coal Harbour overlooking the Burrard Inlet and Yaletown generally command higher rents.

Some areas where there may have a higher population or mix of different cultures, races or preferences are (not meant to offend anyone, just giving you a flavor):

West End

  • higher proportion of gay men reside there (Davie street is very Gay friendly with Celebrities nightclub open to both gay and heterosexuals), medical staff (St. Paul’s Hospital is on Burrard near Davie) and yuppies who work in the Downtown core


  • Coal Harbor – yuppies, movie stars, internet millionaires and young families. Walking distance to Stanley Park
  • Yaletown – used to be known as the place where divorced men and internet millionaires reside, now Yaletown has a mix of young families, Canucks players, urbanites, dog owners and people who want to live Downtown and be walking distance from the Downtown core and see grass (David Lam Park) and water (False Creek). Urban Fare (higher end store owned by Save-On-Foods which honors the Save on More card) anchors the Yaletown shopping district which is primarily confined to two main streets: Hamilton and Mainland as well as shops on Pacific Boulevard. Choices Market on Richards and Davie offers organic and gourmet take out (tends to be less expensive than Urban Fare). Unlike Granville Street, which is known as the Entertainment District, the crowd at Yaletown is older (ie. 30+) and more sophisticated (only one bar/club in Yaletown – Bar None) – you will encounter less drunks and teenagers milling the streets. Yaletown has trendy restaurants(notably Cioppino’s, Blue Water Café, etc) and boutique shops.

Downtown Eastside

  • Gastown –used to be where the homeless live; now it is home to low rise apartments (think lofts and bachelor suites) that house artists and business professionals. There are lots of new trendy restaurants notably Salt, Judas Goat, Jules, Cobre, etc. Close to Gastown would be Chinatown and further East would not be advisable to wander late at night

Commercial Drive

  • also known as Little Italy (watch the World Cup there) is quite eclectic with artists, musicians, lesbians, transgenders and cannabis users (not to say there are not other communities where this happens)


  • used to be predominately occupied by elderly seniors; now as they moved to retirement homes, young families are moving there and quite a lot of Asians have moved into what was predominately a “Caucasian” community. Good shopping area primarily located at 41st and Kerrisdale Boulevard

Oakridge/Marpole area

  • Jewish Community centre at Oak and 41st. Oakridge Mall at Cambie and 41st is anchored by The Bay and Zellers and the shops inside the Mall are high end. As well, Oakridge has a lot of jewelry stores including Birks and soon to be opened Tiffany’s (flagship store downtown at Burrard and Alberni)


  • Little India at Main and 49th to Marine Drive

Fairview/Mount Pleasant

  • South Granville – where high end shops and boutiques are located. Many designer stores and home/houseware stores located here: William Sonoma, Restoration Warehouse Pottery Barn, Chapters, Anthropolgie Max Mara, etc
  • False Creek – Granville Island is a stone’s throw away and is walking distance to South Granville, can take Harbour Ferry to cross water to Yaletown or Downtown
  • Olympic Village –the athletes were housed in the condos developed by the City of Vancouver during the 2010 Olympics. Walking distance to the main shopping area on Cambie and Broadway: Save On Foods, Whole Foods, Home Depot, etc. as well as outdoor fitness gear east of Cambie

Kitsilano (aka Kits)

  • Lululemon’s first store was opened and the highest percentage of yoga pant wearing ladies and flip flops galore (due to proximity to beach). As well, at the corner of Burrard and 4th, there are a bunch of ski/snowboard/skate shops
  • Kits’ residents are usually active and can consist of university students, yuppies, dog owners and young families
  • There is Kits beach where one can run along the beach, play tennis or beach volleyball, dog walk or stroll to Granville Island along the path by the water etc. You can also have a good view of the fireworks in the Summer if you do not want to be among the hundreds of thousands who gather at English Bay to view the shows
  • Kits beach is the place to be seen and to people watch
  • The two primary commercial streets are 4th Avenue and 9th Avenue (aka Broadway)


  • between Burrard and Balsam is where many restaurants (most notably Trattoria, Maenam, ReFuel etc.) are located as well as two primary grocery stores: Safeway and Whole Foods. Whole Foods is more expensive and carries a wide variety of organic items as well as prepared meals for those on the go. Safeway is your “typical” grocery store. If you cross the street, there is New Apple Farm Market which tends to sell fresh fruits and veggies cheaper than Safeway. Caution: if you drive, do not park in Safeway to go shop elsewhere otherwise you will be fined at least $50 – you need to shop at Safeway and then leave through another door if you want to shop elsewhere – be warned, those parking patrols hide everywhere! If you get a ticket, go to Customer Service at Safeway and usually if you plead innocence, they will waive the ticket for the first offense. A better bet is to park in the underground parkade off 4th and Vine (across from Safeway’s lot and under Whole Foods) where you can park for free for the first hour – you can shop at Whole Foods and do some other errands. There are also two bread stores: COBS Breads and Terra Breads as well as two meat/poultry stores
  • If you walk down Yew, there will be more local restaurants (ie Abigail’s Party, Hapa Izakaya) as well as Starbucks and Locale right on Cornwall overlooking the Ocean. For a place to buy reasonable flowers or stems of orchids for your date or dinner party hostess, there is a grocery store with bunches of flowers outside their shop (one block up from Cornwall on Yew)
  • On 2nd Avenue are more restaurants, fitness club, spa’s etc.


  • Broadway is another main shopping area with IGA (another grocery store) at Vine and Broadway and Safeway at MacDonald and Broadway
  • The Kits Community Centre is located on 12th and Larch and Steve Nash’s Fitness World is located at Arbutus and Broadway
  • On Broadway, west of Larch Street is world renowned chocolate and pastry chef Thomas Haas. His chocolate sparkle cookies as well as his milk chocolate with passionfruit and almond cake are divine. For those who love butter and croissants, don’t miss his double baked croissants (I prefer the chocolate almond croissants at Granville Islands’ La Baguette & L’Echalote as I love the almond custard with the dark chocolate strip inside – if you arrive by the afternoon, they would be sold out).
  • Past MacDonald are more shops and grocery stores (Young Brothers sells fresh fruits at very reasonable prices, the aisles are tight and you may have to elbow you way around to pick your veggies/fruits as this place gets busy!)
  • Greek Festival not to be missed every Summer on Broadway starting at MacDonald (this area is known as Little Greece)


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