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With its compact, walkable blocks and its mix of historic and modern architecture, Downtown Vancouver blends the best of both the urban and small town experience.
Visitors to Vancouver routinely note the welcoming nature of the businesses on Main Street, and Sunset Magazine even named Vancouver’s Main Street among the Best in the West. Local businesses that call downtown home include hip coffee shop hangouts, vintage boutiques, the iconic Kiggins Theatre, and some of the area’s most popular breweries.
Downtown also encompasses the Vancouver Arts District; public art can be spotted on almost every block. Watch for whirling kinetic art fixtures, larger-than-life murals, and carefully detailed sculptures. The art scene can be enjoyed any time, but visitors on First Fridays experience rotating art exhibits, special tours, and downtown business specials.
A typical day in the city’s urban core brings out the office workers for lunch at roving food trucks, while evening settles into a humming rhythm of diners and craft brew aficionados ready to explore the nightlife. On weekends, the Vancouver Farmers Market steals the early morning shows with its bountiful booths of berries, bouquets, and baked goods.