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West End Vancouver

The Vancouver (pronounced "Vancoover") neighborhood known as the West End has got to be the most fun neighborhood in all of Vancouver. If not it certainly is the most populated and it has the second largest gay population in Canada.

The West End is bordered by the downtown core, Stanley Park, English Bay and False Creek. The main streets for viewing and being viewed are Robson Street, Denman Street and Davie Street.

West End Vancouver, Robson Street

If you decide to go there save yourself the agony of trying to find parking on the street just pull into a paid parking lot and walk. There’s not that much metered parking and besides then you have to worry about getting back to your vehicle. The rest is permit parking and unless you really know your way around it can be frustrating because many streets are blocked to stop traffic from going all the way through.

A good way to do it is to start on the downtown side at either Robson Street or Davie Street and walk all the way down the street until you come to Denman Street. Along the way you will encounter all the shopping, eating and coffee drinking you can stand.

 West End Vancouver, Davie Street

The shopping along Robson is premium. Everything new, everything fashionable every must-have (0r not) is available here. Many of the world’s top fashion designers have store fronts here.

In the West End there is also tons of choices for eating… sushi, noodle houses, Greek, Italian, fast food, chain restaurants and coffee shops, coffee shops and more coffee shops ( oh, did I mention there’s no shortage of coffee shops). There’s nothing better or more entertaining on a glorious sunny Vancouver day (it doesn’t rain here all the time) than sitting at an outdoor coffee shop or restaurant and watching all the people go by.

West End Vancouver, Denman Street

Once you hit the bottom of Robson Street (if you started at Davie go right) hang a left and go along Denman Street. Denman Street is a bit more neighborly but still lots going on... more shopping, more eating, more coffee.

Then you come to English Bay which connects to the Stanley Park seawall (this is also a prime spot to come watch the fireworks at the end of July and early August). English Bay is a lively little beach and a great spot to pick up a snack, sit on a log and watch the boats. At English Bay you can take another left on Davie Street and start heading back up the hill (again, if you started on Davie take a right and go up the hill). This part of the West End is definitely has a more laid back pace but still with plenty of people watching to catch your interest.

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