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Neighbourhood Guide: Vancouver’s East Village

June 10, 2017
Neighbourhood Guide: Vancouver's East Village

 
Neighbourhood Guide to the 

East Village

Vancouver’s East Village, formerly known as Hastings-Sunrise sits on Vancouver’s eastern edge. Its history stretches back over 140 years but it wasn’t until 2012 that the area underwent a rebrand.

It has always been and still is a predominantly working class neighbourhood.
You will find an array of ethnic restaurants, grocery stores, independent shops, and a great family sense of community.

Take a wander of the neighbourhood yourself and get to know the vibrant array of locals and maybe stop by a few of the places listed below.

Neighbourhood Guide to Vancouver's East Village
Neighbourhood Guide: Vancouver's East Village - street art
People on hastings st in the East Village

Commuting time to downtown: 15 minutes (driving), 30 minutes (transit)
Claim to fame: Nearby PNE
Local drink: More breweries than you can visit in a single afternoon
Notable nature: New Brighton Park
Nightlife: Live music at The Waldorf Hotel
Noteworthy events: Sunrise Summer Kickoff


The best coffee in Vancouver's East Village: Platform 7 coffee

Best Coffee Spot

Platform 7

This cafe is that perfect combo of delicious coffee, unique and interesting interior design and all the right vibes. If the weather is nice they also have a back patio so you can soak up some sun. Platform 7 stocks an array of baked goods, they look scrumptious and there are vegan options too.

WHERE: 2331 E Hastings Street, Vancouver | $$ | platform7coffee.ca


Coffee spots in Vancouver's East Village: East Village Cafe

Neighbourhood Vibes

East Cafe

A cute and cosy cafe with plenty of character. The coffee is good and they have a selection of baked goods and food items. They also sell a selection of goods from local artisans, from honey and jams to a few little nick nacks. Seating is limited so keep that in mind if you’re coming at a busy time.

WHERE: 2401 E Hastings St, Vancouver | $$ | theeastcafe.com

Neighbourhood Guide: Vancouver's East Village
Coffee spots in Vancouver's East Village: East Village Cafe
Coffee spots in Vancouver's East Village: East Village Cafe

Coffee spots around Vancouver's East Village: Far Out Coffee Post

 

 

Pinball and a caffeine fix

Far Out Coffee Post

This place is tucked away and looks tiny But once you step inside it is full of surprises, like the retro pinball machine room down the back. This little place also sells a selection of vintage clothing. Unfortunately, the coffee is lacking, our cappuccino’s were burnt and when they had cooled down enough to taste it was so bad we ended up chucking them in the garbage. I think we may have just got unlucky, or at least I hope so because the place is fabulous in most other ways.

WHERE: 2173 Dundas St | $$ | facebook.com/FarOutCoffeePost


Brunch spot

The Red Wagon

A popular weekend brunch spot. Offering comfort food that hits the spot. Their pulled pork pancakes come with rave reviews if you’re wondering what you should try first.

WHERE: 2296 E Hastings St, Vancouver | $$ | redwagoncafe.com


Satisfy that sweet craving

Black Rook Bakehouse 

Here you can find an array of baked treats that are all hard to resist. The setting is a dimly lit large space with a quirky, eclectic interior design sense… I’ll be honest, the space can feel a little awkward, but the salted caramel coffee bar I had was amazing.

WHERE 2474 E Hastings St, Vancouver | $$ | blackrookbake.com

Neighbourhood Guide to Vancouver's East Village : Black Rook Bakehouse
Neighbourhood Guide to Vancouver's East Village : Black Rook Bakehouse

Gluten-free and vegan options

East Village Bakery

Unfortunately, this place was closed when I was in the area, but there is nothing but glowing reviews for their made from scratch baked goods. This is on my list for places to return to.

WHERE: 2166 East Hastings Street, Vancouver | $$ | eastvillagebakery.com


Tasty Cheap Lunch

Vietnam House Restaurant 

A giant bowl of Pho never fails to hit the spot just right! And it should always be a total bargain. The place looks crappy on the outside (and the inside) but the food is delicious and the service is friendly.

WHERE: 2122 E Hastings St, Vancouver | $ | vietnamhousevancouver.com


Tea Time

Steam Tea

It may be Vancouver’s smallest tea house, but Steam Tea has all the tea you could dream of. Pick up a perfectly steeped cup to go and order some extra loose leaf tea for later.

WHERE: 2342 E Hastings St, Vancouver | $$| steamtea.ca

Neighbourhood Guide: Vancouver's East Village - Steam Tea House
Neighbourhood Guide: Vancouver's East Village - Steam Tea House

Best place for a drink in Vancouver's East Village...

The best place for a drink…

There is way too many to choose from. It’s a gold mine of local breweries in the East Village area. You can download a map of them all here and if you collect a stamp from each you can collect a prize… sounds like a good excuse to get drinking!

The East Village breweries and distilleries include:

Storm Brewing

Resurrection Spirits

Off The Rail Brewing

Odd Society Spirits

Parallel 49 Brewing

Powell Brewery 

Doan’s Craft Brewing

Callister Brewing Co.

Bomber Brewing

Andina

East Village Breweries: Doan's Brewing

Neighbourhood Guide: Vancouver East Village - Breweries: Doan's Brewery
Neighbourhood Guide: Vancouver East Village - Breweries

Neighbourhood Guide: Vancouver East Village - Breweries

Neighbourhood Guide: Vancouver East Village - Breweries: Andina Brewing
Neighbourhood Guide: Vancouver East Village - Breweries

Shop Like a local, Daily Conveniences…

I love the array of grocery stores and butcher shops that are scattered along both sides of E Hastings St. The prices are great, and the produce looks fresh and delicious. I have bookmarked this area for weeks when my grocery list leans towards the South-east Asian side. But the choices don’t stop there, with butchers stocking a wide array of meats and cuts there is somewhere to pick up almost everything on anyone’s list.

Neighbourhood Guide: grocery shopping in Vancouver's East Village

Neighbourhood Guide: grocery shopping in Vancouver's East Village


Shopping

The shopping options are limited but there are a few places to pop into if you’re in the area…

Dayton Boots


Did I miss something? Let me know so I can go check it out and add it to this ever evolving list.

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