Neighbourhood Guide to the
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.
Best Coffee Spot
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 | $$ | platform7coffee.ca
A cute and cosy cafe with plenty of character. The coffee is good and they have a selection of baked goods and food items. They also sell a selection of goods from local artisans, from honey and jams to a few little nick nacks. Seating is limited so keep that in mind if you’re coming at a busy time.
WHERE: 2401 E Hastings St, Vancouver | $$ | theeastcafe.com
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 | $$ | facebook.com/FarOutCoffeePost
The Red Wagon
A popular weekend brunch spot. Offering comfort food that hits the spot. Their pulled pork pancakes come with rave reviews if you’re wondering what you should try first.
WHERE: 2296 E Hastings St, Vancouver | $$ | 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 | $$ | blackrookbake.com
Gluten-free and vegan options
East Village Bakery
Unfortunately, this place was closed when I was in the area, but there is nothing but glowing reviews for their made from scratch baked goods. This is on my list for places to return to.
WHERE: 2166 East Hastings Street, Vancouver | $$ | 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
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
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:
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.
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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