- 10 samples of food and beverages
- 05 stops on an urban walking tour
- 02 hours of discovering hidden gem eateries
Gather amid the heritage buildings and industrial grit of tiny, character-rich Railtown, one of Vancouver’s oldest – and smallest – neighbourhoods perched alongside the city’s birthplace of Gastown. Set off on a fun culinary tasting tour of five hidden gems in this recently trendy magnet for small eateries, a thriving district even many Vancouverites don’t know about. Among 10 samples, nibble comfort food in an historic former Japanese gambling house that is now a culinary training school. Sip wine and craft beers created on site in the modern sky-lit interior of an historic early 20th century steel warehouse reborn as a collective including a small bite restaurant, microbrewery and Canada’s first Vancouver urban winery. Meet chefs and establishment owners. Learn about Railtown’s past history as the now-defunct Japantown. Tuck into mind-blowing meatballs, join locals in a popular neighbourhood cafe for a unique soup and salad combo, then finish up with luscious, homemade sweets at a sumptuous and glittery bakery.
- Spending two hours tasting varied cuisine in small, colourful local eateries.
- Exploring a downtown neighbourhood that is unknown even to many Vancouver residents.
- Visiting a cafe that is a non-profit culinary training school for individuals who experience barriers to employment.
- Sipping wines created from BC’s Okanagan Valley grapes in Canada’s first urban winery.
- Learning about Railtown’s past history as Japantown that vanished during WWII.
- Spotting shops, galleries and cafes to visit after the culinary tour.
- Year round with more frequent tours May through October.
- Tour departs on time so plan to arrive 5 minutes early.
- Mention any food allergies before the tour.
- Bring a camera, comfortable walking shoes and a water bottle during hot days.
- Check the weather forecast, dress with layers and pack an umbrella for potential rain. Tours run regardless of weather.
- The total walking distance is 1.6 km (1 mile).
- Railtown is a short walk from downtown Vancouver, and is located between Gastown and Chinatown.
- There is limited free 2-hour parking in the area with metered parking on Powell Street. The closest paid parking lot is at 107 East Cordova.
- The nearest Skytrain station is Waterfront, a ten-minute walk.