Province/Territory: British Columbia

Sample local cuisine and beverages on a culinary walking tour through Railtown, an historic up-and-coming Vancouver neighbourhood

  • 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.

Why you should visit
  • 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.


  • Vancouver weather is warm in summer, but showers are not uncommon. In winter, snow and extremely low temperatures are rare, but it can be windy and cool. Daytime temperatures average between 8C and 25C.
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Visitor information
When to go
  • Year round with more frequent tours May through October.
Need to know
  • 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).
Getting Here
  • 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.