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Things to do in Downtown

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Downtown. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Downtown attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Downtown to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Downtown.

  • Canada Place

    The iconic “five sails” of this waterfront, multi-use complex welcome thousands of arriving cruise-ship passengers on summer days—and also serve as... More
  • Commodore Ballroom

    Young music lovers and older fans of Art Deco architecture share an affinity for this restored, historic (built in 1929) venue in the middle of the... More
  • Harbour Air Seaplane Flights

    It’s great fun to watch the takeoffs and landings of Vancouver’s numerous floatplanes (which locals use for quick transport to Victoria—B.C.’s prov... More
  • Hudson's Bay Company's Signature Shop

    North America’s oldest corporation—established in 1670!—Hudson’s Bay Company (known locally as just The Bay) has long been known for its iconic, cr... More
  • Roots, Downtown Vancouver

    The Canadian company that created the U.S. Olympic team uniforms for the 2002, 2004, and 2006 Games has stores across Canada and Asia (but, ironica... More
  • The Roxy

    In a town where martinis and serious conversation are the nighttime norm, this local haunt is—refreshingly—all about beer and laughter. The place—a... More

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