With galleries and boutiques leading the way, a historic downtown Vancouver neighborhood is coming into its own. Here, where to see and be seen.
Rennie Collection at Wing Sang: Culture mavens seek out works by risk-taking artists such as Mona Hatoum and Richard Jackson at this opium factory turned gallery. 51 E. Pender St.
Peking Lounge: The museum-like showroom peddles a carefully curated mix of contemporary furniture and Chinese antiques (vintage armoires and chairs; Tang dynasty clay ladies). 83 E. Pender St.
Keefer Bar: In-the-know tipplers are buzzing about mixologist Danielle Tatarin’s apothecary cocktails, inspired by traditional Chinese medicine. Try the Dragonfly, made with gin, pearl sake, lemon, ginger syrup, and a magnolia-bark tincture. 135 Keefer St.
Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie: At the always-packed restaurant—whose walls are adorned with kitchen knives and silver-plated trays—diners sit at wood tables to share truffled pork dumplings and stir-fried sticky-rice cakes. 163 Keefer St. $$
Charlie & Lee: The owners of this cozy boutique scour the globe for up-and-coming indie labels. Favorites include Shanghai-print tunic dresses from Australia’s Style Stalker and natural-dye ankle boots by Copenhagen’s Dico. 223 Union St.
Restaurant Pricing Key
$ Less than $25
$$ $25 to $75
$$$ $75 to $150
$$$$ More than $150