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Old 10-11-2012, 11:28 AM   #1
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Complex Magazine: Gastown is the 4th Most stylish Neighborhood in the world

4. Gastown — The 50 Most Stylish Neighborhoods in the World | Complex

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Gastown has become a menswear hotbed as of late, with well-regarded shops like Haven, Inventory, and Roden Gray holding down the scene. Established the same year Canada became a nation, Gaston is the oldest neighborhood in Vancouver. There's been a different vibe here, dating all the way back to the Gastown Riots of 1971 where police battled with hippies who had organized a smoke-in inside of the neighborhood. Gastown's blocks are full of gorgeous Victorian buildings that provide unique scenery for what's currently an emerging neighborhood. It also offers a mix of cool boutique fashion shops, interior design stores, restaurants, nightclubs, and real estate. Naturally, creative types are drawn to the neighborhood, but it's also become a prime location for law firms and new media. The neighborhood hosts the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix. All in all, Gastown is home to numerous well-dressed people whose grassroots style reflects the community.
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LOL Stussy and Livestock? Come on son

Also look at #17

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"Gastown is home to numerous well-dressed people whose grassroots style reflects the community."

Housewives in Lululemon and Broke hippies?

The fuck?
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my friend and i go to gastown every second lunch break to make fun of the hipsters and crackheads, and get some good coffee served by people with facial hair. Great coffee - yes. Everything else is whack as hell.
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How is the 1st Arrondissement and Gastown in the same survey? They are completely different neighbourhoods. The 1st is just fancy shops and the Louvre and the Tuileries Gardens.
If I wanted to go to a place like Gastown in Paris, I'd go to the 5th, or the Marais if we're talking about places like that. The 1st doesn't have "cool" restaurants, just silly expensive ones.
Soho and Nolita and the Lower East Side in NYC and parts of Williamsburg are FAR cooler than Gastown. Plus NYC originated the whole style that Gastown has; exposed brick, minimalist furniture, raw wood, old-style incandescent bulbs, exposed pipe and hardware...not a new thing in NYC.
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How is the 1st Arrondissement and Gastown in the same survey? They are completely different neighbourhoods. The 1st is just fancy shops and the Louvre and the Tuileries Gardens.
If I wanted to go to a place like Gastown in Paris, I'd go to the 5th, or the Marais if we're talking about places like that. The 1st doesn't have "cool" restaurants, just silly expensive ones.
Soho and Nolita and the Lower East Side in NYC and parts of Williamsburg are FAR cooler than Gastown. Plus NYC originated the whole style that Gastown has; exposed brick, minimalist furniture, raw wood, old-style incandescent bulbs, exposed pipe and hardware...not a new thing in NYC.
You're right. They had Central in HK listed 9th, problem is they weren't just talking about Soho but the other high-end shops as well, which is not consistent because it's not like the claimed the entire Brooklyn as stylish, just Williamsburg.
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"Gastown is home to numerous well-dressed people whose grassroots style reflects the community."

Housewives in Lululemon and Broke hippies?

The fuck?
Gastown is pretty hipster these days - trust fund kids living on credit with skinny cotton pants, facial hair, vintage wool sweaters, chukkas, and Moleskine notebooks. I don't think anyone who lives down there has a real job.

Housewives in Lululemon live in Yaletown, not Gastown.
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LOL Stussy and Livestock? Come on son

Also look at #17
For #17, I heard a significant number of the Congolese wearing those suits are actual gangsters in that area.

I was expecting more London neighborhoods ( near the city anyways).
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None of you fucking nerds have the style of this place, and none of you are in with the cliques that exist down here


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^ lol. If you're part of the scene, I will gladly stay far away.
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^ lol. If you're part of the scene, I will gladly stay far away.

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I kinda thought SoHo would rank higher...
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Wow, did not expect that eh. Only time I go through gas town is when I want to take a short cut to downtown vancouver. Maybe I will spent a day in gas town eh
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Wow, did not expect that eh. Only time I go through gas town is when I want to take a short cut to downtown vancouver. Maybe I will spent a day in gas town eh

Check out the galleries, talk to people on the street, there are many hidden locations and really interesting people down here
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It has a bit of pretentiousness, but gastown does have a lot to offer. Awesome architecture, food, bars, etc. I think some of the people that think they "represent" gastown make it seem a lot less interesting than it is. All the fucks walking around in those stupid hastings&carrall&cordova&pender shirts thinking they are elite because they met a bartender at the diamond. The art that comes out of that area of town is pretty awesome though. Culinary, film and especially tattoo culture are among the best you can find in Canada. I certainly would rather hang out in gastown than the shithole that we claim to be our downtown. Granville is a pile of garbage that smells like pee.
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The bars, oh the bars I love Gastown bars.
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It has a bit of pretentiousness, but gastown does have a lot to offer. Awesome architecture, food, bars, etc. I think some of the people that think they "represent" gastown make it seem a lot less interesting than it is. All the fucks walking around in those stupid hastings&carrall&cordova&pender shirts thinking they are elite because they met a bartender at the diamond. The art that comes out of that area of town is pretty awesome though. Culinary, film and especially tattoo culture are among the best you can find in Canada. I certainly would rather hang out in gastown than the shithole that we claim to be our downtown. Granville is a pile of garbage that smells like pee.

Those "VanCity" shirts and those street name shirts aren't the organic culture that I like, either.




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Quick shitty pic of a tiny amount of the art I bought off the street
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Sick set up, just hope you didn't actually drink four bottles of that shit vodka. What places would you recommend? my only foray into Gastown was the basement bar at Housexguest and I liked it.
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Sick set up, just hope you didn't actually drink four bottles of that shit vodka. What places would you recommend? my only foray into Gastown was the basement bar at Housexguest and I liked it.

Too many to list, I'd start at Shebeen, or Guilt&co, if the asian dude Kevin is working the door, tell him Jason sent ya! Also, for casual, the Blarneystone cannot be beat. Tell the blonde bartender that you want a stripper's butthole and she'll hook you up.

You can meet some really fucking interesting people down here
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