For a better look at Vancouver's heritage, check out Gastown at the northeast end of downtown Vancouver. Gastown was historically Vancouver's first downtown core and it's a great mix of historical buildings and landmarks, like the Gastown Steam Clock and it's also the hub of modern technology and tech start-ups and new media. Vancouver's Gastown is a trendy neighborhood with fashion and furniture boutiques, interior design showrooms, restaurants, nightclubs, and new upscale housing. It's also home to the artistic spirit of Vancouver with independent art galleries, music and art studios, and Vancouver's film and theatre schools. There's even the chance to see some great live street performances. Gastown hosts some of Vancouver's best events like the International Jazz Festival, a popular date spot in Vancouver. It's a great spot for exploring and walking hand in hand, making it one of the top Vancouver date ideas.
For all-inclusive Vancouver date spots and LGBT+ spaces, Davie Village is the place to be. Davie Village is largely defined as being between Burrard and Jerris Streets and marked by rainbow flags and bright pink trash cans and is the home of gay subculture both historically and today. If you're looking to experience Vancouver's LGBT+ culture check out Little Sister's Book and Art Emporium, a gay and lesbian bookstore and community hub with local art by queer artists and writers. The neighborhood also celebrates LGBT+ people with the Davie Street Pride Parade which runs in conjunction with Vancouver's Gay Pride. For more festivals, Davie Day is the community's street festival that celebrates local businesses and it's lots of fun for LGBT+ couples.
Vancouver's harbor and coastline make it an excellent spot for festivals. The most famous festivals are the Vancouver Night Markets, one of Vancouver's most popular date ideas. The Night Markets are three different events that take place at different times during the summer season and have different themes. The International Night Market is a great place with free parking as an added bonus. Richmond Night Market has Skytrain access and nightly performances plus admission is free. Finally, the Shipyards Night Market is famous for being a foodie paradise with fresh food from Vancouver's restaurateurs, local products, art and live performances, and the latest food creations. There's something new every year which makes it a great choice for Vancouver date ideas.
Best Time to Go Out
The specials and discounts make early weekdays a better option for saving a little money without sacrificing fun date ideas. Take advantage of the weekday specials and discounts at Vancouver's cocktail bars, museums, and galleries and experience some of Vancouver's best nightlife. The ideal time is Monday-Wednesday after 5 pm to beat the crowds and enjoy your date without feeling rushed. If you're looking to check out a Vancouver club, go out on Friday or Saturday night but they also have happy hour specials on Wednesdays and Thursdays to break up the week.