Railtown is an up-and-coming neighbourhood that is quickly becoming a hot spot in the city for amazing restaurants. Gritty, historic, and teeming with artist lofts, design shops, and tech companies, this neighbourhood is an interesting mix of new and old. On this 2 hour journey we visit some of the oldest houses still standing in Vancouver, hear stories about the seedy brothels that once dotted the neighbourhood in the late 1800’s, and learn more about the once thriving Japanese community in one of the oldest neighbhourhoods in the city. So join us for a stellar lunch as we taste and learn all about the Downtown Eastside and meet the business owners that make this area thrive.
We start the tour in historic “Japantown” at the H.A.V.E Café, once the Shibuya clothing company, now a culinary training school that provides food service job training to individuals who experience barriers to employment. We sample their famous tomato soup and grill cheese, comfort food at its best! Next we move on to one of the newest additions to the neighbourhood, the Uncommon Cafe, for some mind blowing meatballs (recently voted best in the city by Vancitybuzz) and a fresh local salad. Next we head to the Settlement Building, an old converted steel warehouse. Here we sample some local BC wines and beer from the only urban winery in Canada and the new Postmark Brewing. Then we head to the popular Railtown Cafe for a unqiue salad and soup combo. We end the tour at the beautiful Cadeaux Bakery for something sweet.
There is an alcohol sample on this tour. The legal drinking age in British Columbia is 19 years of age. You may be required to present your government issued ID to participate in tastings. A secondary piece of ID is also required in BC. Click here to view what ID’s can be used.
There is a vegetarian option on this tour and substitutions can be made for the following allergies: dairy & shellfish. A non-alcoholic sample may be substituted however the price of the tour remains the same.