Forego rowdy bachelorette festivities in favour of a foodie tour through Gastown
Whether you are looking for an antidote to that raucous stagette or you simply want your wedding party to get to know each other before your big night out, these exciting tours are as fun as they are delicious.
Taste Vancouver Food Tours runs four different adventures around Vancouver that are a blast for brides and squads alike. The Gastown tour takes to the cobblestone streets in search of the city's favourite eats...
1. Start at Starbucks
Sarah AndersonAs the walking starts at Waterfront Station, assemble your group and meet your tour guide as you sip on the latest Starbucks to fuel as up and absorb a rundown of the rule. Thankfully, there aren’t many! The tour is fast-paced so you’ll be encouraged to keep up and be inquisitive during the culinary loop around Gastown. Brides can expect to receive extra special attention throughout the stroll.
2. Italian cuisine at Brioche
Sarah AndersonGastown is among the most culturally significant neighbourhoods in Vancouver so history abounds as your guide highlights points of interest along Water Street. After saying a festive cheers with a seasonal brew at Steamworks, the tour moves to Brioche. (Ask to sit in the secret back room nestled inside the historic building.)
Anyone familiar with the area knows this is the place to come for comforting Italian food, at breakfast, lunch or dinner. The food is hot and ready, owing to the guide’s well choreographed schedule.
3. The charm of Gastown and fluffy Bao
Facebook/Bao Down GastownAnother savoury comes with Bao Down Snackbar, where a stylish loft provides great seating. Sip mango mojitos with crafted ingredients and tuck into fluffy bao snacks. Vegetarian requests are easily tended to here and at other stops along the route. No one is left out of the foodie fun.
There are a ton of photo ops so you’ll get a chance to take pics of the steam clock, storied Blood Alley and the statue of the area's namesake, Gassy Jack. (His likeness stands just outside Bao Down on the barrel of whisky he used to open the first pub in Vancouver.) Once you reach Maple Tree Square—that charming intersection where Gassy Jack "lives"—the final dessert leg of the tour begins.
4. Save room for dessert
Facebook/Soft Peaks Ice CreamFor dessert, you’ll want to pace yourself so you don’t miss out. First up is the organic, soft-serve ice cream shop Soft Peaks. This is a favourite spot for both tourists and locals alike! Then the tour starts to head back to Waterfront Station, making a few stops along the way. You'll sample the best cheesecake in the city at the unassuming Trees Organic Coffee. Their creamy and melt-in-your mouth dessert is legendary. The tour ends on a high note with a sampling of the best sweets in the area.
Taste Vancouver tours offer the opportunity to be a tourist in eclectic Gastown for a day, even if you’re a local. (Unfortunately, you don’t get enough walking during the tour to burn off all the calories.) Learn more about their tours and private bachelorette party options here.