Railtown is an up-and-coming neighbourhood just east of Gastown that is quickly becoming a top destination in the city for trendy small restaurants. Historic and teeming with artist lofts, design shops, and tech companies, this area is an interesting mix of new and old. On this 2-hour culinary journey we visit 5 culinary stops nestled among some of the oldest buildings still standing in Vancouver. Join us for a stellar lunch as we taste and learn about the once thriving Japanese community that built this neighbourhood in the early 1900’s.

We start the tour in historic “Japantown” at Cadeaux Bakery, one of the best bakeries in the city owned and operated by Eleanor Chow Waterfall. A beautiful space with mind-blowing pastries. We then walk past historic Oppenheimer park and hear stories about the Asahi baseball team and the Japanese community that once thrived in this area. Our next stop is at Dosanko, a modern Japanese restaurant focusing on beautiful cuisine that has been locally foraged. One of the best kept secrets in the city. On to a beverage! We will stop at The Settlement Building after passing by the Japanese Language School and the Dales House, one of the oldest houses in the city still standing. We will sample some local craft beer from Postmark Brewing and some wine from Vancouver Urban Winery. Our next stop is at the trendy Railtown Cafe for some fresh delicious bites and our last stop is at the popular Soft Peaks ice cream shop for a treat to end the tour. 

This is a great tour to eat amazing food from local small businesses and to learn about this historic and often misunderstood neighbourhood in the Downtown Eastside.