Downtown Vancouver has everything you really ever need in a city. A great business sector, amazing restaurants, nightlife, theatre and sporting events, world class shopping, and a multitude of residences from streetside townhomes to 60+ level towers.
Downtown is basically all that is left of the downtown peninsula once you subtract away all the niche areas. It’s boundries are quite vague, but basically run from Davie and Burrard to Pender and Beatty. That border will cut into a large chunk of Yaletown, but it would be too confusing to describe.
Forever changing, Downtown always has some sort of construction going on whether it be residential or commercial. The Central Business District radiates outwards around Hornby St and Dunsmuir St. Shopping can be found along Robson Street, underground in Pacific Centre, or in the higher end boutique shops that surround Hotel Vancouver.
Granville Street is now becoming more of a pedestrian and public transportation street that is lined with cool shops and the cities main stages of nightlife. Vancouver’s nightlife scene has always been said to be quite lame compared to other major cities. You don’t really rave here until the sun comes up. It is more of a 11pm to 3am club scene with lineups (unless you know someone). But if you are looking for a more chill lounge type night or neighbourhood pub atmosphere, there are more of those to choose from then you can shake a stick at. Singles love Vancouver as on any given night there is always an even mix of men and women.
Downtown Vancouver is a great place to live. You can walk everywhere. The crime is low. The streets are safe. And in under 10 minutes, you can walk pretty much anywhere you need to go.