The East/West divide was once very strong in Vancouver. Westsiders simply weren’t interested in living east of Cambie Street, no matter how incredibly popular Mount Pleasant and the Main/Fraser corridor became.
But Main Street has changed a lot in recent years—it now features hip coffee shops and bars, great restaurants, and a brand new community centre and library. Some of our favourite locals include East, Portland Craft, and The Fish Counter. The area has kept its cool factor even with higher-end restaurants and shopping moving in to join long-standing local businesses like record stores’ Neptoon and Redcat and pubs and eateries like Barney’s and The Five Point.
The 2010 Olympics brought redevelopment of a large swath of industrial land along southeast False Creek to create the dense waterfront community of Olympic Village. It gives Mount Pleasant residents easy access to waterfront dining (the patio at the Tap and Barrel is amazing!) without having to go west to Granville Island or Kits Beach.