Block Magazine

Creativity has its place
Fall/Winter 2020
Issue 21

342 Water Street

BY: Juliana Moore

ILLUSTRATION BY: Sam Island

Nestled in an area that unites cultural history with modern aesthetics and an energized sense of community, 342 Water Street stands in stone, five storeys above the cobblestoned streets of Gastown. Equal parts tourist mecca and local hang-about, Gastown is Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood, and its offerings are vast and diverse. Here, three of 342 Water Street’s tenants share their local expertise.

Martin Mavko President, Rocket Reprographics.
Laura Dochtermann Digital Production Manager, Pixomondo.
Dyandra Angioni Front of House Manager, Brioche Urban Eatery.

1. KIMPRINTS 41

Powell Street

“This is one of the oldest established businesses in Gastown. They’ll never let you down when you’re looking for a special greeting card or a fun gift.”

2. PUREBREAD

159 West Hastings Street

“The display of baking and pastries is truly unimaginable. Each item looks like an army of craftsmen prepared it. Not an average item in there. Believe me, I’ve tried many.”

3. POURHOUSE

162 Water Street

“An American-style bar with bartenders who take pride in their products and are the finest in their craft. The food is great too.”

4. THE BIRDS & THE BEETS

55 Powell Street

“They have super-friendly staff and a great selection of baked goods, beverages and breakfast and lunch options. It’s a quick and easy decision on any day.”

5. REFORM PILATES

332 Water Street

“Reform Pilates has very enthusiastic teachers and a student-to-teacher ratio that makes you feel like you are receiving a one-on-one session—but at a group level.”

6. BURO COFFEE

356 Water Street

“Located right in the heart of Gastown, Buro is spacious and bright and makes my favourite Americano in the neighbourhood.”

7. STEAMWORKS

375 Water Street

“My choice for late-night dinner or a drink. A nice neighbourhood staple; even before I worked in the area, I would still come for a drink with friends.”

8. NUBA IN GASTOWN

207 West Hastings Street

“Delicious, flavourful Lebanese cuisine with lots of options for great healthy food. My go-to spot if I’m craving something a little different in flavour.”

9. LA CASITA

101 West Cordova Street

“Whenever I’m craving authentic Mexican food, this is where I go. Delicious food and great drinks with great service.”

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