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Having found a cheap fare on Amtrak from Chicago to Portland I decided to head out to the west coast. From Portland I headed up to Seattle for a day and then ended my trip with a stay in Vancouver. What follows is a partial look at a few select neighborhoods (as in they were in the guidebook). I may add more later as well as Portland and Seattle.

Chinatown

According to Lonely Planet Vancouver's larger Chinatown is actually now in suburban Richmond, but the original Chinatown was still quite impressive. My first visit was to the night market which was a several block long strech of vendors hawking everything from food to cheap trinkets. I ended up going back a few days later (I took a bus the wrong direction) and ended up walking around for a bit and having lunch. The atmosphere in Chinatown was much different during the day (it was pretty much dead with the exception of the market) and the sidewalks were filled with displays flowing out of the many shops.































Punjabi Market

I was a little dissapointed in this neighborhood. Its of course an Indian neighborhood and hosts a small strip of Indian food stores, restuarants, and sari shops. Not much street life, much more suburban than Chinatown.















SoMa (South Main) Neighborhood has a bit of bohemian, hipsterish feel.



























Commercial Drive, very mixed area, heavy Italian influence





















 

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Nice! Vancouver's Chinatown is jumping.

But I need to ask...what'd you grab for lunch?
 

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^Some type of soup and noddles with shrimp and some type of meat. Also got Gyozas (sp?). The menu went on for ever, several hundred items at least.
 

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I wish they'd redevelop South Main a bit! It has a nice flavour but compared to some other neighbourhoods it seriously lacks soul if you compare to Chinatown, South Granville or Cambie!
 

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Cool pictures! Love Vancouver, one day I'll visit

Too bad the Punjabi Market is so small and unimpressive. It's odd considering the bazaar layout of many Indian marketplaces, with its crowd and chaos. I'd expect it to be very similar to Chinatown, but it isnt...not been to Toronto's Little India in years, maybe its a bit better...maybe not though

Nice snaps, awaiting more
 

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Cool pictures! Love Vancouver, one day I'll visit

Too bad the Punjabi Market is so small and unimpressive. It's odd considering the bazaar layout of many Indian marketplaces, with its crowd and chaos. I'd expect it to be very similar to Chinatown, but it isnt...not been to Toronto's Little India in years, maybe its a bit better...maybe not though

Nice snaps, awaiting more
I was in Toronto's Little India a few years ago, but so briefly that I can't quite recall how it compares to Vancouver's. Chicago has a great Indian/Pakistani neighborhood on its north side thats worth visiting (Devon Ave.).
 

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Looks interesting this chinatown and the Punjabi Market.

Interesting pics...:D
 
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