Everyone on Team Gary Serra has a special passion for East Vancouver. Since this area of the city has long been home to many Asian and European immigrants, it’s remained incredibly diverse. You can see the diversity reflected in the array of cultural festivals and restaurants throughout East Van.

Along with diversity, East Van has an abundance of community centres, parks, and schools that make the area appealing to families of all ages. With a history of being the working-class area of the city, there are still plenty of local shops and family-owned businesses, which young working professionals especially appreciate.

Throw in a handful of well-loved staples like Main Street, Commercial Drive, Playland, and Trout Lake and you can see why it’s easy to fall in love with East Van. But in case you’re not convinced yet, we have a few more reasons to love living in East Vancouver.

Farmers Markets

One of the best ways to enjoy your community is to head to a farmers market, and East Van has plenty throughout the year. Shopping at a farmers market gives you fresh produce, a chance to meet your neighbours, and the opportunity to support local businesses. You’ll find winter markets at Hastings Park and Nat Bailey, and then Riley Park, Main Street Station, Trout Lake, and Mount Pleasant in the spring and summer.

Coffee Shops

Whether you want to meet up with friends for a chat or take your laptop out to get some work done, there are plenty of local coffee shops to choose from. Cafe Calabria is a classic Italian coffee house on Commercial that opened in 1976. Matchstick on Fraser emphasizes community and taking life a little slower. On top of coffee, 49th Parallel on Main Street serves Lucky’s Doughnuts – which you can’t pass up!


Craft breweries are currently having a moment and you can’t go more than a few blocks without finding another amazing tasting room. Storm Brewing on Commercial is Vancouver’s longest running brewery and gives you a look behind the scenes. East Van Brewing on Venables is new and draws inspiration from its community. Luppolo Brewing is also on Venables in the ‘Yeast Van’ district and three of the four owners grew up in Vancouver.


It would take us ages to highlight all the amazing restaurants in East Vancouver, but looking at just a handful shows the diversity in food styles. Both on Main Street, Burgoo is known for classic comfort food while Meet serves up a fully vegan menu. Red Wagon on Hastings has a lovable ‘hole in the wall’ appearance on the outside and serves up incredible breakfasts on the inside. Jamjar on Commercial serves up Lebanese food so authentic that they’ve flown in spices straight from Lebanon before.

Flea Markets

The two major flea markets in East Vancouver draw a nice parallel to the area. On the one hand, you’ve got The Vancouver Flea Market which has run on Terminal Avenue since 1983. On the other hand, you have the newer and younger Eastside Flea on Main Street. Between these two markets, all tastes are covered.

If you’re thinking about moving to East Vancouver for the first time or looking for a new home in the area, we’d love to help you find the best home and neighbourhood for you. Set up a free appointment with us and we’ll help you make the right move.


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