This post contains two of my favourite things: Gastown and typography. Gastown is home to lots of my favourite bars, restaurants and shops in Vancouver. It’s the oldest area of Vancouver, and some areas are a bit of a mecca for tourists, (I’m thinking particularly of the Steam Clock), but it’s not overrun and therefore a perfect area for an afternoon stroll.
Recently the whole area has undergone quite a lot of gentrification, however much of the past is still visible if you look above the shop windows, or down onto the floor tiles in shop doorways. Here you will discovered an amazing world of typography, and a little glimpse into Vancouver’s history. It is also wonderful to see how the recent additions have tried to retain a sense of the area’s character in their signage.