If you’re looking for a sure-fire way to spark an argument amongst normally peace-loving Vancouverites, ask them to name the city’s coolest neighbourhood. While hipsters love Yaletown and day-trip cruisers course through Gastown—the West End is a local favourite. “I grew up in a small community, so that ‘neighbourhood feel’ is important to me—and the West End has that, right in the middle of the city,” says Matthew Presidente, manager of Forage restaurant (read more below). “I’ve travelled around the world, and I still see the West End as a unique destination.”

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