Rewinding the clock.
Before we embark on our journey to the fastest-growing neighbourhood in Vancouver, let’s rewind the clock a bit.
Named after Henry John Cambie, a chief surveyor of the Canadian Pacific Railway, South Cambie is a charming neighbourhood nestled in the heart of Vancouver, BC. In the early 1900s, many thought this neighbourhood would become the city centre, which is why City Hall is located at Cambie and W 12th. To this day, some real estate experts have argued that it is the heart of Vancouver, as it sits in close proximity to City Hall, Downtown, public transit, and popular beaches. It’s closer to East Vancouver and the Airport than Downtown Vancouver ever dreams it could be - away from the hustle and bustle, but still featuring plenty of bustle.
With roots dating back over a century, it's a neighbourhood rich in history, but with much to be written still. Let’s take a journey through South Cambie today.
South Cambie is a serene residential neighbourhood that seamlessly combines the old with the new. Nestled among tree-lined streets, modern condominiums sit alongside character homes, reflecting South Cambie’s evolution over time.
The City of Vancouver is aiming to evolve Cambie into a highly walkable, vibrant urban area. One that is transit-oriented with a variety of building types, protecting single family neighbourhoods to the west while also creating better walking and cycling connectiosn to the Canada Line. They hope to create more job space opportunities that are close to transit, to support the thriving business community that already exists in this wonderful neighbourhood.
Speaking of which, here are some of our favourite local businesses in South Cambie that make this neighbourhood a great place to call home.
Sip and savour.
Start your day at Marulilu Café, a quaint and welcoming spot on West Broadway serving breakfast all day and Japanese-inspired lunch dishes. With its warm atmosphere and eclectic menu, it's the perfect place to fuel up for a day of exploring. Don't forget to try their Matcha Latte or a piece of their delectable cheesecake. Tiny space, delicious food.
Buy the book.
Just down the street is Book Warehouse, a local gem where bookworms can happily lose themselves for hours. With one location on West Broadway and another on Main Street, you’re never too far away from your next great read.
Book Warehouse’s well-stocked shelves feature everything from the latest bestsellers to beloved classics, it's a literary sanctuary in the heart of South Cambie. The staff has always been extremely helpful, and the prices are fair.
33 reasons to visit.
It might technically be in Mount Pleasant, but when you’re at Cambie and W 8th, you’re just an eight-minute walk from 33 Acres Brewing. And that’s a stroll worth taking.
Side note: This is just one example of what makes South Cambie such a great neighbourhood to call home. You’re right next to other awesome neighbourhoods like Mount Pleasant, Fairview and South Main, so there’s always a great [insert pretty much any kind of local business you’re after] just down the road.
Anyways, back to 33 Acres. This microbrewery and tasting room was founded on the principle of quality over quantity, with each beer being meticulously crafted to perfection. The results speak for themselves. The minimalistic, Scandinavian-inspired interior is equally inviting, offering a calm, light-filled space to savour your drink. Whether you're a craft beer aficionado or a curious beginner, 33 Acres offers an immersive experience into the world of craft brewing.
Try their popular 33 Acres of Ocean, a West Coast Pale Ale that pairs perfectly with their delightful food offerings. When the summer rolls around though, it’s all about 33 Acres of Sunshine. Don’t miss it.
Sweat the small stuff.
If staying active is a part of your routine, getting your sweat on is not going to be a problem after a move to South Cambie.
Just in between False Creek and King Edward, you can find Anytime Fitness, Orangetheory, F45 Training and Fitness World. There’s even the Douglas Park Outdoor Fitness Circuit if you’re looking for a little outdoor workout. Perfect for a sunny-day-sweat. As you can see, there’s a variety of workout and fitness classes to choose from between the gyms listed above, making Cambie a great neighbourhood if you’re looking to lead an active lifestyle. You’re going to need a spot to burn off some extra calories when you read about our next local favourite business.
Cap off your South Cambie exploration at Rain or Shine Homemade Ice Cream. This family-owned and operated shop is a sweet tooth’s dream come true, scooping flavours like Coffee Toffee, London Fog, and Honey Lavender. The only real issue is deciding on which of those flavours to get (don’t worry, you can sample before you lock in your final answer).
If you’re touring the neighbourhood, this is the perfect spot to enjoy a refreshing treat and wrap up your day. They’re open from noon until 10 pm, so there’s plenty of time to swing by and satisfy your sugar fix.
And that's a snapshot.
Though South Cambie might be a residential neighbourhood, its quiet streets hold a unique charm. From the cozy eateries and chic boutiques to the vibrant community hubs and parks, there's something for everyone here. Whether you're a local looking to rediscover your neighbourhood or a visitor considering a move, South Cambie offers a charming slice of Vancouver life. It might just be the perfect next stop on your homeseeking adventure.
A beautiful day in the neighbourhood.
It’s hard to put a finger on what makes a neighbourhood a great neighbourhood. There’s a spirit to these places, a meshing of the lives and loves and laughter and losses of all of those who took root there at one time or another. It’s places to eat that would never succeed anywhere else. It’s local grocers whose produce is only outweighed by their personalities. It’s the lives of the people who truly bring the bricks and mortar to life. And that’s worth buying into.