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Explore Port Town – Come for the Commercial Real Estate Opportunity and Stay for the Amenities and Neighbourhood Vibe

By July 31, 2017September 13th, 2017News
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Port Town was one of Vancouver’s first and busiest industrial areas. Located on prime waterfront in an area of the city first known as “Cedar Cove”, it was, and still is, a bustling port – the perfect location for mills, refineries, a brewery or two. It was also home to Terminal City Ironworks where Conwest’s IRONWORKS commercial-industrial real estate project is now under construction.

The port and surrounding Port Town area have undergone a renewal brought on by changing times, the needs of Vancouver businesses, and the scarcity of Vancouver commercial real estate. The biggest difference is the reinvigoration of the industrial area that is being woven into the fabric of its surrounding community. While you and your business may come to Port Town for office space, industrial property or warehouse space, you’ll stay for the diversity of amenities.

When you’re searching for Vancouver office space (or warehouse space) your decision may be guided by price and building amenities, but the community surrounding the workspace is equally important. Fighting traffic to find a place to eat, or walking for miles from a desolate industrial complex is hard on employees. IRONWORKS, Port Town’s newest commercial-industrial real estate development, is located within walking distance (and a short biking or driving distance) from some great places to eat, drink and socialize.

Here are just a handful of the notable and locally owned and operated spots to check out during your East Vancouver wanderings.


If you’re hankering for a sip of craft brew made lovingly by local beer artisans, you must visit “Yeast Vancouver”- a wry pun coined by Parallel 49 due to the concentration of craft breweries in the area. Local breweries are popping up all over the City and some of Vancouver’s finest are situated right in Port Town:

Parallel 49 Brewing Company
1950 Triumph Street
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Parallel 49 is one of the reasons East Vancouver is a good location for office or industrial space. If your work colleagues are thirsty or hungry, a trip to P49’s tasting lounge or street kitchen will hit the spot. With 40 taps and a seasonally rotating food menu, it’s a no brainer to pair one (or two) pints with a classic burger, fish tacos, baked mac and cheese, or chicken and waffles.

Andina Brewing Company
1510 Powell Street
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Andina is on Powell Street in the heart of Port Town. The name “Andina” means “woman from the Andes” in Spanish, and the heart of the Andina brand is the brewery’s strong muse and logo, “Andina Girl”. Massive in scale, the smiling Andina Girl is painted on the bright yellow building making this brewery hard to miss! After work, or on the weekend, your Port Town office crew can unwind and sip a few in the tasting lounge while enjoying South American cuisine including an ever-changing ceviche list and house-made empanadas. Every Thursday night, the Tasting Lounge hosts a Latin music video night. Seating is first come, first serve.

Powell Street Brewery
1357 Powell Street
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Powell Street Brewery opened its doors back in 2012 and was the winner of the 2013 Canadian “Beer of the Year” award for the microbrewery’s “Old Jalopy Pale Ale”.  You’ll find that winner and many others among their offerings, which include year-round beers, seasonal and single batch brews. You can pop in for a growler fill, or socialize with coworkers over a flight of four in their Tasting Room.


Port Town is filled with convenient and enticing restaurant options. If you are looking for a quick bite between meetings or a more leisurely lunch break, there is surely something within walking distance of Ironworks that fits the bill.

Tacofino Commissary
2327 East Hastings
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This busy East Vancouver commissary began as a humble food truck in Tofino. Now with two trucks and three restaurants, Tacofino has created an empire. Not only do they offer a creative and delicious menu, but the lively, open atmosphere and communal tables make you feel like you are part of a community of like-minded “taconistas”. Menu offerings include fish, pork jowl, squash & potato, cauliflower and albacore tuna tacos. Wash the flavours down with a pint of beer or a pitcher of sangria.

Red Wagon Café
2296 East Hastings
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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Luckily Red Wagon is an amazing breakfast spot that happens to serve breakfast (lunch and dinner) all day. Restaurant veteran, Brad Miller, used his classically French training to create a menu for this funky eatery that tips its hat to diners of old and adds a twist or two of its own. Need your fix of pulled pork pancakes on a weekday eve? Can do! You may even want to pair those pancakes with a local beer, cocktail or Prosecco on tap.

25 Victoria Drive
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Just down the street from IRONWORKS is a Scandinavian-inspired eatery that boasts an all-day breakfast and lunch/dinner menu that will satisfy the largest appetite. The menu features several styles of waffles including Brussels, Liege, gluten free and vegan; and a variety of omelettes, burgers, grilled cheese sandwiches and Norwegian meatballs. These are just a few of the rib stickers that’ll set you up for the day.

Coffee Shops

Caffeine is the fuel that refills the creative tank and launches some lively conversations with co-workers and friends. People in the Port Town community tend to frequent locally owned coffee roasters for a hit of the good stuff. Here are a couple of local purveyors of fine roasted coffee.

JJ Bean
1904 Powell Street
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JJ Bean is a Vancouver original. John Neat Jr’s (JJ) family has been roasting coffee in Vancouver since 1945. JJ started JJ Bean in ’96. The Powell Street coffee shop was their first location and is the company’s wholesale HQ and Vancouver roastery. If you love the taste (and aroma) of roasted coffee, drop in for a cup of goodness or one of their decadent, housemade fresh baked goods.

Pallet Coffee Roasters
323 Semlin Drive
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Pallet Coffee Roasters sources in-season beans from around the world. From organic Columbian roasts to Brazilian espresso, Pallet has something for every palate. Head in for a fresh cup to go, or grab a brew and healthy salad or wrap to enjoy inside this charming room or outside on the sidewalk patio.

Get a Feel for IRONWORKS and Port Town

If you are a business owner looking for a great location for your Vancouver office, warehouse or industrial space, check out the IRONWORKS floor plans and contact us to arrange a viewing at our sales centre. IRONWORKS is proudly located in East Van’s Port Town (at 200 Victoria Drive). We love our neighbourhood and we’re certain you and your employees will, too!

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