East Vancouver is one of the city's older neighborhoods that is quickly gaining popularity amongst young families and attracting all types of crowds with their hip stores and diverse variation of restaurants and bars. Commercial Street is always hopping with people because there's something for everyone there. Stella's Tap & Tapas Bar is a favorite amongst locals for the mussels and beer selections. Au Petit Chavignol serves up Vancouver's best selection of cheeses and meats, which shouldn't surprise you as it's owned by Les Amis du Fromage. If you're in the mood for a Parisian experience, hop over to Les Faux Bourgeois, you won't regret it.
Vancouver's own "Little Italy" is on Commercial and there are plenty of stores and cafés to get a fix for something your Italian Mamma would make you. Playland at the PNE has been around in East Van for years and still has its original roller coaster. There are a number of new and old rides that create an exhilarating afternoon for kids, or the kid in you.