Davie Village, Vancouver
Davie Village is a colourful part of downtown Vancouver’s West End, within easy walking access, or a short public transportation ride from all major downtown hotels. Vancouver’s fabulous sandy beaches, beautiful parks and spectacular natural scenery are also just steps away, making Davie Village a great place to start your exploration of LGBTQ2+-friendly Vancouver, or to visit regularly if you live here.
Considered by many to be the heart of Vancouver’s gay community, this thriving neighbourhood offers a wide range of reasonably priced unique restaurants, bars and pubs, hotels and spas, specialty shops, bookstores, and more. Of course there have been many changes over the past few years due to the pandemic, but with restrictions finally over, the village is thriving once again. The expanded outdoor patios that resulted from these changes continue to be a colourful and lively addition to the Davie streetscape in 2023.
Ongoing enhancements include the now world-famous rainbow crosswalks at the corner of Bute & Davie, and colourful strings of LED street lighting, which make for unique selfies and photo ops. The retro Davie Village sign, located beside the Community Gardens near the east village entrance on Davie Street is another fab photo op, for visitors to the village.
Jim Deva Plaza, the 2.3 million dollar public space in the heart of Davie Village, is a community serving gathering space and home to a variety of events and activities, year round. This hub for the LGBTQ2+ community, Jim Deva Plaza is a living memorial to the late Jim Deva, one of Vancouver’s best known gay pioneers and heroes, located just half a block from his beloved Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium. A colourful special speaker’s corner is also a fitting tribute to Jim.