A Guide To The Instagrammable Places in The Shipyards District



Looking for the perfect Instagram backdrop? North Vancouver is a photographer’s paradise. Just steps from the Seabus and the waterfront is The Shipyards District, where you will find some of the most Instagrammable food, scenery and sunsets. So get your camera ready and strike a pose in one of our signature locales!



Your taste buds and your camera will love Craffles’ monster milkshakes and crepes. They truly are the definition of photo-worthy food. Feel like a kid again with one glimpse of these towering sundae masterpieces. From colourful cotton candy toppings to sprinkle-coated glasses, these sweet treats are sure to be the star of the show.


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Lonsdale Quay Market
123 Carrie Cates Court


The Polygon Gallery

The Polygon Gallery building is a piece of art in itself. The gallery was designed to reflect the sky and is flooded with northern light. From the award-winning architecture outside to the captivating media-based exhibits inside, this place is oozing with photo ops. Plus, the patio has Insta-worthy charcuterie boxes and craft cocktails for the whole squad’s Insta stories.


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101 Carrie Cates Court


Cream Pony

For a spot that has already gone viral in Vancouver, Cream Pony is the place. This newest addition to the neighbourhood is a foodie’s dream, serving up picture-perfect donuts and fried chicken. A stop here is like a cheat day fever dreamwith a painting of Mary Poppins dancing around raining doughnuts on the wall and an array of comfort food on the menu. It’s a wonderful way to escape from every day and treat yourself.


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111 East 1st Street B2


The Big Q

It wouldn’t be The Shipyards District without a visit to Lonsdale Quay Market. If you’ve been to the area before, you know it’s hard to miss the iconic Big Q sign. Situated high above the market, the sign is stunning no matter which way you look at it. The rotating ‘Q’ is visible from all angles and perfect for pictures from the dock, boardwalk or you can climb up the staircase to get a view from the top.


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123 Carrie Cates Ct.


Fun Alley

Take a scenic stroll through the art of Fun Alley! Located in between Buddha-Full Provisions and Lift Breakfast Bakery on West 1st Street, this incredibly colourful mural alley is designed to give you the perfect photo backdrop. The colourful painted walls evoke happiness and good vibes, perfect for your adding some vibrancy to your Insta feed!


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Burrard Dry Dock Pier

For a 360° view of The Shipyards District, the expansive Burrard Dry Dock Pier spans out into the Burrard Inlet and offers incredible views of the downtown skyline. You won’t need a filter for the epic sunsets that take place here almost nightly throughout the summer. You will find it located in front of Caffe Artigiano in The Shipyards.


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Raglan’s Bistro

Fishbowl cocktails for the win! Few things are as fun as enjoying drinks with friends and then sharing the in-the-moment photos with your followers. Raglan’s serves up enormous tropical cocktails and laid-back tiki bar vibes. The decor and drinks are fun, festive and totally feed-worthy.


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15 Lonsdale Ave.
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The Seaside Hotel

Enjoy unobstructed views of the waterfront from this boutique hotel in the heart of The Shipyards District. The Seaside Hotel has modern, chic decor and everything you need for an epic Insta photo all from the comfort of your room.  The larger suites offer floor-to-ceiling windows and sunken soaker bathtubs, all perched perfectly overlooking the harbour.


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#130 125 Victory Ship Way


Nemesis Coffee

For incredibly photogenic pastries and hip decor, Nemesis Coffee’s Dope Bakehouse in The Polygon Gallery is the place to go. This modern bakehouse,  where you can have your morning coffee and look cute doing it, has gained quite a following in Vancouver. There is a record wall, world-class pastries almost too pretty to eat, and Insta-worthy avo toast to please all your brunch-loving followers.


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#110 101 Carrie Cates Court

These are just a few of the most photogenic locations in The Shipyards District but there are many more! To see more, follow us on Instagram, and remember to tag us to be featured.