March 21, 2018

A Day at Brewery District: 24 Hours in New West’s Growing Neighbourhood

Sapperton, a fast-growing neighbourhood in the eastern tip of New Westminster is one of Vancouver’s best-kept secrets. At the centre is Brewery District, possessing all the character of its predecessor: Labatt’s Brewery. This master-planned community has already taken shape, with Save-On-Foods, MOVE Yoga, Pilates, and Dance Studio, Browns Socialhouse, Starbucks, Freshii, and more already open for business. To give you further insight into what Brewery District is all about, here’s what a day in the buzzing neighbourhood is like.

8 A.M.: Breakfast Time!

What better way to wake up than with a cup of piping hot coffee? Its tantalizing scent and delectable flavour is the perfect way to start the day, which is why Starbucks is our first stop. Featuring an array of pastries and more substantial savoury breakfast options like their breakfast sandwiches and more recently their healthy yet delicious sous vide eggs, Starbucks is an always-reliable spot. If you have some work to finish, Starbucks has free WiFi and comfortable seating for you to set up shop.

12 P.M.: A Midday Stretch

Studies have shown that sitting for extended periods of time can cause a number of health problems, which means taking advantage of your lunch hour can help you keep your body active and happy. MOVE Yoga, Pilates, and Dance Studio offers a variety of classes to keep you moving, including an afternoon class, perfect for those who are looking for a quick lunch hour workout. MOVE also offers Zumba, barre, and a range of dance classes for those looking to try out something new. Read more about MOVE and what it’s all about here.

1:30 P.M.: Quick and Healthy

After a rewarding workout, it’s time to feed your body with something nourishing. Freshii, one of the newer additions to Brewery District, is a great spot to pick up something that’s fresh and healthy. Always introducing new and exciting dishes into the mix, Freshii’s nutritious options will keep both your body and your taste buds satisfied. Our favourite? The Tex Mex burrito, which is packed with brown rice, avocado, aged cheddar, black beans, corn, salsa fresca, and a mouth-watering Greek yogurt ranch sauce to bind it all together.

4 P.M.: A Stroll Through the Park

Less than a 10-minute walk away from Brewery District is Sapperton Park, an expansive 4.98-acre park that was first established in 1907. Featuring a large grass field and a new playground and spray park that opened just last year, it’s the perfect spot for an afternoon stroll or finding a bench on which to read your favourite book.

6 P.M.: Dinner is Served

It’s a sunny day, and we’re out on the patio just in time for dinner. Browns Socialhouse is open late for those late-night cravings, but also serves up an excellent dinner. Featuring local ingredients in internationally inspired dishes, Brown’s is a great spot to kick back at the end of a long day, no matter your appetite. Start with a plate of their Crispy Calamari before you dive into your hand-pressed burger served with their perfectly crispy fries. Brown’s also serves brunch on weekends and holidays starting at 10 A.M.

8 P.M.: The World is Your Oyster

Since Brewery District is only steps away from Sapperton SkyTrain Station and a few minutes’ drive to Highway-1, you have direct access to New Westminster, Coquitlam, Burnaby, and Downtown Vancouver. The night is young—why not take this opportunity to explore where Sapperton can take you? From catching a flick two stations away at Landmark Cinemas 10 New Westminster, to an evening strolling down the streets of Downtown Vancouver, it’s all at your fingertips.

10 P.M.: Down the Aisles

Grocery shopping can be a pain, but not when your local grocery store has everything you need. Save-On-Foods is a great spot for affordable and fresh produce, as well as personal grooming and home products. Open from 7am to 11pm, Save-On is available for all of your odds and ends, even in later hours of the night.

With more retailers coming to the area and Sapperton’s incredibly central location, Brewery District is the ultimate up-and-coming neighbourhood. Dubbed as “the new Brooklyn,” Sapperton is more affordable than Downtown Vancouver with a rich history that’s great for both solo living and families. Learn more about the connected community here.