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 June 02, 2015
Entertainment and Eats Abound In Vancouver, Canada's Stadium District

 Year-round, BC Place Stadium and Rogers Arena -- two of Vancouver's biggest and most impressive event venues -- play host to globally recognized sporting matches, concerts and exhibits (upcoming: FIFA Women's World Cup 2015, Madonna, Taylor Swift and MLS soccer). So it's only natural that the area surrounding these stadiums -- aptly known as Vancouver's "Stadium District" -- has evolved into a destination-within-a-destination. Extending north from Terry Fox Plaza (at the corner of Beatty and Robson streets) towards the edge of Gastown, the neighbourhood is brimming with top-calibre restaurants and bars that are ideal for getting pumped or winding down pre- and post-event. Here, there's a flavour for every palate: North African and Middle Eastern cuisine at the newly expanded Chambar; hearty Canadian fare at Bogart's Bar; and old-school beer-and-barbecue at Devil's Elbow. Other internationally influenced options: Frankie's (classic Italian), Black Rice (Japanese izakaya), Library Square Public House (plenty of screens for catching the game) and the soon-to-open Central City Brewpub (local craft beer). Even better: the area is easily accessible via Canada Line skytrain. Think of the Stadium District as Vancouver's answer to "dinner and a show".