Mount Pleasant: A Place for Art and Good Coffee That's Close to Downtown

Mount Pleasant: A Place for Art and Good Coffee That's Close to Downtown

Originally predicted to be Vancouver's fashionable 'uptown,' Mount Pleasant evolved to become an artistic and ethnic cuisine hub in a central East Vancouver location.

Mount Pleasant is located uphill from False Creek toward the shopping, culture, and transportation hub at Kingsway and Broadway. Popular with professionals, students, families, and first-time home buyers, the area is as eclectic as it is diverse. 

Plentiful Food & Drink Options

Whether you are looking for a dive bar, designer cocktails, delicious food, or some classic greasy spoon, Mount Pleasant delivers on all fronts. The area is packed with shops, restaurants and entertainment options. 

A Thriving Arts Scene

The art community thrives in Mount Pleasant. Whether it's artists who live in the area, galleries or arts festivals, anyone with an artistic bone in their body will love Mount Pleasant. The annual East Van Art Crawl event attracts people from all over Metro Vancouver to enjoy the work of local painters, sculptors and artisans. Emily Carr University of Art + Design, a leading post-secondary art school in BC that puts on terrific gallery shows, is also located in Mount Pleasant.

If you’re a fan of art, it’s worth noting the well-known Vancouver Mural Festival (VMF) started in Mount Pleasant. With its large-scale murals and street art, the event transforms public space into a kaleidoscope of artistic wonders. So far, the VMF has created over 300+ murals and continues to play a key role in reimagining art in the City of Vancouver. 

A Stimulating Coffee Shop Scene

Some of the best coffee shops in all of Metro Vancouver are in Mount Pleasant. Everything from local favourite JJ Bean to the Kranky Cafe on East 4th offering "Light bites and brews in snug, homey digs" is available to delight coffee lovers.  

A Fascinating History 

Mount Pleasant has been around for over 130 years. Early settlement and industry began to develop in the Mount Pleasant area due to the availability of a high-quality water supply (Brewery Creek). 

The neighbourhood's name was coined in 1888. It refers to the Irish birthplace of the wife of H.V. Edmonds, a clerk of the municipal council in New Westminster. Edmonds was the original owner of much of Mount Pleasant after settlement began. 

What do a tannery, two slaughterhouses, four breweries, and a train station have in common? Not much, except that they were a few commercial establishments in Mount Pleasant. Just like now, residents and visitors popped into a saloon after work for a crisp, tasty beer from one of the local breweries.

Residential development followed the industrial base in Mount Pleasant. By 1912, the area was beginning to take shape. A growing population brought community infrastructure such as an elementary school (on the present-day Kingsgate Mail site), a fire hall, a first-run theatre, and the Lee Building, Vancouver's first skyscraper. 

A few Interesting facts:

  • Mount Pleasant was also the terminus, or end of the line, for Vancouver's electric streetcar network. 

  • Hops can still be found growing near the neighbourhood's old brewery sites.

  • Mount Pleasant has many heritage homes dating from the 1890s to the 1920s.

Mount Pleasant is a busy urban area with a broad mix of art, culture, and cuisine. With its walkable neighbourhoods, beautiful views, and location only minutes from downtown, Mount Pleasant truly lives up to its name. 

Mount Pleasant: An East Vancouver Neighbourhood with Lots to Offer

A great outing is always close by when you live in Mount Pleasant. Several excellent amenities draw buyers to this East Vancouver neighbourhood. Are you interested in all that Mount Pleasant has to offer?

Contact Connie Buna today if you want to buy or sell a home in Mount Pleasant or another trendy East Van neighbourhood. You can reach her by phone: at (778) 689-7653 or by email: at

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