400px|Canada Place - cruise ship terminal, convention center, Imax theater and Vancouver landmark]]The [[Vancouver/City Center|City Center]] district is the heart of [[Vancouver ]]. Unlike many North American cities, there is a very high density of residential areas in the downtown core, second only to [[ New_York_(city)/Manhattan|Manhattan]] in North America. This includes the very exclusive high-rise areas of Yaletown and the huge Concorde Pacific development on the north side of False Creek. It also includes Gastown and Vancouver's Chinatown.
As the City Center is the destination for most transit users, this area is well served by transit. Parking is as you would expect for a city center, expensive and at times hard to find. Expect to pay between $6-20/day for parking in a parkade. The parking meters are in effect from 9AM-8PM 7 days a week. Many of the streets become no parking zones during rush hour.
Your best bet is to leave your car outside of the city center and use SkyTrain (from the east) or SeaBus (from the North Shore) to enter the area .
[[Image:Cbd-yaletown map.png|thumb|350px|Map of Vancouver City Center]]
*<see name="Vancouver Lookout" alt="" address="555 West Hastings Street" directions="top floor of Harbour Centre" phone="+1 604-689-0421" url="http://www.vancouverlookout.com" hours="Daily 9AM-9PM (winter), Daily 8:30AM-10:30PM (summer)" price="$13, discounts for children, seniors and students available; best prices if bought at Tourism Vancouver office" lat="" long="">Located on the top floor of the Harbour Centre, the Lookout offers a full 360-degree panoramic view of the city from 130m up. You'll see the downtown area, Stanley Park, the North Shore mountains and even the skyline of nearby Burnaby. The ticket is good for two trips during the day, so you can see it in the daytime and return for the sunset view.</see>
* <see name="Science World" alt="" address="1455 Quebec Street" directions="" phone="+1 604-443-7443" email="" fax="" url="http://scienceworld.bc.ca" hours="" price="$8.50 per person">This science centre is located in the distinctive building from Expo 86 at the end of False Creek. Has a wide range of participatory exhibits. Get off the Skytrain at the Main St/Science World station. The building is a unique shaped building that was constructed for Expo 86. Popular with the young and with those who like science. An ''Omnimax'' theatre is in this building as well.</see>
* <see name="Vancouver Art Gallery" alt="" address="750 Hornby Street" directions="" phone="+1 604-662-4719" email="" fax="" url="http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca" hours="" price="$15 admission ($11.90 students)">You can see and learn a lot about Emily Carr in the permanent collection, but the rest of the gallery varies in quality depending on what they have been able to attract as special exhibits. Take advantage of admission by donation on Tuesday evenings (5pm - 9pm) and sample what is there before paying the full admission.</see>