The Playground

Retail Ready

44 Reviews


A pop-up ready space that has been home to 200+ pop-up shops, exhibitions, and events since 2012. This minimalist space is a blank canvas for creativity. Located in Vancouver's vibrant Chinatown, this space has been transformed into an elopement style wedding chapel, the world's first café repelling wireless signals, and a handmade Japanese knife shop to name a few.

Neighbours of the space include Bestie, El Kartel, The Shop Vancouver, and Duchesse Vintage - all vibrant locally owned shops bringing a diversity of shoppers to the neighbourhood.

The Playground is available for pop-up shops, gallery exhibits, meetings. Please note that this space is no longer accepting event or party requests. Weekend pricing includes Friday-Sunday with a 2-day minimum at $250/day. Read below for specific rules of the space.

Fixture rentals including tables, chairs, racks, and shelves are included in the booking. Please see photos for details and floor plan.

We provide a 5% discount to all registered non-profits and charities.

*Our calendar is always up to date. If you can request the dates, it means they are currently open*

Not recommended for events and meetings

Available Hours


Hourly: $50/hour
Daily: $150/day
Weekly: $900/week
Monthly: $2,500/month
Security Deposit: $250
Minimum Booking: 3 hours

pricing guarantee
Free cancellation up to 48-hours + $2,000,000 Host Insurance

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Fitting Room
Ground Floor
Security System
Natural Light
Wheelchair Accessible
Catering Allowed
Alcohol Permitted
Commercial Kitchen
Basic Kitchen
Fitness Friendly
Outdoor Space
Air Conditioning


Alcohol permitted

Catering allowed

Please respect our neighbours; noise curfew is 10pm (this means guests have left and music is turned off).

We allow alcohol in the space, but need a Special Occasion License sent to us before the start date of the booking. We allow catering as well, but keep in mind any spills or stains need to be completely cleaned up before you leave the space. We don't charge a cleaning fee but ask that you clean up after your booking and leave it in the same condition it was found. Additional cleaning required after the booking is subject to an additional cleaning fee of $150.

All garbage and recycling must be taken with you at the end of the day. There is no onsite garbage or recycling disposal. ANY garbage left in the space is subject to a $50 penalty.

We allow small nails in the wall, but ALL holes must be filled by the end of the booking (tools/equipment provided). Any holes or marks left of the wall after the booking that aren't cleaned up are subject to an additional cleaning fee (amount is dependant on damage).



January 2018

Perfect venue for our photo exhibition. The space does get very cold as there's one tiny heater for the entire room. Also, the upstairs tenant poured water on my friends for smoking outside the venue. That was quite unpleasant.


December 2017

Great space! Amazing value, super big, comes with lots of chairs and tables. Only thing is no heat, so it gets a little frigid at times. But overall, great experience thank you so much.


December 2017

All good


November 2017

He has nice kind character.


September 2017

Communication with host was excellent. Would definitely recommend this space!


July 2017

Awesome space. Great location. Alana was very easy to deal with. :)


July 2017

Alana was wonderful and always responded promptly. Space was perfect for our event. Thanks so much to Yashar and Alana.


June 2017

The space was perfect! Location, ease of use, accessibility, amenities, the extra furniture (chairs, clothing racks, tables, etc...) all great. Several visitors to our event were curious about it (they hadn't heard about This Open Space) and are hoping to rent the space themselves. Would definitely recommend it, and hope to use it again soon too! :)


June 2017

Fantastic experience! This was my first time renting a space on This Open Space and now I know how easy it is, I'm sure it won't be the last. Alana is super communicative and transparent, and everything went as expected. Would 100% recommend.


June 2017

This space was wonderful! Alana provided us with all of the information we needed before we even asked for it. We would highly recommend this space to others if you're looking for a space to make your own.

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