Chinatown - Vancouver, BC
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*
Amenities & Features
Minimum Booking: 3 hours
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).
Protected by $2,000,000 Host Insurance
Every booking on thisopenspace includes liability coverage, at no additional cost.
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! :)
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.
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.
AMAZING communication skills... responded so quickly to all my questions regarding the space and details.
I feel like the space looks a little cleaner in the photos than it does in real life. When I walked in there was quite a bit of dust & dirt on the floor. Also, the floors are unfinished (wasn't aware of this). The walls were freshly painted, so that was nice. I don't live downtown & hadn't visited this space before. It is is a really rough area. I was using the space for a photo shoot & felt bad for my clients as there was some obvious drug use going on right outside the doors. Alana was quick to respond to emails & totally great to work with. I guess I just feel like the photos were rather deceiving.
Always a great experience at this space, thanks again!
Alana = amazing. We love her & all the staff that we have worked with in the past. We enjoy the space, appreciate the neighborhood and it is a wonderful opportunity for artisans & small local businesses to utilize. We would be sad if The Playground is no longer available for us to collaborate with our local creative community. ❤️ Joyce
Alana was an amazing host and had all the answer for our questions, some even before we had a chance to ask them! Thank you Alana!
This was such a great space to rent, Alana was incredibly prompt in responding to my questions before booking, and was always available for anything I needed. I will definitely be booking here again!
Very helpful. Great space!
A great space! Alanna was super helpful and lovely. Will rent again in the future, for sure.
The team we worked with was so helpful, on top of communications and readily available when we needed support. They were super accommodating when we need to change the dates and made the change so smooth. We'll definitely be considering this space for future events.
Alana and the team were great at communicating. The space was a little more rugged than the pictures make it look but it was still great value for the space.
Really nice person and VERY helpful..got my refund for another space along with getting me the space I needed for my show..cheers.
I coordinated with Carolynn and Alana. Both responded quickly and gave detailed info on the space. My band just rented The Playground out for a photoshoot and it was a great experience. Straightforward info and instructions from the hosts as well as at the location.
We had the best shoot in this space and Alana was very helpful!
As always, working with the team at The Playground was helpful, efficient and successful. I've used this space time and time again and will continue doing so. Thank you for making my job so easy and providing such seamless service for my clients.
Ghazal was a wonderful guest to host at our space. Very courteous, respectful of our space and a pleasure to deal with as always.
Great space in a good location - a little bit off the beaten track for walk-in traffic but close enough to any transit lines and gastown for anyone to access it easily. I held a small craft pop-up shop and it was perfect. Has a great big street front window with a large ledge for any displays. Space comes with multiple tables and chairs to display items on, as well as a taller "check-out" desk. I was in contact with Elaine and she was great at responding to my messages. Access to the space is very simple and easy. The space is usually booked so you'll have to stop by during another pop-up to get a look at the space but the photos are accurate.
Elaine was quick to respond to all of my (many) questions, and provided everything I needed both in terms of information and set up. I had a great show and a great night. I will certainly rent this space again.
It was a pleasure talking to Elaine. The space was everything we expected. It was very easy to access and we had everything to leave the place as it was. I would recommend it to anyone doing a pop up store or more!
Elaine was very helpful and corrected a miscommunication very quickly and satisfactorily. The neighbourhood felt slightly unsafe once it got dark, but was comfortable during the daylight hours The space is great as a bare bones environment that we were able to transform into our needs.
This space felt larger to me than it looks in the photos. There is a parkade close by so that was a big help for our event guests. We really appreciated being able to use the sound system and overall the venue was perfect for our event. We hosted an art show/fundraiser with 10 artists and had about 100 guests throughout the course of the evening. I recommend this space. Elaine was a pleasure to deal with and all of our needs were met.
The communication was great and everyone was as expected. I recommend to anyone looking for a pop-up space.
Space was perfect and using it went without a hiccup. Highly recommended.
The Playground turned out to be a great space for our art show. Elaine was also very easy to communicate with and responded to every question I had, usually within the hour. The space itself is perfect for a small art show or pop-up and the simple layout makes things easy to set up. Would definitely rent the Playground again.
Spencer was a wonderful guest at The Playground. Easy to communicate with, respectful of the space and our guidelines, and we're happy his art show was successful! :)
Overall a good experience in the space. Some attention to detail in maintaining the space, would make the experience better.
Elaine is great to work with and very understanding of situations and is pleasure to work with.
Great space in a great location, Elaine gave detailed instructions and provided everything for cleaning and setting up. Great experience would definitely recommend.
Reliable, accommodating and each to reach/communicate with
Yashar was a wonderful host. He provided everything we needed for our art showcase, and communicated promptly and clearly. I wouldn't hesitate to use thisopenspace in the future! So great.
This space was excellent for what we needed it for. Yashar was really efficient with his communication and very helpful.
Excellent! Yashar's space was perfect for our show. He was great to work with and easily accessible. We'll be back again, I'm sure.
Yashar was so great to deal with and the space was perfect!
Yashar totally came to our rescue. The Playground was clean, spacious, and ideal. Yashar was compassionate and encouraging.
Great space, easy to decorate and make look like whatever you want it to be. Would be good to have a locked up place to store personal belongings while there but otherwise it was lovely! Appreciated all the social media interaction and shares by our host and this open space!