The Playground

79 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 racks 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.

Available Hours


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

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


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 a garbage bin in the alley you will be provided a key for. 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).





February 2019

Great space! Great communication. Thank you, Boris.


February 2019

We have hosted events/shoots at the playground many times, and love it every time. It's in a convenient location, has a good price and communication is always easy. This time was no exception, though we only had one slight inconvenience. There is no heating in the space aside from two small heaters so it does get really cold in the space if the temperature is low outside. Other than that everything is perfect and as expected!


February 2019

Great space. Everything we were looking for.


February 2019

Boris was a great host. Very helpful, and quick to follow up with questions about the space.


January 2019

Hosted a gallery show here, this space gives you free reign to create whatever you may be dreaming of. Good foot traffic from the neighbouring specialty shops. Boris is easy and friendly to communicate with!


January 2019

Beautiful space! Had a wonderful time hosting a workshop in the Playground. Was surprised that the space came equipped with more than I expected, from cleaning supplies to clothes racks. Very professional, I look forward to booking this place again in the future!


December 2018

Good space ang great location


November 2018

Great space for a pop-up! The changeroom area was filled with junk upon arrival so it had to be cleaned out in order to actually use it as a changeroom. Would recommend bringing separate sound system as the one provided has to be controlled near the front door, which is inconvenient if you're playing off a phone or personal device. Overall, good value for the space.


October 2018

Boris was very helpful and descriptive in assisting with any questions. Thank you!


October 2018

good place for event!

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