The Playground

72 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*

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
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 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).





July 2018

The space is so amazing for what we needed, would love to use it again.


July 2018

The space was perfect for our little pop-up! Boris was really pleasant to deal with and took the time to connect to answer any questions we had before booking. Thank you for being so accommodating and hosting such a great little space!


July 2018

This is a wonderful space to use for a retail event. It comes with fixtures like tables, chairs, and clothing racks that are really useful. The location was great, the wifi was great, the speakers/aux cord were great, and the bathroom was equipped with all necessary amenities. I'd love to rent this space again!


July 2018

Upon arrival, our team discovered garbage had been left all over the place, supposedly from the previous vendor and was never cleaned by location despite the Cleaning Fee. We ended up filling four big garbage bags cleaning it up before we began. Other than that, host was accommodating and easy to get in touch with, and the space met our needs perfectly.


July 2018

Awesome. Thank you Boris!!!


June 2018

Great experience, as always renting out this space for my pop up art show. Boris was very responsive and accommodating! The space has all the necessities, great day time lighting and was perfect for my event!


June 2018

Space was great. Plenty of parking. Great light.


June 2018

Just as described! Great communication.


June 2018

Boris was a great host and communication was very timely. I've been to a few events at the space before so I knew it was perfect for our clothing sale. However, once we got there, the space was quite dirty and we had to clean up from another renter. There was no soap, garbage bags or paper towels. Lightbulbs were burnt and the speaker cable is broken. Boris was apologetic and looked into it right away. I would definitely book the space again as long as all of these items are fixed.


June 2018

The Playground was a great space to host our casting call. Great for any type of meeting, event, retail space. Loved that there were lots of table and chairs and things to utilize.

    The minimum booking time for this space is 3 hours.

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