The Playground

71 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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Cancellation protection up to 48-hours + $2,000,000 Host Insurance

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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).





May 2017

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


May 2017

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!


April 2017

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!


April 2017

Very helpful. Great space!


April 2017

A great space! Alanna was super helpful and lovely. Will rent again in the future, for sure.


February 2017

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.


February 2017

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.


January 2017

Really nice person and VERY my refund for another space along with getting me the space I needed for my show..cheers.


January 2017

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.


January 2017

We had the best shoot in this space and Alana was very helpful!

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