The Playground

Retail Ready

52 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

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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).





June 2018

Space is pretty good in regards to what is listed but it is quite dirty. We had to spend a good 15 minutes sweeping up all sorts of garbage. Lighting was nice though. Easy check-in. Make sure you read carefully as the listed price changes on weekends.


May 2018

The playground is a wonderful space and has a lot to offer. The location, however does not offer a lot in terms of foot traffic, at least not on wet days. The space its self was great, it does have a bump in the wall where it tappers in a bit and as long as you can make that work with your set up, its not a problem. They have a lot of tables, chairs and other items to help complete the set up and the space is very inviting with its sunny windows and open area.


May 2018

The Playground was a terrific space for our Piñata pop-up shop. We hosted an Opening Night and the space was perfect for that too! Lots of natural light in the afternoon and evening was great. The neighbourhood isn't the greatest towards the end of the day, but we didn't have any issues with the crowds. I would definitely suggest this place for anyone looking for a retail short term rental.


May 2018

Great space for my event. Pretty happy with everything! Thanks Carla.


May 2018

Thank you so much to Carla and thisopenspace for supporting our event!


April 2018

This bare bones rental space needs a little love. Previous renter had not patched properly, no paper towel or toilet paper, number of chairs less than what was promised. And, a burnt out lightbulb, an issue not given proper attention four days into the rental. Rented the space for a few Capture exhibitions, had hoped for a better lighting situation as the space is listed with gallery potential. Depending on a renters needs, this space may suffice.


April 2018

Great little gem of a space! Carla was great to work with too!


April 2018

Carla was great. Friendly and helpful... all you could ask for in a host.


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.

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