As a glamorous coastal city, Vancouver is known for its vibrant culture, diversity, mild weather and natural beauty! However many are not aware of Vancouver’s unique shopping experience. The city offers a diverse range of shopping styles from the high fashion boutiques of haute couture to the enormous malls that offer something for everyone!
Here are our TOP 10 favourite places to shop in Vancouver; what’s yours?
Metropolis at Metrotown
We will start the list with Metropolis Metrotown– B.C. Biggest Mall hosting over 400 stores across three floors. It is a second home to millions of shoppers who enjoy the benefit of finding exactly what they are looking for under one roof. This one stop shop offers everything from clothing boutiques, jewellery, furnishings, speciality foods, world class restaurants and theatres. This is a must- see attraction for shopaholics! It is located in the city of Burnaby, just a 30 minutes sky train ride from Downtown Vancouver.
Gastown is rich with history and culture, known as one –of –a kind experience to visitors and locals. It is the home to the high end independent fashion boutiques and has a great directory of shops for everyone’s liking. It also features many amazing art galleries, antique and interior design shops. If you are a tourist looking for a great spot to buy souvenirs or look at First Nations Art, Gastown is the place to be. Gastown is also famous for its excellent restaurants and if you are willing to stay a little later into the night, you can catch some of the most dynamic nightclubs, pubs and live music there is to offer in Vancouver. It’s easy to get there; once you reach Cordova Street it will lead you past the astounding waterfront station building and down Water Street. You will notice the cobblestone road as well as the famous Gastown steam clock, meaning that you are now on the main road of Gastown.
Downtown Granville Street is a flourishing centre for entertainment and shopping. It features both the big department stores such as the Bay as well as speciality stores for accessories, shoes, music shops, computers, and electronics. Granville Street is a busy and exciting street filled with great spots to eat .Visit Granville Street and you will be amazed with the variety it has to offer you. When you are in the area be sure to drop bye and say hello to us at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Chateau Granville Hotel & Suites and Conference Centre as we are located in the prime shopping district of downtown Granville. Our Concierge would be more than willing help you find the shopping hot spots!
South Granville is slowly creating a name to be one of Vancouver’s trendiest shopping neighbourhoods. It hosts many international stores as well as cosy unique boutiques. It is said to be the ideal place to shop for designer fashion, eyewear, shoes, home accessories, antique and modern furniture. The variety is astonishing and makes this strip an amazing place to discover the heights of shopping.
Granville Island Market
Granville Island Market is filled with fantastic shopping and offers an interesting experience for both locals and tourists. Be sure to visit the public market which offers an extensive range of fresh produce, ocean fresh products, baked goods, hand -made chocolates, sweet delights, home-made goods, tea ,wine, books, pottery and hand crafted jewellery. If you are travelling with kids we recommend that you visit the Kids Market for a fun filled experience.
Yaletown, popular for its industrial edge, is famous for showcasing the hip and happening upscale clothing stores, designer furniture outlets, and fashion accessories. It is the downtown hot spot for trendy!
Robson Street & Pacific Centre Mall
If you are looking for a good stroll down a street dedicated to shopaholics, Robson Street is where you need to be! It has an amazing variety of designer and international brands such as Zara, Banana Republic alongside many mid- scale stores such as the Body Shop or Le Chateau.
The Pacific Centre mall is just a few steps from Robson Street and features many luxury retailers such as Holt Renfrew, Harry Rosen, Micheal Kors, and the list carries on. It is located on the corner of Georgia and Howe, adjacent to Robson Street and the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Main Street offers a fascinating assortment of antique and modern shopping and is most often known as the hipster hub of Vancouver! It is a truly electric mix of novel clothing, books, home décor, accessories and amazing niche restaurants to suit any palate. The best shopping area to wander is from 16th to 33rd Ave and Main. You will find many local independent designers showcasing their best lines. Visit Main Street and experience a whole new level of shopping, let us know how it went!
Kitsilano- West 4th Avenue
Right in the heart of Kitsilano and in close proximity to the beach is a shopping heaven! It is the home of Lululemon and a perfect shopping destination for yoga wear, ski and other sports equipment. It is famous for its stylish maternity clothes, with also a wide selection of baby stores, bookstores, ethnic restaurant and cafés. The main shopping district is centered on West Fourth Avenue and West Broadway and acts a great place to explore the many shopping options it has to offer. Be sure to take stroll down by the two beaches, Kitsilano Beach and Jericho Beach located on the shores of English Bay.
Situated between Main Street and Keefer is the beautifully crafted China town which has almost every Chinese import you can think of from furniture to clothes to unique gifts, silk robes fine embroidery, green tea and traditional Chinese utensils. There are many signature Chinese restaurants, of course, who prepare the fresh delicacies of Asian Cuisine. It is an energetic neighbourhood to visit and makes a unique shopping experience.
Punjabi Market – Little India
South of Vancouver is a shopping hub that occupies six blocks of Main Street and presents one of the largest Indo- Canadian communities in Vancouver. The Punjabi market starts at around East 49th Avenue where it features the cultural magic of India. You will be able to taste their spicy food, adore their beautiful Indian fashion, fabrics, sarees, and jewellery. You will be mesmerized by this colourful shopping experience at the Punjabi market!