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Shopping Guide for Vancouver

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Because Vancouver has so many types of shoppers — from lovers of luxury to environmentally-conscious folks and everyone in between — the city has a full range of shopping options that caters to all tastes. This guide features the best shopping spots that Vancouver has to offer.

Good for
  • Solo
  • Friends
  • Couples
  • Senior
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Metropolis At Metrotown

Shopping Malls

Granville Island

Islands, Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Commercial Drive

Neighbourhoods

Aberdeen Centre

Shopping Malls

Yaletown

Historic Sites, Neighbourhoods

Robson Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Gastown

Neighbourhoods

Mountain Equipment Co-op

Gift & Speciality Shops

Kerrisdale Village

Gift & Speciality Shops

Vancouver Flea Market

Flea & Street Markets

Mel C's City Tips

  • You can get to most of the main shopping districts by SkyTrain or bus.
  • Make sure you check out the street vendors in downtown Vancouver.
  • If you're going to be out all day, it's cheaper to get a day-pass.
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    Metropolis At Metrotown
    Shopping Malls
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    Mel C Says:

    Metropolis is the mother of all malls and British Columbia's biggest shopping center with almost 400 stores and services. You can find virtually anything you want under one roof and enjoy a movie at the theater, or go for a massage to break up your shopping adventure. There are clothing boutiques, book stores, electronics, jewelry, and specialty foods in this gigantic maze of a mall.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • You can easily get to Metropolis by SkyTrain at Metrotown Station, which is 15 minutes from downtown.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 51 things to do in Burnaby
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Metrotown 06/09/2017
    • HAPPY METROPOLIS MALL AT METROTOWN 06/09/2017
    • Metropolis At Metrotown
    Address:
    4700 Kingsway
    Burnaby, British Columbia V5H 4J2
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-438-4715
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 19:00
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Granville Island
    Islands, Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Mel C Says:

    If you prefer small, outdoor stores then take a leisurely walk on Granville Island for a refreshing shopping experience. You'll pass the public market, which has fresh produce and products from local artists. After exploring the colorful stalls, street musicians, and art studios, you can indulge in a variety of food while sitting on the dock amidst the beautiful landscape. Plus, you can also enjoy a meal at a restaurant with a water view — and try local breads, pastries, desserts, and as much food as your tummy can handle!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • You may be lucky and get to try some free food samples from vendors at the market.
    • Check out the schedule for live comedy or artistic performances on Granville Island at the information booth.
    • Try the desserts and pastries at the market for some of the freshest baked goods you can get around Vancouver.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 356 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun Day 20/09/2017
    • Trendy fun 20/09/2017
    • Granville Island
    Address:
    1661 Duranleau Street
    (Underneath the Granville Street Bridge)
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3S3
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-666-6655
    Other:
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    Commercial Drive
    Neighbourhoods
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    Mel C Says:

    Commercial Drive is the central place for alternative culture and artists. This is the strip where you can find vintage clothing, vinyl records, organic products, unique books, fair trade products, and ingredients from different countries, including Indian spices. While you're exploring the area, try one of the local coffee shops and definitely have a meal here if you can.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If you're coming from downtown, you can get off at Broadway Station to get onto Commercial Drive.
    • Check out Ten Thousand Villages, a store that sells fair-trade handmade crafts and products, which sustain the livelihoods of people around the world.
    • Continental Coffee sells fair-trade coffee and they also have one of the best hot chocolates I’ve ever had!
    • Commercial Drive is also the "Little Italy" of Vancouver, so if you’re craving Italian food, try one of the restaurants.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 356 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Far from the city centre 16/09/2017
    • A Diverse and "edgy" tho' Interesting street. 14/09/2017
    • Commercial Drive
    Address:
    1661 Napier St
    Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 4X4
    Canada
    Other:
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    Aberdeen Centre
    Shopping Malls
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    Mel C Says:

    When you walk towards Aberdeen Centre from outside, you'll immediately notice the modern and unique design of the exterior. When you go inside, it's like you're stepping into Asia. The mall has changing theme designs and integrates boutique shops catering to Asian fashion and products. Most people come to Aberdeen specifically for Daiso, a Japanese two-floor dollar store that sells household items and lifestyle products. While you're at the mall, you might as well try a few of the many Asian food options, including bubble tea, sushi, and noodles. This is the place to go if you want to a have a different experience to a North American mall.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • The mall has a tourist program exclusively for out-of-town visitors.
    • If you're a tourist, ask for a Passport to Aberdeen Centre to get discounts and special offers.
    • You can get to Aberdeen Centre by going on the Canada Line train.
    • If you've never had bubble tea before, try it at Aberdeen.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 109 things to do in Richmond
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • This is a part of the "New China Town"!! 11/09/2017
    • Mini Chinatown 08/09/2017
    • Aberdeen Centre
    Address:
    Aberdeen Centre 4151 Hazelbridge Way
    Richmond, British Columbia V6X 4J7
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-270-1234
    Hours:
    Sun - Wed
    11:00 - 19:00
    Thu - Sat
    11:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Yaletown
    Historic Sites, Neighbourhoods
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    Mel C Says:

    Yaletown is where urban professionals go to get their attire, as this small neighborhood has high-end boutiques, local products, and consignment stores. This part of Vancouver also has great cafes, temping foods like gourmet chocolate, and great pubs. Yaletown is located close to the seawall with beautiful parks situated along the water.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • You can get to this area of Vancouver by taking the Canada Line and getting off at the Yaletown-Roundhouse stop.
    • Go to the Yaletown Brewery if you want to try quality local beer.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 356 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hip "warehouse"-type district 19/09/2017
    • A bit of everything 15/09/2017
    • Yaletown
    Address:
    Yaletown Business Bldg. 1152 Mainland St
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 4X2
    Canada
    Other:
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    Robson Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Mel C Says:

    Robson Street — situated in downtown — is known to be the best shopping street in Vancouver. Shopaholics can delight in high-end independent boutiques, jewelry stores, big brands, and beauty shops. The busiest areas are between Burrard Street and Jervis Street — and whenever you need a shopping break, there are several food and drink options along the road to try.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Try the very popular Japadog (Japanese Hot Dog) that can be packed with seaweed, noodles, shrimp tempura, and much more.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 356 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice street to walk and shop in Vancouver 20/09/2017
    • Known for classy restaurants 18/09/2017
    • Robson Street
    Address:
    Robson Street
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-880-5419
    Other:
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    Gastown
    Neighbourhoods
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    Mel C Says:

    While Gastown is Vancouver's oldest neighborhood — and has the most preserved historic features — the area is also filled with high-end boutiques and specialty stores for trend followers. Shoppers can find exclusive designs from Italy, Spain, and local designers; as well as stores for the thrifty shoppers, including a social enterprise dedicated to selling hand-picked vintage clothing for men and women at near thrift store prices. The store employs residents in one of Canada's poorest neighborhoods.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Gastown is walking distance from the Waterfront Station.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 356 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Be careful with young children. 20/09/2017
    • Nice place to stroll around 20/09/2017
    • Gastown
    Address:
    Waterfront between Granville and Main Sts.
    North of Hastings St.
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2K7
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-683-5650
    Other:
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    Mountain Equipment Co-op
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Mel C Says:

    This is the place to go if you are looking for top-quality outdoor gear that will last you a lifetime — literally. I've been shopping here for years and the prices are good considering the high quality. The company not only provides high-performance gear, but has a commitment to sustainability and uses environmentally-friendly material in many of the products. The customer service here is also among the best in Vancouver with an incredible returns policy.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This is a co-operative store for members only so you have to buy an inexpensive one-time lifetime membership with your purchase and fill out your information. Totally worth it!
    • One of the locations is within walking distance from Cambie and Broadway Street.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 123 Shopping in Vancouver
    • Mountain Equipment Co-op 01/09/2017
    • All you need for your outdoor experience! 30/08/2017
    • Mountain Equipment Co-op
    Address:
    130 Broadway W
    Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 1P3
    Canada
    Phone:
    (250)386-2667
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Wed
    10:00 - 19:00
    Thu - Fri
    10:00 - 21:00
    Sat
    09:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Kerrisdale Village
    Gift & Speciality Shops
    Mel C Says:

    Kerrisdale Village has stores to accommodate a variety of shoppers — from the trendy to the more budget-conscious — but still has a small-town charm that you don't find in downtown Vancouver, and it can really enhance your shopping experience here. With more than 200 stores, you can take your time to see the variety of styles the Village has to offer. Some people who live in Kerrisdale have spent years not needing to make a trip to downtown to get what they need.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • If you don't hire a cab, you can take the Canada Line to Oakridge Station then hop on a bus west on 41st Ave.
    • Of course, what shopping experience is complete without trying a few of the many cafe's and eateries around the town.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 123 Shopping in Vancouver
    • Mix of Shopping and Food 03/08/2017
    • Hip neighborhood 01/07/2017
    • Kerrisdale Village
    Address:
    West 41st Ave, between Maple and Balsam Streets
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    Canada
    Other:
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    Vancouver Flea Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Mel C Says:

    If you're looking for unique collectibles, vintage pieces, and random items that you didn't even know you wanted, then the Vancouver Flea Market is worth a visit. If you have the patience to dig through a lot of unwanted things, you can find some real treasures! You'll find everything here, including jewelry, instruments, electronics, costumes, and much more.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • You can find the flea market just a ten-minute walk from Main Street Station heading in an easterly direction.
    • There is a small admission to get into the market, but kids can get in for free.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #191 of 356 things to do in Vancouver
    • vancouver flea market 28/08/2017
    • A lot of stuff related to flea market - no more no less 22/07/2017
    • Vancouver Flea Market
    Address:
    703 Terminal Ave
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 2M2
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-685-0666
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