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Shopping in Vancouver

Other than a Vancouver mall some of the best and most glorious shopping in Vancouver can be found in the many vibrant neighborhoods that surround Vancouver's downtown core everything from international designer boutiques to local specialty stores.

Shopping in Vancouver, Vancouver Mall

Part of the fun of shopping in Vancouver is going into an area of town that's not on your radar just to see what's new. Put on a pair of comfortable shoes. Here are some areas to get you started.

Commercial Drive - On the "drive" as it's called there's a mix of eclectic, ethnic shops including African, Italian, Portuguese, Latin, there's night spots, there's health food, there's consignment stores and there's Cuban cigars.

Chinatown - Hundreds of interesting shops filled with meats, seafood, produce, house-wares, gifts and Chinese apothecary (herbal medicines). On weekends Dduring the summer you'll also want to check out the Chinatown Night Market.

Fourth Avenue - Usual and unusual specialty stores of kitchen ware and clothing.

Gastown - The place where Vancouver began, cobbled stone streets, home of the steam clock and the place to shop for some Vancouver Native Art.

Granville Island Public Market - Located under the Granville Street Bridge, popular with artist (home of the Emily Carr College of Art and Design), theatre, unique and crafty gifts, tons of fresh produce.

South Granville Street - Starting between 9th ave. and 16th ave. there's upscale antique stores, art galleries, clothing and furniture shops.

Metrotown - On a rainy day the best place to go shopping in Vancouver is a half-hour’s drive from the center of the city (more or less depending on traffic), 3 city blocks long, over 500 stores of shopping and entertainment, 22 cinemas.

Main Street - Between 18th ave. and 24th ave. you’ll find a mix of retro shops, second hand stores, gritty cafes and restaurants also some designer boutique shops are starting to appear and between 26th ave and 28th ave. it's antique row.

Keep going up to 49th Ave. and welcome to “little India” a great place to find fabulous fabric, silk, gold, spicy curries, samosas, and sweet dishes.

Robson Street - An eclectic mix of appealing shops and restaurants, premiere fashion stores and services, whatever is new and exclusive, a great place to people watch.

Yaletown - Restored heritage warehouses are the backbone of this trendy urban community. Here you’ll find a mix of residential, business, office, high end restaurants, home furnishings, boutiques and cafes.

You can spend hours shopping in Vancouver and many people do even if it's just window shopping and exploring the neighborhood.

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