Vancouver Shopping Areas
Granville Island is one of Vancouver's cultural destinations with its vibrant public markets, theatres and galleries. Most of the action in Granville is located at the south side of False Creek under the Granville Street Bridge. This area is a popular spot with artists and anyone who appreciates fresh produce and trying out different foods.
The Gastown district today continues to retain its historic charm since it was established in the late 1800s. Gastown's main street is called Water Street where boutiques, art galleries, antique shops, restaurants and coffee bars fill the retail space. While in this area, don't forget to visit the world's only steam powered clock which puffs steam at the top of every hour.
The Kerrisdale area simulates an old fashioned upscale village. Thia area features patisseries, fresh flower shops, sophisticated gift shops, salons, boutiques and restaurants.
Once a warehouse district and maintenance yard for Canadian Pacific Railway up until the 1980s, Yaletown has since re-developed these warehouses and turned them into fashionable eateries, boutiques, cafes and apartments for creative cats and urban professionals. This area in downtown Vancouver is bordered by False Creek.
For over a century, Vancouver's Chinatown has been the place to go to for Dim Sum on the weekends, healing herbs, Chinese jewellery, fresh produce, meat and fish right out of the tank. Chinatown, once a gathering place for mainly the Asian community, has become a popular tourist attraction for people spanning from all cultural backgrounds and is one of the largest Chinatowns in North America.
Once the centre of Vancouver's Italian community, this shopping area is an alternative to shopping at standardised malls. Commercial Drive features eclectic and funky one-of-a-kind shops selling hip ethnic trinkets and food. The street, also simply called "the Drive" is located just east of downtown, running south from Powell Street.
Designer fashions and shoes. Stores such as The Gap and Roots rub shoulders with one of a kind specialty stores selling books, collectibles, shoes, art and souvenirs on Vancouver's most popular shopping street. Virgin Megastore, Planet Hollywood and Le Chateau dominate the Burrard Street intersection. Most stores are open Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and on Sunday afternoons. The hot spots are mostly located on Robson Street between Burrard and Jervis.
Located around 4th Avenue in Vancouver, Kitsilano has become one of the city's trendiest neighbourhoods and main shopping area. Once a hangout for hippies and and artists, this area now features a famous beach and some of the most popular restaurants, coffee houses, bookstores and clothing shops around.