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Punjabi Market

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Address: Main Street | Between 48th and 51st streets, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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A street lined with Indian shops and restaurants.

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It's been two years since I visited this area and it was one of our favorite places to shop, especially for fabrics & clothing. Sadly, the area has declined significantly with... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 17, 2014
KateSeattle_WA
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 via mobile

This area is changing for the worse I feel. Few years ago a lot more shops etc, not it's an exodus to Surrey and Delta BC where the real estate is cheaper

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Burnaby, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The name is somewhat misleading as this is no Bricklane or Rusholme, few Punjabis can be found here. There are some of course but most have moved over the years to Surrey. The name has been kept but don't be fooled. Similar if you go to Vancouver Chinatown that is no longer the heart of the Chinese community, you would... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

After visiting the Punjabi Market of 6 consecutive city blocks along Main St. in Vancouver, BC, during a weekday in the morning after 9 AM, I was let down by the visit. Most of the Punjabi-Indian shops seemed to be on the verge of closing down or out of business, there were not many pedestrians that visited that spot, and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

It's been two years since I visited this area and it was one of our favorite places to shop, especially for fabrics & clothing. Sadly, the area has declined significantly with many empty stores and the largest sari shops having relocated to Surrey. But there are still some wonderful stores left and the owners are friendly and helpful. Visit the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

This place was a joke. I'm from San Francisco and we don't have a "little India" but what we have is ten times better. This place only had 2 restarants which sucked and the shopping was also a joke. All over priced stuff to sell to non Indians. The streets were a ghost town. I've heard that vancouver was very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

Vancouver has a huge East Indian population, and this wonderful market is one of the benefits of our multiculturalism. East Indian friends tell me the range of products available here rivals similar resources in Bombay or Calcutta. Certainly, my wife and I have found everything we ever wanted on its well-stocked shelves. Very courteous staff will even give you a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

Vancouver is a truly multicultural city. It's nice to come to this area on Main Street, but it offers a very small sampling of the buisnesses owned and operated by the East Indian community in Vancouver (I'd say the same of Chinatown). It's worth going to, but you'll get a richer sampling of foods and services dispersed throughout Vancouver, Surrey... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2010

I expected a great deal from this area but I'm not sure if it was the time of day (late morning) or the fact that the neighborhood itself is declining, but many store fronts were vacant and those establishments that were there mainly consisted of restaurants (Himalayas is notable and pretty good grub), food markets and sari shops. I expected... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2003

Punjabi Street in Vancouver has by far the best deals that I have seen on Indian clothes in North America. Rockbottom prices - salwar suits starting at $9.99, negotiable prices, and excellent food make this a great spot to hit.

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