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Vancouver Shopping Guide

Vancouver’s shopping options are as eclectic as the city itself. It’s home to malls in sizes small, medium, and large, plus independent boutiques and an international array of well-known retailers scattered across many vibrant neighborhoods. Situated between the ocean and the mountains, Vancouver a scenic destination that’s surprisingly compact, making it possible to hop from store to store via public transportation or on foot.

Granville Island

Once the site of industrial manufacturing, the peninsula just across from downtown core is now a popular shopping area that embodies the best of the West Coast, especially food. Granville Market is the biggest draw here. It’s a hub for locals looking to buy meat and produce, as well as for many visitors who come for homegrown specialty shops, including Devil May Wear and the original location of Paper-Ya, plus artist-run galleries. There’s even a sake maker and a place to buy tasty treats for pets.

Top Places to Shop in Vancouver
Aritzia
1 review
The flagship store on Robson Street is the Vancouver brand's biggest, offering smartly designed women's fashions sold under various house brands in a chic environment, complete with an indoor garden.
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Waterfront Centre
21 reviews
Its location near the ferry terminal, hotels, and Canada Place make this small underground mall with 25 shops a convenient spot to grab travel essentials, souvenirs, and a quick bite.
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MacLeod's Books
46 reviews
"Organized chaos" is how some customers have described this store because of its packed book shelves. Still, staff know exactly where everything is, including rare first editions.
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The Antique Warehouse
2 reviews
For almost 30 years, customers have come here to find the finest in French antiques, along with mid-century modern and vintage designs chosen by its owner, Mark LaFleur.
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Treasure Green Tea Company
15 reviews
The resident tea master guides customers to the perfect Chinese tea, whether it's green, oolong, black, herbal, white, or one of the rare varieties. Most are sourced directly from China.
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Tsawwassen Mills
279 reviews
Bargain hunters don't mind traveling 20 miles from downtown to this large outlet mall opened in 2016. It has almost 200 retailers, including leading names like Saks, Nike, Coach, and Winners.
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John Fleuvog
2 reviews
Housed in an all-glass greenhouse-like building, the flagship location in Gastown features the most comprehensive shoe collection from the designer who started his career in Vancouver 40 years ago.
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Six Hundred Four
36 reviews
Serious sneaker collectors love this Cambie Street store featuring its own upscale brand focused on limited-edition designs that double as exquisite works of art and are displayed as such.
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Old Faithful
1 review
Instagram and positive buzz have helped spread the news about this elegant and immaculate lifestyle store in Gastown, which stocks beautifully designed housewares meant to be displayed.
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Metropolis At Metrotown
508 reviews
With nearly 400 retailers, this shopping complex spread over three floors in the Lower Mainland is British Columbia's largest. Visitors can buy the latest fashions, housewares, watch a movie, and eat.
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CF Pacific Centre
254 reviews
Fashion retailers are the stars at this downtown shopping mall. Anchor stores include big names like Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, H&M, and Harry Rosen, along with almost 100 others.
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Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery
25 reviews
Since 1996, visitors and collectors alike have appreciated the curated artwork of Canada's First Nations and Inuit people. Affordable prints share space with one-of-a-kind sculptures and fine art.
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Paper-Ya
6 reviews
Even in the digital age, there are hardcore fans of paper who don't mind traveling to this pretty boutique on Granville Island for beautiful varieties suited to fancy invitations and origami.
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Oak + Fort
For two decades, this fashion boutique in Gastown has created styles for men and women with a minimalist aesthetic, including wardrobe basics, jewelry, shoes, swimsuits, and cosmetics.
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Mountain Equipment Co-op
44 reviews
Though the flagship location of this Vancouver-born brand on West Broadway will be replaced by a new structure, co-op members can still choose from a great selection of outdoor gear and clothing.
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West Coast Kids
From babies to toddlers and beyond, everything children might need can be found at this Main Street location, opened in 2015, including furniture, clothing, strollers, safety gear, and toys.
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Lululemon
34 reviews
The yoga clothing giant began in 1998, then opened its first stand-alone store in Kitsilano two years later. Expect to find the fullest range of goods, along with kombucha on tap and a rooftop patio.
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Dutil
1 review
This downtown store boasts one of North America's largest collections of denim with renowned international labels as well as its own house brand, from skinny jeans to eco-friendly varieties.
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#1 of 174 Shopping in Vancouver
The special rooms in the multiversity galleries were an astounding surprise, with a tantalizing sampling of artifacts from all over the world, and through many centuries.
It is a modern, impressive building with superb displays of First Nations wood carvings, totem poles, cooking vessels, canoes, clothing and many, many more.
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This gallery has art and jewelry created by Bill Reid, but also interesting displays his life, on native textiles, on tattoo traditions, all in a lovely space.
There is also a small but well stocked gift shop featuring a large of selection of hand-crafted sterling silver jewelry by various artists.
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#3 of 174 Shopping in Vancouver
One moment, you're smelling the aromas of fresh plants, produce, meats, bakery, coffee, and cooked meals, and the next moment you're walking by the shops (indoors and outdoors) with wonderful local arts and crafts.
Loved Granville Island market... great selection of little shops and the food market is incredible with a huge selection of dining options ... lovely way to spend an afternoon listening to the various busking musi...
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#4 of 174 Shopping in Vancouver
Excellent shopping centre in heart of downtown Vancouver
I'd walked past the glass domed entrance and thought it was a coffee shop - it is! and I liked it - but, its also one of the entrances to the mall.
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I stumbled upon this fantastic sneaker shop while watching the clock in Gastown.
Hidden Shopping Gem in Vancouver's Gastown

Lonsdale Quay Market

North Vancouver 2.5 mi away
#1 of 14 Shopping in North Vancouver
The kind of place to nose around little shops and find delightful treasures, grab a quick bite, heavenly soup to eat there or take home, butcher, fishmonger, fresh veggies, flowers, wine - Everything you need!
Great place to stroll through a diverse market and enjoy a view of the beautiful city!
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#7 of 174 Shopping in Vancouver
This is a perfect shop to find a unique gift in various price ranges.
Lots of beautiful art pieces, and also other Indigenous-made goods such as jewelry and wallets.
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A superb gallery both for permanent and temporary exhibitions, with periodical guided tours and a top quality offer of items at the museum's shop.
Located in the heart of downtown, this is a beautiful gallery (more like a museum actually) with four floors of art - paintings, films, and other displays.
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#9 of 174 Shopping in Vancouver
With art galore, this place is a perfect spot to buy beautiful gifts for loved ones.
Paintings, handcrafted skincare, jewelry, clothing and much more.I love shopping local artists.
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She was patient when I was having trouble finding the jewelry I wanted.
#12 of 174 Shopping in Vancouver
I ended up buying a carved silver bracelet by a Coast Salish artist, which was different from anything else I had seen in Vancouver or in Alaska.
I was immediately drawn to the amazing jewelry and bought a piece for my mother.
#13 of 174 Shopping in Vancouver
Tons of free parking, on sky train line, has a Safeway, grocery store send tons of high end stores, Aople store, a library and seniors centre but my two favorite place are opposite each other.
... デパートが繋がっており、今はチャイニーズニューイヤーのセールなのか、ブランドの高級食器やキッチン用品が70%offで変えたり、タオルなどの日用品もすごくお買い得でした。 フードコートもトイレもとても綺麗で、買い物途中の休憩に愛的です。 I visited there for shopping.
#14 of 174 Shopping in Vancouver
It will also give you a great "measuring tool" for evaluating what it takes to be a great piece of Inuit art in a field that has many lesser pieces available at far too many "souvenir shops."
Unlike neighboring souvenir shops, it carries some authentic pieces of sculpture, painting etc by Inuit artists.
#15 of 174 Shopping in Vancouver
For me, Purdy’s has become much more of a “special occasions” stop rather than an everyday thing but, when growing up, the family always made it a point to stop by this delectable sweet shop.
A very small shop but a huge variety of chocolate.
#16 of 174 Shopping in Vancouver
I highly recommend a visit to this exciting shop, the work is incredible, one can spend quite some time just browsing the beautiful pieces.
Their customer service with my purchase was outstanding.
#20 of 174 Shopping in Vancouver
This centre is nicely located, and very close to the Waterfront Skytrain Centre.
Rainy days - go in here there are plenty of shops and places to eat.
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#21 of 174 Shopping in Vancouver
Lovely little art gallery in the centre of the city, a great way to spend some time on a rainy day.
#22 of 174 Shopping in Vancouver
We found this terrific hat shop, soon after we arrived by boat taxi on Granville Island.
I would most certainly recommend this shop to locals and visitors of all age groups.
#23 of 174 Shopping in Vancouver
There is a walkway with really interesting shops.
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#25 of 174 Shopping in Vancouver
This was one of my favorite places to shop when they were close to me on Main St and their new gallery on Commercial is still worth the trip.
Best Artist Run Shop in Vancouver
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