I absolutely LOVE Metrotown which is in a nearby municipality of Vancouver,
easily reachable, and best of all, you can either drive there and get
all the FREE parking you need, or (I think better), just get on
what is called Skytrain and within 30 minutes or less, as you zip
along while watching some of the nicest scenery in the world,
you can arrive RIGHT at Metrotown.
From the Metrotown Skytrain Station, it is a short distance,
either walking down the stairs and over the overhead
walkway, or taking the elevator down to the street level.
(Skytrain travels above ground the entire distance from
Granville (the main street of Vancouver) right to Metrowon).
If you do take the elevator to street level, there's
a light, and ...follow the people!! They are all going
However, there are two parts to Metrotown, and
the main part is either reached via the overhead
walkway, then going to your RIGHT (again,
90% of the people are going there!!), or
after you cross the street, you will see the
bus loop for Metrotown, and again, follow
the people. They are all headed there.
Once in Metrotown, there are areas of it.
This is one HUGE, mega place. And what's great,
is you COULD just wander around!! Shops galore.
I LOVE bookstores, do you? There is a huge Chapter's
bookstore there (they should PAY me for this!!, oh well!),
and a Starbucks also right in Chapter's which really lends
a fabulous ambience to the whole thing.
I could just wander around in Chapter's for a LONG time.
Then I'd get nothing done all day!! Oops!
There are grocery stores there, for example Superstore
which is super. It's cheaper than a lot of places,
so naturally, we love it.
One of the things I love is the obvious multiculturalism
displayed by the kinds of shops at Metrotown.
I just love the CHINESE herbal shop right outside
Superstore. They have really different kinds of things
and the people are most helpful. Again, great prices
for things there.
Obviously, there are clothes!! Shoes!! and Jewellery!
All that has gotten us hungry!
So, where to eat?
If you look up, you will see signs, and those
will lead you to the Food Court which is enormous.
I do understand there are BIGGER places in China,
Phillipines, but that's rather far to have to find bigger.
This, you will find quite big enough and what
What do you like? Curry? Got it. Thai? Yes,
Chinese of various kinds, American, (how come there
aren't any Canadian??), Greek, Salads.
Sometimes I just love to go there for a 'time out',
and then I will visit Tim Horton's for a snack there,
and go read my book.
Certain times are busier, and as the population
is increasing in the Vancouver area, so there are
more people at the Food Court all the time.
But there's always room, because this is big place.
There are other smaller restaurants available also
within Metrotown. Maps will be available online.
And yes, you'd need a map because there
are 3 levels, and many wings to this area.
Having spent just a great part of a day there,
you might wish to visit the Visitor's kiosk for
Burnaby and pick up all kinds of free information,
beautiful pamphlets as souvenirs or information.
From there, I'd suggest making sure you still
have a credit left on your card! There are
often loads of bargains, but I hope you'll all
be a little careful and leave some buying
for next time.
Oh, one other little fun thing before we leave
Metrotown? Just before you leave going outside
where the bus loop is, (if you are taking skytrain),
there's a good Dollar shop (and actually a Giant
Dollar Shop is not far from there near Save-On Foods).
I would stick with this one or you will need a stretcher
to carry you home.
So, having had a marvellous time, we bid
adieu to ...Metrotown.
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