Vancouver's Chinatown has been around for a long time, but has seen an increase in new businesses over the last few years. Not only is there some great shopping in the area not to be missed, but also a handful of new restaurants that complement old favorites.
Just like the restaurants in Chinatown, the shops are also a mix of old and new. One of the oldest shops in Chinatown is Ming Wo. Since opening up in 1917, Ming Wo has been a reputable and go-to source for professional cookware.
They have now expanded from one store to multiple locations around Vancouver and North Vancouver. Shop popular brands like Le Creuset, All-Clad, Cuisinart, Wusthof, Global, Shun, Henckels, Riedel and more. Professional and hobby cooks will feel as though they've died and gone to kitchen heaven!
Another popular must-visit shop is Peking Lounge. After owners Michael Bennett and Daniel Poulin visited China, they were inspired by the beautiful works they encountered on their trip. They have called Chinatown home for over 10 years, and pair century-old furniture with contemporary designs.
Inside Peking Lounge — Photo courtesy of Peking Lounge
They also offer an online store for those that are not able to make it into their Chinatown location. Shop for a new wardrobe, tables, chairs, trunks, art and other beautiful pieces for the home. With new finds constantly being added to the shop, you're always in for a special treat when you visit Peking Lounge.
What makes Chinatown unique is that there is still plenty of tradition and culture in the neighborhood that offers a unique shopping experience for those new to the area. Shop for traditional teas and herbal medicines from one of the number of herbal shops. Or, pick up hard-to-find cooking ingredients that you can't find at traditional grocery stores. Fresh produce and seafood are much cheaper in Chinatown than in other areas around Vancouver.
Chinatown is also a great place to find little trinkets to take home as souvenirs, as they're inexpensive and unlike something you will find back home. Don't worry: they won't take up too much space in your suitcase. From beautifully decorated fans to small sculptures, jewelry and cool knick-knacks, Chinatown offers a fun shopping experience.
A trip to Chinatown will yield unique pieces that you won't find around the rest of the City. Plus, the many restaurants and bakeries in the neighborhood will help stave off any hunger from all that shopping you will be doing.