Best Shopping in Vancouver

Vancouver's Best Shopping: From Trendy Boutiques to Luxury Department Stores

Small boutiques with one-of-a-kind items, big department stores, local artisans and high-end haute couture are what make up Vancouver’s diverse shopping experience. Whether you're looking to splurge or save some money by window shopping, each neighborhood has something special to offer.

Granville Island is one of Vancouver's most popular shopping areas for both locals and visitors. The market has just about everything you could want: fragrant fresh flowers, artisan cheeses, gourmet meals, a kids' market, art, jewelery and pretty much everything in between can be found at Granville Island.

One of Vancouver's most anticipated stores has opened its doors and locals are pretty excited about it. The much-loved department store, Nordstrom, has built itself a home in the city and it's safe to say they've got you covered. From high-end labels to three different dining options, it's easy to spend an afternoon here.

For designer goods at a fraction of the cost, make your way out to the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport. Here you'll find familiar high-end brands like Coach, Cole Haan, Hugo Boss and Armani, to name just a few, at discounted prices. Don't have a car? No sweat. The Canada Line station is just a stone's throw from the outlet so you can leave the car at home.


South Granville is a bit of an eclectic shopping district with its high end clothing stores, expensive antiques and art galleries, mixed in with banks, restaurants, cafes and popular stores like Chapters, Williams and Sonoma, Anthropologie and Pottery Barn. It's a busy shopping district that caters to practically everyone's needs with its diverse shopping options. If your wallet isn't deep enough to bring home some big-ticket items, don't refrain yourself from stepping into the art galleries. Scott Landon Antiques has some beautiful pieces of antique furniture that are hard to walk away from, but worth looking at, even if it is just with adoration.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: South Granville is a delightful mix of high-end and affordable boutiques; there's something for everyone.

Natasha's expert tip: Meinhardt is a lovely gourmet grocery store that will inspire a beautiful meal at home.

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Robson Street is downtown Vancouver's most popular shopping drag. Stretching from downtown into the city's West End, Robson has a wide range of stores. Familiar faces like The Gap, Zara, Forever 21, lululemon, BCBG and Club Monaco are staples along the street for men and women's apparel. You will also find shoe stores, sunglasses, souvenirs and jewelry shops along Robson. After all that shopping, take a load off at one of the many restaurants and tuck into a delicious meal. From sit down fine dining restaurants to quick and affordable take-out options, you definitely won't be going hungry. Robson Street is close to the city's main transportation hubs so it's easy to get to.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: Robson Street is centrally located and easy to get to so your favorite chain stores are easily accessible.

Local Expert tip: Hit up the stores first thing in the morning to avoid the midday rush.

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Main Street is the place to go when you're looking to find that unique, well taken care of, vintage piece to add to your ever-growing collection. F As In Frank clothing is likely the best in Vancouver when it comes to a vintage only clothing store. They find all of the gems so that you don't have to. Front & Co. is another must-visit along Main Street and there you'll find funky accessories, new frocks and a second hand section of the store to pick through. You may find yourself feeling a bit peckish after a long day of shopping and there are plenty of decadent cafes to grab an Americano and something sweet to keep you going. Main Street is also home to a growing number of breweries that are worth checking out.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: Main Street is where you will find the best selection of vintage clothing and accessories in Vancouver.

Natasha's expert tip: There are a number of buses that run up and down Main Street so you don't need a car to get there.

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Once Vancouver's industrial manufacturing area, Granville Island is now home to many local artists, restaurants and other services. Granville Island has something for everyone; a children's area, jewelry stores, art shops, a brewery, boat rental offices and unique clothing stores. Once you have made your away around the shops, head over to the Public Market. There you can treat your taste buds to some local smoked salmon, artisanal cheeses, local produce and fresh fudge. Make sure you don't miss the food hall; you can grab a bite from one of the many food vendors and sit inside to enjoy your treat, or make your way outside to watch some of the city's finest street performers. Located in False Creek, an adventure to Granville Island is just a boat or bus ride away from Downtown. Granville Island is an artisan's and foodie's dream!

Recommended for Best Shopping because: Granville Island is a foodie's dream! From specialty cured meats to handcrafted sake, you'll be spoiled for choice.

Natasha's expert tip: If you can go during the week, you're less likely to encounter large crowds and have a more peaceful shopping experience.

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What started as a small hat shop in Quebec City in 1837, has turned into a nationwide empire that is a fashionista's dream. Vancouver's Holt Renfrew is attached to the Pacific Centre and is three levels of high-end designer apparel, accessories, make-up, shoes and jewels. With brands like Gucci, Christian Dior, D&G, Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, you've got to have some serious dough to spend. However, there are more mainstream brands like Marc by Marc Jacobs and popular denim name brands that aren't quite as pricey. It may not be a place you can afford to shop all of the time, but it certainly doesn't hurt to take a walk through and gain some inspiration for your next wardrobe purchase.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: Holt Renfrew's shoe department is worth splashing out on. If you can make it to their shoe sale, you won't regret it.

Natasha's expert tip: Sign up for their mailing list and be the first to hear about their big sales.

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The Pacific Centre covers three city blocks and offers an indoor shopping experience that comes in handy on those notoriously wet days in Vancouver. With some familiar brand names like The Gap, Guess, Hollister, Coach, Michael Kors and Sunglass Hut, mixed in with Canadian companies like The Hudson Bay Company's department store, there's no shortage of choice. Feeling peckish? There's a food court with plenty of choice that will certainly curb all cravings. From salads and sushi to pizza and Vietnamese, they've got you covered. The accessibility of this mall is perfectly located in the core of Vancouver and within walking distance of many hotels, buses and public transportation.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: Pacific Centre is the best place to shop on a rainy day because it's completely covered and sheltered from the outdoors.

Natasha's expert tip: The Skytrain, Canada Line and major bus routes take you directly to the mall.

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In partnership with London-based developer, McArthurGlen Group, the Vancouver Airport Authority has developed the luxury designer outlet centre on Vancouver International Airport (YVR) land. The McArthurGlen Group is no stranger to designer outlets and they're known as Europe's leading owner, developer, and manager of designer outlets. The European style open-air shopping centre has luxury piazzas, tree-lined streets, pedestrian-friendly walkways, unique architecture and public art pieces. Shoppers can expect to find a mix of North American and European luxury and designer labels, and will enjoy savings up to 70% all year long. The Canada Line is right by the outlet so you don't need a car to get to and from.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: The McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport is the place to go for designer goods at a discounted price.

Natasha's expert tip: Go early in the morning or at the end of the day to avoid lines.

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The Hudson's Bay Company can be dated back to The Hudson's Bay Company can be dated all the way back to 1670, and it has evolved over time to keep up with their customers' needs. This location in downtown Vancouver on Granville St. and West Georgia St. is massive! They have just about everything you need for the home, your wardrobe, shoe collection, accessories, beauty products and more. They also carry affordable and high-end items, so no matter your budget, you will find something here. Within this department store is also the second largest TopShop, a trendy clothing chain from the United Kingdom. The department store is attached to the Pacific Centre and can be accessed from the street or inside the mall.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: The sales! The Hudson's Bay Company has amazing sales on, what seems like all the time, and you can definitely get some awesome steals!

Natasha's expert tip: The Hudson's Bay Company has an excellent return policy, even on sale items.

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Boasting 230,000-square-feet of retail space, Nordstrom's flagship store in Vancouver has everyone covered. Guests can expect to find everything from fragrances and beauty items to shoes, handbags, clothing and more for men, women and children. It's not just clothing and the like you'll find at Nordstrom, they've got your appetite covered by offering three different dining options. For something quick and casual, stop by Ebar for a coffee, pastry, smoothie, sandwich or salad. When you want to kick back and relax, check out Habitant. This a casual lounge features boozy beverages (including handcrafted cocktails) that you can enjoy with a light meal or appetizer. Bistro Verde is their full-service restaurant and bar that serves starters, salads, entrees and desserts using local ingredients. Wash it all down with a glass of wine, a pint of beer or one of their specialty cocktails.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: New to Vancouver, this Nordstrom location has everything you want under one roof. That includes three dining options.

Natasha's expert tip: The Canada Line is just a block away so it's easy to get to.

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One of Vancouver's oldest areas, it was the original downtown core. The area is named after "Gassy" Jack Deighton who was a seaman from the United Kingdom. "Gassy Jack", as locals know him, came to the City in 1887 and founded the first saloon. Today locals and visitors can walk down the cobbled streets that lead the way to restaurants, pubs, cafes, boutiques and galleries. Vancouver has many talented artists and fashion designers, and Gastown is a magnet for these talents. Step into one of the galleries or boutique shops to grab a piece of local flair and one-of-a-kind pieces.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: Gastown has Vancouver's best boutiques where you'll find one-of-a-kind pieces you can't find elsewhere.

Natasha's expert tip: Don't wear high heels to walk around Gastown, unless you're a seasoned walker on cobblestone.

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