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Treat Yourself: Vancouver's Best Shopping Malls and Centers



Whether you prefer strolling around outside as you pop in and out of shops, or getting your shopping done all under one roof, there are a variety of different experiences to be had in Vancouver. From outlet stores to high-end department stores to one-of-a-kind boutiques, there's shopping for different tastes and budgets.

For every day shopping Park Royal Shopping Centre and the Pacific Centre are great options. You'll find familiar national and international brands you know and love. Park Royal is great for a sunny day because it's an outdoor center, while Pacific Centre will keep you covered on rainy days.

Looking for discounts? Make your way out towards Vancouver's International Airport and you'll find the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport. This outdoor shopping center offers luxury goods at a discounted price throughout the year. From Coach and Cole Haan to J. Crew and Carters, there are stores for all ages here.

For a boutique shopping experience, head to Gastown. It's not so much a mall, but a neighbhorhood that's created it's own type of shopping center. Here, you'll find all sorts of trendy shops that carry one-of-a-kind pieces you won't find elsewhere. With plenty of restaurants and cafes throughout the neighborhood, you don't have to look far for a pit stop.

When shopping with the family, it's nice to be able to find everything you need in one area. Granville Island is where you'll find something for the kids, a new piece of jewelry for her and a cold six pack of beer for him. Head into the Public Market to buy ingredients for dinner, or ready-made meals that can be enjoyed right away.


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Aberdeen Centre has over 300 stores that offer a variety of imports from from around the globe. From delicious food and teas to clothing and home decor, there's much to choose from at this busy mall. It's a great place to find a unique gift. While the kids love the musical water fountain show, you should check out the performances by the Chinese Cultural Center during special events. Aberdeen Centre is in Richmond and can be found right beside the Aberdeen Canada Line station, so getting here from downtown Vancouver is easy. If you're driving, there's plenty of parking available around the mall.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: You must check out Daiso when you're Aberdeen Centre. This huge store has so many neat and inexpensive things for your home.

Natasha's expert tip: If you're hungry, check out the food court. There are so many different options, it's hard to choose what to have.

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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 the entire family; a children's area, jewelry stores, art shops, a beer brewery, boat rentals, 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, artisan cheeses, fresh produce, and decadent 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 talented 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 Shopping Malls and Centers because: Granville Island has a lot for adults, but the park behind the Kid's Market will make the little ones really happy.

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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Stretching from downtown into the city's West End, Robson Street has a wide range of stores. Familiar faces like Zara, Victoria's Secret, Forever 21, lululemon, BCBG and Club Monaco are staples along the street for men and women's apparel. There are also stores where you can snag shoes, sunglasses, souvenirs and jewelry shops along Robson. Also in the area between Burrard Street and Thurlow along Alberni are high end shops like Escada, Moncler, Hermes and Rolex, to name a few in the "Luxury Zone". 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 Shopping Malls and Centers because: Robson Street is one of Vancouver's busiest outdoor shopping districts. If you're a fan of Aritzia, you'll love their massive location here.

Natasha's expert tip: Hit up the stores first thing in the morning to avoid the midday rush.

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Make your way out to Tsawwassen and you'll find deals to be had at this extra large shopping mall. Tsawwassen Mills blends outlet stores with traditional full-priced stores so there's a bit of everything here. From clothing and shoes to luggage and homeware, you've got all these options (and more) to choose from. Curb your appetite at the foodcourt. There, you'll find the usual suspects like burgers and pizza, with a few surprises along the way. There are also some sit-down restaurants in the vicinity to enjoy something a little more leisurely. Shopping with kids? They'll enjoy the strollers that have embedded entertainment tablets. Make sure to swing by Bass Pro Shops with them to check out the large tanks that house some beautiful fish. If you don't have a car to get yourself out to Tsawwassen Mills, there's public transportation that'll get you there.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Tsawwassen Mills has a Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th outlet store with some awesome deals.

Natasha's expert tip: Coming or going from Tsawwassen ferry terminal? Tsawwassen Mills has a 42-seat shuttle that'll get you to and from the terminal.

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To say that Metropolis at Metrotown Centre is huge would be an understatement. This massive mall in Burnaby has over 375 businesses. Amongst these few hundred businesses, you'll find just about every major store mixed in with one-of-a-kind shops that are unique to Metrotown. The food court has a few dozen options to choose from so you won't go hungry after all of that walking. Getting to Metrotown from Vancouver and surrounding areas is simple; hop on the Skytrain and get off at Metrotown Station. There are also plenty of buses that make their way here. If you're driving, lots of parking is available.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: You will find absolutely everything you need at Burnaby's Metropolis at Metrotown Centre.

Natasha's expert tip: If it's your first time here, check out the mall directory to find the stores you want to go to. It's a big place and a plan of action is super helpful if you're on a mission!

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South Granville is a bit of an eclectic shopping district. It's here that you'll find everything from high-end boutiques, expensive art galleries, restaurants, cafes and popular stores like Restoration Hardware, Chapters Indigo, Free People, Eileen Fisher, Williams-Sonoma, West Elm and Anthropologie. It's a busy shopping district that caters to practically everyone's needs with its diverse shopping options. What's extra special about South Granville is the art galleries. Even if you're not in the market for a new piece of art, you're welcome to wander through and enjoy the pieces on display. Getting to and from South Granville is made easy by regular buses that go directly to and from the downtown core.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: South Granville is another lovely outdoor shopping district with a number of boutiques and tempting kitchenware stores.

Natasha's expert tip: South Granville is home to Vancouver's only Anthropologie. This store covers two levels and has clothing, accessories and things for the home.

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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 like Cole Haan, Coach, Ted Baker, Armani, Maje, Kate Spade, and Sandra. You'll 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 Shopping Malls and Centers because: The Coach store at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport has some great deals you won't want to miss.

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

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The Pacific Centre covers multiple city blocks and offers an indoor shopping experience that comes in handy on those notoriously wet Vancouver days. With some familiar brand name stores like The Gap, Sephora, Apple, Bose, Coach, Michael Kors and La Senza, you'll also find major department stores, The Hudson Bay Company, Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom. Suffice to say, there's practically everything you need under one roof! Feeling peckish? There's a food court with an abundant amount of choice that will certainly curb some cravings. From salads and sushi to pizza and Vietnamese, they've got you covered. Getting to the Pacific Centre is easy; public transportation hubs are connected to the mall.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: British Columbia's only Nordstrom calls Pacific Centre home and it doesn't disappoint.

Natasha's expert tip: Weekdays during the day are the best time to visit and avoid a busy mall.

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As one of Vancouver's oldest areas, Gastown was once the city's original downtown core. Named after "Gassy" Jack Deighton who was a seaman from the United Kingdom, you'll find a bit of history as you shop the area. "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. Along with local talent, you'll also find higher-end international labels that you can't find elsewhere in the city. If you appreciate a curated wardrobe, you'll love what Gastown has to offer.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Gastown is where you'll find boutiques and one-of-a-kind home decor stores. This outdoor shopping area has charm and character.

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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Just a short bus ride or drive from Vancouver is Metro Vancouver's second largest shopping center, Park Royal. This large shopping center in West Vancouver offers a unique experience of both an indoor mall and an outdoor shopping village. With 280 stores and services, there's an incredible amount of choice here. You'll find a mix of familiar national and international brands here for men, women, children and the home, including Simons, lululemon, Zara, Sephora, Anthropologie and Aritzia, to name just a few. There's even a Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th so some discounted luxury goods. After all that shopping, rest your feet and tuck in to a quick bite or a casual meal at one of the many eateries , cafes or the Whole Foods.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Park Royal is home to the only Simons department store in British Columbia.

Natasha's expert tip: There are plenty of spots to stop for lunch and grab a bite here.

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Natasha is not born and raised in Vancouver, but is pretty certain it's her spirit hometown. After jumping around Canada, Texas, Arkansas and the UK, she has her feet firmly planted in...  More About Natasha

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