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Shopping in Vancouver: Get Your Pre- and Post-Cruise Essentials



Craving a little retail therapy after your time at sea? You're in luck! The Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal is located right in the middle of Vancouver's downtown core and many shopping districts.

The Inuit Gallery in Gastown is home to many beautiful pieces of Northwest Coast Native and Inuit art, many of which you can purchase. You'll find something for most budgets here, but one thing's for sure – you won't find these anywhere else.

When paying a visit to Canada, it's only fitting that you visit one of the most iconic department stores – it's a local favorite! The Hudson's Bay Company carries a range of mid- to high-end brands throughout their departments. You'll find everything from stuff for the home, shoes, make-up, jewelry, clothes and more. 

Swimco has the best selection of bathing suits and is about five blocks up from the cruise ship terminal. Ladies can choose from stylish bikinis to classic one-pieces, while the men's section has a number of stylish and classic cuts .

When going on vacation, it's sometimes easier to leave certain things at home and buy them when you get to your destination. Things like toiletries, batteries, suntan lotion and snacks are often on this list and London Drugs is the place to go to get all of your essentials. It's about a ten minute walk up from the cruise ship terminal.

Whatever you need during your stay in Vancouver, pre- or post-cruise, these stores are within walking distance. 


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London Drugs is your one-stop-shop that sells a vast array of products. It's not your typical pharmacy and has everything from a killer make-up section with top-name brands, to an electronic department that gives big box stores a run for their money, to homeware and kitchen appliances, food items, a photo lab, cameras, and a post office so you can mail out those post cards to friends back home. Plus, all the usual suspect you would find at a drug store. London Drugs makes life easy by offering so many goods under one roof. This location is about a ten minute walk from the cruise ship terminal at Canada Place.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: Whether you're in need of electronics, toiletries, or medicine, London Drugs has just about everything under one roof.

Natasha's expert tip: London Drugs has excellent sales and will price match other competitors.

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Holt Renfrew


A cruise is a good excuse to get a new suit or dress, and Holt Renfrew is the place to go if you're looking to splash out. What started as a small hat shop in Quebec City in 1837, has turned into a nationwide empire that is a fashionista's paradise. 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, Louboutin, you've got to have some serious dough to spend. However, there are more mainstream brands like Marc Jacobs, Chloe and popular denim name brands. Holt Renfrew isn't far from the cruise ship terminal at Canada Place so luxury shopping is just a short walk away.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: Looking for high-end designer goods? Holt Renfrew is the place to go.

Natasha's expert tip: If you can hit up their shoe sales, you'll be able to get some great discounts.

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Need a swimsuit for your cruise? Swimco is where you'll find all your favorite brand name swimsuits for men and women. With a large selection of bikinis, mix-and-match options, one-pieces, cover-ups, and male bottoms, you'll find what you're looking for. They carry a wide range of sizes and have plenty in stock at any given time throughout the year and provide helpful customer service to help you find the perfect fit. Find brands like TYR, Speedo, Seafolly Australia, Quicksilver, Roxy, Nautica, O'Neill, Nike Swim and It Figures!, just to name a few. Swimco also carries aquatic workout gear, swim caps, goggles and nose plugs. Swimco is located on Granville St. Between West Georgia St. and Dunsmuir St.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: Swimco has a huge selection of quality bathing suits that flatter all shapes and sizes.

Natasha's expert tip: If you're unsure of what size you are, the sales team is incredibly helpful.

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The Block Clothing Co


Located in the heart of Gastown, The Block has been a mainstay amongst Vancouver's trendsetters. Here, you'll find a solid selection of clothing, accessories, bags and jewelry made by international brands like Filippa K and NO. 6. Catering to both men and women, The Block makes his and her shopping a breeze. The Block was one of the first to set up shop in Gastown, and over the years it has continued to remain one of the best boutiques in the neighborhood. The price point isn't cheap, but these are pieces that'll hold a special spot in your capsule for the season.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: The Block Clothing Co. has some amazing pieces and if you're in need of some new shoes, you'll want to check them out.

Natasha's expert tip: This is a great store to find a unique piece for the person that has everything.

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Roden Gray


If you're looking for fashion inspired by Europe, Japan and NYC, head to Roden Gray. This awesome shop calls the cobblestone streets of Gastown home, and there really couldn't be a better locale for it. After just a short walk from the cruise ship terminal at Canada Place, you'll find yourself at this trendy boutique. Step inside this contemporary store and prepare for a little retail therapy. The clothing is well laid out and the clean lines mixed with rich wood accents don't overwhelm so you can really focus on the clothing. The price point is definitely higher here, but you're getting quality and style. Find brands like Comme des Garcon, Wings+Horns, Nice Collective, Filson and many more. This men's store is one of the best in Vancouver and an ideal place to go for the man who has everything.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: When you want something unique and fashion-forward to wear on your cruise, Roden Gray has you covered.

Natasha's expert tip: Roden Gray has a higher price point, but it's a great place to find statement pieces.

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lululemon


lululemon is a global brand, but it started right here in Vancouver, BC. This high-profile location was designed with plenty of thought and a strong desire to really evoke what Vancouver is all about. With this in mind, nature, yoga and local art each have their place here. Throughout the 4,500 square foot space there are elements of wood and stone to bring out features of the forests that surround the city. The space itself is circular and pays homage to the yin and yang philosophy. What can you find here? Just about everything you need to wear when you're going to sweat. Whether you're a runner, yogi, indoor/outdoor cyclist or just an all around sweat enthusiast, they've got the gear to take you through your workouts.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: Vancouver's known for the great outdoors and lululemon athletica has clothing that'll keep sweat in check while you're exploring the trails.

Natasha's expert tip: They having clothing for both men and women.

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Nordstrom


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 Shopping near Cruise Port because: Whether you need a new hat for your cruise or a little black dress, Nordstrom has plenty of choice for men, women, and children.

Natasha's expert tip: While you're shopping, check out their on-site restaurant, Bistro Verdel, for a bite.

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A leading venue for Northwest Coast Native and Inuit art, this gallery features an important display of works. Stone carving, prints, paintings and sculptures focus on Native Inuit themes, such as nature, family and the human spirit. While many of the pieces will set you back a hefty amount, they have a great selection of more affordable gifts that would make an excellent souvenir to bring back from your trip to Vancouver. Even if you're not in the market to buy anything, the Inuit Gallery is a lovely place to explore and take in Northwest Coast Native and Inuit art.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: The Inuit Gallery is close to the cruise ship terminal and a wonderful way to take in some culture, and possibly bring something home.

Natasha's expert tip: They have an online store that's great if you want to buy something down the road.

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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 BCBG, mixed in with three large department stores, there's no shortage of choice. From shoes and sunglasses to toiletries and clothing, you'll be able to find whatever you forgot to pack for your cruise at the Pacific Centre shopping mall. 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.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: The Pacific Centre shopping mall is in the hub of downtown Vancouver and it's where you will find just about everything under one roof.

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

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The Hudson's Bay Company


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. If you're in need of new luggage for your cruise, they have a huge selection of suitcases and travel goods on the bottom level. 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 Shopping near Cruise Port because: The Hudson's Bay Company's signature striped towels make for the perfect poolside addition, and Canadian souvenir.

Natasha's expert tip: 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!d

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Meet Natasha John

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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