Top Choice Sports & Outdoors in Main Street

Mountain Equipment Co-Op

Grown hikers weep at the amazing selection of clothing, kayaks, sleeping bags and clever camping gadgets at this cavernous outdoors store: MEC has been encouraging fully fledged outdoor enthusiasts for years. You'll…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Main Street

Regional Assembly of Text

This ironic antidote to the digital age lures ink-stained locals with its journals, handmade pencil boxes and T-shirts printed with typewriter motifs. Check out the tiny under-the-stairs gallery showcasing zines fro…
Top Choice Music in Main Street

Neptoon Records

Vancouver's oldest independent record store is still a major lure for music fans, with its High Fidelity ambience and time-capsule feel. But it's not resting on its laurels: you'll find a well-priced array of new an…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Yaletown & Granville Island

Gallery of BC Ceramics

The star of Granville Island's arts-and-crafts shops and the public face of the Potters Guild of BC, this excellent spot exhibits and sells the striking works of its member artists. You can pick up unique ceramic ta…
Top Choice Books in Downtown & West End

Paper Hound

Proving the printed word is alive and kicking, this small but perfectly curated secondhand-book store opened a couple of years ago and has already become a dog-eared favorite among locals. It is a perfect spot for b…
Top Choice Homewares in Yaletown & Granville Island

Granville Island Broom Company

Ever since Harry Potter happened, locals have been entranced by this Granville Island fave, which makes its own beautifully handcrafted Shaker-style straw brooms right in the store (you can watch the mesmerizing pro…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Yaletown & Granville Island


A magnet for slavering stationery fetishists (you know who you are), this store's treasure trove of trinkets ranges from natty pens to traditional washi paper. It's not all writing-related ephemera, though. Whoever …
Top Choice Homewares in Nelson

Still Eagle

Fair-trade and Kootenay-produced clothing, kitchen goods and products for the home are sold in this large store, which has a deep environmental commitment. Many products are made from recycled materials.
Top Choice Food in Commercial Drive

Licorice Parlour

Just when you think you'll never find that combination licorice and hula-hoop store you've been searching for, here it is. A perky little spot with a serious commitment to the love-it-or-hate-it candy, it has dozens…
Top Choice Vintage in Commercial Drive


Where Drive hipsters add a little vintage glam to their look, there's a Western-saloon feel to the interior here. But don't be fooled: this is one of the city's most kaleidoscopically eclectic stores. Dominated by w…