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 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…
Top Choice Books in Kitsilano & University of British Columbia


From Sophie's Masterpiece to Creepy Pair of Underwear, this huge, highly-inviting store – reputedly Canada's biggest children's bookshop – has thousands of novels, picture books and anything else you can think of to…