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Top Choice Art in Southeastern Avalon Peninsula

Running the Goat

This active printing press is a bibliophile's dream. Owner Marnie Parsons gives tours of her presses, one from 1830s London. In addition to handmade poetry chapbooks and manifestos, there's a wonderful selection of …
Top Choice Food in Edmonton

Old Strathcona Farmers Market

Since it began in 1983, the market's motto has been 'We Make it! We Bake it! We Grow it! We Sell it!' Inside the city's old bus garage, it offers everything from organic food to arts and crafts, and hosts some 130 v…
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

Paper-Ya

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 Vintage in Little Italy, Mile End & Outremont

Monastiraki

This unclassifiable store named after a flea-market neighborhood in Athens calls itself a ‘hybrid curiosity shop/art space,’ but that doesn’t do justice to what illustrator Billy Mavreas sells: 1960s comic books, co…
Top Choice Food & Drinks in Quartier Latin & the Village

Camellia Sinensis

Right in front of the Cinéma Quartier Latin, this welcoming tea shop has more than 200 varieties of tea from China, Japan, India and elsewhere in Asia, plus quality teapots, tea accessories, books, and workshops suc…