Main Street shopping

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…
Arts & Crafts in Main Street

Urban Source

From used postcards to insect rubber stamps and from ladybug stickers to map pages from old books, this brilliant store offers a highly eclectic, ever-changing array of reclaimed materials and alternative arts and c…
Clothing in Main Street

Smoking Lily

Art-school-cool rules at this mostly womenswear boutique, with skirts, belts and halter-tops whimsically accented with prints of insects, narwhals and the periodic table. Anatomically correct heart motifs are also p…
Clothing in Main Street

Front & Company

A triple-fronted store where you could easily spend a couple of hours; its largest section contains trendy consignment clothing (where else can you find that vintage velvet smoking jacket?). Next door houses new, kn…
Homewares in Main Street

Vancouver Special

An irresistible, white-walled, double-sized store that appeals to design-minded individuals with its carefully chosen array of Tivoli radios, molded plastic side-tables and glossy architecture books. It's the kind o…
Antiques in Main Street

Baker's Dozen Antiques

One of Vancouver's most interesting vintage and antique stores. Nose around the creaky-floored interior here and you'll start to mentally redecorate your apartment with items to make you seem a whole lot cooler than…
Arts & Crafts in Main Street

Bird on a Wire Creations

There's an eminently browsable and highly tempting, surprisingly diverse array of tasteful handmade goodies at this cute and ever-friendly store. Your credit cards will start to sweat as you move among the artisan j…
Books in Main Street

Pulpfiction Books

One of the city's best used-book stores (there are also plenty of new tomes in the front room), this is the ideal haunt for the kind of serious browsing where you forget what time it is. You'll find good literature,…