Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Main Street

Regional Assembly of Text

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 global...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Fairview & South Granville

Pacific Arts Market

Head upstairs to this large, under-the-radar gallery space and you'll find a kaleidoscopic array of stands showcasing the work of 40+ Vancouver and BC artists. From paintings to jewelry and from fiber arts to...

Top ChoiceSports & Outdoors in Main Street

Mountain Equipment Co-Op

Grown hikers weep at the amazing selection of clothing (including lifestyle wear for urban hipsters), kayaks and clever camping gadgets at this cavernous store. You'll need to be a member to buy, but that costs...

Top ChoiceMusic in Main Street

Red Cat Records

Red Cat Records

Arguably Vancouver's coolest record store and certainly the only one named after a much-missed cat… There's a brilliantly curated collection of new and used vinyl and CDs, and it's co-owned by musicians; ask them...

Top ChoiceMarket in Kitsilano & University of British Columbia

Kitsilano Farmers Market

This seasonal farmers market is one of the city's most popular and is Kitsilano's best excuse to get out and hang with the locals. Arrive early for the best selection and you'll have the pick of freshly plucked...

Top ChoiceBooks in Downtown & West End

Paper Hound

Proving the printed word is alive and kicking, this small but perfectly curated secondhand bookstore is a dog-eared favorite among locals. A perfect spot for browsing, you'll find tempting tomes (mostly used but...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Yaletown & Granville Island

Ainsworth Custom Design

Ostensibly a design studio working to commission, its two-story front-of-shop area showcases a kaleidoscopic array of quirky arts and crafts by mostly local artists. It's an amazing selection, with bright-colored...

Top ChoiceMarket in North Shore

Shipyards Night Market

Muscling in on the region's summertime night-market scene, North Van's is a few steps east of Lonsdale Quay. It's a fun way to spend a balmy Friday evening, with the ocean lapping nearby. Dive into the food...

Top ChoiceBooks in Gastown & Chinatown

Massy Books

A former pop-up favorite with a now-permanent Chinatown location, this delightful bookstore is lined with tall stacks of well-curated, mostly used titles. There's an impressively large selection of...

Top ChoiceFood in Commercial Drive

Licorice Parlour

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. This perky little spot with a serious commitment to the love-it-or-hate-it candy stocks...

Top ChoiceMarket in Gastown & Chinatown

Eastside Flea

Eastside Flea

A size upgrade from its previous venue has delivered a cavernous market hall of hip arts and crafts-isans hawking everything from handmade chocolate bars to intricate jewelry and a humungous array of cool-ass...

Top ChoiceFood in Yaletown & Granville Island

Karameller Candy Shop

Grab a paper bag and some tongs then dive into the pick-your-own drawers of brightly colored treats at this slender, white-walled gem dedicated to Swedish candy. Among the 75 varieties, you'll find everything...

Top ChoiceArt in Yaletown & Granville Island

Karen Cooper Gallery

You'll feel like you've entered a tranquil forest clearing when you open the door of this delightful nature-themed photography gallery. Cooper's striking work focuses on BC's jaw-dropping wild beauty, from...

Clothing in Yaletown & Granville Island

Search & Rescue Denim Company

You'll walk into this busy workshop thinking you don't need an apron. Then you'll fall in love. These handmade, sometimes punkish and always sturdily functional items are worn by coolsters from chefs to tattoo...

Arts & Crafts in Main Street

Urban Source

Urban Source

From used postcards and insect rubber stamps to ladybug stickers and map pages from old books, this brilliant store offers a highly eclectic, ever-changing array of reclaimed materials and alternative...

Clothing in Main Street

Front & Company

You could easily spend a couple of hours perusing the new and vintage clothing in the main space of Front & Company, which colonizes a row of storefronts along Main and threatens to become a hipster...

Clothing in Main Street

Smoking Lily

Art-school cool rules at this mostly womens wear boutique, with skirts, belts and halter-tops whimsically accented with prints of rabbits, narwhals and the periodic table. Anatomically correct heart motifs are...

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....

Shoes in Gastown & Chinatown

John Fluevog Shoes

John Fluevog Shoes

Like an art gallery for shoes, this alluringly cavernous store showcases the famed footwear of local designer Fluevog, whose men's and women's boots and brogues are what Doc Martens would have become if they'd...

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...