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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 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 Books in Kitsilano & University of British Columbia

Kidsbooks

From Squishy McFluff to The Great Big Dinosaur, this huge child-friendly store – reputedly Canada's biggest kids' bookshop – has thousands of novels, picture books and anything else you can think of to keep your boo…
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 all your life, here it is. A perky little spot with a serious commitment to the love-it-or-hate-it candy,…
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 here: you'll find a well-priced array of n…
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 one-of-a-kind cer…
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 pr…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Yaletown & Granville Island

Paper-Ya

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

Mintage

Where Drive hipsters add a little vintage glam to their look and there's a Western-saloon feel to the interior, but don't be fooled – this is one of the city's most kaleidoscopically eclectic stores. Ladieswear domi…