Vancouver shopping is a popular pastime for residents and tourists alike in this metropolis in British Columbia. There is a large variety of Vancouver shopping malls as well as shopping districts within the city where you can find everything from designer clothing, handbags, and shoes, to antiques, jewelry, and home furnishings. If you are a shopping enthusiast, Downtown Vancouver shopping is an experience for which you should at least allow yourself a couple of days. You’ll want to have plenty of time to stroll hot spots like Robson Street and Pacific Centre before making your way out of the Downtown core to other shopping destinations of note such as Kitsilano and Yaletown.
Robson Street is one of the most popular destinations for Downtown Vancouver shopping. It is a lively and vibrant neighborhood where you will find over 200 boutiques, shops, and cafes. This is an excellent stretch to simply sit back and enjoy a drink in between window shopping, or watch the nearly 80,000 people that pass through the streets every weekend. Robson Street is also well known for its fine restaurants, so you can make a full day of it and enjoy a nice dinner after your shopping excursion. There are a wide variety of high-end designer boutiques for the fashionistas looking for premiere shopping in the city.
You really cannot discuss Vancouver shopping in Downtown without mentioning the Pacific Centre Shopping Mall. It is the finest and largest of all the Vancouver shopping malls. This massive complex covers an impressive three city blocks and a portion of it is underground. There are nearly 150 stores located within the shopping mall. You may not want to spend too much time shopping indoors, but this is a must-see if you are a first time visitor to the city of Vancouver.
Yaletown is easily one of the trendiest and hottest areas in the city. The pace here is much different than what you will experience when you are doing Downtown Vancouver shopping. Here you will find high-end designer boutiques and chic fashion outlets, as well as high-concept restaurants, wine bars, salons, and much more. There is a certain energy in the air that will make you consider booking your next accommodation in Yaletown. Restaurants, bars, and entertainment are also located in this part of the city.
Kitsilano is yet another alluring destination for Vancouver shopping. This area of the city (just south and west of Downtown) used to be known as a hangout for the resident hippies, but has largely been gentrified. It does, however, maintain a laid-back feel and relaxed atmosphere. There are over 300 shops, boutiques, and restaurants in Kitsilano. Whereas Yaletown is a bit more trendy and chic, you will find many more eclectic cafes and shops in this part of the city. Kitsilano is a cool place to hunt for vintage and retro gear as well.
Other Vancouver shopping malls of note include the Sinclair Centre, the Oakridge Centre, the Park Royal Shopping Centre, the Richmond Centre, and the President Plaza Mall.
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