South Main Street
South Main Street is another popular shopping strip in Vancouver and it is home to loads of unique shops and boutiques. It is a hot neighborhood that is full of art galleries, furniture shops and cafes, as well as lots of old shops with memorabilia to browse though. This street has transformed itself from a dirty gritty strip into a hip and funky area offering some really unique shopping opportunities. Not far from downtown, South Main offers visitors and locals numerous stores such as My Orange Bag, C’est La Vie, Ark Clothing, Bohemian Closet, Bodacious, the Barefoot Contessa and so much more. It is a gem just minutes from downtown Vancouver and many tourists have yet to discover this eclectic part of the city.
Main Street runs from the Downtown Eastside past Gastown and through Chinatown. The South Main area is also known as ‘Soma’ and is full of design boutiques, grocery stores and popular restaurants, as well as a sizeable and vibrant East Indian community. It boasts crafts and unique fashions that cannot be found around the rest of the city and is a popular place for designers and artists to hang out. If you want to buy some beer in this funky neighborhood then go to 3045 Main Street where the Brewery Creek Cold Beer Store sells a variety of wines, liquors and beers. There is also an IGA marketplace that has a huge bakery and deli. Main Street has more than a few cool hangouts such as Murata for Mexican food and Soma which is a lounge and bistro that has a variety of small tasty treats to try out. The street has become so popular that it is now often recommended to nearby hotel guests for its trendy boutiques. Whatever you choose to do, there is always something fun to do and enjoy on this popular street.