Posted March 3, 2011 by Matthew Toren in Top Ten

Top 10 Places to Shop in Vancouver

If you want to find out the best areas to shop in Vancouver, you have come to the right place. With loads of malls, plazas, department stores and shopping strips, Vancouver is a shopping-lover’s paradise. Buy souvenirs, brand name designs, market deals, and visit discount shops and boutique stores. Tourists come from around the world to find Canadian souvenirs, designer fashions and much more. Check out these top shopping areas and shop till you drop!

Robson Street Shopping

Head to the main and most popular shopping strip in Vancouver, known as Robson Street. There are so many shops to browse in—Roots Canada, Armani, Aldo, Payless Shoes, Bebe, American Eagle Outfitters, M.A.C and more. There are also many restaurants along this strip if you get hunger pangs—try CinCin Ristorante, Earls, Moxie’s or Milestones.

Metropolis at Metrotown

With over 470 stores, games, theatres, and places of fun, this is a great place to go for the day and explore all of the stores. You might not get through them all in one day, but you can always return. There are restaurants within the mall as well so you can take a break every now and then. Visit the Web site at www.metropolisatmetrotown.com.

Pacific Centre Mall

Known as a landmark within downtown Vancouver, the mall is located at 910 – 609 Granville Street and you can call for info at 604-688-7235.  This full-size mall has shops like Le Chateau, Aritzia, La Senza, Club Monaco, Daniel Leather, The Gap, Guess, Hugo Boss and Harry Rosen. Check out the Web site at www.pacificcentre.com.

Sears Canada

Located at 701 Granville Street, Sears Canada is a great place to find what you want. With menswear, kid’s toys, ladies wear, household items, camping items, electronics, jewelry and more, there is much to browse through and buy. They also have health, eyesight and dental services, as well as a travel agency. Look up www.sears.ca for more information or call 604-685-7112 for the Vancouver store.

Sinclair Centre

Located at 757 West Hastings Street in downtown Vancouver, the Sinclair Centre has a variety of posh and discount shops. Some of the shops are Pro Nails, Castle Milano, Leone Boutique, The Perfume Shoppe, Sinclair Law Services, Sinclair Travel and Diamond Deals. There is a Morton’s Steak House in the backend of this mall, as well as a food court for people to grab a snack. Visit the Web site at www.sinclaircentre.com.

Richmond Night Market

One of the largest Asian Markets in North America is the Richmond Night Market, also known as the Summer Night Market. There are numerous shops, discount deals and Asian dishes to try when you are there. It is definitely an event that you can stay at all day. Located at 12631 Vulcan Way in Richmond, this annual summer event is great for families. Visit the Web site atwww.summernightmarket.com or call 604-278-8000.

Park Royal Centre

Located at 2002 Park Royal South in West Vancouver, this shopping mall is a mix of markets, a grocery store, art stores, bookshops, children’s stores and more. They have department stores like the Bay and Winners, too. It is a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the city, and the drive over the Lion’s Gate Bridge is breathtaking. Visit the www.shopparkroyal.com or call 604-925-9576 for hours of operation.

Chinatown Night Market

The Chinatown Night Market has been a hit with tourists for years and has a wide selection of Asian treats and dishes, galleries, events, fashionable gifts, modern electronics, crafts and more. People come from all over Vancouver and beyond to visit this popular night market. Located at 508 Taylor Street, this market is a great night out for travelers. Call them at 604-682-8998 or visit www.vcma.shawbiz.ca for detailed information.

Granville Street Shopping

Granville Street isn’t only for entertainment, dining and clubs; it is also a shopping district. Visitors can visit the discount shop Winners on the corner of Granville and Robson or shop through many of the funky stores along Granville Street. There is also a dollar store, Claire’s Accessories, London Drugs and more if you walk north on Granville. If you walk south on Granville you will find punk shops, an Aldo discount outlet and music stores.

Hudson’s Bay Company

Located at 647 Granville Street, The Hudson’s Bay Company is a huge department store. With departments such as ladies wear, menswear, electronics, camping gear, housewares and more, you will find exactly what you are seeking. This store also has SkyTrain access from the bottom floor, as well as postal services and a fancy deli from which you can buy decadent treats. Visit www.thebay.com or call 604-681-6211 for more information on the stores and hours.


Matthew Toren

Matthew Toren
Matthew Toren is a serial entrepreneur, mentor, investor and co-founder of YoungEntrepreneur.com. He is co-author, with his brother Adam, of Kidpreneurs and Small Business, BIG Vision.