When visiting, we always enjoy the numerous shopping opportunities in Vancouver. Here are a select few:
Eaton’s is located at 701 Granville Street in the large Pacific Centre. This Centre includes over 200 stores.
Gastown – besides being known for its shopping, Gastown is the birthplace of Vancouver in 1867. Gastown was originally called Gassy’s, named after saloon owner Gassy Jack Deighton. The town site was nicknamed Gastown or Gassy’s Town, never just Gassy’s. Most of Gastown was going to be torn down in the early 1970’s but citizens rallied their support and saved the area and now it is designated a heritage area. A number of boutique shops line both sides of Cordova Street.
Gastown is also known for its antique galleries. Native American galleries exhibit a diversity of art pieces. Visitors entering Gastown will see a statue of Gassy Jack – nearby is a distinct triangular shaped building on the corner, the Europe Hotel. Website: www.gastown.org
Granville Island – This island used to be home to sawmills and steel factories. Numerous artists maintain small galleries on the island. There is also an eclectic array of restaurants. Granville Public market is held daily, known for its flowers and diversity of seasonal fruits. Website: www.granvilleisland.com
MetroTown Mall is located in Burnaby, a suburb of Vancouver.
Pacific Centre has a variety of shops including Polo by Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger (a leading American men’s designer), Collections For Men, Leathers by London Fog, Dockers, Souvenirs of Vancouver, Chinaware and Crystal, Kitchen Essentials, Gourmet and Fine Foods, Oriental Rugs and many factory outlet shops.
Robson Street features high fashion boutiques – similar to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. This shopping area sets the clothing trends for tomorrow, today. But its not only a fashion destination, Robson Street is home to numerous restaurants. Website: www.robsonstreet.ca
Royal Centre, is a mix of over 50 shops and services within walking distance of Vancouver Centre Mall.
The Bay . Not far from Pacific Centre is The Bay, Canada’s first department store.
Vancouver Centre Mall is located a bit further down the street.