Exploring the city is a lot easier when you’re familiar with the city’s diverse neighborhoods. Here are the highlights of Vancouver’s most popular areas for sightseeing and shopping.
ROBSON & ALBERNI STREET
Vancouver’s leading shopping and strolling thoroughfare – where high-fashion boutiques intermix with music stores, beauty shops, and bookstores. Your attendees can recharge at a coffee shop or enjoy a more leisurely stop at one of the restaurants or bars.
Cutting right through downtown is Vancouver’s main entertainment district, featuring bustling shops during the day and happening clubs and bars at night. Send your attendees to the Pacific Centre Mall or to the youthful shops dotting the blocks between Robson and Drake streets for the latest fashions, club gear, music and comic books.
Generations of immigrants and an artistic counterculture scene have made “The Drive” one of the most diverse areas in Vancouver. Your vegetarian and foodie attendees will appreciate the vegetarian and ethnic restaurants, and everyone will enjoy the European-style cafes and alternative shops.
Bordered to the north by two popular beaches, “Kits” is an artsy upmarket neighborhood on the West Side, full of yoga studios, independent bookstores, organic coffee shops and natural grocery stores. Kitsilano is also home to the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Maritime Museum and Museum of Vancouver.
A trendy neighborhood for living and dining, chockablock with boutique stores specializing in antiques, furniture and vintage clothing, artist lofts, and galleries, and plenty of restaurants. The activity spans from Broadway to 33rd Avenue, but there is much to be found off the beaten path.
Home-goods stores, art galleries, and high-end apparel shops occupy the stalwart former warehouses; in the smaller spots, cozy boutiques sell everything from First nations art to custom diamond bracelets. Charming restaurants and chic nightspots add to the energy.
Glimpses of Vancouver’s origins are preserved in the Victorian buildings and cobblestone streets of this once-bawdy frontier post. Today, it’s an official historic area with antique streetlamps, shops and bars, and the famous two-tonne Gastown Steam Clock.
The first wave of Chinese immigrants arrived in Vancouver in the 1800s to build railroads. Today, the city has Canada’s largest Chinese population and a thriving Chinatown, full of authentic restaurants, shopping, leisure, and culture. During summer evenings, shoppers browse the goods and taste the food in the stalls lining the streets of the Chinatown Night Market.
“Young, hip and happening” aptly describes this urban neighborhood. English Bay Beach is a popular sunbathing and sunset-watching spot, and Denman and Robson streets attract shoppers and diners.
Rainbow flags hang from utility posts in this lively West End neighborhood. Famous for its thriving gay and lesbian community, Davie Village is also home to cool bookstores and thumping nightclubs.
A pedestrian-friendly picturesque peninsula awaits your attendees, just across the bridge. Street musicians, aromatic delicacies and artists’ studios are set against an amazing cityscape backdrop. Visitors enjoy shops, bookstores, and the sprawling Public Market, featuring fresh food and produce and colorful crafts from local artisans.
Just south of downtown is a pedestrian-friendly mix of coffee shops, art galleries, boutique clothing stores and interior design shops – an eclectic shopping experience that offers visitors plenty of places to pick up the perfect Vancouver souvenir.