Indoor Markets & Shop Hopping
While you’re in North Vancouver, save time for the glass-roofed Lonsdale Quay Market. Right next to the Polygon, it’s lined with food stands, charming boutiques, and a microbrewery if you need to chase away the chills with a libation.
Back in Vancouver (and also undercover), Granville Island Public Market is ideal for frost-free browsing, especially if you add a Lemon Ginger beverage from the Granville Island Tea Company counter. Across the street, don’t miss the smaller Net Loft, which houses artisan stores including the bright and cheery Paper-Ya stationery boutique and Circle Craft, where B.C. creatives showcase their work.
And if you’re in the mood for more rain-escaping retail therapy, take the easy route at the city centre’s fully-covered Pacific Centre. This large mall houses popular stores such as Holt Renfrew and Vancouver’s only Nordstrom. There are more than 100 other undercover shops to peruse here as well.
Alternatively, beeline to a neighbourhood where enticing stores are handily clustered together. Check out Gastown (conveniently located near the Fairmont Waterfront), where boutiques Oak + Fort, Six Hundred Four, and the flagship Herschel Supply Co. line Water Street and its tributaries. Further afield, you’ll find plenty of browse-worthy shops close together on South Granville (Bacci’s comes highly recommended).
If you’re keen to discover Vancouver’s hippest independent boutiques, head to Main Street between 18th Avenue and King Edward Avenue. Highlights include the design-forward housewares at Vancouver Special and the artsy womenswear at Smoking Lily. Need a coffee or lunch break here? Drop into Liberty Bakery or Anh and Chi.