Photo courtesy of Tourism Richmond
Over 160 stores pack this Asian mall, anchored by a Daiso (a Japanese dollar/convenience store). In 2016, the complex rocketed into the Guinness Book of World Records by displaying the largest PEZ-dispenser sculpture ever: a seven-foot tall accurately scaled replica of London's Big Ben. Trendy Korean skincare products remain a huge draw at Aritaum, Tony Moly, and Nature Republic. Shoppers can also stock up on anything from herbal remedies to Kigurumi animal onesies for adults and wash-and-dry toilets. The Aberdeen Centre also has eight full-service restaurants and an 800-seat food court on the top floor. Note: most of its vendors only accept cash, not cards.
By Amanda Castleman, AFAR Local Expert
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The Aberdeen Centre Pan-Asian Shopping Mall
In the few minutes it takes to walk from the Aberdeen Canada Line station along the busy No. 3 Road to the Aberdeen Centre you’ll leave Canada behind and be transported into an authentic pan-Asian shopping mall. With an almost 65% Asian population, the Vancouver suburb of Richmond is a treasure trove of Asian malls and the Aberdeen Centre is the largest. If you visit around Chinese New Year you can watch ceremonial dragon dancing and see lucky lions visit the shops, but year-round they have a dancing musical fountain show and various special community events. Plus, of course, three levels of great shopping, from the inevitable Hello Kitty knickknacks, ginkgo herbal remedies, and electronics stores, to quirky finds such as kigurumi adult animal onesies and electronic toilet seats that heat up, play music, and provide a wash and blow dry! Head up to the top floor to discover the all-Asian cash only food court.
By Nikki Bayley, AFAR Local Expert
4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond, BC V6X 4J7, Canada
Sun - Wed 11am - 7pm
Thur - Sat 11am - 9pm