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Shopping and Supping in Vancouver's Gastown

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All visitors to Vancouver eventually make their way to Gastown. But after you’ve had your photo taken with the singing steam clock and snapped a selfie with the neighborhood’s founder, Gassy Jack, what next? Go shopping! Gastown is packed with dozens of independent stores selling everything from hand-stitched Canadian-made leather goods and First Nations art to highly covetable jewelry and funky footwear. Here's a handy guide to some of the best spots.
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120 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5T 1V9, Canada
I stumbled into this store when I first moved here thinking I could buy a postcard. Two years later I have yet to buy a postcard, yet Hills is possibly my favourite store in the city! I go by whenever possible, sometimes to shop, but usually to...
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319 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J4, Canada
You can watch chocolate being made and coffee roasted at this cute bean-to-bar chocolate and coffee house in the heart of Gastown, and it doesn’t just taste good here, they’re doing good too. East Van Coffee Roasters is a non-profit social...
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65 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1A1, Canada
Playful shoe designer John Fluevog’s flagship store is right in Gastown on Water Street in a gorgeous two-storey glass-fronted building that houses the design team upstairs and you’ll find his eccentrically elegant designs on the ground floor. I...
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1 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2H9, Canada
Part high end restaurant, part exclusive lifestyle store, and all rather fabulous, Secret Location is the must-visit spot for design-conscious visitors to the city seeking something special to take home. The boutique has an eclectic mix of clothes...
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320 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1E8, Canada
It’s hard to visit Old Faithful and not immediately start planning how you’ll manage to afford absolutely everything in this wildly desirable modern day general store, from elegant pencils from Public Supply and Tuthilltown Bourbon barrel maple...
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353 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B8, Canada
Tardis-like, this cute boutique looks tiny from the outside but manages to pack plenty of exciting things inside, check out their mostly Canadian designed jewellery and accessories as well as their European and North American easy to wear designs....
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44 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1A4, Canada
Although they design both women’s and men’s clothing, every stylish guy I know is obsessed with this fabulous Montreal designer store which recently opened here in Gastown. It’s luxe without the bling, utilitarian basics designed beautifully and...
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27 Blood Alley Square, Vancouver, BC V6B 0C4, Canada
Hidden away down the fabulously named Blood Alley, lies one of Gastown’s late night secrets; a super-fun tacos and margaritas spot. They definitely don’t take themselves too seriously here, as you can tell by the pink flamingo decor and the...
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350 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J3, Canada
Pidgin may be known for their deceptively simple East-meets-West Asian-inspired menu with a decidedly French edge, but their cocktails are all kinds of fantastic too, and in a casual but cool spot like this, it’s most fun to combine the two. Try...
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217 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J2, Canada
You’ll find people queuing outside the doors in Gastown throughout the week to take advantage of L'Abattoir's excellent bar-only Happy Hour from 5.30-6.30pm which offers half-priced appetizers from their award-winning menu, daily red and white...
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92 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2K8, Canada
While you’re in Gastown make sure you take time to visit the Lamplighter, a little slice of BC Craft beer heaven. You’ll be spoiled for choice, as they offer 50 taps focussing mainly on local brews but they also showcase beers from American craft...