Vancouver's Best Independent Boutiques
Collected by Nikki Bayley, AFAR Local Expert
Sure, Vancouver boasts more than its fair share of big name brands and stores, from the "Rodeo Drive" of Robson Street to the McArthurGlen outlet mall, but the city also has some terrific independent stores, especially around Gastown, Main Street, and West 4th. Pick up unique treasures to take home and support these cool Canadian businesses!
511 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J8, Canada
Style goddess Erin Templeton’s Storefront/Studio is in Vancouver's historic Chinatown and a must-visit for lovers of her one of a kind, new and recycled leather bags and accessories. I’ve picked up a few of Erin’s beautiful pieces in the sales...
321 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H6, Canada
Vancouver seems to really love vinyl. Every neighborhood has at least 2-3 record shops, but I spent the most time browsing at Vinyl Records in Gastown. When you enter the store, it may look as if nothing has been organized, but I assure you, its...
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...
350 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1E8, Canada
Jennifer MacKay’s clothing boutique is the go-to store for fashionable locals, who know they’ll find pieces exclusively in her shop. I have a weakness for the shoes. (604) 685-8885. As told to Rhonda May. This appeared in the September, 2012...
51 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1E9, Canada
Lynnsteven carries beautiful fashion pieces and accessories; the lingerie and handbags from emerging Canadian companies such as Fortnight and Ella are downright irresistible. Check out the 14-foot tower of recycled paperback books that encloses...
1725 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V5L 1H6, Canada
Tucked away in East Van’s brewery district, Odd Society make some of the city’s most interesting small batch spirits, such as their truly mouth watering Bittersweet Vermouth and their popular Crème de Cassis made with local blackcurrents. From...
355 Water Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B8, Canada
3715 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3N8, Canada
I adore this little boutique on Main Street that’s simply stuffed with gorgeously girly styles and flirty retro clothes. You can find plenty of Canadian designers here too, and there’s an especially good selection in the jewelry section. While you...
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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