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Best Shopping Districts in Vancouver

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Yaletown

Once a warehouse area, this is now the city's newest shopping, high-tech and film industry district. Turn-of-the-century buildings that now house high-end furniture, home design and designer clothing retailers characterize the neighborhood, and it has become the favorite spot for film industry offices and shooting. Stick around and you might see a Hollywood star along the streets. Some of the city's best pubs and restaurants can also be found here. Great sips can be had at the Yaletown Brewing Co.

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South Granville

South Granville is a shopping area rich with culture and tasteful boutiques. The area is abundant with upscale galleries, restaurants and specialty stores full of high-end merchandise. Between West 6th and 15th Avenues you'll find Vancouver's Gallery Row, showcasing some of the city's best artists. There is a wide array of modern art to check out at these galleries. The area is also home to the recently-refurbished Stanley, a 650-seat art-deco theater. Just steps from the theater are Asian green grocers, cappuccino bars and other shops.

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Main Street

Main Street, is one of the most happening streets in the city. The street extends right from Waterfront Road up to Kent Avenue. Located on this street are most of the city's top shopping centers, restaurants and bars. Visit the website to know more on offers and promotions for individual places.

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Chinatown

Known as the third largest in North America, Vancouver's Chinatown is a colorful area filled with exotic wonders. The profusion of markets and stores sells everything from star fruit, gai lan, ginseng, herbal medicine and tea sets to hand carved chopsticks, rice paper pads and Buddha figurines. It's a very inexpensive place to shop for gifts and groceries. Pender Street, between Carral and Main, has shops selling curios, clothing, herbs and house wares. You can grab a drink at The Keefer Bar, dine at Bao Bei and then spend a few hours at the wonderful Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden.

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Gastown

This part of downtown got its name from saloon owner Gassy Jack Deighton, who was a rather chatty fellow. In case anyone doubts the true root of the area's title, there is a large statue of this historical figure on Water Street. Cobblestone streets and original architecture, shops, restaurants and bars fill the area. Highlights include The Landing, Hill's Native Art, Deluxe Junk Co., Salmagundi West and the Irish Heather Bistro.

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Robson Street

This was where the original German community in Vancouver shopped. Robsonstrasse, as it was formerly known, was lined with delis, bakeries and restaurants. Today, Robson Street one of the city's most fashionable shopping streets: Alfred Sung, Salvatore Ferragamo, Chanel, Rodier Paris and Stephane de Raucourt are just some of the big names in this urban shopping destination. Options for grabbing a bite abound. Find everything from schnitzel to sushi along this bustling thoroughfare. It is also cruising central in the summertime, with cars and sidewalks filled with people enjoying the warm summer air.

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Commercial Drive

Dotted with character homes, coffee shops, delis and cheap grocers; 'The Drive' is now a colorful, richly diverse street experience. Originally, the street was most famous as 'Little Italy'. It now supports every sort of ethnic shop and restaurant, including Jamaican patty shops, Ethiopian restaurants, Spanish tapas bars, Portuguese coffee shops, Indian clothiers, organic food stores, Chinese grocers, Moroccan falafels, Italian furniture, French bakeries and Cuban cafes. It also hosts annual events such as the Fringe Festival, the Parade of Lost Souls and other street parties throughout the year.

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West Fourth Avenue

If you want to know where Vancouver goes to shop, then you might want to pay the West Fourth Avenue a visit. The place, which has been voted as the Best Neighborhood houses some of the best and biggest fashion brands and local stores that undoubtedly create a mass appeal. With unique fashion catering to all sorts of preferences, this place has long been the go-to place for most Canadians to shop, this side of the city.

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West Point Grey

This shopping district has a distinctly serene neighborhood feel. That's probably because it's set in Vancouver's oldest and most prestigious locale. It is a perfect area for calm browsing and hassle-free shopping. Specialty shops run the gamut from decorator stores (Pleasantries, the Cloth Shop, and Splish Splash Bath Boutiques) and fashion boutiques, to hardware (Hewer Home Hardware) and grocers. Choose from casual to fine dining in places like Dentry's Irish Grill and Brock House Conservatory. Many of the retailers carry high-end merchandise, but a range of shops is present.

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