Spanning three city blocks above and under ground, this shopping center will leave mall lovers reeling with consumption-induced joy. Located in the centre of the downtown action, this popular place has nearly every store and service. From cosmetics, gifts and souvenirs to kids clothing, flowers and furniture, it's here. Some of the notable stores include Mexx, Holt Renfrew, Banana Republic and the ubiquitous Gap. The upscale Holt Renfrew department store is on site, and the large food fair offers everything from tacos to sushi.
The biggest shopping center in the city, Oakridge located about 20 minutes outside of Downtown. The complex includes shops like Banana Republic, MaxMara, Aritzia and two major department stores: The Bay and Zellers. Other major fashion brands are also represented, and the mall also contains a multiplex movie theater, babysitting services and a large food fair. The tower above the mall has business offices, a large pharmacy, dentists, doctors and other medical services.
First Nations culture often provides a significant voice in the city's art scene. Located in the heart of trendy Gastown, Coastal Peoples Fine Arts gallery displays the work of over 150 established and lesser-known First Nations artisans. It displays a range of customized gold and silver jewelry, each piece a reflection of contemporary and traditional native styles. Artistic traditions from tribal nations along the coast, arctic and plains are celebrated. It has an exceptional selection of masks, ceremonial bowls, carvings, totem poles and prints.
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.
For a taste of local designers or pieces with European flair, head over to Spank Clothing. Labels like Flo, Togs Design and the Danish line Numph are good choices for pants and dresses. If you’re looking for outerwear, check out the popular Soïa & Kyo line from Montreal. Spank carries their own line called Lost and Found, and also features a large selection of Matt & Nat bags, as well as their secondary line, Samsara. Don’t miss this one if you’re looking for unique pieces to add to your wardrobe at reasonable prices. Â
Nicole Bridger is a quite the buzz among the younger generation. Clothes designed by her are trendy and elegant and use natural materials. The dyes used for the clothes are also eco friendly which is appreciated by the more aware people. Be sure to drop in to the store to have a closer look.