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Your Shopping Guide in Vancouver

Vancouver is a rare combination of mountains, water and big city life. There’s luxury and vintage shopping, High-end restaurants and greasy spoons, and sports arenas to host major teams and headliners. Walk the sea wall part of the way or all the way to Vancouver’s different districts. Carmana Plaza is in the perfect location to explore them all! Here are our top five neighbourhoods to visit during your stay.

Downtown

Burrard, Howe, and Georgia mark the busy streets of downtown, Vancouver’s business district – but it’s not all business. Find fun and games in the CF Pacific Centre, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, BC Place and Rogers Arena. Shopaholics will love CF Pacific Centre, a shopping mall downtown where you can find souvenirs, food, clothing, local brands and popular retail shops like Zara, Aritzia, and Sephora. Make your way down Robson Street and shop ‘til you drop. Catch a show at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. There you’ll find an array of entertainment like dance, music, comedy, and film. Sports fans can see the BC Lions and White Caps at BC Place or the Canucks at Rogers Arena. Music lovers too can see who’s playing a concert at these venues. Vancouver attracts many big names and people like you.

Chinatown

East Pender Street, Main, and Keefer are the streets to be on in Chinatown. This up-and-coming area mixes tradition with new age. Vegan groceries, vintage shops, and gastropubs are nestled in with the Asian groceries and specialty shops that have been around for ages. The most intricate cocktails are served in Blind Tiger Dumplings when you ask for the #7.

Granville Island

Granville Island houses the artisans of Vancouver. Kinds of pasta, cheeses, meats, nuts, produce… everything and anything. Craftsmen and the theatres keep the creatives around. It’s the spot to pick up souvenirs for the ones you love back home. Foodies, art folk, and children are all catered to on Granville Island. There’s even a playground for the wee ones! This blend of food, culture, and shopping is framed by the picturesque water surrounding the peninsula.

Gastown

Gastown is a historic part of Vancouver that has a longstanding association with the steam clock and souvenir shops on Water Street. It has since transformed into a very cool spot for independently owned shops. These specialty shops for clothing, accessories, and homewares are most found on Abbott Street, Carrall, and Cordova. The locals hit these streets for their wardrobe, coffee, and cocktail connection. After your day of walking along the cobblestone, sit down and relax at one of the many cafes and restaurants in the area.

Kitsilano

Kitsilano has always been knowns as the hippie part of Vancouver. Now Kitsilano is populated by young professionals and families who like to take their time and move to the beat of their own drums. Kits has a laid-back vibe; there’s no rush when you’re so close to the beach. Where Kits picks up the pace is West Fourth Avenue to West Broadway and Balsam to Burrard. There, the shops are a blend of independent and big names. The grassroots are still present from Trafalgar to Alma with independent bookstores, delis, and coffee shops.

In Vancouver, there are many things to check out and buy, right in the palm of your hand. Stay in one of our hotel suites at Carmana Plaza downtown to take advantage of all your new surroundings. We have hotel deals like receiving an Amazon gift card for $25 with a one-night stay. We offer competitive corporate rates and 30+ day extended stays. If you’re a BC resident and want to experience Vancouver in the most convenient location, stay in our boutique hotel and receive a resident rate. Book now to find out for yourself why you should visit Vancouver.

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