There’s something for everyone when it comes to shopping downtown. From high fashion boutiques along Alberni Street, to funky one-of-a-kind shops along Granville Street and all the malls in between.
700 West Georgia Street
With over 165 shops, Pacific Centre is located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver near the Vancouver Art Gallery along West Georgia Street and near Granville Street. The world's most famous brand names are easily found. Shoppers can also find entertainment tickets, currency exchange and gourmet food to go. Include major department stores The Bay and Sears.
Granville Street bridge to Waterfront Station (West Cordova)
With more than 100 funky, unique and affordable stores, restaurants and hotels along historic Granville Street, it’s a great place to stroll for that special something you might not find anywhere else. Specials, coupons and updated sales can be found on the website. Newly re-designed, look for wide sidewalks, vertical lighting and new street furniture. In Summer 2010, the street was pedestrian only. Check out the highlights:
Harbour Centre Mall
555 West Hastings Street
Check out the shopping at the base of Vancouver's Harbour Centre Tower, next to Simon Fraser University. Shoppers can take a trip to the LookOut - a 360 degree viewing deck that offers a glimpse of Vancouver and surrounding areas. The Harbour Centre is a short walk from most downtown hotels and in the heart of The Heritage District on West Hastings. Includes a large food court.
West Hastings (Burrard to Richards Streets)
In a modern-day evolution, the historic commerce and banking area of Vancouver's West Hastings Street has become a centre for the most prestigious of Western Canadian retailing, including world-renowned brands, including Birks, Chanel, Escada, Leone and Montecristo, to name a few. It’s just steps from the cruise ship terminal and the Waterfront Station.
757 West Hastings St.
More than a retail complex, Sinclair Centre is an unequalled setting of charm and grace within Vancouver's city core. This restored heritage project is an exciting blend of classic elegance and contemporary convenience. Sweeping staircases, of rich marble, gleaming brass, original tiling and wood paneling reflect rich styling of the past. Recapture yesteryear in a unique shopping experience. Sinclair Centre links Vancouver's exciting waterfront developments - the cruise ship terminal, convention centre, hotels - with downtown Vancouver. The centre is directly connected to the Seabus Terminal, and Waterfront Station and there are more than 2,200 parking spaces within a three-block radius.
1055 West Georgia @ Burrard Streets
Located underneath the BC headquarters for the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) are two levels of retail stores, including a food court. The Centre is connected with the Vancouver Hyatt Regency Hotel and the Burrard Skytrain station.
Alberni @ Burrard Street
Alberni from Burrard to Bute Streets
Fast becoming a destination for high-end retailers and trendy restaurants, Alberni Street x Burrard houses Tiffany & Co., Hermes, St. John, Louis Vuitton, De Beers, and Tori Burch. It's flanked by ‘see and be seen’ restaurants Coast and the Italian Kitchen and customer favourites Kirin Chinese restaurant, Theirry Chocolate café (always popular on weekend evenings) and JJ Bean Coffee Roasters.
Burrard Street itself is a great destination: start at Canada Place and the Coal Harbour waterfront and walk all the way to the Burrard Street bridge/the False Creek Ferries and head to Granville Island. In between, there’s the ScotiaBank Theatres, the St. Paul’s Hospital Lights of Hope (evenings mid-Nov.-Jan.), Victoria Secret store at Robson Street, the CTV studios and store, the Roots store, restaurants and other shops.
Home to one of downtown's new separated bike lanes, Hornby Street is a great link to other parts of the downtown peninsula (the West End and the Burrard Street bridge to Kitsilano on the south end and the seawall and Stanley Park on the north end), in addition to being a destination in itself. You'll find the business crowd doing everything from picking up flowers from outdoor street vendors, to shoe shopping to dental appointments. The addition of the bike lanes, means a slower pace and increased safety for pedestrians. Local traffic only is encouraged. Watch for installation of street furniture, food street vendors and other streetscape enhancements to come in Spring 2011.