This year, it's all our love for the local. We're in it for small businesses, neighbourhood favourites and the best the city has to offer (and not interested in supporting the space travel of Jeff Bezos, thanks very much). We rounded up all the shopping-est 'hoods—coupling a few together (Hi Gastown Chinatown!) and even tripling some (Cheers to you, West End/Downtown/Yaletown!) and made a totally walkable, no-postage-fees-ever gift guide for holiday shopping in Vancouver. From city-ready apparel to cozy winter reads to edible stocking stuffers—plus, the best theatre tickets, art classes, boutique hotels and more—this is your Vancouver shopping bible for 2021. Amen.
Main Street—it’s your best bet for eclectic stocking stuffers, all-natural skincare and the coolest local art. Don’t forget your walking shoes and eco-friendly reusable tote bag. READ MORE ⇒
It’s tough to find a pair of ’hoods more rich in culture and history than this dynamic duo: get your one-of-a-kind, charmingly local, and food-themed gifts here. READ MORE ⇒
When you’re stuck for ideas, try wandering the Drive—from specialty foods to wacky homewares, this is the neighbourhood for the wonderfully weird. READ MORE ⇒
The neighbourhood notorious for yoga and vegans yields big-brand athleisure, all-natural skincare and boutique finds (think minimalist homewares and goodies in jars). READ MORE ⇒
For the happy homebodies on your list, this is the route to walk: modern tableware, stunning decor and stylish accessories await. READ MORE ⇒
It’s a little off the beaten path compared to more bustling ’hoods, but Kerrisdale’s adorable boutiques and great sushi selection (we couldn’t pick from our top five) make it a go-to for shopping and snacking. READ MORE ⇒
If you’re feeling all malled out, grab some fresh air with a stroll around downtown. From city-savvy apparel to an owl-focused tour of the great outdoors, this ’hood has the best of the concrete jungle. READ MORE ⇒