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1. Sushi Hachi appears to be a run-of-the-mill sushi joint, but its well-priced, incredibly fresh fare is anything but common. The lunch special, available between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., draws a crowd: two items (a choice of rolls, gyoza, terriyaki chicken or beef, etc.), miso soup, and a bottomless cup of green tea for $6.95. 2255 W. 41st Ave., 604-263-1877 

2. Bean Brothers is a comfortable neighbourhood spot (locals stick to the fireplace in winter, and the sidewalk benches in summer) offering a wide selection of fair-trade organic coffees, comfort food (picture four-inch-thick slabs of mac and cheese), and basic breakfasts served all day starting at 7 a.m. 2179 W. 41st Ave., 604-266-2185

3. Secret Garden Tea Company serves high tea thrice daily in the traditional style: quaint room, teapots dressed in cozies, and three-tiered trays of mini sandwiches, sweets, and scones—with the requisite jam and cream. Most notable is the tea menu itself, with more than 50 custom blends. Reservations recommended. 5559 W. Boulevard, 604-261-3070.

4. At Benton Brothers Fine Cheese find artisan and raw-milk cheeses, plus well-chosen accoutrements: serving boards, crackers, olives, and the like. Weekly specials are a thrifty way to try something new. 2104 W. 41st. 604-261-5813. 



1. Parents! Overlook Kerrisdale Bootery’s bland appearance and make your way to the back of the store for an amazing selection of kids’ boots and shoes from major brands like Stride Rite, Kenneth Cole, Robeez, and Kamik—many permanently on sale, it would seem. Service is attentive and efficient. 2182 W. 41st Ave., 604-261-6371

2. Recently opened, Jules & Eve has already earned a following with prom-bound teens and their chic moms. This is party-dress heaven: beautiful pieces by Betsey Johnson, Sessun, Frock! by Tracy Reese, and Mint by Jodi Arnold, and tailored separates from local designer Jason Matlo. The store offers complimentary makeup application with purchase; savvy patrons come to the store to get ready for evenings out. 2009 W. 41st Ave., 604-569-0844.

3. Kerrisdale Lumber proves it’s possible to be jazzed about a hardware store, with its stellar inventory of housewares and accessories (dozens of hard-wearing mats, baskets, patio lanterns, etc.), hardware basics, and the city’s best selection of high-end barbecues and outdoor kitchens from brands such as Kalamazoo, Fuego, Weber, and Napoleon. Up the block, Farrow & Ball, Benjamin Moore, Stihl Equipment, and Kerrisdale Equipment are at the ready for all other home-improvement jobs. Kerrisdale Lumber: 6131 W. Blvd., 604-266-3326.

4. Since 1914, Hills of Kerrisdale has been the cornerstone of Kerrisdale’s shopping street, stocking high-end apparel and accessories for men and women. For women: the latest lines from Robert Rodriguez, Michael by Michael Kors and Kensie, plus easy-to-wear basics by Velvet, Splendid, and James Perse. For men: a vast selection of graphic-printed Ts by the likes of Ames Bros and Friend or Foe, G Star jackets, sporty basics from Adidas and Lacoste, and fine-knit sweaters by NSF and Penguin. Don’t miss the Blue Ruby jewellery counter and the slim selection of footwear (love the gladiator sandals from Sam Edelman). 2125 W. 41st. Ave., 604-266-9177.

5. The Velvet Room Boutique carries women’s apparel by Canadian designers, but it’s the accessories that stand out. Look for Coral Moon Designs (the store’s house line of jewellery), handbags by Bronsino, and cute buttery-soft change purses by Patina ($16 to $24). 2248 W. 41st Ave., 604-264-8664.

6. Ed’s Linens stocks medium- and low-priced bed linens and duvet covers, cheap and cheerful tea towels, and bathroom towels and accessories; we’ve never seen such a selection of shower rings to choose from. 2142 W. 41st Ave., 604-263-7300.



1. On W. 42nd Ave., between Yew St. and W. Boulevard, there’s a parking lot offering two hours of free parking. Entrances off W. 42nd and Yew