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The best design shops in the best design neighbourhoods: South Granville, South Main, Gastown and the Armoury District.
Looking to spruce up your space? We’ve scoured the shops in the city’s hottest design districts to help you plan the perfect day of decor hunting—complete with coffee and cocktail recommendations.
One-stop shop might be a cliché, but the delightfully walkable SoGra design district is about as holistic as it gets: Scandi-cool decor meets stylish kitchen accessories meets trendy modern furniture meets eclectic, covet-worthy textiles in this home-focused ’hood. READ MORE
Here’s fuel for a humble brag: just last year, Architectural Digest named the Armoury District one of the top 12 design districts in the world (hey NYC, jealous much?). Named after the Seaforth Armoury at 1st and Burrard, it’s home to Arthur Erickson’s masterful Waterfall Building and several top furniture and decor stores, as well as many local architect and design offices. READ MORE
Welcome to SoMa—home of oat milk lattes, vintage credenzas and craft beers aplenty. Step into our very own West Coast Brooklyn, where Michelin-starred restaurants meet cool local bars, and where hipsters, artists and people who have or are seriously thinking about getting a tattoo are known to congregate. The home design shops? A hub for mid-century modern and eco-conscious minimalism. READ MORE
The streetlamps and cobblestones may give Gastown a yesteryear vibe (despite the fact that, ahem, these old-world aesthetic additions are actually from the ’70s), but the design shopping here is fresh, modern and downright playful, with plenty of international inspiration to be found. READ MORE
This story was originally published in the July/August 2023 print issue of Vancouver Magazine—find the digital issue here.