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1. The recently opened Charm Modern Thai Bistro is a crimson-walled lounge serving complex cocktails that pair nicely with its small-plates menu. Try the Thai-spiced marinated short ribs or tiger prawns with rock pepper and garlic, served with mango salad ($8 each), washed down with a basil-muddled Bangkok mojito ($8). 1269 Hamilton St., 604-688-9339.

2. Yaletown Brewing Company has big-boned pub fare, a roster of house brews, a wrap-around patio, and Canucks games on the flat-screens. 1111 Mainland St., 604-681-2739.

3. George Ultra Lounge caters to a grownup cocktail crowd in a sexy room complete with a massive golden-glass chandelier. 1137 Hamilton St., 604-628-5555.

4. The lounge at the glittering Goldfish Pacific Kitchen hosts happy hour between 4 and 6:30 p.m. weekdays, serving chic amuse-bouches (all priced under $4.75) with suggested pairings from its extensive wine, cocktail, and sake lists. 1118 Mainland St., 604-689-8318.

5. Ganache Patisserie brings Paris to Vancouver. Pastry Chef Peter Fong's elegant Bleuets Amande cake pairs B.C. blueberry compote with a rich amaretto cheesecake and delicate biscuit base. 1262 Homer St., 604-899-1098.

6. AGRO Cafe is a local fave for combining a nosh with a caffine fix. Grab a cup of the organic, house-roasted "cinnamon" bre and settle into a deep leather chair to convertly watch the bustle of the Davie Street intersection over the top of the New York Times. 2107 Hamilton St., 604-605-1292. 

7. Shellfish and pirate aficionados should blow their doubloons at Rodney's Oyster House, where the gregarious staff will guide you through the fresh, half-shell specials that come with potent grated horseradish. If raw isn't your thing, opt for the generous portion of rustic fish stew. 1228 Hamilton St., 604-609-0080. 



1. Basquiat stocks impeccably tailored classics for men and women (many labels from Italy). 1189 Hamilton St., 604-688-0828

2. Eden purveys an edgy, urban sensibility. 1042 Hamilton St., 604-685-1737.

3. Ozé clothing boutique stocks one-of-a-kind dresses from unsung French lines. 1051 Mainland St., 604-684-4154.

4. Zwada Home arrived last year, bringing a beautifully curated mix of Asian antiques, new furnishings, and unusual objets d’art. Interior-design consulting and floral-arranging services are also available. Closed Sundays. 1228 Homer St., 604-568-7677.

5. Lola Home & Apparel is a vision in mauve. A whitewashed wardrobe displays Burberry’s children’s line; racks are stocked with DKNY and Lili Gaufrette. Tocca products and Diptyque eau de toilette sprays are perfect for a midweek splurge. 1076 Hamilton St., 604-633-5017.

6. Half of Inhabit’s high-concept lifestyle store stocks super-cool things for little ones (Skip*Hop dish sets and wooden toys); the other half appeals to their equally stylish parents — think Wallpaper* city guides, George Nelson wall clocks, notNeutral tableware. 1188 Hamilton St., 604-662-7408

7. Marimekko Concept Store has the iconic Finnish graphics in the form of bags, bath towels, clothes, dishes, and fabrics cut to suit. 1233 Hamilton St., 604-609-2881

8. The Cross Decor and Design pays homage to Paris, with its pastel-hued inventory of vintage finds, original artwork, and home furnishings and accessories; the exquisite hand creams, soaps, and candles make it a must-visit. 1198 Homer St., 604-689-2900.

9. Where Basquiat appeals to to the mature minimalist, Boudoir boasts that they're "bringing pretty back." The boutique's stock of adorable frocks from Eight Sixty, Covet, Valerie, Dumaine, and BCBC Generation does not disappoint. Step into an electric-pink fitting room and emerge read for an evening out on the town. 102-1230 Hamilton St., 604-676-7281.

10. Goorin Bros Hat Shop has been outfitting frontiersmen since 1895. Browse the four-generation, family-owned haberdashery, with its deep leather couch and worn Persian carpet, for truly timesless gear. Women favour the wide-brimmed Macey floppy for beachwear. For men, it's all about the classy Martino straw fedora. 1188 Hamilton St., 604-683-1895.

11. Beautymark is our homegrown Sephora. Think gotta-have beauty, skin care, and hair care products in a personalized paradise. If you're lucky, you'll spot a visiting Hollywood celeb among the professional makeup artists. 1268 Pacific Blvd., 604-642-0200.



1. Blo is devoted exclusively to blowouts (no cuts, no colour), offering a wash and one of eight hairstyles for just $29. The space can be rented by the hour for private primping parties, too.  Next door, partner-in-crime Noir Lash Lounge attends to the eyes, offering semi-permanent eyelash extensions (false lashes are the new fake breasts). Blo: 1150 Hamilton St., 604-909-9495. Noir: 1150 Hamilton St., 604-915-5274.

2. Many of Yaletown’s toned bodies are courtesy of The Space, a multi-asking yoga, pilates, dance, and gyrotonic studio. And what a space it is: exposed-brick walls, beamed ceilings, and glossy wood floors—the perfect setting to get centred. Acupuncture and shiatsu massage are also available. 305–1008 Homer St., 604-646-0199.

3. Spruce Body Lab practices the medi-spa concept, offering such treatments as Botox, microdermabrasion, and geo-thermal stone therapy, in an ultra-sleek space with dark woods and layer upon layer of white. 1128 Richards St., 604-683-3220.

4. The authentic Yaletown Caboose situated in Yaletown Park serves as an eye-catching street furnishing and a reminder of the borough's heritage. Sit down for a sunny picnic in the park square and contemplate Yaletown's historic role as the westernmost terminus of Canada's first national railway. (Three blocks south, visit decommissioned Engine 374 at the Roundhouse Community Centre.)