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shopping on granville island

Vancouver has British Columbia's best shopping in a number of unique neighborhoods and downtown districts. You can find everything from upscale designer fashions to handmade local crafts. Food items such as B.C. honey or birch syrup (similar to maple syrup, but with a slightly different flavor) make great souvenirs to bring home.

The city's main shopping drag is bustling Robson Street, where you'll find designer clothes, specialty shops and some of the city's finest restaurants.

For SoHo-style ambience, head southeast from the city center (five or six blocks) to Yaletown. Transformed from an industrial railway terminus into a funky neighborhood of eye-catching stores and ultra-hip restaurants under old warehouse canopies, the area is small and manageable. Hamilton and Mainland streets, between Nelson and Davie, are the main thoroughfares.

At Granville Island, start with the Public Market, where you can find locally made chocolate, birch syrup, vinegar, barbecue sauce, honey and much more. But don't stop there. Amble through the Net Loft and on to Railspur Alley for more -- and unusual -- artisans and craftspeople.

In suburban Richmond you'll find a cluster of interesting Asian shopping centers along No. 3 Road known as the Golden Village. And further south is Steveston, a historic fishing village with inviting shops and restaurants.


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