The Eastside Flea
For vintage and market lovers, make sure you visit The Eastside Flea in Vancouver, which occurs every second weekend and has over 50 vendors selling vintage clothing, handmade products, and collectibles. It also hosts one-off markets on Friday nights and opens every weekend in the month leading into Christmas. It’s a great market to visit to do your thrifting in one place. It also has a courtyard, DJ, and food trucks. If visiting Vancouver outside of the weekend, head further down Main Street to F as in Frank Vintage Clothing, Front & Company (a popular consignment store), and Woo Vintage Clothing.
8th & Main
Speaking of Main Street, another favorite store here is 8th & Main. Lonely Planet calls it “Vancouver’s largest hipster clothing store.” An independently owned and operated boutique, 8th & Main focuses on affordable clothes, shoes, and accessories for men and women. The store stocks over 100 brands from countries such as Canada, the United States, Denmark, and Australia. It also has a smaller satellite shop on Granville Island.
8th & Main, 2403 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 604 559 5927
OAK + FORT
Beginning in Vancouver in 2010, OAK + FORT has since grown to include 18 stores across North America. The boutique in Gastown is all about the minimalist aesthetic and affordable luxury. “We invest in our products with the hopes of creating tomorrow’s classics.” Expect to find clothing and accessories for both men and women, as well as a home section. Their collection includes basics such as sweaters, wool coats, denim jackets, and simple blouses. Cozy blacks and neutrals dominate the color scheme.
OAK + FORT, 355 Water Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 604 566 9199
Inside the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Hawksworth Restaurant is the place to be seen in Vancouver. It’s where many celebrities dine while filming in the city. Not only has it been voted Vancouver’s best restaurant, but the Hawksworth Restaurant was also voted one of the 50 best restaurants in the world by Diners Club International. The restaurant has four rooms: the Bar & Lounge, the stunning Art Deco Pearl Room, the Art Room, and the York Room. The menu is a modern mixture of global flavors, taking inspiration from international cuisines such as French, Japanese, Canadian, and Mexican. But Diners Club International says the standout dish is the slow-cooked Nova Scotia lobster.
Sutton Place Hotel
If fashion lovers want to hang out with the “who’s who” of the Vancouver film and entertainment industry, they should visit another Vancouver hotel. Gerard Lounge in Sutton Place is “reminiscent of an English club with tapestries, leather chairs, and a cozy fireplace.” Head here after a day of shopping for light meals and exquisite cocktails. There’s also the Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar on-site, which has a seafood-focused menu, and a very affordable happy hour for budget-minded fashionistas.
Vancouver Art Gallery
Be inspired by local and international artists at the Vancouver Art Gallery, one of Canada’s leading art museums. The art gallery, which sits in the city’s former courthouse, is beautiful both inside and out. Exhibitions have included work by renowned Canadian artists such as Emily Carr and Douglas Coupland. The Vancouver Art Gallery also founded an Institute of Asian Art, so exhibits highlight artwork by various contemporary Asian artists too.
Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 604 662 4700
Another alternative for a fun night out in Vancouver is to, of course, head to the theatre. The Queen Elizabeth Theatre is the city’s main performance space, where various plays, ballets, and musicals take place throughout the year. Visit the Tickets Tonight website for details on what’s showing when you’re visiting. It’s also worth checking on the day of your visit, as they offer daily half-priced tickets.