Red Cat Records is a music shop founded and run by two artists: the singer Dave Gowans and the guitarist Lasse Lutick, who belong to a local country-rock band ‘Buttless Chaps’. Inside you will find many independent music vinyl records, and you can also get events recommendations from the shop owners as well as tickets to some gigs. The shop has been voted one of the best indie music shops in Canada due to the records selection and the owners’ expertise.
Red Cat Records, 4332 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 (604) 708-9422
Burgoo is a Vancouver-based bistro. This interesting place is particularly known for its tasty grilled cheese and, the classic Mac ‘n’ Cheese, and the unusual brie fondue. With a generous drinks menu, a special brunch selection, and great soups and sandwiches, this place is one of the most popular diners in SoMa. The main ‘Bistro Meals’ selection features American, French, Mexican, and many other specialties.
Burgoo Bistro, 3096 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 (604) 709-8650, +1 (604) 873 1441s
Smoking Lily is a local, independent clothing shop that sells their own products, produced in-store by local craftsmen. It started in Victoria, BC and opened in Vancouver’s SoMa afterwards. The clothes are made of silk fabric and have various charming or funny prints on them, such as animals, helicopters, or the periodic table. The collection, including accessories, stands out from typical chain stores’ products.
Smoking Lily, 3634 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 (604) 873 5459
The Jem Gallery is a must for any pop culture fan and kitsch art enthusiast, providing with a variety of unusual things. It showcases ‘Just East of Main’ eclectic and low-brow artworks such as prints, painted surfboards, woodcuts, or jewellery, all made by western Canada’s craftsmen.