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the areas are listed so that you can tour from one to the next in the order listed.
This island, on False Creek's side away from downtown, has a real farmer's market, and lots of galleries, boutiques and touristy stores. It was an industrial area, revitalized about 30 years ago, to bring life into Vancouver 's inner city. The "heart" of the Island is the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, named for the famous West Coast artist of tall trees and totems. Some really interesting restaurants, sounds of passing seagulls, and views of yachts cruising by, both big and small...there's something special about eating seafood at sea level.
South Granville (just south of downtown) has the trendier stores and boutiques, with higher price points, primarily because of its proximity to the toney Shaughnessy area. It's also very handy when you need to get that last minute gift when you're on your way to the airport. Many designer clothing shops are concentrated between 12th and 16th Streets. The area is also well known as "Gallery Row" because of the art galleries just under the Granville Street Bridge. You can also poke along West Broadway, with its wide range of discount stores - you can find pretty well anything here without having to hit downtown or a mall.
West Broadway, going east-west has a lot of interesting and less expensive stores, especially between Macdonald and Alma. Recently small eclectic stores have begun to outnumber the pool halls and souvlaki stands. There's also some famous destination shopping, including the renowned Mark James menswear store (2941 W Broadway). Most of the evening action occurs around the Hollywood Theatre (3123 W Broadway). Going east from Cambie Street is the area called "Camperland," named for the dozen-or-so outdoor stores and outfitters, anchored by 30,000 square foot Mountain Equipment Coop (130 W Broadway). The smaller stores in the area tend to specialize in a single sport.
This district, close to to Vanier Park, the Planeterium, and Kits Beach (between Burrard and Balsam) has a lot of neat little shops and boutiques for the board sports and the beach. Its the centre of beach culture in Vancouver. There's lots of variety for those looking for snow, skim, wake, surf, and skate boards and the area is a hang out for athletes, real or imagined. Also nearby is the "Yorkville" area, names for its proximity to York Street, along the 1800 block of West First Avenue. This area has a gym, a couple of day spas, aromatherapy shops and sidewalk bistros.
This district, on Tenth close to UBC, is dedicated to local residents and area families. There are also some high-end specialty shops unique to the area, if not the city.
This neighbourhood shopping district is centered around 41s Avenue along Main Boulevard, but extends from 37th to 45th, and from Balsam to Maple. 41st has the feel of a small town main street, catering to the residents of this quaint neighbourhood. The sidewalks are full of locals browsing the many shops.
This District is on Main Street, between 16th and 25th Avenues. Many stores feature traditional antiques and 20th century nostalgia, ranging from art deco accessories to 1950s and 60s kitsch. The browsers tend to be heaviest on Sunday afternoons.
In the multi-cultural South and East part of the city, Commercial Drive ("its NOT a Street") features a wide range of restaurants and specialty shops catering to Canada's most recent immigrants from Italy and from East India. The shopping district stretches from Venables Avenue to East 10th.