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You’ll find all the obvious souvenirs in touristy Gastown, from Maple Leaf-adorned Canucks jerseys to Mountie mania (Mounties in snow globes, Mountie key chains, Mountie magnets, plush cartoon beavers dressed as Mounties – you get the picture), but for more distinctive (and authentic) souvenirs of Rain City, seek out intriguing pieces of First Nations art or jewelry, wild Pacific smoked salmon, artisan chocolates, Canadian designer clothes, or a bottle of surprisingly evolved B.C. wine.

Shopping in Vancouver

Bodacious

Sitting on a hip stretch of Main Street, the sassy Bodacious boutique offers togs by a slew of Canadian designers and its own line of skirts and tops. A body-positive environment for women with curves, this family business creates flattering fits for women in sizes ten and up.

4393 Main St., BC, 604-874-2811, www.bodacious.ca
Tags: shopping | trendy | boutique | designer

Chocolate Arts

Master chocolate artisans' wares are on the shelves at this exclusive boutique in upscale Kitsilano. Show off your sweet tooth and your great taste by acquiring chocolate medallions adorned with designs by First Nations art star Robert Davidson, or buy a chocolate bowl filled to the brim with delectable chai, vanilla, and Venezuelan cocoa truffles.

2037 West 4th Ave., BC, 604-739-0475, www.chocolatearts.com
Tags: shopping | culinary | chocolate

Eagle Spirit Gallery

Vancouver’s largest gallery of First Nations (indigenous) artwork specializes in Northwest Coast and Inuit pieces, many made with wood and stone from sustainable local sources. Find sacred transformation masks, ceremonial button-blanket cloaks, feast bowls, serpentine carvings, beadwork, and fine paintings.

1803 Maritime Mews, BC, 604-801-5277, www.eaglespiritgallery.com
Tags: shopping | smart splurge | art

Gastown

Lurking amid all the souvenir shacks, the area where Vancouver began also offers intriguing First Nations art, some fine galleries, and plenty of tempting wares.

BC, www.gastown.org
Tags: shopping | things to do | souvenirs | gallery | designer

Granville Street

Between Granville Bridge and the Coal Harbour waterfront, Granville Street shops totter from grunge and goth, to skater and outdoorsy, to fashionable denim destinations like Buffalo, DKNY, and Parasuco.

Granville Street, BC, www.granvillestreet.com
Tags: shopping | things to do | designer | clothing | accessories

Kitsilano Wine Cellar

An incredibly helpful staff is on hand at the Kitsilano Wine Cellar to guide you to the perfect bottle of B.C. wine. Stock up on local Merlot, Chardonnay or Pinot Gris – then sashay a few doors down to organic emporium Capers (604-739-6676) for sumptuous accompaniments like maple-candied salmon, quiche lorraine, and gourmet cheeses.

2235 West 4th Ave., BC, 604-736-7660, www.kitsilanowinecellar.com
Tags: shopping | culinary | wine

Main Street

Need a ’60s B-movie frock, a T-shirt commemorating the Russian Revolution, or a hipster satchel for your precious vinyl? Make Main Street’s spread-out shopping blocks your destination.

Main St. between 9th and 25th, BC, www.tourismvancouver.com
Tags: shopping | things to do | clothing | accessories

Robson Street

Vancouver’s main shopping thoroughfare teems with Japanese tourists and brand names from Hilfiger to Zara. Nearby Alberni Street’s windows offer glamorous attire from Hermes, Betsey Johnson, and more.

Robson Street, BC, www.robsonstreet.ca
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South Granville

AKA Granville Rise, this has been a prime shopping strip since the ’20s. The motto “ten blocks beyond ordinary” summarizes contemporary art galleries, French ceramics, designer linens, Kiehl’s skin-care products, must-have footwear and more.

Granville St. south from Broadway, BC, www.southgranville.org
Tags: shopping | editor pick | things to do | gallery | designer | clothing

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