Discover the excitement of retail therapy without venturing far from the city on Vancouver’s North Shore! Embark on a thrilling day of shopping exploration, immersing yourself in a treasure trove of unique finds from independent retailers and local artists. Your adventure will culminate in the ultimate shopping experience at Park Royal Mall, making this one-day itinerary a delightful journey across the vibrant retail landscape of the North Shore.
And if you only have one day on Vancouver’s North Shore to shop, it’s essential to base yourself somewhere central. See our Places to Stay for great hotel options for any budget.
Get a leisurely start with coffee at House of Funk. While more well-known as a brewery, House of Funk also serves excellent coffee. They roast their beans on-site for a deliciously fresh brew! Or if you prefer to pair your coffee with tasty pastries like a cruffin or a croissant, then Nemesis at The Shipyards will be sure to hit the spot.
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Lower Lonsdale is a vibrant area that offers a cosmopolitan mix of small boutiques, cute coffee shops, markets, and more. Quay Market and Food Hall is a great place to explore on a rainy day (it’s covered!) and houses several indie stores, including Saje Natural Wellness. Mo’s General Store offers an old-fashioned, one-stop mom-n-pop shopping experience with carefully curated goods for your “home, body and soul.” You’ll also find some of the best fashion-forward styles and accessories at Unity Clothing Inc. Finally, if you’re looking for that one-of-a-kind gift, the gift shop at The Polygon Gallery is a must-do for design-forward and artist-made products.
Did you know that the world-famous outdoor clothing brand Arc’teryx was founded on Vancouver’s North Shore?! It’s true – and they offer exclusive hometown discounts only at the Arc’teryx Factory Store. The Outlet store has a curated selection of designs at the best price you can find, whether you’ll be rocking them on a mountain trek or just exploring around the city.
Just a short drive away is Tour de Feast, a great spot to rest your feet and fuel up again. Tour de Feast attracts locals and visitors alike with its mouth-watering French cuisine. For your early lunch, you can enjoy dishes like Heirloom Tomato Gratin, Cassoulet, and Short Rib Sandwiches.
You’ll be downright spoiled for choice in Edgemont Village with its independent bookshops, boutiques, and eateries. If hunger calls, stop by The Meatery for freshly made sandwiches or get an afternoon sugar boost with a dessert bar at Bjorn Bar Bakery. Then, you’ll be up for the treasure hunt to follow at unique, independent shops like Giftworks Boutique, thestylewell, and Pizazz Gifts.
Our next stop, the picturesque village of Dundarave, offers a range of small boutiques and galleries to shop in. You can take a break to take in the scenery at Dundarave Beach, which is only a five-minute walk away, or head to The Latest Scoop – a local women’s fashion boutique that stocks the latest looks from designers in Vancouver and Los Angeles.
By now, we’ve surely come to dinner time, and there’s no better place on Vancouver’s North Shore for that than The Village Taphouse in the heart of the charming Village at Park Royal. The extensive menu has a little something for everyone, including 20 carefully selected craft beers on tap. They’ve got plenty of screens too, in case your shopping day also happens to be game day.
Finally, it’s time to explore the jewel in the North Shore’s shopping crown, Park Royal! Park Royal is a huge indoor/ outdoor shopping destination, home to over 200+ shops, restaurants, and services. You’ll find many unique and brand-name stores as well as BC’s only Simons location! Simons offers a range of fashion styles and designer labels, plus some of the best men’s shopping, with a whole floor dedicated to men’s labels! Other shopping highlights are LuluLemon, Aritzia, Sephora, Urban Outfitters, and many more, catering to all tastes!
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