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Best Places to Shop in Vancouver Along the Skytrain

Coming to Vancouver for some shopping? Looking to support local Vancouver-grown brands like Aritizia, Hershel, Lululemon, Arc’teryx and many more? Below is a list of some awesome, easy-to-commute-to places for shopping along the SkyTrain and Canada Line!


Restrictions may apply during the pandemic, please read our blog on what to expect when shopping and eating.

 

Gastown

Gastown, Vancouver

Filled with little nifty boutiques and novelty stores, Gastown is the place for shoppers who want to experience a charming street with local artists, well-known talent and emerging designers. Gastown’s cobblestone streets, stunning architecture, landmarks and history also makes it one of the tourist hotspots in Vancouver.

Website: https://gastown.org/directory/shops-services/

Nearest SkyTrain station: Waterfront Station on the Canada Line and Expo Line

Directions:  9-minute walk from YWCA Hotel Vancouver

 

Robson Street

Robson Street

One of the best-known streets for shopping in the downtown core, Robson Street features a wide range of trendy and high fashion clothing stores. Being right in the heart of the downtown core, you’ll find yourself walking right alongside locals on their way to the office, sports fans heading to the game, and students lining up outside noodle shops. Though Robson stretches from BC Place Stadium at one end to Stanley Park at the other, the best-known shopping precinct is in between. The main retail shopping area starting around Granville Street, which is where you’ll find the Nordstrom department store and the entrance to the Pacific Centre shopping mall (a 10 minute walk from our hotel), ending at Jervis Street.

Website: https://robsonstreet.ca/

Nearest SkyTrain station: Vancouver City Centre on the Canada Line

Directions: 10-minute walk from YWCA Hotel Vancouver

 

Pacific Centre

Pacific Centre

One of the most convenient indoor shopping malls in Downtown Vancouver, Pacific Centre is connected to the Canada Line, Expo Line and the other shopping mecca – Robson Street. Featuring hundreds of stores, including many high-end shops, it is one of the main shopping areas for locals working downtown.

Website: https://shops.cadillacfairview.com/property/cf-pacific-centre

Nearest SkyTrain station: Vancouver City Centre on the Canada Line and Granville on the Expo Line.

Directions: 10-minute walk from YWCA Hotel Vancouver

 

Metropolis at Metrotown

Metrotown

Shop till you drop. One of the largest shopping malls in Canada, with over 400 stores, restaurants and a movie theatre, you can definitely spend a full day at Metropolis at Metrotown. From sporting goods to beauty boutiques, fashion to footwear, there's something for everyone.

Website: https://metropolisatmetrotown.com/en/

Nearest SkyTrain station: Metrotown station on the Expo Line

Directions: 25-minute transit from YWCA Hotel Vancouver

 

MacArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport

McArthurGlen

Fills with the best deals on designer brands and latest trends, McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport was the first of its kind to open in the Vancouver area. Designed like a quaint European shopping village with tree-lined shops, multiple restaurants and dining options, a dancing fountain, adventure play area and more.  Free parking, free storage lockers, free Wifi & free travel on Canada Line between the YVR Airport & McArthurGlen Designer Outlet.

Website: https://www.mcarthurglen.com/en/outlets/ca/designer-outlet-vancouver/

Nearest SkyTrain station: Templeton on the Canada Line

Directions: 35-minute transit from YWCA Hotel Vancouver

 

Aberdeen Centre

Located in Richmond, Aberdeen Centre offers visitors the full experience of visiting an Asian mall in Vancouver. Known to locals for having one of the best Asian food courts in town, visitors often recommend going with your stomachs empty. The mall also features events and decorations during festivities, a dancing water fountain display, an indoor playground for kids and most recently, motorized furry rides for your little ones.

Website: https://www.aberdeencentre.com/

Nearest SkyTrain station: Aberdeen Station on the Canada Line

Directions: 35-minute transit from YWCA Hotel Vancouver

 

The Amazing Brentwood

 

 

Located in Burnaby, The Amazing Brentwood has seen a major transformation since its renovation. Complete with VIP Cinema, the REC room and other hotspots for entertainment, and great dining options inside and near the mall, this location has recently earned its reputation for a prime “hangout spot”. Featuring open air plazas with benches and tables, water fountains, Linkway to the SkyTrain, upscale food court and plenty of local shops. It is definitely worth a visit if you are looking for some indoor entertainment and happen to be in town for more than a few days!

Website: https://theamazingbrentwood.com/shop/

Nearest SkyTrain station: Brentwood Town Centre Station on the Millennium Line

Directions: 30-minute transit from YWCA Hotel Vancouver