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Shopping at Vancouver Markets

Farmers' Markets, Craft Markets, Fashion Markets, Night Markets, and More

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Shopping at Vancouver markets lets you interact with locals and find unique gifts. In the market set-up you can browse the stalls, chat with designers, haggle for a bargain, and likely snag a fantastic deal.

Vancouver markets range from the Chinatown Night Market to the Granville Island Public Market, with craft fairs, holiday events, and farmers' markets in-between.

1. Public Markets

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Shop for groceries or just browse these markets that are generally open daily, year-round:
  • Granville Island Public Market: There are the makings of a fantastic picnic at the Granville Island market, with seafood, wines, fresh breads, cheese, and local produce. Edible Canada runs tours, and buskers perform nearby during summer.
    Where: 1669 Johnston St., Granville Island
    When: Daily 9am-7pm (closed Mondays during winter)
  • Lonsdale Quay Market: Located on the North Vancouver waterfront, this is a rival to Granville Island for the vibrant hum. The vendors are less food-focused (although there’s still enough to wrangle a superb picnic). Others stalls sell gifts, clothes, and specialty items.
    Where: 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver (near the SeaBus terminal)
    When: Daily 9am-7pm

2. Night Markets in Vancouver and Richmond

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During the summertime, wander the eclectic vendors and food stalls at these Asian-style night markets:
  • Summer Night Market in Chinatown: Browse the stalls in the colorful heritage setting of Vancouver's Chinatown.
    Where: The market sets up along Keefer Street, between Main and Columbia streets.
    When: Weekend nights from mid-May to early September
  • Richmond Night Market: Located in Richmond, this night market is busy with vendors, shoppers, and entertainers. It's situated near the River Rock Casino.
    Where: 8351 River Rd, Richmond (near the Bridgeport Canada Line station)
    When: Weekend nights from mid-May to early October
  • Summer Night Market: It's worth the transit ride out to Richmond, where this Asian night market has hundreds of vendors who import bargain-priced goods from across the Pacific. For more shopping in Richmond, visit the city's major Hong Kong-style shopping malls.
    Where: 12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond
    When: Weekend nights from mid-May to mid-September

3. Vancouver Farmers' Markets

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Find out about the locavore movement at the grass-roots level.

Thursdays:

  • Granville Island: This market sets up near the public market.
    Where: Triangle Square, Granville Island
    When: Thursdays, from early June to October

Saturdays:

  • West End: This market is handy to downtown, and has the usual mix of organic veggies and homemade goodies.
    Where: Comox Street, between Thurlow and Bute streets
    When: Saturdays, from early June to mid-October
  • Trout Lake: This market ties in with the eclectic feel of Commerical Drive.
    Where: John Hendry Park, near E. 13th Avenue at Lakewood Drive
    When: Saturdays, from mid-May to mid-October
  • Lonsdale Quay: Browse vendor stalls within easy reach of the SeaBus terminal and the Lonsdale Public Market.
    Where: 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
    When: Saturdays, from early May to late October

Sundays:

  • Kitsilano: Located off West 10th Avenue at the local community center in laid-back Kitsilano.
    Where: Kitsilano Community Centre, 2690 Larch St.
    When: Sundays, from mid-May to mid-October
  • Ambleside: Also on the North Shore, this farmers' markets is near the pretty waterfront Ambleside Park and seawall.
    Where: On Bellevue Avenue between 13th and 14th streets, West Vancouver
    When: Sundays, from early May to late October

4. Craft, Art, and Fashion Markets

Fashion and craft markets are busy with local designers and trend-setters:
  • Portobello West: Happening on a seasonal basis, this art and fashion market stocks funky, cutesy, cool, and trendy goods from local designers and artisans.
    Where: Creekside Community Recreation Centre, 1 Athletes Way
    When: Seasonal
  • Got Craft?: Held twice each year, this market promises hand-made goods.
    When: May and December
  • Nifty for Fifty: This annual event in Mount Pleasant delivers bargain-priced items from local designers.
    Where: Heritage Hall, 3102 Main St.
    When: April
  • Make it! Vancouver: Music and handmade goods mix to create a funky and friendly vibe.
    Where: PNE Forum, 2901 E. Hastings St.
    When: December

5. Seasonal, Holiday, and Christmas Markets

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Holiday markets are as much about the atmosphere as the goods:
  • Vancouver Christmas Market: A German-style holiday market with a traditional, outdoor feel.
    Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, 649 Hamilton St.
    When: Late Nov to Christmas Eve
  • Circle Craft Christmas Market: It started as a hippie fair in 1972, but has since matured into a well-loved craft co-operative.
    Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada Place
    When: early November

6. Flea Markets

In addition to the regular weekend Vancouver Flea Market, check classified ads and websites for yard sales.
  • Vancouver Flea Market: An old-school weekend flea market offers up everything from toys to antiques. Arrive early for the best selection.
    Where: 703 Terminal Ave.

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