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Shopping at Vancouver Markets

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


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.


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


  • 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


  • 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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