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
- 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 daily tours, and buskers perform nearby during summer.
Where: 1669 Johnston St., Granville Island
When: Daily 9am-7pm
- 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
- 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: Fri-Sun 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: Fri-Sun 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: Fri-Sun from mid-May to mid-September
3. Vancouver Farmers' Markets
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 mid-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 MarketsFashion 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
- 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.
- Make it! Vancouver: Music and handmade goods mix to create a funky and friendly vibe. The show is held twice annually.
Where: Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive
When: April and November
5. Seasonal, Holiday, and Christmas Markets
- Vancouver Christmas Market: A German-style holiday market with a traditional, outdoor feel.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, 649 Hamilton St.
When: Nov. 22-Dec. 24
- 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 MarketsIn addition to the regular weekend Vancouver Flea Market, check classified ads and websites for any yard sales.
- Vancouver Flea Market: An old-school flea market offers up everything from toys to antiques. Arrive early for the best selection.
Where: 703 Terminal Ave.
When: Saturdays and Sundays from 9am-5pm, holidays 10am-4pm