Shopping in Vancouver ensures a diverse range of
products and quality, with everything from haute couture to
laid-back flannels, as well as jewellery and home accessories
available in malls and shopping areas throughout the city.
Commercial Drive is known as 'Little Italy' and has
very trendy, quirky boutiques, while Davie Village in the West End
is home to great bookshops. Chinatown, encompassing Main Street and
Keefer, trades in ginseng, green tea, silks, weekend summer
markets, and exotic fresh produce.
Another Main Street also offers a wide selection of
antique and home accessory shops. Granville Island Market sells
fresh produce, meats, fish, and baked goods, and there are a
diverse range of shops, stalls, and galleries in the area.
Downtown Vancouver and Gastown have shops offering
high fashion, jewellery, shoes, and homewares, while the Sinclair
Centre has upmarket fashion and art shops. Royal Centre is made up
of a variety of underground stores and the Pacific Centre is home
to the famous Holt Renfrew shop. Nearby Water Street is home to art
galleries, antique shops, and native art stores, as well as
souvenirs in the many speciality shops.
Note that a Goods and Services Tax is levied on most
things, but Canada no longer offers a refund scheme.
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