Made in Vancouver: Where to Shop for Local Products in Vancouver, BC

Where to Find Local Fashion, Art, Food, & More in Vancouver, BC

Car-Free Festival on Main Street, Vancouver, BC
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When traveling to a new city, it's nice to shop for (or just see) locally made products: the art, fashion, and home products that can't be found anywhere else because they are unique to that city, that place. Bringing home a decorative object unique to a location can provide loving memories in addition to a lovely object to decorate your home with.

Vancouver, and BC, is home to many talented makers and you'll see their locally made food, products, and clothes in boutique stores and at artisan markets across the city. 

In this ​Guide to Shopping for Local Products in Vancouver, you'll find a list of "where to shop for local products" for your next trip to Vancouver. Which isn't to say that this piece isn't for locals, too: Shopping local is a great way to support local businesses and decrease our carbon footprint. 

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Artisan Boutiques on Granville Island

granville island
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Granville Island is one of the top places to shop for local products in Vancouver because it houses a large variety of local wares all in one place. You can park on-site and just stroll through the Public Market and then all around the shops.

Not everything on Granville Island is locally made, but a lot is; it's home to a large number of artists' studios and galleries. In particular, check out the shops in the Net Loft and along Railspur Alley as many of them are run by the local artists and makers, and sell items such as handmade wooden brooms and micro-distilled gin. 

What you'll find that's 'Made in Vancouver'

  • Arts and crafts, including B.C. First Nations art
  • Jewelry
  • Home decor and decorations
  • Fashion (mostly women's)
  • Food 
  • Artisan sake (at Artisan Sake Maker)
  • Local gin and vodka (at Liberty Distillery)
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Locally Made Art in Gastown

Steam Clock Gastown, Vancouver
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Vancouver's historic Gastown neighborhood--located just east of Downtown--is another hot spot for finding products 'Made in Vancouver.' More cutting-edge than the mall fashion of Robson Street, Gastown is a mix of local, Canadian, and international shops. It's also one of the few places in town that caters to men as much as women when it comes to fashion. It is more expensive than Main Street (see below) but is home to local brands such as Fluevog Shoes and Oak + Fort that are now internally known. Look out for seasonal sales to bag a bargain and take home some fine Canadian fashion. 

What you'll find that's 'Made in Vancouver'

  • Fashion (women's and men's)
  • Home decor
  • Arts, including B.C. First Nations art
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BC Fashion on Main Street

Main Street is a great place to shop for local fashion; it's less expensive than Gastown and includes several shops where the fashion is either made in Vancouver, designed in Vancouver or is (at least) independent Canadian fashion.​

Visit Much + Little for locally made clothing and gifts, and check out the vintage and consignment stores such as Front & Company for pre-loved local clothes. Wander between 20th and 28th on Main Street to check out the local stores from stationery to fashion brands. 

What you'll find that's 'Made in Vancouver'

  • Fashion (mostly women's, but some men's)
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Discover Vancouver & B.C. Art: Craft Markets & Art Galleries

Vancouver Portobello West 2009
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Some of the best places to find local products in Vancouver are craft and art markets, which pop up at various times throughout the year. These include Portobello West, Vancouver's most famous art, and artisan market, held about four times a year, and Vancouver Christmas Markets, held November - December. Look out for pop-up markets appearing in the city throughout the year, especially around the holidays and New Year when craft markets come to Vancouver. 

Art galleries throughout Vancouver promote local artists as well as B.C. First Nations artists. Gastown is home to many of these galleries and the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art on Hornby Street showcases one of BC's most well-known First Nations artists. 

What you'll find that's 'Made in Vancouver'

  • Arts, crafts, artisan works
  • Jewelry
  • B.C. First Nations Art 
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