Reasons to Shop in Vancouver's Gastown

Historic Gastown is one of the Top 10 Places to Shop in Vancouver, for good reason: it's one of the hippest, most stylish shopping destinations in the city. Home to some of the best high-end, independent fashion boutiques in Vancouver, Gastown is a fashion hot-spot as well as the epicenter for Vancouver interior design.

Use this Gastown Shopping Guide to find the best stores for interior design and home decor, local fashion, ultra-hip menswear, First Nations art, antiques and collectibles.

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    Interior Design, Furniture & Home Accessories

    Gastown Shopping: Inform Interiors, Gastown, Vancouver
    Image Courtesy of Gastown Blog

    If you love contemporary home decor, furniture, and design, Gastown is the place to shop. The epicenter of interior design in Vancouver, Gastown is home to several internationally-acclaimed design stores--the stand-out being Inform Interiors, owned by Niels Bendtsen. Bendtsen designed the Ribbon chair, which was accepted into the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

    Best Interior Design, Furniture & Home Decor

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    Stylish Local & Independent Fashion

    Gastown Shopping Vancouver Obakki
    Photo by Christina Lanteigne / Gastown Blog

    Along with Main Street, Gastown is the destination for independent, local or designed-in-Vancouver fashion. Gastown's independent fashion boutiques are more plentiful and varied than Main Street, but they are also more expensive.

    Best Independent & Local Fashion

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    Ultra-hip Fashion for Men

    Gastown Shopping Vancouver Inventory Stockroom
    Photo © Inventory Stockroom / Inventory Magazine

    Vancouver is packed with fabulous fashion for women, but equally creative and luxe goods for men are sadly scarce. Aside from the mainstream Robson Street, Gastown is the only Vancouver fashion destination that's as good for men as it is for women.

    Fashion for Men

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    First Nations Art

    Gastown Shopping Vancouver Coastal Peoples Fine Art Gallery
    Image Courtesy of Coastal Peoples Fine Art Gallery

    As a historic district, Gastown's cobbled streets and gorgeous architecture make it a tourist destination, which means art galleries that cater to both locals and visitors looking for a piece of the Pacific Northwest to take home with them!

    First Nations Art

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    Antiques & Curios

    Gastown Shopping Vancouver Antiques
    Image Courtesy of Gastown Blog

    Many of Gastown's oldest shops are antique stores. While the packed-to-the-rafters Salmagundi West is probably one of the most famous, there are several hole-in-the-wall curio shops just waiting to be rifled through by antique-lovers searching for a great find!

    Best Antique Stores