9 Best Places to Shop in Gastown, Vancouver

Hill's Native Art

Mt. Pleasant Fodor's choice
This highly respected store has Vancouver's largest selection of First Nations art. The place is crammed with souvenirs, keepsakes, and high-quality pieces, including carvings, masks, and drums. If you think that's impressive, head for one-of-a-kind collector pieces and limited editions. Its recent move from Gastown to East Broadway makes it a 10-minute cab ride from Downtown, but the larger and brighter space makes for easy browsing.

John Fluevog

Fodor's choice

You might have seen John Fluevog shops in New York and Los Angeles, but did you know that these funky shoes were created by a Vancouverite? The Gastown location is worth a look for the store itself, with its striking glass facade and soaring ceilings. There's another branch at 2156 West 4th Ave.

Inuit Gallery of Vancouver

In addition to quality Inuit art like the signature carvings in soapstone and antler, there's also an excellent collection of Northwest Coast native art such as baskets, totems, bentwood boxes, and masks.

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Kit and Ace

More evidence of Vancouver style making its mark on the world hangs at the Gastown flagship of this homegrown brand. Billed as "elevated essentials for real life," Kit and Ace's stylish, washable, and packable styles take Vancouverites (and anyone else) from work to dancing till dawn.

lululemon lab

One of only two lululemon labs (the other is in New York), this test site for Vancouver's iconic yoga wear brand is the place to pick up the company's latest athleisure and streetwear looks before they hit the malls. You can even see the designers at work in the open-plan shop.

Nettle's Tale

Located just a block away from the Gastown Steam Clock, Nettle's Tale is a welcoming shop that designs and manufactures ethically made and size-inclusive (4X to XS) swimwear and clothing. You can mix and match their locally made swimsuit tops and bottoms, or opt for a full-piece.

Oak + Fort

Based in Vancouver, with locations elsewhere in Canada, Oak + Fort sells simple (but stylish) locally designed women's clothing and accessories, plus a small selection of menswear and home decor items, at its spacious storefront.

One of a Few

The clothing and accessories here, from local and international makers, may not be one of a kind. But as the name of this funky little shop attests, you won't see the designs at mass-market retailers either.

Secret Location

Design students and celebrities flock to this airy, white gallery of highly curated clothing, accessories, jewelry, and art books. The constantly evolving collection favors cutting-edge European designers over household names.