Vancouver has a great selection of shopping malls and shopping areas that cater to everyone and everything. Shoppers of all ages congregate in the relaxing areas and then spend hours walking around sipping bubble tea, eating Cinnabons and ramen, people watching, and trying on everything from their favourite shops. Here are, in our humble opinion, Vancouver’s best malls combined with the original chic street and a whole neighbourhood of hipsters.

CF Pacific Centre

vancouver's best malls

The corner of ‘Robson & Granville’ is the Vancouver equivalent of ‘Hollywood & Vine’. The centre of the city and anything you wish for can be found right here. The welcoming doors of Pacific Centre start here. Step in and choose to veer right and enter the glorious Nordstrom, then shop, eat and drink your way through three levels or ride the escalator down. The basement fun starts at the Disney Store and ends with some geeking out at Apple while trying not to stare at the alt associate in the kilt.

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Oakridge Centre

oakridge centre vancouver's best malls

This shopping mecca welcomes around 8.7 million people per year. Oakridge is known for offering top lines and chains, excellent services and amenities, and most recently brought in a touring exhibition of 3D printed ‘reliefography’ Van Gogh artwork that visitors were able to touch and photograph.

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Metropolis at Metrotown

vancouver's best malls

This is BC’s largest shopping centre with over 400 stores, restaurants and services over three levels including movie theatres and a top rated food court. Their ‘Grand Court’ features events all year around and shoppers can utilize, an app that let’s shoppers work through outfits before even heading to the mall.

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CF Richmond Centre

vancouver's best malls

Over 230 stores, the second best food court in Vancouver, a coveted Apple Store, and the winner of the most annoying multi-level parking lot ever – even for pedestrians. Take the skytrain and avoid being aggravated before you even get to the sliding doors

Image via @cfrichmondcentre


Robson Street

vancouver's best malls

One of the first streets in Vancouver, Robson Street went from running a solo train track to Vancouver’s favourite stroll for mid-range chain store shopping, coffee and crepes, the Zombie Walk and the tail-end of the Gay Pride Parade.

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vancouver's best malls

Continuously voted (locally and internationally) the hippest neighbourhood for low to high end shopping, eating, scoring and creative drinking. The gentrification of Gastown is resulting in amazing international labels and brand becoming available but it is also home to the disenfranchised and that ridiculous tourist trap of a steam clock.

Image via @TravellerLoon

Did we miss any of Vancouver’s best malls or shopping areas? Let us know in the comment section below.

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  • Sharon Townsend

    If generic chain stores are your criteria for Best Shopping Areas, I guess your list is appropriate. Seems like lazy journalism to me.

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