Exploring Denman Street – From English Bay Beach to Coal Harbour

The northern end of Denman Street

The northern end of Denman Street

When I was writing about the Top 5 Reasons to love English Bay Beach last week, I made Denman Street Reason #3. But Denman is more than just an adjunct to the beach; it’s a destination worth exploring all on its own.

A vital part of Vancouver’s West End, Denman Street is the last major north-south arterial before Stanley Park. Because of its proximity to the park, it’s the place to get skate and bike rentals for use in the park or along the famous Seawall. (You’ll find the bike/skate rental shops at Denman’s north end, near the junction of Denman and W Georgia Street.)

Denman is bracketed on either end by two of the city’s more spectacular scenic spots: English Bay Beach to the south and the Burrard Inlet to the north (where you can hop on a Harbour Cruise).

English Bay Beach, at Beach Ave & Denman Street

English Bay Beach, at Beach Ave & Denman Street

Boats in Burrard Inlet, at Coal Harbour, just north of Denman & W Georgia

Boats in Burrard Inlet, at Coal Harbour, just north of Denman & W Georgia

In between its two scenic ends, Denman is alive with shops and restaurants of all types.

Eating on Denman

You’ll find practically every type of cuisine imaginable here, from all-you-can-eat-sushi (at Tanpopo) to East African (at Simba’s) to French, Ukranian, Indian, and Vancouver-style seafood (at Raincity Grill). And if you’re looking for sweets, there are gelaterias galore, cake-and-pie shops, and the amazing Japanese cream puffs of Beard Papa’s.

Shopping on Denman

Though Denman isn’t a major shopping street, like Robson Street or South Granville, it has several unique boutiques and curio shops ripe for exploration. Dog lovers won’t want to miss the Big Dog, Little Dog Bakery (at 985 Denman), which is packed with doggie gifts that go way beyond baked goods (you can buy dog-collar bling there!). Another must-see: Top Drawers, a men’s clothing store with a truly prodigious underwear selection.

On Denman last week, I went into Tart Boutique for the first time….How could I not? Check out their outdoor display:

 

Tart on Denman

Tart on Denman

A relatively new resident on Denman—it’s been there just seven months—Tart is owned by Edie Orenstein, the owner of Edie’s Hats on Granville Island. Tart isn’t quite as risqué as it may appear; it does have some (ahem) personal items, but it also has fashion, lingerie, books, and fabulous fedoras. (Why don’t men wear more fedoras? Sigh.)

Discovering new things, like a new boutique, is one of the many reasons I love strolling Denman, rain or shine. That, and those Beard Papa’s cream puffs….

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