For Hardcore Shoppers Only: Vancouver shopping tours

Veteran shoppers know that shopping while on the road can be hit or miss.  Sometimes you find that exquisite gallery selling handmade crafts or that perfect little boutique tucked down a back alley.  But more often than not, you find yourself browsing overpriced souvenirs and tchotchkes in some non-descript tourist trap.

Luckily, visitors to Vancouver now have a unique new way to improve their shopping success.  A company called Shopabout has developed a series of guided shopping itineraries, designed to showcase the artist studios, independent boutiques and food and wine shops that locals know about and travelers often overlook.

Two prime shopping neighborhoods are highlighted.  The Granville Island tour (two hours; $40) explores Vancouver’s waterfront district of artisans, gourmet food stores, galleries and designers.  A dense network of cobblestone streets winds past artists’ workshops, a working brewery, a bustling public produce market and more, offering savvy shoppers a smorgasbord of buying opportunities.

The Yaletown tour (two hours; $40) dives into Vancouver’s trendy warehouse district.  Converted brick factories and warehouses from the early 1900s are now home to some of the city’s trendiest boutiques and fashion shops.  The pro shoppers from Shopabout help guests navigate the maze of options and find the best deals and most stylish offerings.

Shoe shopping in Vancouver! @jedmarc and I went a little crazy a few days ago... footwear for life ;)

Tour visitors also get exclusive discounts at stores.  And truly hardcore shoppers can ask the team at Shopabout to develop customized itineraries focused on clothing, food and wine, housewares, art or any other shopping fix.  For more information, check out the Shopabout website.

Has anyone done the Shopabout tour?  What’s your preferred shopping district in the city?

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