48 Hours in Vancouver for Out-of-the-Box and Offbeat Shoppers

Shopping in Gastown. Photo Credit: Gastown BIA

Shopping in Gastown. Photo Credit: Gastown BIA

48 Hours in Vancouver is a weekly series appearing on the Inside Vancouver blog featuring photos and information on interest-based itineraries such as food/wine, arts & culture and luxury travel; helping visitors plan the best Vancouver trip possible based on what they love. Today’s feature focuses on off-the-beaten path shopping destinations to show savvy consumers that there is more to see beyond Robson St.

What You’ll Need to Go on This Shopping Discovery Adventure:
• A vehicle (rented or your own)
• GPS/Map
• Good quality walking shoes (you’ll be doing a lot of walking)
• A good quality tote bag (to hold all your purchases in)
• A camera with a good zoom function (For when you want photos of the different neighborhoods)

Day 1

Morning to Early Afternoon-10 am to 1 pm

After an early breakfast in the downtown core, take a 15 to 20 minute walk to the eclectic neighborhood of Gastown.

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48 Hours in Vancouver for Out-of-the-Box and Offbeat Shoppers

Holiday Shopping in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant

Photo credit: JWOX.  From the Inside Vancouver Flickr Pool

Photo credit: JWOX. From the Inside Vancouver Flickr Pool

The holidays are upon us and while deals across the border might seem tempting, merchants around the city are stepping up their game to offer discounts, packages, and unique retail experiences for shoppers. To promote local spending, I’ve talked to several local business improvement associations about what makes their neighbourhood shine for shoppers. This week’s feature is Mount Pleasant. Continue reading:
Holiday Shopping in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant

Start the long weekend off with Rock’n'Roll Burlesque this Friday

Coco Cinders performs with Blue Morris & band Photo Credit: Greg McKinnon

Coco Cinders performs with Blue Morris & band Photo Credit: Greg McKinnon

For a evening full of tassles, teases and Rolling Stones head to North Main Street’s Electric Owl this Friday. Local guitar hero and burlesque aficionado Blue Morris teams up with a quintette of burlesque birds for a night of live music, sparkle and shake.

On the second Friday of every month Vancouver-based guitar player and teacher Blue Morris takes the stage alongside a fine set of felines known for shaking what their momma gave them to present Rock’n’Roll Burlesque at the Electric Owl.

No stranger to organizing burlesque-bonanzas Morris is stoked about the prospect of creating a sweet orchestra of rock’n'roll moves and music under one roof.

“We were overwhelmed with the response to our previous shows: Motown, Beatles, and Dirty Dancing Burlesque,” said Morris. “Now I can’t wait to play Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and The White Stripes.”

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Start the long weekend off with Rock’n'Roll Burlesque this Friday

Word Art on Main Street

Photo credit: amazing_podgirl | Flickr

Walk down South Main and you’ll notice all sorts of colourful, eclectic treats: storefronts, restaurants, and in particular, art. It’s hard to miss the street art that makes Main Street so unique. But take a closer look and you’ll notice that snippets of advice, poetry, and musings pepper the building facades. Vancouver, one’s own existence, and living life to its fullest are common themes in the thoughts along Main Street. While some words like the Margaret Mead quote are permanent, others are temporary and are already fading away. At the same time, new word art is always appearing, making the art of Main Street constantly changing.

If you would like to take see Main Street’s word art for yourself, I suggest taking a walking tour. Start at Main St & 5th Ave, walking north towards King Edward, then double back to see what you missed on the other side of the street.  Due to the ever-changing nature of Main Street’s art, there is no definitive guide other than keeping your eyes peeled and observant.

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Word Art on Main Street

Off the Eaten Track: New Foodie Tour Explores Vancouver’s Hidden Gems

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Donald Market | East Village Photo: facebook.com/offtheeatentrack.vancouver

Vancouver has a reputation for fresh, West Coast cuisine and daring fusion dishes. But with so many great restaurants, how do you find the hidden gems?

That’s where Off the Eaten Track comes in. The unique tours focus on hunting down some of the city’s most popular, off-the-radar eateries – the secret spots only locals seem to know about. For visitors, it’s a unique chance to plug directly into the latest crazes in Vancouver’s edgy dining scene.

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Off the Eaten Track: New Foodie Tour Explores Vancouver’s Hidden Gems