Shopping at the Punjabi Market – Vancouver’s Little India

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When we asked famous Vancouver blogger Miss 604 (Rebecca Bollwitt) for her list of 10 Hidden Gems in Vancouver off the beaten tourist path, she included Vancouver’s Little India neighbourhood, the Punjabi Market.

Locals already know the pleasures of the Punjabi Market (Little India), the commercial and cultural focal point for Vancouver’s Indo-Canadian population.

Located on Main Street between 48th and 52nd Avenues, about 25-minutes south of downtown Vancouver, the Punjabi Market is packed with boutiques, stores and restaurants. Shops sell everything from high-end sarees, wedding clothes and gold jewelry to fabrics, cooking wares, groceries, and cheap and bountiful bangles, shoes and accessories.

There’s such a wide range of Punjabi Market shops that I love exploring them all. Some favourites:

For beautifully-detailed—and more high-end—women’s fashions and gorgeous beaded hand bags, there’s Crossover Bollywood SE just north of 49th and Main. (For similarly lovely men’s fashions, check out Sunny’s Studio for Men down the street.)

Beaded handbags at Crossover Bollywood SE

Beaded handbags at Crossover Bollywood SE

Inside Crossover Bolllywood SE

Inside Crossover Bolllywood SE

For tons of costume jewelry—including more bangles than you can imagine—and inexpensive shoes, bags and fancy children’s clothes, there’s the enormous Palika Gift House, just south of 49th and Main.

Bangles galore at Palika Gift House in the Punjabi Market, Vancouver

Bangles galore at Palika Gift House in the Punjabi Market, Vancouver

Purses & shoes, Palika Gift House, Punjabi Market

Purses & shoes, Palika Gift House, Punjabi Market

One of my sister’s favourite stores in all of Vancouver is the family-owned Guru Bazaar Sarees & Fabrics, Punjabi Market’s biggest fabric store. Half enormous fabric emporium—with, quite literally, every kind of fabric imaginable—half clothing and saree shop, the Guru Bazaar is a must-see. For people who love to sew—like my sister—it’s a must, period.

Inside Guru Bazaar Sarees & Fabrics, Punjabi Market, Vancouver

Inside Guru Bazaar Sarees & Fabrics, Punjabi Market, Vancouver

A tiny taste of the fabrics at Guru Bazaar in Punjabi Market

A tiny taste of the fabrics at Guru Bazaar in Punjabi Market

Check out what my sister bought at Guru Bazaar last time: (Yes, that is Hello frickin’ Kitty!)

Embroidered Hello Kitty! Amazing!

Embroidered Hello Kitty! Amazing

Love shopping at the Punjabi Market (Little India) as much as I do? Have a favourite store? Please share!

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