Eat, Drink, and Shop at Lively Vancouver Markets this Summer

Photo: Richmond Night Market

This summer promises to be an amazing one in Vancouver, with popular events returning and new ones in the works. Going to a market promises so much fun: happy people milling about, artisan goods to browse, and great food and drink to enjoy.

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Eat, Drink, and Shop at Lively Vancouver Markets this Summer

Eastside Flea Market Unveils its Permanent Location this Weekend

Eastside Flea | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Image courtesy of The Eastside Flea | Facebook.com

One of Vancouver’s most unique shopping markets has found a new, permanent location inside the once-decrepit Ellis Building located near Main & Terminal in East Vancouver. The Eastside Flea is a “modern day flea market” that has taken place across the city at various venues (including the Wise Hall), events (including the Food Truck Festival), and universities (including UBC).

The market is inspired by the Brooklyn flea market culture and brings a diverse mixture of vendors into one location. Past markets have had local vendors hawking vintage clothing, crystal jewelry, delicious smelling candles, animal skulls, collectibles, leather goods, and artisan food.

After roving the city in various locations, the Eastside Flea has finally settled itself down at Main & Terminal (fairly close to its much bigger brother, the Vancouver Flea Market). And after a huge renovation, the location is finally ready to open with a highly-anticipated grand opening event this weekend to celebrate.

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Eastside Flea Market Unveils its Permanent Location this Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

It’s the last weekend before Christmas!  Looking for ideas?  Check out our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!
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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

It’s a weekend full of pre-Christmas fun, craft fairs, and music!  Check out our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday to Sunday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Vancouver’s not-so-secret neighborhood shops and markets

Photo credit: Le Marche St. George

Le Marche St. George Photo credit: Luis Valdizon

Corner store culture was a large part of my childhood.

On weekends I pedaled the half-block down to Jackson’s corner store to buy sour soothers with my mom’s spare change. In the summer my friends and I would flock to Bob’s Mini Mart for screamers – a decadent cup of slush with soft-serve ice cream on top.

The owners knew our names and the selection of munchies and trinkets for sale seemed endless.

Now, as an adult, I seek similar qualities in the delis, markets and shops I frequent:  availability of quality snacks, quirky goods and location, location, location.

Whether I’m hunting for a sparkly, spontaneous gift or fixing for a rare ingredient like garlic-scape salt or frozen lobster bisque Vancouver has a lovely smattering of eclectic markets, mini-grocers and shops that can provide these and more. Herewith are some of my favourite neighborhood shops and not-so-secret mini-markets around the city. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s not-so-secret neighborhood shops and markets

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend
Ready for an amazing BC Day long weekend of fireworks, music, Pride, and festivals?  Here’s a roundup of events happening all over Metro Vancouver this Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holiday Monday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Fancy-Pants Farmers Market at Shangri-La this Sunday, June 24

Unusual spot for a farmers market? Not in Vancouver! Photo: MARKET by Jean-Georges

I love Vancouver. I love that we live in a city where a luxury hotel (the Shangri-La Vancouver) and one of the cities top-rated, high-end restaurants (MARKET by Jean-Georges) decide to host an on-site farmers market and no one blinks an eye. Because, hey, why not? Even elite gourmands love a farmers market (right?), especially a fancy-pants one.

I jest; it really is a great idea (if somewhat ironic): MARKET will host the inaugural Shangri-La Farmers Market on its outside terrace, where guests can peruse stalls from nine different local vendors while enjoying complimentary canapés from Shangri-La’s Executive Chef Wayne Harris and complimentary wine tastings from Tinhorn Creek Vineyards.

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Fancy-Pants Farmers Market at Shangri-La this Sunday, June 24