Japan Market Kicks off the Holiday Market Season at Robson Square this Sunday

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Melon pan fillings from BAKER & TABLE Cafe at UBC Robson Square.

Earlier this summer, UBC Robson Square was host to an extremely successful Japan Market – featuring food, crafts, jewellery, stationary, and other kawaii (cute!) goodies.

The Japan Market is back – this time for a Christmas edition – on Sunday, November 4, 2018 in the heart of Downtown Vancouver.

With a bigger venue and over 40 vendors, the market kicks off the start of the holiday shopping season! No time like the present to start shopping for all your Christmas presents!

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Japan Market Kicks off the Holiday Market Season at Robson Square this Sunday

Eastside Flea Market Unveils its Permanent Location this Weekend

Eastside Flea | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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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

New Designers on Show at Portobello West Fashion + Art Market, May 26 – 27

New Portobello West designer Marian + Hazel. Photo credit: Marian + Hazel

It’s market season in Vancouver. Dana covered the recent Chinatown Night Market opening and the battle between the two Richmond Night Markets. I’ve blogged about the slew of Vancouver farmer’s markets openings in late May and early June.

Now it’s time for Portobello West Fashion + Art Market May 26 – 27,  featuring fresh, local talent in a variety of design forms from jewellery to art.

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New Designers on Show at Portobello West Fashion + Art Market, May 26 – 27

Vancouver Farmers Markets Kick Off New Season

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Fanfare, please. Vancouver farmers’ markets return for the summer/fall season that runs from late May to October in five locations throughout Vancouver. Primp your eco shopping bags and wax your bicycle. It’s time to get friendly with BC farmers.

Trout Lake Farmers Market, the biggest baddest Vancouver farmers’ market, opened May 12, in a glorious blaze of sunshine. Kitsilano Farmers Market opens this Sunday, May 20.

But they’re not the only game in town. West End Farmers Market and Main Street Station Farmers Market will kick off in early June, to be joined by the first ever Kerrisdale Farmers Market in July.

Get details on opening dates new vendors, food trucks and market events after the jump.

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Vancouver Farmers Markets Kick Off New Season

Portobello West Art Market To Open Just Four Times a Year

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Portobello West, Vancouver’s monthly arts and fashion market and one of the top spots to shop for local and independent fashion in Vancouver, has been around since 2006, first at the Rocky Mountaineer Station, then at Creekside Community Centre in the Olympic Village (since March 2011), where it has been operating on the last Sunday of every month.

But its new(ish) high-traffic digs aren’t helping Portobello West’s vendors. According to The Georgia Straight, customers’ propensity to “wait and see what they have next month” is hurting the artists’ and artisans’ bottom line.

So Portobello West is changing their schedule in an effort to help their vendors:

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Vancouver’s Local & Independent Fashion, Part III: Portobello West

100% recycled line of knit pullovers from Kdon, available at Portobello West

On the last Sunday of every month, over 110 artists and designers come together to sell their unique creations at one of the best spots for finding local and independent fashion in Vancouver: Portobello West Fashion and Art Market.

Created in 2006 by Vancouverite Carlie Smith and designed to mimic European artisan markets, Portobello West is one of the Top 8 Places to Shop for Fashion in Vancouver. A huge success in Vancouver—the market averages over 1,000 shoppers per event—Portobello has been a boon to local designers, offering a showcase for both well-established brands and up-and-coming talent.

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Vancouver’s Local & Independent Fashion, Part III: Portobello West

Inside Yaletown’s Urban Fare Market & Restaurant

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Summer in Vancouver is the perfect time for a picnic, and the city is packed with fabulous, unique gourmet markets that make grabbing a pre-made meal (lunch or dinner) or your own picnic ingredients fun and easy.

South Granville has Meinhardt (grab lunch and then hit the shops and gallery row), Granville Island has its Public Market (plus loads of outdoor seating with gorgeous city-and-English Bay views), and Yaletown has Urban Fare, located right by the seawall and waterfront parks–and just a block from the boutiques on Mainland and Hamilton Streets.

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Inside Yaletown’s Urban Fare Market & Restaurant