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Guide: The 15 best places to shop in Kitsilano

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Congratulations, you made it to Kitsilano, one of the most sought after neighbourhoods in the city. Whether you recently moved here (good for you) or you’re just messing around for a day (more our speed), we’ve got you covered for all, and we mean all, of your shopping needs.

First up you’re probably going to want to check out some clothing.


gravity pope

For a store that first opened in Edmonton, gravitypope has got a pretty solid finger on the pulse. Their Kitsilano location features two stores side by side, one for shoes and one for clothing. Head here for some everyday kicks or something a little more high end, since their brand list ranges from Vans to Acne Studios.

Hours: Monday to Friday, 10AM-9PM, Saturday, 10AM-7PM and Sunday, 11AM-6PM
Where: 2205 W 4th Avenue

Reigning Champ

reigning champ

The first flagship store in the country, this spot feels like a mix between a locker room and a hospital. You can’t knock the product though, their ultra-soft french terry dominates the loungewear market and is definitely way trendier than a pair of lululemon leggings. The real value lies in their robes and blankets, though.

Hours: Monday to Wednesday, 10AM-6PM, Thursday to Saturday, 10AM-7PM and Sunday, 11AM-6PM
Where: 2119 W 4th Avenue

Hill’s Dry Goods

hills dry goods

While their website is maybe a little more boastful than it should be (high-end fashion? really?), this is still a great place to discover a new brand that you probably won’t see anywhere else in the city. Heads up though, this location is specifically for women, as opposed to Hill’s of Kerrisdale which has both men’s and women’s collection.

Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10AM-7PM and Sunday, 11AM-6PM
Where: 2081 W 4th Avenue

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arcteryx vancouver

What do you mean, you live in Vancouver and don’t own any Arc’teryx? Don’t you know this is one of the rainiest cities in the country? Save up the few hundred dollars necessary for a shell, and never worry about getting caught in the rain without an umbrella again.

Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10AM-7PM and Sunday, 11AM-6PM
Where: 2033 W 4th Avenue



Although Patagonia isn’t originally from Vancouver, it might as well be. This is just a much a staple brand as Arc’teryx, and they deserve every bit of business they get. Want to shop like a true insider? Sign up to their mailing list for their legendary 50% off sales.

Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10AM-7PM and Sunday, 11AM-6PM
Where: 1994 W 4th Avenue

Australian Boot Company

australian boot company

Beginning to notice a trend? We hope so because Kits is the perfect neighbourhood to become the quintessential Vancouverite. These guys are the best in the city for finding every pair of Blundstones available. Say goodbye to whatever weird rubberized boot from Aldo you were wearing, and say hello to quality.

Hours: Monday to Friday, 10AM-7PM, Saturday, 10AM-6PM and Sunday, 11AM-5PM
Where: 1968 W 4th Avenue

Ok, so you got some fancy new duds, nice. What now? Well, how about rounding up some food and drinks for your dinner?

Beyond Bread

beyond bread cafe

Beyond Bread really is above and beyond your average bakery. The pain au chocolat here is incredible, as are their freshly baked loaves. If you’re feeling peckish while you’re there, the sandwiches are great for either breakfast or lunch. Are your grandparents in town for Christmas? Get a loaf of stollen and watch them lose their minds.

Hours: Monday to Saturday, 7AM-5PM and Sunday, 8AM-3PM
Where: 3686 W 4th Avenue

Persia Foods

persia foods

One of the best places in the city to find cheap groceries, period. Pick up some produce, then maybe grab a little bit of pita and some items from the deli. Works perfectly if you need some appetizers for a dinner party or something.

Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9AM-9PM and Sunday, 10AM-8PM
Where: 2827 W Broadway

Jackson’s Meat and Deli

jacksons meat and deli

With a place like Jackson’s available, you’ll be looking for any excuse necessary to fire up your barbeque. They’ve been in business for over 100 years, and it’s that not a stamp of quality then we don’t know what is. Make sure you talk to the butcher, they’re some of the friendliest and most knowledgable in town.

Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9:30AM-7PM and Sunday, 10AM-6PM
Where: 2214 W 4th Avenue

Broadway International Wine Shop

broadway wine

Their slogan, “A Shop for Wine Lovers”, really and truly reflects this business. While the cheapest spots in the city are the BC Liquor Stores, you’ll be happy to spend that extra buck or two for the level of service and undying devotion to wine that you’ll find here, no matter the occasion.

Hours: Daily, 11AM-9PM
Where: 2752 W Broadway

You’ve got food and you’ve got new clothing, but the day isn’t over and you want to explore a little bit more of the area. Perfect, because a couple one-off places here are too good to pass by.

Zulu Records

zulu records

Come on, were you really gonna buy a Crosley record player and some vinyls from Urban Outfitters? Get yourself together, and go check out one of the oldest record stores in the city. Zulu has a massive selection of new and used vinyl, as well as vintage stereo gear and cool music memorabilia like silkscreen posters.

Hours: Monday to Wednesday, 10:30AM-7PM, Thursday/Friday, 10:30AM-9PM, Saturday, 9:30AM-6:30PM and Sunday, 12PM-6PM
Where: 1972 W 4th Avenue

Interior Flori

Interior Flori

This shop takes flower design seriously so that you don’t have to. Never worry again about whether or not the person you’re buying for will like their flowers, just get a colour preference and maybe one flower they like and you’re set. We’re suckers for ikebana, and this is one of the few places that does it perfectly. They do need an Instagram, though.

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9AM-6PM, Friday/Saturday, 9AM-7PM and Sunday, 11AM-6PM
Where: 3640 W Broadway

Buddha Barn

buddha barn

One of the highest possible quality dispensaries in the city, this is where you take your friend looking to ‘just try it out’. They get all of their strains tested by a third-party lab, and only stock the finest available at the time. It sucks that the BC government is being so weird about providing licenses to dispensaries because this store earned one the day it opened.

Hours: Daily, 10AM-9PM
Where: 2179 West 4th Avenue

Kestrel Books

kestrel books

A hidden gem in the neighbourhood, Kestrel Books has one of the best curated used book selections in the city. From philosophy to contemporary literature to photo books, you’ll find the best authors here. Heads up though, the silence can be off-putting at the start, but the staff is super friendly. Also, watch out for Ruby, the shop cat.

Hours: Daily, 11AM-7PM
Where: 3642 W 4th Avenue

Banyen Books and Sound

banyen books

Banyen is “Canada’s Spiritual & Healing Resource since 1970”, and boy howdy do they live up to that claim. If you were to ask your more spiritual friends how they got into tarot and essential oils, chances are high that they were introduced to them at Banyen. Pretty good spot for some fun calendars and incenses as well.

Hours: Monday to Friday, 10AM-9PM, Saturday, 10AM-8PM and Sunday, 11AM-7PM
Where: 3608 W 4th Avenue

There you have it! That’s our shopping guide for Kitsilano, now get out there and have some fun. Stay tuned for a restaurant and bar guide.

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