Umeboshi Shoes

Umeboshi founder, Stephanie Gorrell, has been supplying the city with its most stylish shoes and wares since 2005. Located in the Riley Park neighborhood of Main Street, this breezy little boutique offers a curated buy of brands such as Martiniano, Maryam Nassir Zadeh and Rachel Comey. There’s also a tight edit of publications such as The Gentlewoman and Elephant, ceramics by Maggie Boyd and fragrance from Apoteker Tepe.

Nouvelle Nouvelle

With two locations in the city – Mount Pleasant and Gastown – Nouvelle Nouvelle offers an eclectic mix of urban brands such as Wood Wood, Samsoe Samsoe and Sessun, for both men and women. Its lifestyle boutiques offer tongue-in-cheek jewellery from In God We Trust, handbags by Kara, locally made candles and heady scents from Maison Louis Marie.


With a dark, moody aesthetic and bare brick walls this narrow, two-floor store in Gastown is the epitome of cool. Glossy wooden shelves showcase everything from Cereal magazine to handcrafted kitchen utensils, candles and artisanal chocolate bars. Perfect for a grown-up souvenir from the West Coast.

Community Thrift & Vintage

Want to empty your wallet with no guilty conscience? Not only are you supporting sustainable fashion when you shop here, but all profits support local, vulnerable communities. Recycled fashion never felt so good. Browse for vintage accessories and second-hand gems at the Frock Shoppe or venture to its second location farther along the road to pick up some unique homeware and menswear.

Old Faithful Shop

If you’ve been inspired by Vancouver’s many minimalist spaces, Old Faithful Shop gives you the chance to take a slice of this aesthetic home. The stylish store holds true to its name, offering trustworthy products that are beautifully and simply designed. The focus is on Japanese ceramics, stationery and sustainability. Shop for eco-beauty products, elegant reusable containers and Hay’s colourful glass straws.

Antisocial Skateboard Shop

Carefree skaters and hipsters gather at this shop that goes beyond simply selling products. Antisocial provides a community hub for creative Vancouverites, often putting on gigs and film nights. As well as shopping for vibrant decks you can browse streetwear, sneakers and Vancouver’s favourite independent magazine, SAD.

One of a Few

This is “one of a few” clothing stores in Gastown to deliver on style, but the only place to offer a beautifully curated selection of unique designer gems. Focusing on individuality, this boutique sources distinctive womenswear from up-and-coming creatives across the globe. Loosen your purse strings and invest in a pair of boots and dress that will have you re-entering Water Street with a spring in your step.

  • +1 604 605 0685
  • 354 Water Street
    V6B 1B6

The Modern Bartender

Ever wanted to turn your hands to cocktail shaking? This store is the perfect place to start. Impress guests at your next dinner party with sparkling glassware and new-found knowledge on bitters – a bite-sized, Alice-in-Wonderland like bottle that packs with flavour any tipple it touches. If you’re worried that you might lose these magical concoctions at customs, the shop will ship it to you.

Umeboshi Shoes

Nouvelle Nouvelle


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