Welcome to one of the greatest 'hoods' in my hometown....South Main! The young and the hip have settled in this area bringing with them great independent boutiques, quality coffee shops, and an ample assortment of good eats. Always refreshing and lively, a day on Main is a day well spent. This guide is best to start in the early afternoon with what else...a great cup of coffee!
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A. Le Marché St. George
Address: 4939 St. George Street at the corner of E. 28th Ave., Vancouver BC.
Hours: Open daily from 8am-6pm. Closed Holiday Mondays.
A few blocks East of Main Street lies the hidden gem of Le Marché St. George. Start your Main Street tour off right at this lovely neighbourhood cafe with an incredible cup of coffee and a scrumptious treat from the French menu. You'll love the vintage silver serving trays and saucers they used to serve their guests and the friendly at home vibe. Monocle Magazine called it one of the world's best cafes and I'd have to agree that it is something special. Be sure to also check out the charming marketplace, which offers a curated selection of must have items.
B. Jojo's Place
Address: 4376 Main Street, Vancouver BC.
Hours: Monday - Saturday 12pm-5pm.
Calling all antique lovers! This is 'the' place for industrial vintage finds. Many of the pieces found here have been restored to their former glory in-house and they do an excellent job. This small space is jam packed but if you look hard enough, you're sure to find a gem in one corner or another!
C. Nineteen Ten Home Boutique
Address: 4366 Main Street, Vancouver BC.
Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am - 6pm. Sunday 12pm - 5pm.
As you walk down Main Street pop into Nineteen Ten, a modern vintage boutique with a wonderful selection of furniture, lighting, and accessories. Beautifully designed, this store showcases it's offerings in a creative and eclectic way. If you're looking for the perfect vintage accessory, this is your place.
D. Vincent Park Clothing:
Address: 4278 Main Street, Vancouver BC.
Hours: Monday to Saturday 11am-6pm. Sunday 12pm-5pm.
Next up is the industrial chic, Vincent Park boutique, offering a curated selection of men and women's clothing and accessories. The boutique has an edited design with pops of interest like a photo booth in the middle of the store! Who doesn't love a photo booth! Stop here for that classic piece your wardrobe is missing, or for something a little more of the moment; they have a good mix of both.
E. Eugene Choo
Address: 3683 Main Street, Vancouver BC.
Hours: (M-T) 11am - 6pm. (F) 11am - 7pm. (S) 11am - 6pm. (Su) 12pm - 5pm.
If you're looking for a unique designer piece, look no further than Eugene Choo. Offering a strong mix of labels like Aigle, A.P.C., Picnic, and Henrik Vibskov, this relaxed boutique gives you both local and international options. Don't forget the Annex next door which offers a superb selection of men and women's shoes and accessories. The atmosphere at Eugene Choo is friendly with lots of natural light and a simple yet curated display. D-lightful!
F. Umeboshi Shoes
Address: 3638 Main Street, Vancouver BC.
Hours: (M-T) 11am-6pm. (F) 11am-7pm. (S) 11am-6pm. (Su) 12pm-5:30pm.
You're probably tired from shopping now so you might as well head on over to Umeboshi, take a seat in their awesome vintage theatre chairs and try on some shoes! Not just your ordinary shoe collection, these are a carefully curated selection of handcrafted beauties you need in your closet now. Do yourself a favour and invest in a well made pair of shoes that will last for many years to come. Find brands like Coclico, Dieppa Restrepo, Argila, Rachel Comey, and Oak Street Bootmakers on the shelves here. Finally can we please turn our attention to the miniature shoe last on the front door stopper. Squee!
G. Vancouver Special
Address: 3612 Main Street, Vancouver BC.
Hours: Monday - Saturday 11am - 6pm. Sunday + Holidays 12pm - 5pm.
If you like mid-century modern and Scandinavian design, then Vancouver Special is your kind of store. They have everything for the modern home from clocks to sofas to teapots. Be sure to also take a browse at their interesting library of design and architecture books! Some brands of interest here are Braun alarm clocks, Mountain Beanbags, and my personal favourite, Hay from Denmark.
H. Flower Factory
Address: 3604 Main Street, Vancouver BC.
Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am - 6pm. Sunday 11am - 5pm.
Look no further then their long list of awards and accolades to realize that flower factory is one of the best in the city. I can personally vouch that their work is nothing short of amazing as I worked with them for my wedding. Stop in to browse their wide collection of flowers and succulents and be sure to check out what they're busy working on for their next event. Visiting with a friend later? Why not whip up a little bouquet and make their day. There is nothing better than fresh flowers to brighten a space!
I. Burdock & Co
Address: 2702 Main Street, Vancouver BC.
Hours: Open 7 days a week from 5pm. Weekend Brunch 10:30am - 2pm.
You must be getting hungry by now so head down to Burdock & Co for some seriously delicious food and drink. Their menu consists of share plates that change to reflect the seasonal availability of ingredients. There is a focus on sourcing local ingredients, natural wines, and craft beers. We tried the ricotta nettle gnudi, buttermilk fried chicken, and rosemary smoked muscles. They were all amazing but the gnudi, similar to gnocchi, is a must try. The design concept here is rough and refined. It mixes industrial elements like the lighting and bar stools with delicate tile work on the bar to achieve a space that is worth checking out in it's own right. Burdock & Co's relaxed charm and friendly service will make it a memorable experience!
J. Brassneck Brewery
Address: 2148 Main Street, Vancouver BC.
Hours: (M-F) 2pm-11pm. (S-Su) 12pm - 11pm. Closed Holidays.
After dinner, head down to Brassneck Brewery to taste some great local beers! Tasters come in flights of four. Pick your favourite one and hang out all night. Rotating food trucks hang outside the front door and they are happy to let you gab something and bring it in. If you like what you've tasted, grab your own growler and take some home. You can't get it anywhere else so now's the chance to stock up. Growlers are the resealable glass bottles that are taking the beer world by storm lately. There are a variety of sizes available, all adorned with some pretty awesome graphics and branding (There are also T-shirts if you like the graphics too). The staff here are friendly, knowledgeable, and happy to help you find a beer you're sure to love. The design in here is industrial with lots of reclaimed wood and concrete floors. You can check out the beer being made next store through gaps in the walls which is a feature I particularly like about the design. Brassneck Brewery is sure to cap off your adventure in a fun and lively way.
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Mid Range: The Burrard (www.theburrard.com).
Thank you to contributing photographer Levi Groeneveld for the photos in this post. Find more from him at levigroeneveld.com.
I sincerely hope you enjoyed a designer day in South Main!