Secrets of Yaletown

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Duration: 3 Hours
Starting Point: Homer and Drake Street

Discover ten of the best kept secrets of Yaletown. While many know Yaletown for its bustling nightlife there is a mix of cafés, restaurants, and fashion boutiques off the beaten track. These shops and restaurants are places locals love. You won’t find them in the guide books!

While you are walking between establishments, make sure to check out the History boards. You can find them along Homer street and by the raised sidewalk that used to serve as a loading dock along both Hamilton and Mainland Street.

1. Cha Le Tea – 1207 Hamilton Street
High-quality premium Chinese tea shop and cafe with a warm and minimalist setting.

2. The Glamoury – 1241 Hamilton Street
Beauty and magic come together at this styling salon that specializes in the art of makeup & hair for any occasion.

3. Ganache Patisserie – 1262 Homer Street
Parisian-style patisserie serving a selection of individual pastries and cakes. Come in and taste a little bit of Paris. 

4. Brooklyn Clothing – 418 Davie Street
Men’s clothing store offering the biggest premium denim selection for men in Vancouver. They complement their denim program with an assortment of shirts, sweaters, outerwear, footwear and accessories. 

5. Barking Babies – 1188 Homer Street
Unique pet boutique will have you howling with delight at the selection of gifts, toys and accessories for your fabulous furry friends.

6. Indochino – 1014 Homer Street
Custom clothing for the modern man, innovating the way men dress. Shop suits, shirts & accessories.

7. Karameller – 1020 Mainland Street
A Swedish candy store that will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth. Feel the sugar rush as they offer over 100 Swedish candies (sweet, sour, liquorice and chocolate) imported from Scandinavia.

8. Woo To See You – 1062 Mainland Street
Stylish women’s boutique with unique clothing, shoes, accessories, and gifts made by local Vancouver, European and Asian designers.

9. Revolucion – 1063 Mainland Street
Your source for Cuban cigars in Vancouver! Revolucion carries limited edition cigars, as well as men’s accessories and more.

10. Mavi Jeans – 333 Helmcken Street
Mavi stocks a wide range of men’s and women’s denim styles and washes. Let Mavi’s denim experts help you find the perfect pair! 

11. Fayuca – 1009 Hamilton Street
One of Yaletown’s newest restaurants in the heart of Yaletown offering a menu that features North Pacific Mexican flavours and the largest selection of mezcal in Vancouver. 

Getting to Yaletown:

Yaletown is a 15-minute walk from Downtown Vancouver and the Vancouver Convention Centre. It is situated along the new Canada Line subway (Yaletown-Roundhouse station).

Places to visit

1: Cha Le Tea

1207 Hamilton Street
604-633-9989

Cha Le Tea invites you to indulge in a sophisticated collection of high quality premium Chinese teas. Each tea is traditionally handcrafted, carefully selected and brewed using the cutting-edge Alpha Dominche Steampunk technique. Like a glass of wine, every tea treats you to its own blend of distinctive flavours and aromas. Like a cup of coffee, their teas refresh and awaken the senses.

2: The Glamoury

1241 Hamilton Street
604-620-0561

The Glamoury specializes in the art of makeup and hair. Here you will find a contemporary approach to beauty where classic and timeless meet modern and magical.

3: Ganache Patisserie

1262 Homer Street
604-899-1098


Photo: dinehere.ca

Inspired by centuries of French pâtisserie tradition, Ganache is passionate about sharing their love for the pastry arts. As an artisanal pâtisserie, their classical training explores traditional recipes and flavours while they handcraft their desserts and cakes to more contemporary palettes with the introduction of new world flavours, structures, and textures.

4: Brooklyn Clothing

418 Davie Street
604-683-2929

Brooklyn Clothing Co. offers the biggest premium denim selection for men in Vancouver. Over 1000 pairs in stock including 36″ inseams. They complement their denim program with an assortment of shirts, sweaters, outerwear, footwear and accessories.

5: Barking Babies

1188 Homer Street
604-647-2275

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This unique boutique in the heart of Yaletown will have you howling with delight at the selection of gifts, toys and accessories for your fabulous furry friends. Owner Nancy and her fab pack of fashion-loving fidos, work to create not only a one-stop shop for your doggie needs, but a special place that caters to their canine clients and owners. This is the original pet lifestyle store that offers the best in high fashion dog products, grooming and daycare services and goodies galore.

6: Indochino

1014 Homer Street

Custom clothing for the modern man. We’re innovating the way men dress. Shop suits, shirts & accessories.

7: Karameller

1020 Mainland Street
604-639-8325


Photo: Yellow Pages

Taste flavours you haven’t tried before at Karameller — a specialty candy store carrying imported candy from Scandinavia. Karameller offers over 100 different types of candy all made from high quality ingredients, free of GMO’s, trans fats, and high-fructose corn syrup.

8: Woo to See You

1062 Mainland Street
604-559-1062


Photo: Yellow Pages

Woo To See You is a Vancouver boutique featuring clothes, shoes, accessories and gifts by local Vancouver, European and Asian designers. Their jewelry, accessories and other lifestyle goods are curated to complement their clothing and they mainly stock local, small run, handmade items.

9: Revolucion

1063 Mainland Street
604-662-4427


Men need a shop that is built just for them and their urban lifestyle. Revolucion is dedicated to all the men who want to feel at home and comfortable when buying lifestyle products — and of course to all the women looking for the perfect “manly” gift. From Cuban cigars and vintage shaving kits to ultra cool messenger bags and fashion, this men’s shop packs a lot of choice. But sssshhh, don’t tell anyone, its our little secret.

10: Mavi Jeans

333 Helmcken Street
604-669-6284


Photo: Vancouver Mom

Mavi Jeans stocks a collection of denim, for women and men. Mavi’s philosophy is to build a brand around perfect fitting jeans that convey a Mediterranean feeling in terms of fashion and detail. Mavi, which means blue in Turkish, is known for high quality, great fitting and fashion-forward premium denim.

10: Fayuca

1009 Hamilton Street
604-689-8523

Fayuca is inspired by the free flow of flavours and ideas across borders, up and down the Pacific Coastline, from the state of Baja California in Mexico to the province of British Columbia in Canada. Fayuca meticulously sources products from the best farms, fisheries, and suppliers. Farmed products are organic or chemical free, whenever possible. All seafood is sustainable and wild caught. Fayuca offers the largest selection of mezcal in the city, pours beer from the best local breweries, and every wine on the menu is natural and free of sulfites.