Discover ten of the best-kept secrets of Yaletown
Duration: 3 Hours
Starting Point: Homer and Drake Street
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. 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.
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. Sciué Italian Bakery Caffé – 126 Davie Street
Family-owned bakery known for ciabatta & cannolis inside an elegant historic space.
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. 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!
7. 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.
8. Revolucion – 1063 Mainland Street
Your source for Cuban cigars in Vancouver! Revolucion carries limited edition cigars, as well as men’s accessories and more.
9. 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.
10. Leisure Center – 950 Homer Street
One of Yaletown’s hidden luxury retail, curating the very best products and experiences in fashion, design, art and beauty.
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). Here are your Transit Options, and Parking information.
Places to visit
1: Ganache Patisserie
1262 Homer Street
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.
2: The Glamoury
1241 Hamilton Street
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: Sciué Italian Bakery Caffé
126 Davie Street
Sciué [“shoe-eh”] is the realization of a lifelong passion from a collection of memories growing up in Rome. Our name is our slang for saying “Good and Fast”.
At Sciué we combine our genuine Roman-style service with the magic of Italian flavours that lets you ‘eat with your eyes’ before eating with your mouth. Our fresh, from scratch offerings are made around the clock, every day, throughout the day.
4: Brooklyn Clothing
418 Davie Street
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
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: Mavi Jeans
333 Helmcken Street
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.
7: Woo to See You
1062 Mainland Street
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.
1063 Mainland Street
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.
1020 Mainland Street
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.
10: Leisure Center
950 Homer Street
A Brave New World beyond luxury retail. Leisure Center is a boundary-pushing physical platform in Yaletown Vancouver, offering a modern-day definition of leisure time, focusing on the following areas: fashion, art, music, print, homeware, cosmetics, food and drink housed in a sleek sanctuary.
Inspired by Vancouver’s forward-thinking, innovative reputation – and the hardworking yet balance-seeking individuals who make it up – Leisure Center combines luxury and leisure in a beautifully designed environment that strives to elevate the city’s cultural identity. Bringing together the best brands, artists, architects and luxury concepts, Leisure Center offers experience and proposes a modern redefinition of leisure time. Put simply, “life doesn’t begin and end with the objects we purchase.”