Located right on the corner of Yew Street, Urban Outfitter's appealing entrance is hard to miss. Once you're inside, just like as the name suggests, it's an urban hipster's dream. The store's three levels have a little bit of everything; funky accessories, jewellery, shoes, small home decor items and electronics. You'll also find the trendiest clothes from Adidas, Fila, Stussy, Calvin Klein and Silence and Noise. The layout of the store is also super creative—each corner and wall has been thoughtfully styled with twinkle lights, statement art pieces and grand mirrors.
Saje Natural Wellness, 2252 West 4th Avenue
You're sure to walk into Saje because of its lovely, inviting aroma. This Canadian-owned and operated brand uses 100 per cent all-natural ingredients of the highest quality to heal a number of things like skin conditions, headaches, stress and jet lag. Browse through a great selection of chemical-free bath and body products while sipping on some herbal tea and make sure to check out their popular diffusers and essential oils that smell unbelievably amazing. It's hard not to buy something, but whatever you choose is guaranteed to keep both your mind and body healthy and happy.
Oh My Gift, 2039 West 4th Avenue
It's an explosion of vibrant colours when you walk into Oh My Gift, also known as Vancouver's best gift store. There's a huge(honestly, huge)variety of hand-selected giftware from across the world, luxurious items for your home (including a grand Kate Spade collection) and high-quality bath and body products that will literally have you saying "OMG." If you're looking for something to buy for a special someone or even for yourself, then owner Lynn Jacobs and her team are ready to help you out.
gravitypope Tailored Goods, 2203 West 4th Avenue
Next door to its shoe store, you'll find gravitypope Tailored Goods, a fashion destination with ready-to-wear men's and ladies' designer clothing and accessories from names such as Alexander Wang, Acne Studios and Isabel Marant. The store is just as beautiful as the items inside—it's an eclectic vibe with blue tinted walls and a hint of vintage glam. Make sure to check out the fab selection of trendy sunglasses at the back, and high-end skincare from Aesop, Grown Alchemist and more.
gravitypope, 2205 West 4th Avenue
Shoe lovers rejoice! gravitypope is a footwear paradise. This independently owned Canadian boutique has one of the biggest selection of sneakers, heels, sandals, clogs, boots and slippers in the city from some of the most popular designers in the world including Steve Madden, Adidas, John Varvatos, Keds and Paul Smith, to name a few. It's known as Vancouver's leading shoe store for a reason, and once you go in, you'll definitely know why.
Middle Sister, 2137 West 4th Avenue
Once you walk into Middle Sister, you're guaranteed to fall in love. The store specializes in women's clothing and accessories, and carries a variety of cutting-edge names from across the globe including Korean brands like Ti:baeg, Enzuvan and LIE, which is worn by icons like Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. The store associates are all set to make you look perfect and will also help you pair your outfit with jewellery collections from designers such as Ona Chan and Karine Sultan.
Kit and Ace
Kit and Ace, 2235 West 4th Avenue
Kit and Ace, created in 2014 by Lululemon founder Chip Wilson's wife Shannon and son J.J., represents Vancouver's lifestyle in the truest sense. Taking the best principles of athletic design, the clothes here are functional with high-performance fabric and are meant to be worn everyday.You'll find everything from midi-skirts and cashmere sweaters to polo shirts and blazers. The Kitsilano store (between Vine Street and Yew Street) is a visual experience itself with local photography on the walls, a custom-made table by Union Wood Co.,and copper-finished lights all around. They also offer in-house tailoring on your purchases, which is super convenient.
Hills Dry Goods, 2081 West 4th Avenue
If you're looking for the latest in fashion, then Hills Dry Goods is the place to be. This store is associated with family-owned Hills of Kerrisdale, which first opened in the mid-1920s and carries brand names such as Rag and Bone, Fred Perry, JBrand, Levis and Wildfox, to name a few. You're guaranteed a great shopping experience with the friendly staff and it's hard to resist taking pictures of the trendy, spacious interior. There's also a great selection of jewellery exclusively from Blue Ruby.
Visit West 4th Avenue in the heart of Kitsilano for eight blocks of shopping heaven
With Kits Beach, Vanier Park, authentically West Coast homes, award-winning restaurants, and a laid-back vibe, it's no mystery why Kitsilano is one of the most popular neighbourhoods in Vancouver. It's also home to West 4th Avenue, known as one of the top shopping destinations in the city. Stroll from Fir Street to Balsam Street and you'll find some world-class local fashion boutiques, home decor shops and designer items.
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Safeeya is a graduate of BCIT's Broadcast Journalism program, and loves writing about all things fashion, pop culture and lifestyle. A professional dancer for over 10 years, she also finds joy in travelling, baking, Beyoncé, and exploring Vancouver with her camera and dog.