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Market Mania: Vancouver’s Must-Visit Marketplaces 

Market Mania Vancouver's Must-Visit Marketplaces

Vancouver has over 30 markets scattered all over the city, so the big question is: have you checked out each one? 

Whether you’re a local resident looking to explore new shopping destinations or a visitor planning to experience the city’s diverse market culture, this article is your ultimate resource for discovering some of the best markets in Vancouver.

Check out the Granville Island Public Market


Address: 1689 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9, Canada

Contact details: +1 604-666-6655

Operating hours: Monday to Friday: 9am to 6pm

The infamous Granville Island Public Market is one of the must-stops if you’re planning on chowing down local delicacies. This grub at this market is as fresh as it gets – straight from the farm, field, or ocean. 

They’ve got all sorts of stalls selling everything from fresh produce to delicious baked goodies. Oh, and some of the vendors are super generous with their samples, so you can try before you buy. 

Don’t be shy to ask the vendors for their recipes either; they’re more than happy to share their culinary secrets!

Pro tip:
It gets crowded and parking is limited, so it’s best to arrive early or consider taking public transportation.

Explore the Vancouver Flea Market


Address: 703 Terminal Ave, Vancouver, BC V6A 2M2, Canada

Contact details: +1 604-685-0666

Operating hours: Saturday and Sunday: 9am to 4:30pm

Started in 2002, the Vancouver Flea Market is a massive 40,000 square space, filled with vendors selling all sorts of stuff – from collectibles to housewares, arts and crafts, electronics, and even some things you didn’t even know existed.

The Vancouver Flea Market, also called  the “Big Red Barn,” is a great place for bargain hunters because you can find amazing deals on pretty much anything you can think of. And get this – it’s open every single weekend! 

Pro tip:
If you’re lucky, some vendors are willing to cut you a deal, especially towards the end of the day when they’re looking to clear their tables.

Indulge in Local Delicacies at Richmond Night Market


Address: Lulu Island, Metro Vancouver, BC, Canada

Contact details: +1 604-244-8448

Operating hours: Starting on April 2024, Saturday and Sunday: 7pm to 12am

This annual night market opens its gates during the summer, and it’s known for having Asian fusion eats to handmade artsy stuff. This place is no joke; it’s one of the biggest night markets in all of North America!

The market lights up at night, and it’s been around for over two decades now. You’ll find it about 25 minutes south of the city center, right next to a casino for those who want to double down on the fun.

Pro tip:
Most stalls at the Richmond Night Market are cash-only affairs. They do have ATMs on-site for convenience, but be prepared for an extra fee if you need to use them.

Wander through Eastside Flea


Address: 1101 Union St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2C7, Canada

Operating hours: Saturday and Sunday: 11am to 5pm

Eastside Flea is a modern day flea market featuring a curated mix of vintage clothing and collectibles, locally handmade goods, and even a free photo booth! 

You can stroll through over 50 vendors, from handmade artsy stuff to vintage electronics, old-school toys, clothes, retro fashion finds, tasty artisan treats, and even houseplants.

Plus, when you need a break from shopping, you can chow down on some delicious grub right on-site or hit up one of the awesome local restaurants just steps away.

Pro tip:
Make sure you’ve got some cash on hand for the $5 admission fee!

Dive into Cultural Delights at Lonsdale Quay Public Market


Address: 123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver, BC V7M 3K7, Canada

Contact details: +1 604-985-6261

Operating hours: Monday to Sunday: 9am to 7pm

Since 1986, the Lonsdale Quay Public Market has been a staple of the North Vancouver waterfront, bustling with a diverse array of shops and vendors. It’s a total hotspot for locals and visitors alike, just steps away from some family-friendly hotels.

This market is home to over 60 locally owned and operated businesses on the North Shore. You will find conventional and organic produce, and they’re as fresh as they get, straight from the fields.

You’ll also find a wide array of fruits and veggies that are currently in season.  Apart from those, the market also has local artisans with pottery, woodwork, jewelry, soap and live music. 

Pro tip:
Weekdays around noon, the place isn’t too crowded, so you’ll have no trouble snagging a table and taking a breather while you dig into the delicious food you’ve picked up.

Feast Your Senses at Main Street Station Farmers Market


Address: 50 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R6, Canada

Contact details: +1 604-879-3276

Operating hours: Wednesday: 2pm to 6pm

You’ll most likely find this farmers market along your commute around the city, making it a convenient stop. Here, you can browse through cheeses, meats, baked goods, and fresh produce. 

Whether you’re looking to whip up a meal at home or craving something ready-to-eat, the stalls here have you covered.

The Main Street Station Farmers Market is a hit to worker bees during lunch breaks or after work bites as it offers food options that are a bit different from the usual fare offered by nearby restaurants. 

Pro tip:
Since this market is a once-a-week affair, brace yourself for a bit of a crowd. Consider going at 2pm on the dot so you can avoid the peak lunchtime rush.

Discover Hidden Gems at West End Farmers Market


Address: 1100 Comox St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1K5, Canada

Contact details: +1 604-879-3276

Held on Saturdays in Vancouver’s West End, this farmers market is a laid-back spot that features fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, baked goods, artisan food and crafts, fresh fish, and even local craft beer, wine, and spirits.

This 30-vendor market is bustling with options, even home decor items, and artworks crafted by talented locals. It’s also great that it’s  just a stone’s throw away from a gorgeous park and gardens. 

Pro tip:
Unlike many other markets in the area, this one is 100% dog-friendly! So, don’t hesitate to bring along your furry pals for some fun. 

Sample Local Flavors at Ambleside Artisan Farmers Market


Address: 1000 Argyle Ave, West Vancouver, BC V7V 1A5, Canada

Contact details: +1 604-357-4756

Operating hours: Sunday: 10am to 3pm

Set against the serene backdrop of Burrard Inlet and English Bay, the Ambleside Farmers’ Market boasts a sprawling farmers market experience with stunning views of the waterfront along the seawall. 

Strolling through this market, you’re welcomed with the aroma of farm-fresh produce—fruits, veggies, meats, cheeses, and other treats here are brought in fresh daily.

Pro tip:
After you’ve wrapped up your shopping, consider going to a sandy beach, children’s playground, and even a skate park which are all a two-minute stroll away. 

Immerse Yourself at City Centre Farmers Market

Address: 750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7, Canada

Contact details: +1 604-879-3276

Held outside the Vancouver Art Gallery, the City Centre Farmers Market might be smaller, but it’s got fewer crowds and a variety of goodies waiting to be snagged.

Products here range from fresh fruits and veggies to art, toys, clothes, gifts, and handicrafts, all crafted by local artisans. And the best part? You’ll find solid prices on a great selection of products.

During its peak, you can expect to browse through a few dozen vendors offering their goods, and the market typically runs from summer through fall.

Pro tip:
Take public transportation (Skytrain or bus) to get here as it’s close to the Canada Line.

Hunt for Cheap Finds at Vancouver Christmas Market


Address: Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 3G3, Canada

Another one of those popular markets in Vancouver is The Vancouver Christmas Market. It happens during the holiday season right in the heart of the city.

There’s tons, and we mean, tons of food, ornaments, games, and entertainment. There’s also much to explore here, like live concerts, a holiday carousel, going on scavenger hunts, and even stepping into a walk-in Christmas tree.

And let’s not forget about the shopping! You’ll find a fantastic selection of handcrafted gifts, decorations, and ornaments, all perfectly capturing the spirit of the season.

Pro tip:
Try to snag yourself a season pass for this market, so you get to enjoy the festivities all season long and skip the line to get into the market.