Thrifty To Luxe: The Best Shops & Boutiques In Vancouver

If you thought Vancouver was just about snow crested mountains and dense temperate forests, you will be pleasantly surprised.

They don’t call Vancouver “the Manhattan of Canada” for nothing. From unique vintage super stores with retro attire to luxury boutiques that have sold to the Queen of England, here are the top clothing boutiques on the mainland of Vancouver.

 Wildlife Thrift Store

1295 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1M5, Canada

Wildlife
Wildlife Thrift Store. FACEBOOK

This family-owned shop is a favorite for locals, with a variety of commodities including: clothes, furniture, books, and obscure trinkets. If there is only one thrift store you can stop by on your trip, Wildlife Thrift Store is the one. If you’re not sold on it yet, the store donates to local neighborhood charities. So if you feel bad about spending money, at least it’s for a good cause and I can promise you will find treasures that you never would have expected.

Secret Location Concept Store

1 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2H9, Canada

Secret Location
Secret Location. INSTAGRAM

From the name of this store, you would think that it must be a hidden gem in an overflowing city. Secret Location, however, is more like a brightly shining diamond. Ironically, it is one of Vancouver’s more well-known stores. Applauded for its craftsmanship, this Canadian luxury concept store has achieved much success. Located in the glamorous Gastown just to the left of the famous Bronze Gassy Jack Statue, this brand takes timeless pieces and adds an abstract ideas to its clothing. Rated highly in both sustainability and quality, Secret Location is not one you want to skip.

Holt Renfrew

737 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver, BC V7Y 1E4, Canada

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Holt Renfrew. INSTAGRAM

Growing from a small haberdashery in Quebec City in 1837 to a nationwide empire in the present day, Holt Renfrew has a rich history. The three-story store is home to high-end apparel, with frequent collaborations with brands, including: Gucci, Jimmy Choo and Christian Dior. This store is for the elite of Canada, by elite, I mean it used to sell clothing to Her Majesty Queen Victoria. Just because Holt Renfrew comprises garments fit for a queen doesn’t mean that the rest of the world isn’t welcome, it just signifies that this particular store might be out the price range for commoners. Even if you don’t have the dough to spend, it is still well worth perusing its unique fashion pieces while gaining inspiration.

Mintage

1714 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4A3, Canada

Mintage
Mintage. INSTAGRAM

For those of us who are not royalty but still love fashion with a more affordable price tag, then Mintage is the perfect substitute. Mintage is the go-to for vintage clothing in Vancouver, with fresh new pieces arriving daily so you never run out of clothing racks to flip through. The only problem with this place is: you never know what to expect when you arrive but if you are looking for a nostalgic look, this is definitely the store for you.

8th & Main

2403 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E1, Canada

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8th & Main. FACEBOOK

8th & Main is another independent, affordable boutique which began on Vancouver Island but after much success, stores have sprung up all over the country. Selling stock from Denmark to Australia, these pieces are more worldly than what you’ll discover in typical Vancouver boutiques, but that is what adds to 8th & Main’s appeal. Here’s a wide range of brand name pieces to choose from and prices you can’t say no to.

Allison Hinrichs

Content Editor Associate

Hailing from Minnesota, Allison is a vegetarian, meditating yogi who practices a conscious lifestyle. An adrenaline junkie at heart, she has gone rock climbing in Germany and surfing the waves in Mexico. She is a keen reader who loves to learn, as long as it’s not math. And she has hopes of discovering “the secrets of the universe” by exploring the globe, experiencing other cultures, and finding a variety of different perspectives.