South Main (SoMa)
An up-and-coming neighbourhood located on - you guessed it - South Main Street, this area is full of art galleries, vintage clothing and furniture stores, boutique clothing shops and plenty of restaurants. Combining Yaletown's upscale offerings with Commercial Drive's eclectic businesses, SoMa (as the locals call it) is packed with artist lofts and places to purchase and peruse local art. Most of the activity can be found on Main Street between Broadway and 33rd Avenue, but like all neighbourhoods, visitors will find lots of goodies off the beaten path as well.
Like so many of Greater Vancouver's best neighbourhoods, the theme of transformation is a big part of this former fishing village's bold history. Once one of the largest fishing ports in the world, the canneries and shipyards have become museums and historic sites where visitors can explore the depth of fishing's influence on the area. Even with all this change, visitors will still find fishing boats in the marinas where fresh seafood can be purchased. Steveston is located just south of Richmond near the South Arm of the Fraser River.
Rainbow flags and sunburst banners adorn the lampposts in this lively neighbourhood in the heart of downtown's dense West End. Known internationally for its thriving community of gay and lesbian residents, Davie Village is also home to legendary bookstores and thumping nightclubs welcoming everyone. Residents and visitors hang out in the neighbourhood's coffee shops and cafes every day of the week.
The Kerrisdale shopping area is known to many as the "village." It's only 20 minutes from Vancouver's downtown and offers more than 200 diverse shops and services along quiet tree-lined streets. The business district is concentrated on West 41st Avenue between Maple and Larch streets, stretching in a north-south direction along West and East Boulevards. Surrounding this area are older, gracious homes, newer additions to the neighbourhood, and both high and low-rise apartment buildings. Architecturally, the neighbourhood boasts many styles and structures listed in the Vancouver Heritage inventory.
Park the car and head out on foot for a tour of South Granville's shops, art galleries and theatres. Located just south of downtown on the main road to the airport, this is a thriving shopping and entertainment district where an eclectic mix of coffee shops, antique stores, boutique clothing stores and interior design shops give visitors a chance to soak in the atmosphere while looking for the perfect souvenir from their Vancouver visit.