Main Street

A Vibrant Neighbourhood

Main Street, was recently named one of North America’s coolest streets, in part for its independent shops and eateries, livability, retail avour and demographics including, the high percentage of renters and university graduates in the area. This street is an epicentre of culture, the border between East and West in Vancouver and a focal point for new talent, new industries and new housing mixes.

Once an industrial zone, Main Street has evolved into a magnet street for restaurateurs, brewers, retailers, employers, employees and residents. When you walk down Main, you’ll see eclectic boutiques and shops, eateries, craft breweries and independent cafes, heritage buildings and street art by artists from around the world. Main Street has deep roots in Vancouver’s history. It is one of Vancouver’s oldest streets, around which the city slowly grew. Today, Main Street is a mix of old and new, combining a vibrant arts and entertainment scene and a unique shopping district into one lively streets- cape. The area has always been a centre for commerce, but has now transformed into a cultural hub, with new pockets of housing created throughout. The area is walkable and the green spaces are everywhere; there are new, interesting and exciting opportunities around every corner.

Shops and Restaurants on Main Street

  • 8th and Main
  • Acorn
  • Anh and Chi
  • Arbor
  • Bean Around the World
  • Brassneck
  • Burgoo
  • Cafe Artigiano
  • Cartems Donuts
  • Coco+Olive
  • East is East
  • Eugene Choo
  • The Fish Counter
  • Flower Factory
  • Forty Ninth Parallel Coffee
  • The Fox
  • Front & Company
  • Gene Coffee Bar
  • Goh Ballet
  • JJ Bean
  • Kafka’s Coffee and Tea
  • Lion & Sun
  • The Main Exchange
  • Meet on Main
  • Motherland
  • Much and Little Noodlebox
  • Nomad
  • Sawasdee Thai
  • The Shameful Tiki Lounge
  • Smoking Lily
  • Still Life
  • Trafiq
  • Umeboshi
  • Vancouver Special
  • Welk’s General Store