Markets in Vancouver allow you to enjoy a completely different shopping experience with earthy smells, friendly vendors, independent goods, fresh foods, arts, crafts, and other delights. You can find all sorts of markets here from flea markets selling every kind of secondhand and gently used goods you can think of to farmers markets selling fresh produce, meats, cheese, and prepared foods straight from local farmers. Public markets offer eateries, arts and crafts vendors, clothing, and other local small businesses, while at holiday markets the spirit of December thrives.

    If you're looking to get your shopping on but escape the corporate feel of malls, these markets may be just for you. Check out some of the best markets in Vancouver.


    Granville Island Public Market

    Visit a vibrant public market just minutes from town

    The Granville Island Public Market features colorful stalls offering a variety of food and homemade products from produce to baked goods 10 minutes south of town. The moment you walk in you'll be met by scents that will make your mouth water. Some vendors offer free tastings of their goods, so you can sample the wares you're going to buy. This market is considered the crown jewel of Vancouver Island because of the variety of fun offerings here. Not only is it about food, but you can also find unique gifts and handmade arts and crafts.

    The food here is straight from the farm, field, or ocean. Don't forget to ask the vendors for recipes; they're glad to share!

    Location: Public Market, 1689 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9, Canada

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +1 604-666-6655


    Vancouver Flea Market

    Check out the 40,000-square-foot Big Red Barn

    The Vancouver Flea Market offers more than 40,000 square feet of vendors selling everything from collectibles to housewares, arts and crafts, electronics, and things you never knew existed until now. If you're looking to discover that treasure you never knew you needed but can't live without, you may find it here.

    This building, just an 8-minute drive east from central downtown, is colloquially called the "Big Red Barn" by locals. This is the place to find great deals on almost anything you can imagine, and it's open every weekend. Some vendors even offer deals late in the day to clear their tables for as low as $25 (or whatever price they haggle for).

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

    Open: Saturday–Sunday from 9 am to 4.30 pm (closed Monday–Friday)

    Phone: +1 604-685-0666


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    Richmond Night Market

    Visit one of the largest night markets in North America

    The Richmond Night Market houses a broad and diverse offering of goods and vendors, from Asian fusion food stalls to handmade arts and crafts. This market is among the largest night markets in all of North America and is a popular attraction for that reason alone. It runs on weekends all summer long and has been going strong for over 2 decades.

    The market has been housed at many locations throughout its life and is currently held about 25 minutes south of downtown next to a casino, for those who want to get some gaming in. If you've never been to a classic night market in Europe, this one lets you experience all the vibes without leaving Vancouver.

    Location: 8351 River Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 1Y4, Canada

    Open: Friday from 7 pm to midnight, Saturday–Sunday from 6 pm to midnight, Monday from 7 pm to 11 pm (closed Tuesday–Thursday)

    Phone: +1 604-244-8448


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    The Eastside Flea

    Find great deals in the heart of downtown

    The Eastside Flea is the place to come for a classic flea market experience where you'll peruse diverse and gently used goods of all kinds from clothes to collectibles. The event hosts more than 50 vendors peddling everything from independent handmade arts and crafts to classic electronics, old toys, vintage fashions, artisan eats, and even houseplants. It's a place where you can find great deals and great people with a vibrant, friendly, and welcoming vibe.

    You can also grab some delicious prepared foods right on-site or head to some great local restaurants that are just steps away. The Eastside Flea is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver.

    Location: 550 Malkin Ave, Vancouver, BC V6A 3X2, Canada

    Open: Saturday–Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm (closed Monday–Friday)


    Lonsdale Quay Public Market

    Find farm-fresh seasonal produce

    The Lonsdale Quay Public Market is a popular and vibrant farmers market steps away from family-friendly hotels that offers great seaside views as well as great bargains on seasonal produce. It's one of Vancouver's Artisan Markets, which is a mark of quality for the items you'll find here. The produce is always fresh, straight from the fields, and you can always find a wide variety of fruits and veggies that are currently in season.

    Even if you're not looking to buy produce, this market is a great deal of fun to shop just for the vibe, and you might even stumble across some great prepared foods and baked goods. It's only a 20-minute drive north of downtown.

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

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +1 604-985-6261


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    Main Street Station Farmers Market

    Shop a favorite market among commuters

    The Main Street Station Farmers Market is a popular market among commuters, so it's a great place to find cheeses, meats, baked goods, and produce while mixing with the locals. The stalls here offer ingredients you can take home to prepare yourself, or freshly prepared cooked foods you can eat right there. Many locals stop here at lunch or after work to grab a fresh bite to eat that's different from the many local restaurants in the area.

    This market is open only once a week on Wednesdays, so plan your trip accordingly, and be ready for some crowds. It's right in the heart of downtown Vancouver.

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

    Phone: +1 604-879-3276


    West End Farmers Market

    Check out a simple, dog-friendly downtown market

    The West End Farmers Market is a relaxed market with a casual and welcoming vibe just steps away from a beautiful park and gardens offering local produce, arts, and crafts. Here you can find fresh produce, prepared foods for a bite to eat on-site, and tons of unique gifts, home decor, and artworks from local craftspeople.

    One thing that sets this place apart from many local markets is that it's 100% dog-friendly, so feel free to bring your 4-legged furry family members along for the ride. The West End Farmers Market is located in the heart of downtown just a 13-minute walk from the center of town.

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

    Open: Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm (closed Sunday–Friday)

    Phone: +1 604-879-3276


    Ambleside Artisan Farmers Market

    Grab your picnic food then head to the beach

    The Ambleside Artisan Farmers Market is in West Vancouver just inside Ambleside Park and offers a large farmers market right along the seawall with waterfront views. This market is popular with beachgoers looking to get some sun and sand just steps away and are looking to grab the ideal fresh ingredients to have a picnic on the shore. Even if you're not a beachgoer, the beachfront air mixed with the vibe of the fresh produce straight from the farm just makes you feel good walking around.

    The fruits, veggies, meats, cheeses, and other foods sold here are brought in fresh every day, so you're always getting great, seasonal ingredients. It's all just 15 minutes north of downtown.

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

    Open: Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm (closed Monday–Saturday)

    Phone: +1 604-357-4756


    Downtown Farmers Market

    Shop a hidden gem of downtown

    The Downtown Farmers Market is held once a week just outside the Vancouver Art Gallery and offers fruits, veggies, art, toys, clothes, gifts, and handicrafts from local artisans. It's one of the smaller markets in Vancouver, but it has its own special vibe and has fewer crowds than some of the larger, better-known markets, making it a bit of a hidden gem. Here you can find a great selection of products with solid prices. At its peak, you'll usually find a few dozen vendors, and it runs from summer through fall.

    If you're staying downtown, this is a great place to visit. It's only a 1-minute walk to get there from the center of town.

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

    Phone: +1 604-879-3276


    Vancouver Christmas Market

    Get into the holiday spirit

    The Vancouver Christmas Market is held during the holidays every year in the heart of Vancouver and offers food, ornaments, eats, games, and entertainment for your entire family. You can visit the alpine lodge, take in a live concert, grab hot pretzels and cocoa, ride a classic holiday Christmas carousel, go on a scavenger hunt, and even experience a walk-in Christmas tree. Of course, you can also shop for unique handcrafted gifts, decorations, and ornaments all in the spirit of the holiday.

    This place is far more than just a market. It's a full evening of holiday-themed family fun. It's just a 13-minute walk to get here from the center of downtown.

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


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