5 top-notch specialty shops in Vancouver

1) The Modern Bartender

Tucked away in Chinatown, The Modern Bartender has anything and everything for the bar enthusiast. With a selection of over 200 types of bitters, glassware for everything and gadgets galore, the interior has a mystical apothecary feel.

specialty bitters from The Modern Bartender store

2) Paper-Ya

Ya means store in Japanese, and quite simply Paper-Ya is just that, a paper store. Located in the heart of Granville Island, the shop is best known for the beautiful handmade paper they import from all over the world. It doesn’t stop there though, Paper-Ya features a wide selection of complementary merchandise.

shop interior of Paper-Ya

3) Granville Island Broom Co.

Owners Mary and Sarah Schwieger say it often, no two brooms from the Granville Island Broom Co. are the same. Handcrafted in Vancouver using antique tools and equipment, the brooms are all made in the Shaker style originating in the eastern United States. Using quality materials, the brooms are long lasting and functional.

handcrafted brooms from Granville Island Broom Co.

4) Button Button

As you might have guessed, this small Gastown shop is lined floor to ceiling, wall to wall with buttons. With inventory from all over the world, made from every material imaginable and in every colour possible, owner Angela Ho will be happy to help you find just the button you’re looking for.

interior of bead store Button Button in Vancouver

5) Beadworks

Family-owned and -operated since 1986, if it has to do with beads, BeadWorks has you covered. This one-of-kind shop is full to the brim with beads of all colours, sizes and shapes. Make your own jewellery in store! Grab a design tray and make your selections. A staff member will help you put it all together – it makes for a one of a kind souvenir!

collection of pendants from Beadworks Vancouver

1666 Johnston Street, #5

+1 604 682 2323


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