No matter what you need – from a prom dress to the perfect pair of jeans – you can find it in Metropolis at Metrotown. This mega-mall (the largest in BC and the second largest in Canada) is conveniently located next to the Metrotown Skytrain station and has over 400 shops. From BC-born fashion success stories to international chains and top designer boutiques, Metropolis at Metrotown has something for everyone – on any budget. Here are a few stores that have shoppers buzzing…
Aritzia has taken the fashion world by storm…and it started in Vancouver! A single store opened in Oakridge Centre Mall in Vancouver in 1984, and has grown to over 50 stores today, located across Canada and around the USA. It even has a flagship store in New York City, heralding its success with women and girls in the most sophisticated fashion city in North America. Aritzia boasts its own high-quality, in-house brands, ranging from casual to formal, with a distinctive West Coast vibe. Check it out and know that what you’re wearing will be flattering and ahead of the fashion curve.
Another fantastic Vancouver-born fashion success story – Lululemon started as a small store on 4th Avenue in Vancouver in 1998. And now, as the world knows, Lululemon has expanded worldwide to Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and has enjoyed success as a publicly-traded company. Lululemon supplies women and men in Metro Vancouver of its “uniform” – yoga wear – that flatters every figure. Lululemon clothing lasts and lasts due to its high-quality fabric. If you want to be fit (or just look fit!) then the clothing at Lululemon is perfect for you.
Zara exploded onto the fashion scene from Spain in the 1970s. Today, it is the largest fashion retailer in the world with collections for men and women. Come to Zara for trend setting evening wear as well as casual basics for school. Prices are mid-range.
4) Forever 21
An American chain based in Los Angeles, this store is the place to go for inexpensive casual wear, perfect for school or a night out. Priced affordably, this store is a magnet for students.
This Swedish fashion retailer has everything you need to look your best, at unbeatable prices. It is always jam-packed with shoppers and has extensive, trend-setting clothing and accessories for men, women and kids.
6) Little Burgundy
This fantastic shoe destination features all the top brands – such as TOMS, Frye and Aigle – for men and women. It also sells bags and other accessories.
7) Uniqlo (coming Fall 2017)
This Japanese fashion chain has locations around the world, and is opening its third location in Canada in Metrotown – further cementing Metrotown’s reputation as an international shopping destination. Eagerly anticipated, this store will offer unfussy, minimalist-style apparel for men, women and kids.
8) Topshop/Topman (coming soon)
Arriving at Metrotown in the very-near future (after enjoying runaway success in its downtown Vancouver location) this UK-based “fast-fashion” chain is known for its flamboyant yet affordable clothing for both men and women. Rock stars and supermodels endorse this brand, which is known for its celebrity design collaborations. Stay tuned for its highly-anticipated opening date!
With all these options, shopping can get tiring. Head to the massive international food court (with seating for over 1000 people!) to recharge with a quick bite to eat. Then explore more shops!