I've been doing quite a bit of exploring other great cities recently but also had a visit to our very own Chinatown and thought it was worthy of a post.
Vancouver's Chinatown is the largest in Canada and third largest in North America. You know you've arrived in Chinatown as you are greeted by the Millenium gate and the giant dragons.
There are so many fun shops and here are the highlights of my day. I love the hand painted scenes and the Chinese script.
This store completely drew me in with its whimsical umbrellas and colourful displays.
So pretty and so inexpensive.
If you're not sure where to get incense I'd say check your local Chinatown
Lanterns of all shapes and sizes.
Bamboo screens which look like a diy project just begging to happen don't you think?
Everywhere there are baskets of inexpensive bowls, cups, plates. Better than the dollar store for sure.
The best discovery of the day was a store that carried a gigantic selection of Asian hardware. Definitely tucked that one away for future use. This is only a small section of their offerings.
Food markets are abundant and there are dried fish and legumes lining the sidewalks at every market. It's difficult to tell what some of the food is but it sure looks cool.
While there's plenty of traditional Chinese eateries to satisfy any of your cravings, there's also a small area of Chinatown that's become a little trendy. A couple of fantastic eateries/bars have made their appearance and bring a youthful and hip vibe to the area as well.