Robson Street
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Vancouver's premier shopping boulevard is lined with restaurants serving food from all over the world.
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Robson Street is a shopper's paradise. Whether a window shopper or a serious trendsetter, a fashionista or a dabbler, the crowd of independent boutiques, quirky one-off shops, and well-known luxury brands on Robson Street have something to cater for every itch in your wallet. As a result, it draws a diverse crowd, and the people-watching along this famous walking thoroughfare is a primary attraction. In between the clothing shops both high-street and budget-friendly are a number of cafes to lay down your load, as well as numerous specialty stores ranging in their wares from music, to art, to city souvenirs. Known as "Vancouver's Runway," if a new trend is on the rise, you'd spot it here first.
How to get there
  • Burrard • 5 min walk
  • Vancouver City Centre • 8 min walk
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fiamma11
Vienna, VA4,498 contributions
Jul. 2022
Robson Street is the street to visit for some nice restaurants or a place to shop til you drop or just windowgaze at what is on offer, and trust me there is a lot. The variety of shops is quite impressive on this street.
Written October 21, 2022
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spud0018
Mississauga, Canada703 contributions
Aug. 2022
Nice variety of stores to window-shop along Robson. Also lots of places to eat too! More eateries as you head to Denman. More stores closer to Burrard.
Written August 5, 2022
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bgtoca
Vancouver, Canada76 contributions
Jul. 2022
This long street (2.5 km) is the go to place for downtown shopping, strolling, people watching, and grabbing a bite to eat while you're at it. It has a lot of mid-range stores like Aritzia, Zara, Lululemon etc. If you're looking for high-end brands ie Louis Vuitton, Chanel etc. then you need to go to a high- end department store like Holt Renfrew or Nordstrom. Both are within walking distance of Robson St. Also, some high end hotels house the boutiques of some of the well-known luxury brands like Prada. Robson St is not for those seeking luxury, nor for those on a shoestring budget. It sits somewhere in between. Many people come to Robson to stroll or to visit the shops without actually buying anything, and that's ok too! These are hard times for many people. In addition to the shops, there are plenty of food options from delicious ramen to French cafes, fast food joints, grocery stores, and everything in between. The previous reviewer seems to be perplexed as to how this street is a tourist attraction. Well don't tourists want to do a bit of shopping? From Canadian souvenirs, to clothing, books, jewelry, to home décor and more, chances are you will find something you like on Robson. It's a long street with a lot of stores! It's also one of the cleanest streets with the least amount of homeless people in the downtown core. An added bonus, it will lead you to Stanley Park, a must for any out of town visitor. To me, this street is worth the trip for the suburbs. I hope you will like it as much as I do.
Written July 31, 2022
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SB01
Krakow, Poland705 contributions
Jul. 2022 • Family
Long road full of places to eat and small shops. I’m perplexed this is considered a tourist attraction or thing to do. It’s not at all scenic and the further you go from Stanley Park the more insalubrious it becomes. Like much of the west coast cannabis has been decriminalised and it’s done nothing to make the centre of cities places you would wish to visit.
Written July 30, 2022
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rossdmd
Panama City Beach, FL837 contributions
May 2022
Add this to your Vancouver itinerary. It's a nice area and loaded with high end shops. If you don't want clothing, go eat at Black and Blue. It will be a treat.
Written May 29, 2022
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Marcia K
Palo Alto, CA799 contributions
Apr. 2022 • Couples
Great place for people watching, shopping and eating. We walked several blocks of Robson and loved just window shopping. Very good place to hang out. There’s some open cafes where you can sit and watch people and their dogs walk by.
Written April 6, 2022
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AnLil
862 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Family
Walking from Beatty Street’s BC Place Stadium towards Denman Street (sushi or bicycle rentals to ride English Bay & Park), there’s lots to do on Robson Street. Most people start from Granville Street, where the skytrain deposits riders inside Pacific Mall or Nordstrom across from Vans. Heading North towards Burrard Street, you’ll see Robson Square underneath the walking path behind Vancouver Art Gallery (where #215 orange shirts and children’s shoes are displayed on stairs in memory of the victims of Tkem’lups Indian residential school). Robson Square has a covered outdoor rink for ice skate rentals in winter. Crossing Burrard you’ll see boutique shops and Arc’teryx outerwear store. If fine jewellery is too pricey there, head back South almost to Richards St. on Robson @HMart, where a new Korean jewellery storefront has opened under this Asian supermarket & eatery. Pho and ramen can also be found there on Robson, facing the Vancouver Public Library, which offers nice photo opps! Better Korean food can be had further North around 1518 Robson @Sura before Robson Public Market & butchery. Cheaper readymade picnic food is available near there in Safeway supermarket at Robson & Denman if you’re heading to Stanley Park or Coal Harbour. Wherever you dine, make sure to carry verify-vaccine & identification for entry. Seating is limited in pandemic, but street parking isn’t too hard to find. Bon appetit!
Written December 28, 2021
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson17,903 contributions
Aug. 2021
Robson Street is just about the longest street in Vancouver; it stretches from the beginning of Stanley Park, through the West End and Downtown neighborhoods, and terminates at False Creek. Chances are pretty good that any Vancouver urban adventurer will walk some stretch of Robson's 1.5 miles of sidewalk.

It has been 2 years since we last visited Vancouver (Covidus Interruptus) but August 9th Canada threw out the welcome mat. And we came. Although that was not an easy feat in itself. Highlights include CF Center (700 block of Robson) Nordstrom's in particular, Whole Foods, some super-great ethnic eateries, and the beautiful public library (architecturally outstanding).

Our hotel was on Robson (Rosedale on Robson) and I am certain we did actually walk those 1.5 miles often. Everything is relative: for the full extent of the bottomless pit of the most pitiful of our species, a walk down Hastings near Chinatown and Gas Town will put things into perspective. But, does Robson have unsavory stretches? Yes indeedy! No doubt about it. Although, in all honesty, it seemed a whole lot worse in 2019.

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Written September 5, 2021
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MisterCheeky
Shrewsbury, UK1,601 contributions
Aug. 2021
While staying overnight downtown my wife and I decided to walk along Robson street around 9:30am. We noted that the vast majority of shops did not open until 10am. I understand that it is a weekday, however, 10am seems a bit late to open. Given the numerous food establishments on Robson, it may make sense to open later and catch some of the evening dining crowd.
What stood out was the large number of For Lease signs and numerous closed businesses. It would be easy to blame Covid for this and that may have had some impact. However, I imagine that the rent being charged here is prohibitively expensive as well which does not help small businesses much.
The overall feel of Robson is that of a tired, retail environment that is merely existing on its past popularity. There is about two to three blocks of businesses that may be worthy of a visit, outside of that it is a mish-mash of cheap take-out food and Canada souvenir shops that look like they were transported here from Water Street.
Really disappointing.
Written August 31, 2021
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tony l
Vancouver, Canada3,102 contributions
Sep. 2020
It is major shopping destination ,shop to you drop ,so many fashion ,boutiques ,hotels of course a lot of Bars ,restaurants ,nigh clubs ,in the area ,it is a iconic place to visit ,special out of town visitors ,walking distance to English Bay ,Stanley Park .
Written November 7, 2020
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