Rob­son / Al­berni

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Bran­dish your cof­fee aloft in one hand whilst the other strug­gles un­der the spoils of re­tail therapy. See and be seen along the busy, bustling blocks of Rob­son Street and posh neighbour Al­berni, home to high-end de­sign shops, dar­ling bou­tiques, in­ter­na­tional brand favourites, and some of Vancouver’s best bites

SHOP

Rob­son Street The city’s most bustling shop­ping thor­ough­fare runs from Bur­rard to Jervis, and boasts the likes of fast-fash­ion gi­ant Zara ( 1056 Rob­son St.), essentials go-to The Gap ( 1125 Rob­son St.), and Paris-spawned pre­mium cos­met­ics pur­veyor Sephora (1045 Rob­son St.).

Al­berni Street A block north of Rob­son, ex­pe­ri­ence our own Rodeo Drive: be­gin at the in­ter­sec­tion with Bur­rard, where Tif­fany & Co. ( 723 Bur­rard St.) sits fetch­ingly across from Her­mès ( 755 Bur­rard St.) and kitty-cor­ner to the largest Louis Vuit­ton (730 Bur­rard St.) in Canada. Ex­plore the strip fur­ther to stum­ble upon Brooks Brothers ( 1026 Al­berni St.), De Beers ( 1088 Al­berni St.), and Tory Burch ( 1092 Al­berni St.). Just around the cor­ner you’ll find two more clas­sic jew­ellers: Birks ( 698 W. Hast­ings St.) and Cartier ( 456 Howe St.).

A short stroll from both Rob­son and Al­berni, Holt Ren­frew ( 737 Dun­smuir St., 604-681-3122. Holtren­frew.com) is the West Coast flag­ship of Canada’s pre­miere lux­ury de­part­ment store: three floors of ev­ery­thing from Ar­mani to YSL, for men and women.

EAT

Ra­men San­touka ( 1690 Rob­son St., 604-681-8121. San­touka.co.jp) is worth the wait for noodle afi­ciona­dos. The long-sim­mered broth has an un­matched milky stick­i­ness; the spicy ver­sion brings live­li­ness to what could be an overly rich ex­pe­ri­ence. And per­fect noo­dles are the star of every dish. This is an out­let of the Asahikawa-based chain that has man­aged to keep stan­dards con­sis­tent de­spite an in­ter­na­tional roll­out.

A meal at For­age ( 1300 Rob­son St., 604-661-1400. For­agevan­cou­ver.com) is a feast of com­mu­nity and a cel­e­bra­tion of the lo­cal larder. There’s plenty to love in pretty plates like Cortes mus­sels and spicey fen­nel sausage with frites, or sting­ing net­tle risotto with ha­zlenut pra­line and saltcured duck yolk.

Joe Fortes ( 777 Thur­low St., 604669-1940. Joe­fortes.ca) has been a Vancouver in­sti­tu­tion for al­most 30 years. The menu is a clas­sic mix of fresh seafood (oys­ters ga­lore and a daily fresh sheet), in­dul­gent chops, and an ex­pan­sive wine list (300 and count­ing).

On one block of Al­berni, the Glow­bal Group ( Glow­bal­group. com) nails ex­trav­a­gance with three fash­ion-for­ward, showy em­po­ria. Ital­ian Kitchen ( 1037 Al­berni St., 604-687-2858) is gor­geous and hy­per-mod­ern,

Tif­fany & Co.

Tory Burch

Rob­son Street

LO­CAL ICONS The Ma­rine Build­ing 355 BUR­RARD ST. At 22 storeys, this art-deco sky­scraper (1930) was for a time the tallest build­ing in the Bri­tish Em­pire. Its stature has long been eclipsed—the nearby Shangri-La is 62 floors—but its beau­ti­ful mar­itime...

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