Locals, international tourists and recent immigrants—just try and count the number of accents you catch as you stroll along—throng the hotels, eateries and shops of Robson Street, Vancouver's de facto shopping promenade. Standing at the corner of Burrard and Robson affords visitors the experience of watching the colorful parade of shoppers and shops.
Shoppers come to browse and buy the high-end clothing and accessory shops that line Robson Street. While most shops are of the ubiquitous chain-store variety, many boutiques showcase up-and-coming designers. It’s also worth heading to the Stanley Park end of the strip, where you'll find a modern area of Asian influence, with subterranean internet cafés, hole-in-the-wall noodle eateries and discreet karaoke bars populated by homesick Japanese and Korean language students. It's a great area for a cheap, cheerful, authentically South Asian lunch.
Robson Street cuts through the center of downtown, between Beatty Street on the east end and Stanley Park on the west end. The main shopping strip is between Burrard and Denman streets. Robson Street is easily accessible via mass transportation and close to all downtown attractions.