Robson Street

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Robson Street showing a city, modern architecture and street scenes

Browse fashion stores, independent outlets, and souvenir shops in one of the country’s premier shopping districts.

Big name designer stores and trendy boutiques have made this upscale thoroughfare their home. In the three-block stretch of Robson Street between Burrard Street and Jervis Street you will find the latest couture styles of Armani and Louis Vuitton as well as find brand-name stores.

Named after John Robson, premier of British Columbia from 1889-1892, the boulevard’s retail heritage began when a small handful of shops opened up for the convenience of local residents. It wasn’t until after World War II that Robson Street started to hit the big shopping league with European merchants, particularly German immigrants flocking to the area. For a brief time it was the center of German culture and commerce in the city, and dubbed ‘Robsonstrasse' by locals. The name lives on in the well-known Robsonstrasse Hotel which is situated on the street.

Although shopping is the main calling card here, Robson Street has much more to offer than browsing for new clothes. There are restaurants serving fare from around the globe — from Asian sushi to European pastries. You’ll also find a variety of coffee shops and sidewalk cafes.

The Vancouver Art Gallery is one of the street’s most impressive buildings. This visually stunning neo-classical structure was constructed using marble imported from the US, and features porticos, ionic columns, and stone carvings. It was once a provincial courthouse, but has been a showcase of art since 1983. The lions ‘guarding’ the building were modeled on those standing in London’s Trafalgar Square.

Venture inside to discover some of the more than 80,000 works of art. The works of prominent contemporary artists are featured here. There is also a strong emphasis on promoting regional and national artists.

Robson Street is right next to the downtown area.

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Top Hotels Close to Robson Street

EXchange Hotel Vancouver
EXchange Hotel Vancouver
4 out of 5
475 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $158 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this hotel is steps from Marine Building and Granville Street. Vancouver Waterfront and Harbour Centre are also within 5 minutes. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,690 reviews)
"Great location, rooms were clean. Lacked some amenities but overall enjoyed our stay."

Reviewed on Sep. 21, 2021

EXchange Hotel Vancouver
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
4 out of 5
1133 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $161 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 22
Located in Coal Harbour, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from United States Consulate and Vancouver Waterfront. Robson Street and Canada Place are also within ...
4.1/5Very Good! (2,689 reviews)
"Location"

Reviewed on Sep. 21, 2021

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pan Pacific Vancouver
Pan Pacific Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC
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The price is CA $239 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Coal Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps from Canada Place and Vancouver Waterfront. Granville Street and Vancouver Convention Centre are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,877 reviews)
"I stay here often when I come to Vancouver and I love the views of the harbour. The water pressure in the shower was not very good and the water took a long time to heat up. Overall though I really like the hotel!"

Reviewed on Sep. 21, 2021

Pan Pacific Vancouver
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The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
845 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $126 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 11
The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
4 out of 5
1133 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $161 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 22
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pan Pacific Vancouver
Pan Pacific Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $239 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Pan Pacific Vancouver
EXchange Hotel Vancouver
EXchange Hotel Vancouver
4 out of 5
475 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $158 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
EXchange Hotel Vancouver
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
655 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $179 per night from Oct 8 to Oct 8
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
4 out of 5
1601 Bayshore Dr, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $214 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
900 West Georgia St, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $239 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Georgian Court Hotel BW Premier Collection
Georgian Court Hotel BW Premier Collection
3.5 out of 5
773 Beatty St, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $189 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Georgian Court Hotel BW Premier Collection
Fairmont Waterfront
Fairmont Waterfront
4.5 out of 5
900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $279 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Fairmont Waterfront
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