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How to Save and Splurge in Vancouver

From delicacies at Chocolate Arts to British-inspired souvenirs from Goodge Place, here’s how to balance your budget in the northwest corner of Fairview.


Lattimer Gallery

Lattimer Gallery (Photo: Ashleigh Vaillancourt)

Lattimer Gallery ($$$)
With big names like Bill Reid featured alongside young Ts’msyen artists such as Phil Gray, the Lattimer is the Gagosian of the northwest. The gallery, which is modelled after a traditional wooden longhouse, showcases a range of styles from Inuit stone sculptures of dancing bears to Haida argillite carvings of killer whales.

1590 W. 2nd Ave., 604-732-4556


Chocolate Arts ($)
For masterpieces of a more edible nature, chocolatier Greg Hook brilliantly dovetails culture and cacao. Try the 61-percent dark chocolate medallions designed by artist Robert Davidson; each is a Haida interpretation of an eagle, frog, moon or killer whale. Other creations incorporate local ingredients, like organic rhubarb.

1620 W. 3rd Ave., 604-739-0475

Local eats

Farmer’s Apprentice

Farmer’s Apprentice (Photo: Amy Ho)

Farmer’s Apprentice ($$$)
This locavore spot (one of Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2014) is fresh off a reno, complete with blown-glass light installations. Chef David Gunawan’s menus change weekly, but the many foraged ingredients, such as spruce tips to prepare cured salmon, pair nicely with the organic wine list, courtesy of new wine director Kieran Fanning.

1535 W. 6th Ave., 604-620-2070


Les Amis du Fromage ($)
With over 150 varieties on offer, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed at this award-winning cheese-monger. Attentive staff will help you sample your way to a selection, which might include Comox Camembert from Vancouver Island’s Natural Pastures. Feast seaside at the South False Creek Seawall, just a six-minute walk away.

1752 W. 2nd Ave., 604-732-4218

Fun finds

Goodge Place

Goodge Place

Goodge Place ($$$)
The curated empor-ium of cool Britannia, fronted by a black-and-white-striped awning, comes courtesy of co-owner Emily McLean, who lived in London for 14 years. Eclectic wares include Seletti’s stackable dishes that resemble Renaissance architecture and cheeky screen-printed aprons by British brand Thornback & Peel.

1523 W. 8th Ave., 604-714-1133


Heather Ross Natural Eclectic ($)
Heather Ross’ tiny shop evokes a pretty market stall with such goods as vintage Japanese fish floats and local soaps. Elegant finds like porcelain pieces by Vancouver artisan Russell Hackney also abound, but it’s Ross’ eye for found objects (sand dollars and glass bottles) that most often get a second look.

2170 Fir St., 604-738-4284



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