Robson Street

Robson Street: Vancouver's chic upscale shopping and entertainment district

People enjoying a nice day along Robson Street in Vancouver
People enjoying a nice day along Robson Street in Vancouver cc licensed photo by Paul Krueger

Stretching from BC Place Stadium in Downtown Vancouver to Denman Street in the West End, Robson Street is an iconic destination cherished by both tourists and locals. This vibrant thoroughfare offers a diverse range of experiences, from upscale shopping to cultural landmarks and lively entertainment.

A Vibrant Atmosphere

During warm summer evenings, the bustling section of Robson Street between Burrard Street and Denman Street transforms into a lively party atmosphere. Sidewalks teem with locals and tourists exploring specialty shops, clothing boutiques, and gift stores. Renowned restaurants and clubs beckon with their diverse culinary offerings and vibrant ambiance, creating an unforgettable experience.

Upscale Retail and Independent Boutiques

Robson Street boasts a mix of upscale chain stores and independent boutique specialty shops, catering to a wide range of tastes and preferences. Especially in the vicinity of Robson and Burrard, shoppers can indulge in luxury brands and unique finds, adding a touch of sophistication to their shopping experience.

Cultural Landmarks

Near Burrard and Robson, visitors encounter the Vancouver Art Gallery and Robson Square, designed by renowned architect Arthur Erickson. Robson Square is home to the Provincial Law Courts and the University of British Columbia's satellite campus. It features Vancouver's only outdoor ice rink, offering free enjoyment for locals and visitors alike. In recent years, a block of Robson Street in front of the Art Gallery has been closed to traffic during the summer, transformed into a themed outdoor hangout where people can relax and enjoy themselves. This space also serves as a vibrant venue for buskers and street performers, adding to the dynamic atmosphere.

Architectural Marvels and Accessibility

Further east along Robson Street, visitors can admire the compelling architecture of the Vancouver Public Library, a short walk from Stadium SkyTrain Station on the Expo Line or Vancouver City Centre Station on the Canada Line. This architectural gem adds to the richness of the street's cultural tapestry, inviting exploration and appreciation.

Experience the allure of Robson Street, where shopping, culture, and entertainment converge to create an unforgettable urban experience in the heart of Vancouver.

Facts For Your Visit

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Address: Vancouver, BC

Official Website: Robson Street


SkyTrain Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Expo LineBurrard Station5 Minutes
Canada LineCity Center Station3 Minutes

How to get to Robson Street by SkyTrain

From the Canada Line at City Center Station Walk (south along Granville just 1 block to Robson Street. The Vancouver Public Library is a few blocks to your left, while Robson Square and the shopping district are to your right.

From the Expo Line at Burrard Station take the Burrard Street Exit and walk to your right (south) for just 3 short blocks to the corner of Robson and Burrard, or catch either the #2 or #22 Macdonald bus going south right in front of the station to the Robson Street Stop. Once on Robson Street you can go right (west) into the shopping district or left towards Robson Square, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Vancouver Public Library. The #5 Robson or #6 Davie buses travel in opposite directions along Robson.

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