Robson Street is one of the best-known shopping regions in the downtown West End of Vancouver, Canada stretching from BC Place Stadium to Stanley Park. One of the city’s oldest districts, its historic value is rooted in commercialisation dating back to the World War II when it was referred to as “Robsonstrasse”. The location remains a melting pot of international cultures, high-end retail, and modern entertainment.
The epicentre of Vancouver’s retail scene is brimming with stores to satiate hungry shoppers, boasting high-end international designer brands alongside inexpensive boutiques, from Aldo to Gucci and everything in between. The retail mecca is balanced with a variety of cuisine options from casual dining spots to above-street-level balcony gems. Sporting things to do on Robson Street include touring BC Place Stadium and visiting the Hall of Fame, and for artsy tourists, the prestigious Vancouver Art Gallery is not to be missed.
The Robson Street district is divided into areas running from Granville Street to Jervis Street and from Dunsmuir to Robson, all being walkable and boasting plentiful parking garages for personal vehicles. Downtown buses and the SkyTrain Canada Line provide public transportation access to the area. The Canada Line Vancouver City Centre Station is two blocks from Robson Street.
The Robsonstrasse area initially encompassed commercial blocks running from Burrard to Jervis Street. The name serves as a reference to the conglomeration of German and European stores that essentially birthed the region.