Shopping in Burnaby
What do Michael Kors, Steve Nash, a giant outdoor living room, and Florida Cows all have in common? They can be found while shopping in Burnaby!
With expansion plans in the works, Burnaby’s already-phenomenal shopping scene just keeps getting better. Do you consider yourself a shopping samurai? Or are you decidedly mall-averse? Whatever your preferences, there’s an experience for everyone to enjoy. Read on to discover each of Burnaby’s four unique shopping districts, including what exactly Florida Cows are, and where they’re on offer.
Go Big or Go Home: Metropolis at Metrotown
Did you know the largest mall in British Columbia (and second largest in Canada) is located in Burnaby? With over 400 stores and services, Metropolis at Metrotown is a mecca for shoppers, offering everything from casual wear to the jet set designs of Michael Kors. In addition to fashion, there are also home furnishings, sporting goods, banks, restaurants, a food court, a daycare for kids, a college…heck, there’s even a law office! Metrotown is a one-stop shop that’ll make you feel like an efficiency champion. This is also a great place to bring the kids for the day – there’s a Disney Store, a Build-a-Bear shop, and an incredible trackless train that weaves its way through Metropolis.
Another Metrotown perk? It’s easy to get to! Travel just 15 minutes by SkyTrain from downtown Vancouver, arrive by bus (it’s a major exchange), or park in one of their 8500 free parking spaces.
Follow them at @MetropolisatMet for all the latest updates on this mega mall.
Look After Yourself: Lougheed
In addition to its 650,000 square feet of world-class shopping, Lougheed is a great place to look after yourself. There are optometrist, dentist, and doctors’ clinics, as well as a brand new Steve Nash Fitness Centre for those looking to get their sweat on. On the days you’d rather lift a treat than a dumbbell, you can grab a coconut bun from Anna’s Cake House, a box of chocolates at Purdy’s, or a tall stack of hotcakes at IHOP. Lougheed is also an active and conscious part of its community – they proudly support the Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society, and offer great community programming like Zumba for Mom and Babies (every Friday) and Storytime for Kids (every Saturday).
In addition to all of this, there are new plans in the works! Over the next year, in collaboration with the City of Burnaby, Lougheed will be undergoing a large redevelopment. All kinds of shopping, residential, dining, and business opportunities will be built around new public plazas and tree-lined streets.
Follow them at @LTCshopping to keep informed on all the good that’s coming up!
Looking Ahead: Brentwood Town Centre
With its huge array of shops, services, and a food court, the mall at Brentwood Town Centre is already a big draw for locals. However, massive plans are in the works: construction will soon begin to transform Brentwood into a “Master-planned, world class City Centre, set to become the social heart of Burnaby.” The new development will be comprised of 1.3 million square feet of shops, both indoor and out, as well as office towers and residential high rises. They’re aiming to create an amphitheatre of activity – essentially, a giant outdoor living room! With sustainability at its core, Brentwood will be a walkable and transit-oriented space intended for people to live, shop, and connect. There’s even a Whole Foods under construction at the nearby Solo District development. Like what you see and want to get in on it? Units in the two residential towers are selling already!
If you’re currently planning a visit to Brentwood, head there on a Friday to experience their “Feel Good Fridays” campaign, and expect the unexpected. They’ve had live DJ’s; offered free massages, manicures, and warm chocolate chip cookies; launched the “It’s On Us” dining program; and have even offered a hot towel service for guests. You’re right, that does kind of sound like your last vacation.
Follow Brentwood at @Brentwoodinfo to find out more.
Go Back in Time: The Heights
For a shopping experience in one of the city’s most historic neighbourhoods, head to The Heights in North Burnaby. Guess what? This is where you’ll find Florida Cows!
This street-level community of restaurants and shops was established over 100 years ago, and still maintains its nostalgic feel. There are over 350 merchants to serve you, including everyone from barbers and florists to butchers and bakers (currently no candlestick makers, however). Here’s what your day in The Heights could look like: in the morning, grab a coffee and pain au chocolat at Chez Christophe, a bakery by award-winning chocolatier Christophe Bonzon. With your sugar and caffeine fix taken care of, stroll down Hastings and shop for a new outfit, or browse the huge selection of new and used literature at Companion or Brown’s Books. For meals, there are endless options, like Anton’s, an old-school Italian joint that makes fresh pasta daily. For dessert, get yourself a treat at the Glenburn Soda Fountain. It’s a true throwback to the 50’s, and their enormous menus covers everything from hot fudge sundaes to – you guessed it – Florida Cows, a float made from vanilla ice cream and orange soda.
Follow them at @BurnabyHeights to see what’s new in the neighbourhood