About Mel C
Lives in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Since Jun 2013
25-34 year old female
I was born in Mauritius, Africa and grew up in Vancouver, Canada since I was two years old. After 25 years of my life growing up in Canada, I had an irresistible urge to live somewhere else for an experience and because I knew there was so much more of the world to see. In 2013 I quit my full-time jobs to work for an NGO in Cambodia for 7 months. I then went to 5 other countries in Southeast Asia, met hundreds of people and it was the best year of my life. I can't seem to stay away from Cambodia for very long now I'm working for a travel company during my time here and loving it. I've met some of the most generous people I've met in my life in Cambodia. In my spare time I love riding my motorcycle, cycling, hosting dinners and enjoying the company of funny people.
Islands, Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Historic Sites, Neighbourhoods
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Gift & Speciality Shops
Gift & Speciality Shops
Flea & Street Markets
Metropolis is the mother of all malls and British Columbia's biggest shopping center with almost 400 stores and services. You can find virtually anything you want under one roof and enjoy a movie at the theater, or go for a massage to break up your shopping adventure. There are clothing boutiques, book stores, electronics, jewelry, and specialty foods in this gigantic maze of a mall.
If you prefer small, outdoor stores then take a leisurely walk on Granville Island for a refreshing shopping experience. You'll pass the public market, which has fresh produce and products from local artists. After exploring the colorful stalls, street musicians, and art studios, you can indulge in a variety of food while sitting on the dock amidst the beautiful landscape. Plus, you can also enjoy a meal at a restaurant with a water view — and try local breads, pastries, desserts, and as much food as your tummy can handle!
Commercial Drive is the central place for alternative culture and artists. This is the strip where you can find vintage clothing, vinyl records, organic products, unique books, fair trade products, and ingredients from different countries, including Indian spices. While you're exploring the area, try one of the local coffee shops and definitely have a meal here if you can.
When you walk towards Aberdeen Centre from outside, you'll immediately notice the modern and unique design of the exterior. When you go inside, it's like you're stepping into Asia. The mall has changing theme designs and integrates boutique shops catering to Asian fashion and products. Most people come to Aberdeen specifically for Daiso, a Japanese two-floor dollar store that sells household items and lifestyle products. While you're at the mall, you might as well try a few of the many Asian food options, including bubble tea, sushi, and noodles. This is the place to go if you want to a have a different experience to a North American mall.
Yaletown is where urban professionals go to get their attire, as this small neighborhood has high-end boutiques, local products, and consignment stores. This part of Vancouver also has great cafes, temping foods like gourmet chocolate, and great pubs. Yaletown is located close to the seawall with beautiful parks situated along the water.
Robson Street — situated in downtown — is known to be the best shopping street in Vancouver. Shopaholics can delight in high-end independent boutiques, jewelry stores, big brands, and beauty shops. The busiest areas are between Burrard Street and Jervis Street — and whenever you need a shopping break, there are several food and drink options along the road to try.
While Gastown is Vancouver's oldest neighborhood — and has the most preserved historic features — the area is also filled with high-end boutiques and specialty stores for trend followers. Shoppers can find exclusive designs from Italy, Spain, and local designers; as well as stores for the thrifty shoppers, including a social enterprise dedicated to selling hand-picked vintage clothing for men and women at near thrift store prices. The store employs residents in one of Canada's poorest neighborhoods.
This is the place to go if you are looking for top-quality outdoor gear that will last you a lifetime — literally. I've been shopping here for years and the prices are good considering the high quality. The company not only provides high-performance gear, but has a commitment to sustainability and uses environmentally-friendly material in many of the products. The customer service here is also among the best in Vancouver with an incredible returns policy.
Kerrisdale Village has stores to accommodate a variety of shoppers — from the trendy to the more budget-conscious — but still has a small-town charm that you don't find in downtown Vancouver, and it can really enhance your shopping experience here. With more than 200 stores, you can take your time to see the variety of styles the Village has to offer. Some people who live in Kerrisdale have spent years not needing to make a trip to downtown to get what they need.
If you're looking for unique collectibles, vintage pieces, and random items that you didn't even know you wanted, then the Vancouver Flea Market is worth a visit. If you have the patience to dig through a lot of unwanted things, you can find some real treasures! You'll find everything here, including jewelry, instruments, electronics, costumes, and much more.