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Readers Choice
Our readers have spoken and declared the best that Vancouver has to offer. Our 18th annual survey features over 260 categories and winners from all over the Lower Mainland.

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Best restaurant (independent)

  1. Chambar Restaurant, 562 Beatty Street
  2. Vij's, 1480 W. 11th
  3. Tableau Bar Bistro, 1181 Melville

Best restaurant (chain)

  1. Cactus Club Cafe, Various locations
  2. Earls Restaurant, Various locations
  3. Milestones Grill + Bar, Various locations

Best patio

  1. Dockside Restaurant, 1253 Johnston Street
  2. Tap & Barrel Restaurant, 1 Athletes Way
  3. Local Public Eatery, 2210 Cornwall
  4. The Boathouse Restaurant, Various locations

Best new restaurant

  1. Homer St. Cafe and Bar, 898 Homer
  2. Cactus Club Cafe, 1085 Canada Place
  3. Wildebeest, 120 W. Hastings

Best restaurant bathroom

  1. Cactus Club Cafe, Various locations
  2. Joey Restaurants, Various locations
  3. Earls Restaurant, Various locations

Best kid-friendly restaurant

  1. White Spot, Various locations
  2. Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co., Various locations
  3. Little Nest, 1716 Charles

Best romantic restaurant

  1. Seasons in the Park, Queen Elizabeth Park (West 33rd Avenue at Cambie Street)
  2. The Boathouse Restaurant, Various locations
  3. Chambar Restaurant, 562 Beatty

Best restaurant to take out-of-town guests

  1. The Boathouse Restaurant, Various locations
  2. The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant on Granville Island, 1535 Johnston
  3. Seasons in the Park, Queen Elizabeth Park (West 33rd Avenue at Cambie Street)

Best pub

  1. The Irish Heather Gastropub, 210 Carrall
  2. Doolins Irish Pub, 654 Nelson
  3. St. Augustine’s, 2360 Commercial
  4. Alibi Room, 157 Alexander

Best brunch

  1. Medina Cafe, 556 Beatty
  2. Milestones Grill + Bar, Various locations
  3. Provence, Various locations

Best bistro

  1. Tableau Bar Bistro, 1181 Melville
  2. Les Faux Bourgeois, 663 E. 15th
  3. Bistro Pastis, 2153 W. 4th

Best bakery (bread)

  1. Terra Breads, Various locations
  2. COBS Bread, Various locations
  3. Uprising Breads Bakery, 1697 Venables

Best grocery store

  1. Whole Foods Market, Various locations
  2. Donald's Market, Various locations
  3. Choices Markets, Various locations

Best produce store

  1. Kin's Farm Market, Various locations
  2. Whole Foods Market, Various locations
  3. Donald's Market, Various locations

Best organic produce store

  1. Whole Foods Market, Various locations
  2. Kin's Farm Market, Various locations
  3. Donald's Market, Various locations

Best cheese store

  1. Les Amis du Fromage, Various locations
  2. Benton Brothers Fine Cheese, Various locations
  3. La Grotta Del Formaggio, 1791 Commercial

Best butcher

  1. Windsor Quality Meats, 4110 Main Street
  2. Big Lou's Butcher Shop, 269 Powell St
  3. Jackson's Meats & Deli, 2214 West 4th Avenue

Best fresh seafood store

  1. 7 Seas Fish Co., 2328 West 4th Avenue
  2. Granville Island Public Market, 1689 Johnston Street
  3. The Daily Catch Seafood Company, 1418 Commercial Drive
  4. The Lobster Man, 1807 Mast Tower Road

Best gelato/ice cream shop

  1. Mario's Gelati, 88 East 1st Avenue
  2. La Casa Gelato, 1033 Venables
  3. Bella Gelateria, 1001 W. Cordova

Best coffee shop (independent)

  1. 49th Parallel, Various locations
  2. Revolver, 325 Cambie
  3. Elysian Coffee, Various locations

Best coffee shop (national chain)

  1. Starbucks, Various locations
  2. Tim Hortons, Various locations
  3. Blenz, Various locations

Best fair-trade coffee shop

  1. Ethical Bean, 1315 Kootenay Street
  2. Salt Spring Coffee, Various locations
  3. Trees Organic Coffee & Roasting House, Various locations

Best tea shop

  1. DAVIDsTEA, Various locations
  2. Murchie's Tea & Coffee, Various locations
  3. The Secret Garden Tea Company, 5559 West Boulevard

Best bubble tea shop

  1. Dragon Ball Tea House, 1007 W. King Edward
  2. Bubble World, Various locations
  3. Pearl Fever, Various locations

Best local microbrewery

  1. Granville Island Brewing, 1441 Cartwright Street
  2. Parallel 49 Brewing Company, 1950 Triumph Street
  3. R&B Brewing Co., 54 East 4th Avenue

Best B.C. wine/winery (white wine)

  1. Mission Hill Family Estate, 1730 Mission Hill Road, West Kelowna
  2. Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, 500 Burrowing Owl Place, Oliver
  3. Quails' Gate, 3303 Boucherie Road, Kelowna

Best B.C. wine/winery (red wine)

  1. Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, 500 Burrowing Owl Place, Oliver
  2. Mission Hill Family Estate, 1730 Mission Hill Road, West Kelowna
  3. Quails' Gate, 3303 Boucherie Road, Kelowna

Best restaurant to work for

  1. Cactus Club Cafe, Various locations
  2. Tableau Bar Bistro, 1181 Melville
  3. Keg Steakhouse & Bar, Various locations

Best sports bar

  1. Red Card Sports Bar + Eatery, 560 Smithe St.
  2. Shark Club, Various locations
  3. Score On Davie, 1262 Davie

Best wine bar

  1. Uva Wine Bar, 900 Seymour
  2. Salt Tasting Room, 45 Blood Alley
  3. Joey Restaurants, Various locations

Best pickup bar (M seeking F)

  1. The Roxy, 932 Granville Street
  2. The Lamplighter Public House, 92 Water Street
  3. The Bimini Public House, 2010 W. 4th
  4. Fortune Sound Club, 147 E. Pender

Best pickup bar (F seeking M)

  1. The Roxy, 932 Granville Street
  2. Republic Gallery, 732 Richards
  3. The Biltmore Cabaret, 2755 Prince Edward Street
  4. The Bimini Public House, 2010 W. 4th

Best gay bar

  1. Celebrities Nightclub, 1022 Davie Street
  2. 1181, 1181 Davie Street
  3. The Junction, 1138 Davie

Best lesbian club event/bar

  1. Celebrities Nightclub, 1022 Davie Street
  2. Hershe Bar, 398 Richards Street [Red Room]
  3. Man UP, 917 Main Street (The Cobalt)

Best strip club

  1. Brandi's Exotic Show Lounge, 595 Hornby Street
  2. No. 5 Orange, 205 Main Street
  3. Penthouse Night Club, 1019 Seymour Street
  4. The Paramount Gentleman's Club, 652 Columbia Street, New Westminster

Best spa (independent)

  1. Linda's Urban Spa, 1888 West 1st Avenue
  2. Trinity Salon & Spa, 4138 Dawson Street, Burnaby
  3. Le Petit Spa, 4-3701 West Broadway

Best spa (chain)

  1. Spa Utopia & Salon, Various locations
  2. Absolute Spa, Various locations
  3. Skoah, Various locations

Best place to get a facial

  1. Skoah, Various locations
  2. Trinity Salon & Spa, 4138 Dawson Street, Burnaby
  3. Spa Utopia & Salon, Various locations

Best salon for a pedicure/manicure

  1. Pure Nail Bar, Various locations
  2. Bloom Essentials, 3-1854 West 1st Avenue
  3. Trinity Salon & Spa, 4138 Dawson Street, Burnaby
  4. Spa Utopia & Salon, Various locations

Best hair salon

  1. Suki's, Various locations
  2. iDaburn salons, 1073 Cambie Street
  3. Hype Hair Salon, 2695 West 4th Avenue

Best laser hair-removal centre

  1. Arbutus Laser Centre, 106-2025 West Broadway
  2. South Granville Laser & Skin Care Centre, 214-3195 Granville Street
  3. Dermal Laser, 803 Davie Street

Best place to get a bikini wax

  1. Sugarbox Waxing Boutique, 202-1290 Homer Street
  2. Dona Lucia Esthetics Salon, 2813 West Broadway
  3. Stripped Ladies & Gents Wax Bar, Various locations
  4. Linda's Urban Spa, 1888 West 1st Avenue

Best place for a beach-ready tan

  1. SunScape Tanning Studios, Various locations
  2. Banana Tans, Various locations
  3. Fabutan Sun Tan Studios, Various locations

Best place for a non-surgical makeover

  1. Dermal Laser, 803 Davie Street
  2. Skinworks, 3568/3578 West 41st Avenue
  3. ICU Image Consulting, 306–402 West Pender Street

Best place for cosmetic surgery

  1. Skinworks, 3568/3578 West 41st Avenue
  2. False Creek Healthcare Centre, 555 West 8th Avenue
  3. Carruthers and Humphrey, 820–943 West Broadway

Best women's clothing store (independent)

  1. Barefoot Contessa Boutique, 1928 Commercial Drive
  2. Spank, Various locations
  3. Front and Company, 3772 Main Street
  4. Plenty, Various locations

Best women's clothing store (chain)

  1. Aritzia, Various locations
  2. H&M, Various locations
  3. Zara, Various locations

Best men's clothing store (independent)

  1. Roden Gray, 8 Water Street
  2. Boys' Co, Various locations
  3. Motherland, 466 West Cordova Street
  4. Brooklyn Clothing Co., 418 Davie Street

Best men's clothing store (chain)

  1. H&M, Various locations
  2. Harry Rosen, 700 West Georgia Street
  3. Zara, Various locations

Best place to buy jeans

  1. Dutil, 303 West Cordova Street
  2. Gap, Various locations
  3. Aritzia, Various locations

Best place to buy cosmetics

  1. Sephora, Various locations
  2. MAC, Various locations
  3. Shoppers Drug Mart, Various locations

Best place to buy yoga wear

  1. lululemon athletica, Various locations
  2. One Tooth Yoga, 1218 Robson Street
  3. Semperviva, Various locations

Best bridal store

  1. Bryan's Bride, 4567 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby
  2. Blush Bridal and Special Occasions Wear, 1403 Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver
  3. Bisou Bridal, 440 West 2nd Avenue

Best wedding registry

  1. Hudson's Bay, Various locations
  2. Crate & Barrel, 650 West 41st Avenue
  3. Bed Bath & Beyond, Various locations
  4. Cookworks, Various locations

Best local designer clothing store

  1. Nicole Bridger, 2151 West 4th Avenue
  2. Malene Grotrian, 910-207 W Hastings Street
  3. Dream Apparel And Articles For People, 356 Water Street
  4. Devil May Wear, 3957 Main Street

Best vintage/consignment/second-hand clothing store

  1. Front and Company, 3772 Main Street
  2. Value Village, Various locations
  3. Mintage, 1714 Commercial Drive

Best shoe store (independent)

  1. gravitypope, 2205 West 4th Avenue
  2. John Fluevog, 837 Granville Street
  3. Umeboshi, 3638 Main Street

Best shoe store (chain)

  1. ALDO, Various locations
  2. Browns, Various locations
  3. Freedman Shoes, Various locations

Best fashion accessory store

  1. Blue Ruby Jewellery, Various locations
  2. ALDO, Various locations
  3. Forever 21, Various locations

Best baby/toddler store

  1. Crocodile Baby, Various locations
  2. Babies "R" Us, Various locations
  3. TJ's The Kiddies Store, Various locations

Best custom jewellery store

  1. Era Custom Design Modern and Vintage Jewellery, 1795 Venables Street
  2. The Sonja Picard Collection, 4360 Main Street
  3. Blue Ruby Jewellery, Various locations
  4. Maharani Jewels, 1500–701 West Georgia Street

Best teens and tweens clothing store

  1. Forever 21, Various locations
  2. H&M, Various locations
  3. Garage, Various locations

Best store for spotting the next trend

  1. Holt Renfrew, 737 Dunsmuir
  2. H&M, Various locations
  3. Aritzia, Various locations

Best eyewear store

  1. Della Optique, 2589 West Broadway
  2. Bruce Eyewear, 219 Abbott Street
  3. Clearly Contacts, www.clearlycontacts.ca/

Best weekend getaway

  1. Whistler
  2. Tofino
  3. Sunshine Coast

Best romantic hideaway (besides your home)

  1. Tofino
  2. Whistler
  3. Harrison Hot Springs

Best ferry destination

  1. Victoria
  2. Sunshine Coast
  3. Bowen Island

Best Interior destination

  1. Kelowna
  2. Osoyoos
  3. Penticton

Best summer destination

  1. Okanagan
  2. Whistler
  3. Tofino

Best winter destination

  1. Whistler
  2. Hawaii
  3. Mexico

Best travel agency

  1. Flight Centre, Various locations
  2. Jubilee Tours & Travel, 201–3011 Underhill Avenue, Burnaby
  3. Adventure Travel Company, 120 West Broadway

Best tourist attraction

  1. Stanley Park
  2. Grouse Mountain, 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Van
  3. Granville Island, Anderson & Cartwright

Best out-of-town spa getaway

  1. Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa, 100 Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs
  2. Scandinave Spa Whistler, 8010 Mons Road, Whistler
  3. Sparkling Hill Resort, 888 Sparkling Place, Vernon
  4. Fairmont Chateau Whistler, 4599 Chateau Boulevard, Whistler

Best boutique hotel (Metro Vancouver)

  1. The Loden, 1177 Melville Street
  2. Opus Hotel, 322 Davie Street
  3. Wedgewood Hotel & Spa, 845 Hornby Street

Best resort/hotel (Okanagan)

  1. Delta Grand Okanagan Resort & Conference Centre, 1310 Water Street, Kelowna
  2. Sparkling Hill Resort, 888 Sparkling Place, Vernon
  3. Watermark Beach Resort, 15 Park Place, Osoyoos

Best resort/hotel (Vancouver Island)

  1. The Fairmont Empress, 721 Government Street, Victoria
  2. The Wickaninnish Inn, 500 Osprey Lane, Tofino
  3. Black Rock Oceanfront Resort, 596 Marine Drive, Ucluelet
  4. Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre, 1155 Resort Drive, Parksville

Best resort/hotel (Whistler)

  1. Fairmont Chateau Whistler, 4599 Chateau Boulevard, Whistler
  2. Four Seasons Resort Whistler, 4591 Blackcomb Way
  3. Westin Resort & Spa, 4090 Whistler Way, Whistler

Best resort/hotel - Gulf Islands

  1. Poets Cove Resort & Spa, 9801 Spalding Road, Pender Island
  2. Galiano Oceanfront Inn & Spa, 134 Madrona Drive, Galiano Island
  3. The Harbour House Hotel on Salt Spring Island, 121 Upper Ganges Road, Salt Spring Island

Best B.C. golf resort

  1. Predator Ridge Resort, 301 Village Centre Place, Vernon
  2. Whistler Golf Club, 4001 Whistler Way, Whistler
  3. Bear Mountain Resort, 1999 Country Club Way,Victoria
  4. Furry Creek Golf & Country Club, 150 Country Club Road, Furry Creek

Best adventure-tour company

  1. G Adventures, 109-1965 W. 4th
  2. Ziptrek Ecotours, 4282 Mountain Square, Whistler
  3. Landsea Tours, 680 Industrial Avenue
  4. Finisterra Travel, 820–1111 Melville Street

Best B.C. wilderness resort

  1. West Coast Wilderness Lodge, 6649 Maple Road, Egmont
  2. Tyax Resort, 1 Tyaughton Lake Road, Gold Bridge
  3. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Bedwell River

Best B.C. bike-tour company

  1. BikeHike Adventures, 200-1807 Maritime Mews
  2. Endless Biking, 1401 Hunter Street, North Vancouver
  3. Great Explorations, 102–1529 West 6th Avenue

Best integrated health clinic

  1. Physiomed, 1677 East Broadway
  2. Elements Wellness Centre & Studio, 207-2678 West Broadway
  3. Cross Roads Clinics, 350-507 W. Broadway

Best gym (women)

  1. Steve Nash Fitness World, Various locations
  2. She's Fit, Various locations
  3. Robert Lee YMCA, 955 Burrard

Best independent gym

  1. Sweat Co. Workout Studios, 736 Richards Street
  2. Studeo55, 847 Hornby Street
  3. Spartacus Athletic Club, 1522 Commercial Drive
  4. Latin Fitness Ztudio, A-5595 Kingsway, Burnaby

Best physiotherapist

  1. Physio Room, 3418 Main Street
  2. Treloar Physiotherapy, 505–686 West Broadway
  3. Wil Seto, InSync Physiotherapy, 102–4088 Cambie Street

Best dance studio

  1. Harbour Dance Centre, 927 Granville, 3rd floor
  2. iDance Studio, 260 East 5th Ave
  3. Dance Co, 154–4255 Arbutus Street
  4. Exhale Yoga Pilates & Dance Studios Inc, 1083 Cambie

Best boot camp/outdoor training program

  1. Survivor Bootcamp, Various locations
  2. Ultrafit Bootcamp, Various locations
  3. Urban Fitness Club, 928 Davie Street

Best yoga studio

  1. YYoga, Various locations
  2. Semperviva, Various locations
  3. Open Door Yoga, Various locations
  4. Bikram Yoga, Various locations

Best supplement store

  1. Popeye's Supplements Canada, Various locations
  2. Finlandia Natural Pharmacy & Health Centre, 1111 West Broadway
  3. Body Energy Club, Various locations
  4. GNC, Various locations

Best dentist/dental clinic

  1. Aarm Dental Group, Various locations
  2. Arbutus North Dental Centre, 1926 West 4th Avenue
  3. La Vita Dental Centre, 2259 West 4th Avenue
  4. Kits Family Dental Centre, 209–2223 West Broadway

Best laser eye centre

  1. King LASIK, 1020–4710 Kingsway, Burnaby
  2. Pacific Laser Eye Centre, 1401 West Broadway, 5th floor
  3. Lasik MD, 101-1281 West Georgia Street

Best naturopathic clinic

  1. Sage Clinic, 487 Davie
  2. Elements Wellness Centre & Studio, 207-2678 West Broadway
  3. Integrative Healing Arts, 730–1285 W. Broadway

Best nutritionist

  1. Elements Wellness Centre & Studio, 207-2678 West Broadway
  2. My Edible Advice, 201–837 Beatty Street
  3. Vancouver Nutritionist, 610-1125 Howe Street
  4. Function Health Club, 856 Homer Street

Local hero

  1. Trevor Linden
  2. Terry Fox
  3. Rick Hansen

Best neighbourhood

  1. Kitsilano
  2. Mount Pleasant
  3. West End

Year's dumbest political move

  1. Continuing to expand bike lanes
  2. Re-electing the B.C. Liberals
  3. B.C. NDP's "nice" election campaign

Vancouver's claim to fame

  1. Natural beauty
  2. Stanley Park
  3. 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

Vancouver's claim to shame

  1. Stanley Cup riot
  2. Downtown Eastside
  3. High cost of living

Best example of city planning

  1. Bike lanes
  2. Olympic Village
  3. Seawall

Best new condo development

  1. Marine Gateway and MC2
  2. Meccanica by Cressey
  3. Lido by Bosa

Favourite Vancouver Canucks player

  1. Roberto Luongo
  2. Ryan Kesler
  3. Kevin Bieksa

Favourite B.C. Lion

  1. Travis Lulay
  2. Angus Reid
  3. Andrew Harris

Favourite Whitecaps player

  1. Jay DeMerit
  2. Camilo Sanvezzo
  3. Young-Pyo Lee

Favourite Vancouver Canadian

  1. Eric Brown
  2. Jordan Leyland
  3. Dickie Thon

Best ice skate shop

  1. Cyclone Taylor Sports, Various locations
  2. Sport Chek, Various locations
  3. Larry's Sports, 2029 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver

Best skateboard shop

  1. PD's Hot Shop, 3734 West 10th Avenue
  2. Antisocial Skateboard Shop, 2337 Main St
  3. The Boardroom, Various locations

Best ski/snowboard shop

  1. Comor, Various locations
  2. The Boardroom, Various locations
  3. Pacific Boarder, 1793 West 4th Avenue

Best sports apparel shop

  1. Mountain Equipment Co-op, Various locations
  2. lululemon athletica, Various locations
  3. Sport Chek, Various locations

Best indoor climbing gym

  1. Cliffhanger Climbing Gyms, Various locations
  2. The Hive, 520 Industrial Avenue
  3. The Edge Climbing Centre, 2-1485 Welch Street, North Vancouver

Best running club

  1. Running Room, Various locations
  2. Forerunners, 3502 West 4th Avenue
  3. Rackets & Runners, 3880 Oak Street

Best sports adventure centre

  1. Richmond Olympic Oval, 6111 River Rd., Richmond
  2. Squamish Adventure Centre, 101–38551 Loggers Lane, Squamish
  3. Ocean Adventure Center, 1601 Bayshore Drive

Best sporting goods store

  1. Mountain Equipment Co-op, Various locations
  2. Sport Chek, Various locations
  3. Rackets & Runners, 3880 Oak Street

Best used sporting goods store

  1. Sports Junkies, 102 West Broadway
  2. Cheapskates, 3644 West 16th Avenue
  3. North Shore Sports Swap, 2021 Old Dollarton Road

Best kayak/canoe store

  1. Deep Cove Canoe & Kayak Centre, 2156 Banbury Road, North Vancouver
  2. Mountain Equipment Co-op, Various locations
  3. Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres, Various locations

Best neighbourhood/community bike store

  1. Our Community Bikes, 3283 Main Street
  2. Ride On, Various locations
  3. Bike Doctor, 137 West Broadway

Best bike store (chain)

  1. Different Bikes, Various locations
  2. Ride On, Various locations
  3. The Cap's Group of Specialty Bike Stores, Various locations

Best casino

  1. River Rock Casino Resort, 8811 River Rd., Richmond
  2. Edgewater Casino, 311–750 Pacific Blvd. S.
  3. Grand Villa Casino, 4331 Dominion St., Burnaby

Best local TV news anchor(s)

  1. Chris Gailus (Global)
  2. Tamara Taggart and Mike Killeen (CTV)
  3. Sophie Lui and Steve Darling (Global)

Best local TV sportscaster

  1. Squire Barnes (Global)
  2. Don Taylor (Sportsnet)
  3. Jay Janower (Global)

Local TV weatherperson

  1. Mark Madryga (Global)
  2. Kristi Gordon (Global)
  3. Michael Kuss (CTV)

Local TV personality

  1. Tony Parsons (CBC)
  2. Fiona Forbes (Shaw)
  3. Tamara Taggart (CTV)

Best morning radio host(s)

  1. Nat and Drew (Virgin)
  2. Laurie Logan and Cory Ashworth (The Peak)
  3. Kid Carson (SONiC)

Best afternoon radio host(s)

  1. Stephen Quinn (CBC Radio 1)
  2. James Sutton (The Peak)
  3. Barry Macdonald and Don Taylor (Team 1040)

Best late-night radio host(s)

  1. Edward Vint (The Peak)
  2. Danger (The Fox)
  3. Dan Russell (CKNW)

Best local sports radio host(s)

  1. Matt Sekeres and Blake Price (Team 1040)
  2. David Pratt (Team 1040)
  3. Barry Macdonald and Don Taylor (Team 1040)

Best video-game studio

  1. Electronic Arts, 4330 Sanderson Way, Burnaby
  2. United Front Games, 1110 Hamilton Street, 5th floor
  3. Radical Entertainment, 369 Terminal Avenue, 7th floor

Best movie theatre

  1. Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver, 900 Burrard
  2. Cineplex Fifth Avenue Cinemas, 2110 Burrard at W. 5th
  3. Rio Theatre, 1660 E. Broadway

Best private art gallery

  1. Rennie Collection at Wing Sang, 51 E. Pender
  2. Ayden Gallery, 2nd floor, 88 W. Pender
  3. Equinox Gallery, 525 Great Northern Way

Best live music venue

  1. Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville
  2. The Biltmore Cabaret, 2755 Prince Edward Street
  3. Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street

Best live performing arts venue

  1. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 650 Hamilton
  2. Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street
  3. the Cultch, 1895 Venables
  4. Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, 6265 Crescent Rd., UBC

Best dance/DJ club

  1. Fortune Sound Club, 147 E. Pender
  2. Celebrities Nightclub, 1022 Davie Street
  3. The Queen's Republic, 958 Granville
  4. Venue, 881 Granville

Best nightclub

  1. The Roxy, 932 Granville Street
  2. Celebrities Nightclub, 1022 Davie Street
  3. Bar None, 1222 Hamilton
  4. Fortune Sound Club, 147 E. Pender
  5. Venue, 881 Granville

Best comedy club

  1. The Comedy Mix, 1015 Burrard, Century Plaza Hotel & Spa
  2. Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club, 2837 Cambie St.
  3. Lafflines Comedy Club, 530 Columbia Street, New Westminster
  4. Vancouver TheatreSports League, 1502 Duranleau Street

Best dancer

  1. Crystal Pite
  2. Diego Sanchez
  3. Brenna McLaud
  4. Alex Wong

Best place to buy a vacation home

  1. Whistler
  2. Hawaii
  3. Mexico

Best place to get a mortgage

  1. Vancity, Various locations
  2. TD Canada Trust, Various locations
  3. RBC Royal Bank, Various locations

Best place to buy RRSPs

  1. TD Canada Trust, Various locations
  2. Vancity, Various locations
  3. RBC Royal Bank, Various locations

Best place to rent a car

  1. Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Various locations
  2. Budget, Various locations
  3. Avis, Various locations

Best scooter dealer

  1. Vespa Metro Vancouver, 590 Clark Drive
  2. Carter Motorsports, 1502 West 3rd Avenue
  3. E-RIDE Vancouver, 336 West 2nd Avenue

Best motorcycle dealer

  1. Trev Deeley Motorcycles, 1875 Boundary Road
  2. Carter Motorsports, 1502 West 3rd Avenue
  3. Vancouver BMW Ducati, 3061 Grandview Highway

Best new car dealer

  1. Brian Jessel BMW, 2311 Boundary Road
  2. Jim Pattison Auto Group, Various locations
  3. Open Road Auto Group, Various locations
  4. Clarkdale Volkswagen, 4575 Main Street

Best used car dealer

  1. Auto One, 8555 Cambie Street
  2. Dueck GM, Various locations
  3. Budget Car Sales, 1404 Southwest Marine Drive

Best auto service (independent)

  1. Pawlik Automotive, 30–966 Southwest Marine Drive
  2. Tremblay Motors, 1505 West 3rd Avenue
  3. Varsity Automotive, 2880 Arbutus Street

Best auto service (chain)

  1. Mr. Lube, Various locations
  2. Canadian Tire, Various locations
  3. Midas, Various locations

Best auto-body repair shop

  1. Craftsman Collision, Various locations
  2. Colorworks and Vickery Collision, 1419 Main Street, North Vancouver
  3. AutoMind Collision, Various locations

Best moving and storage company

  1. U-Haul, Various locations
  2. The Move Man, 1121 West 15th Street, North Vancouver
  3. Easy Around Moving, 2540 Larch Street

Best shopping mall

  1. Metropolis at Metrotown, 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
  2. Pacific Centre, 701 West Georgia Street
  3. Oakridge Centre, 650 West 41st Avenue

Best non-Internet dating-service company

  1. Executive Search Dating, 107–1529 West 6th Avenue
  2. Events and Adventures, 356-409 Granville Street
  3. It's Just Lunch, 323–409 Granville Street
  4. Divine Intervention, 910–475 Howe Street

Best florist

  1. The Flower Factory, 3604 Main
  2. Choice Flowers, 166–1055 West Georgia Street
  3. Blumen Floral Boutique, 438 West 8th Avenue

Best gardening store

  1. GardenWorks, Various locations
  2. Art Knapp Plantland, Various locations
  3. Figaro's Garden, 1896 Victoria Drive

Best furniture store (chain)

  1. IKEA, Various locations
  2. Urban Barn, Various locations
  3. EQ3, 2301 Granville Street

Best specialty furniture store

  1. INspiration Interiors, 1275 West 6th Avenue
  2. Wander Emporium, 1146 Commercial Drive
  3. Moe's Home Collection, 1728 Glen Drive

Best antique/reproduction furniture store

  1. Fullhouse Modern, 1545 W 4th Avenue
  2. Moe's Home Collection, 1728 Glen Drive
  3. The Antique Warehouse, 226 Southwest Marine Drive

Best vintage/retro furniture store

  1. ReFind, 4609 Main Street
  2. Attic Treasures, 944 Commercial Drive
  3. Fullhouse Modern, 1545 W 4th Avenue

Best contemporary furniture store

  1. IKEA, Various locations
  2. CB2, 1277 Robson Street
  3. INspiration Interiors, 1275 West 6th Avenue
  4. EQ3, 2301 Granville Street

Best kitchenware store

  1. Ming Wo Cookware, Various locations
  2. Cookworks, Various locations
  3. The Gourmet Warehouse, 1340 E. Hastings

Best computer store (independent)

  1. NCIX, Various locations
  2. Simply Computing, Various locations
  3. Mac Station, Various locations

Best computer store (chain)

  1. Apple Store, Various locations
  2. Best Buy, Various locations
  3. Future Shop, Various locations

Best video-game store

  1. EB Games, Various locations
  2. Best Buy, Various locations
  3. Future Shop, Various locations

Best cellphone store

  1. Caya powered by TELUS, Various locations
  2. Fido, Various locations
  3. Rogers Plus, Various locations

Best home electronics store

  1. Best Buy, Various locations
  2. Future Shop, Various locations
  3. London Drugs, Various locations

Best home appliance store

  1. Trail Appliances, Various locations
  2. Sears, Various locations
  3. Coast Wholesale Applicances, Various locations

Best home accessory/décor store

  1. HomeSense, Various locations
  2. IKEA, Various locations
  3. The Cross Décor & Design, 1198 Homer

Best home improvement store

  1. Home Depot, Various locations
  2. Rona, Various locations
  3. Canadian Tire, Various locations

Best gift shop

  1. Fine Finds, 1014 Mainland Street
  2. Oh My Gift, 2235 West 4th Avenue
  3. Front and Company, 3772 Main Street
  4. Walrus, 3408 Cambie Street

Best sustainable goods/gift store

  1. Ten Thousand Villages, 929 Denman
  2. Bird on a Wire Creations, 2535 Main Street
  3. Dream Designs, 956 Commercial Drive
  4. Whole Foods Market, Various locations

Best sex-toy store

  1. Womyns'Ware, 896 Commercial Drive
  2. Honey Gifts Sex Store, 3448 Cambie
  3. The Art of Loving, 1819 W. 5th

Best fetishwear store

  1. Priape, 1148 Davie Street
  2. Dare to Wear, 1028 Granville Street
  3. Deadly Couture, 317A Cambie Street

Best music store

  1. Zulu Records, 1972 W. 4th
  2. Red Cat Records, 4332 Main
  3. Tom Lee Music, Various locations

Best musical instrument store

  1. Long & McQuade, Various locations
  2. Tom Lee Music, Various locations
  3. Prussin Music, 3607 West Broadway
  4. Gandharva Loka Vancouver, 1650 Johnston Street
  5. Bonerattle Music, 2012 Commercial Drive

Bookstore with the most helpful staff

  1. Chapters, Various locations
  2. Pulpfiction Books, Various locations
  3. Kidsbooks, 3083 Broadway

Best art supply store

  1. Opus Framing & Art Supplies, Various locations
  2. Michaels, Various locations
  3. DeSerres, Various locations

Best toy store

  1. Toys "R" Us, Various locations
  2. The Granville Island Toy Company, 11–1496 Cartwright Street
  3. Kaboodles Toy Store, Various locations

Best place to make a bet

  1. Hastings Racecourse, Hastings Park
  2. River Rock Casino Resort, 8811 River Rd., Richmond
  3. Edgewater Casino, 311–750 Pacific Blvd. S.

Best real estate agent

  1. Paul Toffoli, 101-1965 West 4th Avenue
  2. Colin Lo, 51 East Pender Street
  3. Scott Carpenter, 5487 West Boulevard

Best funeral home

  1. Amherst Funeral and Cremation Services, 1209–207 West Hastings Street
  2. Kearney Funeral Services, Various locations
  3. Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 3789 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby

Best pet supply store

  1. Tisol Pet Nutrition & Supply Stores, Various locations
  2. Bosley's Pet Foods, Various locations
  3. PetSmart, Various locations

Best doggie daycare/boarding facility

  1. The Urban Puppy Shop, 1375 West 6th Avenue
  2. Rex Dog Hotel + Spa, 760 Terminal Avenue
  3. Dog Taxi Vancouver, 2419 Columbia Street

Best pet grooming/pet spa

  1. Pawsh Dog Spa & Boutique, 80 Smithe Street
  2. The Urban Puppy Shop, 1375 West 6th Avenue
  3. Spa Dog Organic Dog Spa, 3471 Commercial Street