Chinatown Gift Guide

Chinatown Gift Guide

With just a couple weeks left till Christmas, it’s time to seriously start thinking about those last few things you need to grab from your list. From your well dressed friends to your drunk uncles and your food obsessed significant other, we’ve rounded up some of the best places in the Chinatown to pick up those last minute gifts and wrap up your holiday shopping this year. Pun intended.

For the Stylish


Livestock – 141 East Pender Street

A mainstay in mens sneakers, contemporary fashion and streetwear, Livestock is a one stop shop for any guys on your list that values quality and contemporary clothing design. You’ll also be able to find a small curated section of women’s sneakers in there as well.

El Kartel – 104 East Pender Street

Another long-time purveyor of the latest and greatest in mens and women’s contemporary lifestyle and streetwear clothing, El Kartel’s large Chinatown location is always stocked full of local and international brands that will appeal to anyones taste.

Blim – 115 East Pender Street

Part shop, part workshop, part studio and part arts and crafts facility, Blim is the epitome of creativity in Chinatown. Here you can pre-pay for a screen printing workshop or purchase a one-of-a-kind article of clothing to give to almost anyone on your list.

Flatspot Longboard Shop – 112 East Pender Street

Whether you’re a newbie to long boarding or a seasoned vet, the pros at Flatspot Longboards will have your gift cruising in no time at all.

For the Foodie

Virtuous Pie

Virtuous Pie – 583 Main Street

Vegan and gluten free gift receivers can rest easy if you give them a gift certificate to Virtuous Pie where everything on the menu is plant-based and completely made in house.

Bao Bei – 163 Keefer Street

Modern takes on traditional Chinese style cuisine is what you can expect from this much loved small plates restaurant on Keefer.

Bestie – 105 East Pender Street

Tailor made for sausage lovers, Bestie brings Berlin street food and brews together for a fun and casual dining experience.

Juke – 182 Keefer Street

One of the newer restaurants on the block, Juke boasts hot a juicy fried chicken with a super crispy skin that you can order to eat in or take out. A gift certificate from Juke given to any fried chicken addicts in your life will definitely pay off in spades.

The Ramen Butcher – 223 East Georgia Street

With a tonkatsu broth recipe that traces back to the Menya Koji Group in Japan, this authentic bowl of ramen aims to please even the pickiest of ramen enthusiasts.

For the Drinkie


Juniper – 185 Keefer Street

If your gift receiver likes gin, a gift certificate to Juniper is definitely the one to give.

The Keefer Bar – 135 Keefer Street

Delicious cocktails in a sexy and intimate space, The Keefer Bar is a local favourite spot to unwind or wind up your evening, depending on how you look at it.

Caffe Brixton – 212 East Georgia Street

Casual and affordable, a gift certificate to Caffe Brixton can feed you, coffee you, and beer you throughout the day.

The Union – 219 Union Street

Tasty cocktails and delicious Pan-Asian food make The Union a popular spot for gift certificate gift giving.

The London Pub – 700 Main Street

The best spot in Chinatown to grab a pint, play pool and watch the game, The London Pub is the spot to take a sports bar enthusiast for their holiday gift.

For the Fitness Freak

Tight Club

Tight Club – 261 Union Street

Tight Club is a boutique fitness studio that offers group classes and personal training in their beautifully designed space. Pre-pay for a pack of 10 classes and give the gift of health and fitness for the holidays.

DCS Diaz Combat Sports – 747 Gore Avenue

A popular mixed martial arts studio in Chinatown, DCS can teach you everything from jiu jitsu and muay thai kickboxing to grappling and boxing.

Stretch – 180 Pender Street

Give strength, flexibility and mindfulness this holiday season with a gift certificate to the Stretch yoga studio.

For the Coffee Lover


Matchstick – 213 East Georgia Street

Making everything in house from their baked bread to their roasted coffee, a gift card to Matchstick is a gift card to greatness.

Propaganda Coffee – 209 East Pender Street

A sweet little coffee shop that offers a great selection of locally roasted coffee and teas, Propaganda is a nice quiet place to chill and enjoy your usual order.

Roost Cafe – 789 Gore Avenue

A newer cafe compared to the others, Roost prepares a mean coffee and an even meaner breakfast.

For the Person Who Has Everything

Pazzo Chow

Pazzo Chow – 620 Quebec Street

With a huge selection of Italian and house made goodies including fresh pastas, soups and Sugo Sauce, you’ll be able to find something to excite even the pickiest of gift receivers at Pazzo Chow.

Black Medicine Tattoo – 441 Gore Avenue

Why not give a piece of permanent body art for Christmas? That’s a thing right?

Space Lab – 230 Pender Street

The most interesting antiques and oddities live within the walls of Space Lab in Chinatown. From art to vintage furniture, cameras and stemware, you can find things you never knew you needed in here.

Vanessa Tam

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