From historic attractions to delicious fish and chips, the charms of waterfront Steveston Village have long been known to locals and savvy visitors. But radiating along and beyond the Moncton Street main drag, the area’s heritage buildings are also home to a strollable shopping list of independent stores. Read on for details on 10 great places to unleash your credit cards the next time you visit.
STEVE’S BOARD AND APPAREL
Arguably Steveston’s coolest store, Steve’s Board and Apparel stocks a kaleidoscopic array of artsy-looking decks––check out the limited edition board on one wall that depicts Richmond’s 1970s Maple Road skate scene and some of its legendary champions. Top board companies Hosoi, Dogtown, Landyachtz, and more are stocked, and the ever-friendly store does custom set-ups for any decks you purchase. Just want to look cool? There are also some great skater T-shirts, bags, and shoes to peruse here.
Must-buy: Customize your board (or your life) with some cool skate stickers.
SCOUT & CO.
A one-stop shop for arts and crafts lovers, Scout & Co. is a brilliantly curated Moncton Street boutique where you should give yourself plenty of browsing time. You’ll discover the handmade work of dozens of West Coast creatives, ranging from felt art and artisan soaps to slogan T-shirts and cute, hand-sewn baby clothes. It’s the kind of place you’ll easily find gifts for everyone you know—as well as lots of must-have items for yourself. It’s not just new items, either: there’s a handpicked selection of vintage items here as well, including yesteryear sports team pennants.
Must-buy: There’s an excellent selection of artisan jewelry here in a variety of styles.
SINFULLY THE BEST
Chocolate fans routinely beeline to Steveston to salve their sweet tooth cravings at Sinfully the Best, one of the region’s tastiest and friendliest treat purveyors. Their large, inviting store on No. 1 Road is a short walk from Fisherman’s Wharf––and it’s lined with a highly tempting array of delicacies. A perfect place to pick up gifts for loved ones, you’ll find delicious individual bonbons plus a wide selection of moulded chocolates ranging from sheep to frogs to seasonal specialties for Halloween, Easter and more.
Must-buy: Create a ribbon-tied gift box of treats for someone special––and be sure to include the decadent white chocolate and passion fruit ganache.
GULF OF GEORGIA CANNERY GIFT STORE
You don’t need to be exploring the exhibits to visit the excellent gift shop inside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. With a soundtrack of lilting sea shanties, there’s a brilliant array of maritime-themed items to peruse here, ranging from mugs printed with vintage canned salmon labels to aquatic-motif silver earrings crafted by local Indigenous artists. Don’t miss the small but well-chosen selection of books, including the top-selling From the Sea and Shore: Steveston’s Favourite Japanese Canadian Recipes.
Must-buy: Pick-up a can of wild tuna or sockeye salmon, produced by B.C.’s last-remaining seafood cannery.
SPLASH TOY SHOP
A magnet for Metro Vancouver families, Splash Toy Shop is a warm and welcoming Hepworth Block store that takes play extremely seriously. That means shelves bulging with Lego, Playmobil, and Brio wooden train sets, plus a brilliant array of huggable furry critters, educational toys (anyone for crystal growing?), and a full selection of kites that are perfect for unfurling in nearby Garry Point Park. Adults are also well served, with plenty of board games and lots of top-notch Ravensburger and Cobble Hill jigsaw puzzles to choose from.
Must-buy: We love the Holztiger wooden animal toys from Germany—a great, sustainable play option.
STEVESTON’S BEST OF BRITISH
Luring UK expats and curious foodies to what may be Metro Vancouver’s best British store, you’ll find a full menu of nostalgic treats at Steveston’s Best of British. Snacks abound, including Curly Wurlys and Tunnocks Tea Cakes plus bags of chips—called ‘crisps’ in the UK—such as Quavers and Monster Munch. Teas, jams, condiments, and canned goods also crowd the shelves, while locally-made pies are big sellers. Don’t miss the bargain table near the entrance or the store’s highly anticipated Christmas selection: where else will you find that stocking-shaped Cadbury selection pack you need?
Must-buy: Delicious savoury snacks such as Twiglets or Walkers crisps.
A MONKEY TREE
Arguably the most diverse of Steveston’s top-notch gift and décor emporiums, A Monkey Tree is the ideal store to browse away a rainy afternoon. Just be aware that you’ll likely discover perfect presents for everyone you know, from unique earrings and folk-art paintings to gourmet salts and humorous gift cards. You’ll also find a great array of housewares and kitchen items to make your place look way cooler, ranging from candles and aprons to cleverly designed kitchen gadgets.
Must-buy: Headily aromatic Mistral soap bars from France––especially the swoon-worthy pear variety.
VILLAGE BOOKS & COFFEE HOUSE
This First Avenue staple had been operating in Steveston for 25 years before husband-and-wife Ron and Angela Hill took over a few years back from Ron’s parents. Adding a coffee bar to make the browsing even more inviting has deepened local affection for Village Books & Coffee House as well as ensured that thirsty new visitors keep discovering it afresh. Used books as well as some new titles dominate the towering shelves, with themes covering everything from cooking to Canadiana. Need recommendations? Order a latte and ask away.
Must-buy: Books about Steveston’s colourful maritime history.
Another Hepworth Block store, the excellent taste of Nikaido’s owners is on full display on every shelf of this business. Fusing Asian and European sensibilities, you’ll find blended teas alongside achingly beautiful Japanese teapots; ultra-stylish stationery complementing fountain pens and Blackwing pencils; and gift-worthy soap packages just steps from the latest must-have art calendars. It’s the kind of place where you’ll discover the perfect, high-quality gift for a friend—or yourself.
Must-buy: Ultra-stylish Leuchtturm1917 journals.
JUVELISTO DESIGN STUDIO
Hidden in plain site on Moncton Street, Juvelisto’s bright, inviting boutique––with its swirling ironwork and rustic wood interior––is the perfect spot to browse, especially if you’re looking for dramatic rings, pendants or other one-of-a-kind creations, many of which are inspired by themes in the natural world. Much of the work is designed and made in-house but a selection of treasures created by other designers is also showcased. And if you feel the urge, you can even book your own class and make a unique item for yourself.
Must-buy: The silver pendants shaped like split-open nuts with bejeweled interiors are utterly beautiful.
Last Updated on November 5, 2022 by Tourism Richmond