Everybody loves the Chinatown neighbourhood. They have great produce and delicious take-out, but most people don’t know about their excellent shops. They have shops carrying lifestyle items at a great deal. Whether you’re looking for home décor, musical instruments or baking, Chinatown has it. Here are the best shops in the neighbourhood.
Quickly Premium Bubble Tea - 10 110 2nd Avenue S.E.
One of the top favourite things to do in Chinatown is grab a bubble tea from the Quickly Premium Bubble Tea shop. A new location just opened at the edge of the Centre Street Bridge. Try the Mango Milk Tea with Tapioca Pearls at the new shop. You’ll love the modern-retro décor inside.
St. Laurent Cake House - 303 Centre Street S.W.
For baked goods, try St. Laurent Cake House on Centre Street. It smells so good inside thanks to the steamed pork buns and coconut pineapple cakes. They are under $2 and many people buy in bulk for their next brunch or house party.
Golden Music Shop - 103 233 Centre Street S.W.
Golden Music is a new shop in Chinatown offering gorgeous musical instrument. You’ll find most acoustic stringed instruments here. You can even get ice-cream-coloured Fender guitars in white and baby blue that start at $79. Try one of their rentals if you’re not ready to purchase yet.
Hing Wah Imports - 312 Centre St. S.E.
Hing Wah Imports in Chinatown is a very busy store. People can be seen in there regularly for the post office or shopping for home décor. They have beautiful teapots, kitchen furniture and dishes. Their prices are fantastic at $1-6 for dishes. Spend only $3 on art supplies and stationary. You can’t beat the deals at Hing Wah on Centre Street.
Before you go, be sure to check out the artist-run gallery on Centre Street. You can’t buy anything but you can purchase The New Gallery’s publications and become a member. Chinatown really has so much to offer.