Once a down-at-the-heels strip of dry cleaners and creaky antiques shops, Main Street in Vancouver, B.C., from roughly Kingsway to East 33rd Avenue is now dotted with smart restaurants and quirky shops. Credit the free-spending young urban couples and single-Prius families who over the last two or three years have been nesting in the area's fixer-uppers.
If you're in search of one-of-a-kind gifts and hand-hewn treasures, you should check it out.
From downtown Vancouver, head east across the Georgia St. Viaduct (1A), exit at Main St., turn right, and drive south for two miles. Or go green and take SkyTrain to Main St. Station, then transfer to the southbound number 3 Main bus.
Liberty Bakery. Snag a table at this longtime locals' haunt and kick-start your prowl with a blueberry muffin, a croissant, or an apple strudel danish ― plus a latte, of course. $, cash only; 3699 Main St.; 604/709-9999.