Shopping

After you've had your anthropological fix, head back downtown to stroll Robson Street and the more hip Alberni Street, home to high-end designers (such as Tiffany, Brooks Brothers, Burberry, Escada, and De Beers, should you be in need of a diamond or two), or head to up-and-coming South Main Street (SoMa) from about 8th to 24th Avenues to check out local designers, one-off boutiques and gift shops. Eugene Choo features mod clothing, carved wood jewelry and leather bags; the Regional Assembly of Text is a one-stop shop for gifts under $20, including old-fashioned stationery sets. If you're feeling peckish, grab a bite at The Fish Counter, a neighborhood spot that's a combo of fish shop and casual café.