5 Vancouver Neighborhoods with Foot Traffic for a Successful Restaurant or Retail Shop

Location, location, location. No matter how great your business looks and how much you’ve invested in interior design, you’ll fail to maximize your investment and reach your business potential if you are not in a good location.

You want a location that is well known, safe, each to get to, and has a lot of foot traffic. These elements will help your business stay busy and full of patrons. 

If you are looking for a location for your retail shop or restaurant, consider the following neighbourhoods in Vancouver:

Mount Pleasant

This is an eclectic area that is filled with unique stores, heritage buildings, it has a great art scene, and is populated with young professionals and families. The Mount Pleasant shopping district is a busy area that is ideal for restaurants and retailers. 

English Bay

This is a popular beach area that is located along Beach Avenue between Bidwell St. and Gilford St. It’s the most populated beach area in the city with thousands of residents passing through the area daily. It’s particularly popular during the weekend and holidays. 

West 4th Avenue

West 4th has been the preferred shopping destination on the city’s west side for decades. It was first established in 1923 and then underwent a revitalization in 2021. There are well over 200 businesses in the area, including dozens of eateries and retail stores. 

Commercial Drive

Commonly referred to as “The Drive,” this is a multicultural neighbourhood that offers a vast array of shopping, nightlife, and dining. In total, the area spans 22 blocks and there are more than 300 businesses. The region experiences high foot traffic day and night, making it a great place to open a business. 

Burnaby Heights

Referred to as “The Heights,” this is a famous commercial district that has been around since 1908. It’s a diverse region with merchants from cultures around the world. It is in north Burnaby and offers a collection of over 330 restaurants, shops, and services. The regular community events bring people from all over Vancouver to the area. 

Consider these popular Vancouver neighbourhoods if you are looking to open or relocate a store or restaurant. You won’t be disappointed with the options and opportunities these areas present for your company. 

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