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Things to Do on Robson Street Vancouver

Any visitor to Vancouver, BC, wants to take in the sights and sounds of Robson Street, the city’s bustling shopping and restaurant district just a block around the corner from Carmana Hotel & Suites. Our location at the heart of downtown Vancouver gets you within a short walking distance to many things to do in downtown Vancouver, including many things to do on Robson Street Vancouver like shops and restaurants that showcase flavors from around the world.

What Is Robson Street in Vancouver Known For?

Like Bourbon Street or the Champs-Élysées, Robson Street in Vancouver is the city's hotspot for dining, shopping, and getting a sense of the city’s identity. With beautiful Stanley Park anchoring one end and the BC Place Stadium anchoring the other, Robson Street offers visitors a sensory delight of bustling Vancouver life. 

Local storefronts mingle with international fashion brands, and fine dining restaurants cozy up to diners and pubs. In short, visitors to Vancouver can find the full range of the city’s offerings within a few minutes’ walk from our boutique hotel in downtown vancouver.

1. Enjoy an Afternoon in Stanley Park

Stanley Park gardens in Vancouver, BC.

Distance from Carmana Hotel & Suites: 1.3 km (.8 miles), 15-minute walk

A glorious green space and a pleasant walk from your spacious room at Carmana that can be accessed via Robson Street, Stanley Park includes 400 hectares (988 acres) of natural West Coast rainforest. This stunning oasis features magnificent trees, trails, beaches, and the Vancouver Seawall. Whether you’re in Vancouver on business, vacationing with a special someone, or traveling with the family, you’ll find plenty of options to entertain everyone at Stanley Park. Visit the Vancouver Aquarium, take a ride on the Stanley Park Train, or explore the park on a guided horse-and-carriage tour.

2. Visit BC Place Stadium

Distance from Carmana Hotel & Suites: 1.4 km (.86 miles), 15-minute walk  

Beautifully illuminated at night, the BC Place Stadium adorns Robson Street in Vancouver on the opposite end from Stanley Park. Home to both the BC Lions and Vancouver White Caps, BC Place also hosts headline concerts, other sporting events, and music festivals. The state-of-the-art retractable roof protects sports fans and concertgoers from bad weather in cold months, yet allows them to fully enjoy Vancouver’s delightful  weather in spring.

3. Try Exceptional Asian Cuisine

Distance from Carmana Hotel & Suites: Various locations, each about a 10-minute walk

On your way towards Stanley Park, you’ll stroll through an area of Robson Street famed for its outstanding, affordable, authentic Asian restaurants. With Korean and Japanese culinary highlights, Robson Street offers exceptional dining options with menus featuring ramen, sushi, Korean barbecue, and bulgogi. We recommend SURA, Damso, Kobe Steakhouse, and Guu, as well as other top restaurants near your room or suite at Carmana if Asian cuisine isn’t to your tastes.

4. Treat Yourself to a Spa Session on Robson Street

Distance from Carmana Hotel & Suites: Various locations, all between a 2- and 10-minute walk

Robson Street in downtown Vancouver offers locals and visitors many opportunities to relax with authentic Asian spa services, celebrated for deep relaxation techniques developed in the East. Partake in a Thai massage or herbal massage at Smile Wellness Spa, or book a Korean facial at Harmonie Day Spa, the first full-service spa in Vancouver. After a day of shopping up and down Robson Street, treat your feet to a massage at Toe to Soul and sink into blissful relaxation.

5. Visit Robson Square

Robson Square is one of the many things to do on Robson Street Vancouver.

Distance from Carmana Hotel & Suites: 600 meters (.3 miles), 8-minute walk

The town center, Robson Square lies across the street from the Vancouver Art Gallery. This charming public plaza designed by famed Canadian architect Arthur Erickson features ice skating in winter and art markets during warmer weather. If you enjoy people watching, Robson Square is the place to be.

6. Go on a Family Shopping Spree at Indigo

Distance from Carmana Hotel & Suites: 300 meters (.18 miles), 4-minute walk

A Canadian retailer, Indigo features books, kids’ clothes, tech, and home goods, all within a carefully curated shopping environment designed to make patrons feel right at home. The flagship store on Robson Street should top your shopping list whether you’re planning to buy to your heart’s content or you just want a truly Canadian window shopping experience. A favorite of visitors and locals, Indigo offers something for the entire family.

7. Explore Robson Street’s Locally Owned Businesses

Distance from Carmana Hotel & Suites: Various locations near the intersection of Robson and Thurlow Streets, about a 3-minute walk

While you will find international and recognizable corporate brands along Robson Street, you’ll also find local Canadian shops unique to Vancouver. We suggest visiting these three when you stay with us at Carmana Hotel:

8. Eat Spaghetti at Zefferelli’s

Woman eating spaghetti.

Distance from Carmana Hotel & Suites: 280 meters (.17 miles), 3-minute walk

No one goes hungry at Zefferelli’s “dignified spaghetti joint” on Robson Street, and any fans of homemade Italian pasta dishes will find heaven on earth in this local eatery. Featuring some of the most filling fare in Vancouver, Zefferelli’s offers outstanding Italian cuisine in generous portions, with spaghetti taking the spotlight. 

9. Have Brunch at Earls

Distance from Carmana Hotel & Suites: 290 meters (.17 miles), 4-minute walk

If you’re staying with us at Carmana over the weekend, a stop at Earls Kitchen + Bar for brunch is a must for your things-to-do-on-Robson-Street list. The mouthwatering menu features classics like hash, Benedicts, omelets, and thirst-quenching breakfast cocktails. For guests who can’t make brunch at Earls, never fear. This favorite restaurant near Robson Street is open from 11 a.m. to midnight with food and drink menus to die for any time of day or night.

When you book one of our Vancouver hotel suites at Carmana Hotel, you’ll have easy access to everything there is to do on Robson Street in Vancouver. Our close proximity to this shopping, dining, and greenspace hub means you’ll be within a short walking distance to the best stores, restaurants, and parks Robson Street has to offer. Need more reasons to stay at Carmana Hotel & Suites? We have them. Hope to see you soon!