Geeks love to travel as much as anyone else, and they’re always looking for new spots to shop. Before they’ve even bought their plane tickets, they’ve planned which stores they’re going to. That’s definitely a good idea when heading to Vancouver.
At any time of year, Vancouver is a great place to visit. But it’s a solid place for anyone looking to get away from super cold winters and who wants to buy their next collectible or missing comic book issue. Lord knows I quite literally do that everywhere I go.
There are a lot of great comic shops throughout Vancouver. Whatever neighborhood you’re spending time in, there’s likely one not too far away that’s worth checking out. But Tazmanian Comics should be high on that list.
This is about as classic a comic shop as you’re going to find in any city in North America. Located in East Vancouver, they’ve been in business since 1986. It’s a shop that has pretty much everything and anything you could possibly be looking for. Within reason, of course.
RPG Vintage Toys & Games
There are always spots to looks for hard to find new toys. Comic shops like Tazmanian are always great places to start but sometimes you need a focused vintage toy store. And RPG Vintage Toys & Games is a good one, though their website isn’t great.
Located in Langley, RPG Vintage Toys & Games has a nice selection of vintage toys from a variety of eras. They seem to specialize in cars, but they also carry a lot of offerings from the Transformers as well as other classic 1980’s properties.
Press Start Video Games
Gamers can be an obsessive lot, particularly the ones who are into collecting vintage games, consoles and related merch. If you fit into that category, Vancouver’s Press Start Video Games in New Westminster is an incredible place to spend time.
They stock an incredible selection of video games and consoles going all the way back to the days of Atari and Colecovision. The store even has vintage arcade cabinets, if you really want to proclaim how deep you are into this lifestyle.
Vancouver’s Drexoll Games
On the other side of the gaming spectrum are board games. A lot of people who live outside these geeky worlds assume that video gamers and board gamers are the same thing. There is some crossover but those statements will cost you in the wrong parts of nerd-dom.
For anyone interested in board games who is planning a trip to Vancouver, Drexoll Games is an absolute must stop. They have everything. It’s located in Kitsilano and not too far away from English Bay. This is an area you’re probably going to be in anyway, so stop by.
Halfmoon Manga & Anime
The genres of manga and anime cover a lot of ground, from stuff that children will love all the way to things that no one will ever be old enough to see. But for fans in Vancouver, one of the best stores around is Halfmoon Manga & Anime.
Just off Marine Drive in South Vancouver, Halfmoon boasts having the largest selection of manga and anime in the city. Given everything they have in store, that might actually be true. Walking into this place definitely has a strong “kid in a candy store” vibe to it.