Daiso: 100Y aka Dollar Store
$2 and sometimes more, but the variety is humungous and very colourful,
In 2003, at then new Aberdeen Centre in Richmond, B.C a a 26,430 sq. ft store opened and is the group's busiest, they claim to have almost 100 000 variety od useful knick knaks
What to buy: we bought shopping bags, magnets, origami paper, trays, cosmetic.
coud have bought much much more,
What to pay: minmum $1, but do not be sruprised you have two bagful and spending $30-60.
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Aberdeen Centre: A piece of Hong Kong in Richmond
Aberdeen Centre is the largest Asian mall in all of British Columbia, and I wouldn't be surprised if it's larger than any Asian mall in North America. It epitomizes Richmond's recent identity as being the hypermodern cultural hub of BC's Chinese-speaking community.
A visit to Aberdeen will surely give those used to North American malls a different shopping experience, quite unlike the shopping malls elsewhere in the country. Unlike most Canadian shopping malls which are essentially clones of eachother, Aberdeen Centre's shops cater predominantly to an Asian clientele. As a result, there are stores selling things that you might only ever seen in Hong Kong or Taiwan.
Even if your heart is not set on shopping, a quick peek into Aberdeen will make you feel as if you've teleported yourself to Hong Kong! The building itself is also quite stunning, at least as far as Richmond architecture goes! Unlike the ugly concrete monstrosities (ie: Yaohan) elsewhere in the area, Aberdeen's exterior is made of a milky-coloured glass which is intermixed with coloured bands. It has a very sleek, organic shape which makes it stand out from anything else.
One drawback to Aberdeen is that its feng shui interior feels cavernous. It also feels incomplete, because there are also a lot of vacancies. However, the musical water fountain, though bordering on ridiculous, partially makes up for it.
I feel that if you're going to visit Aberdeen Centre, it's also worth checking out the neighbouring Asian malls, such as Parker Place which is down the road, and Yaohan Centre/President's Plaza which are across the street. All together these malls will give you an intense Asian shopping experience!
What to buy: Aberdeen now has some of Richmond's coolest shops (in my opinion), but what to buy is really up to your interests. If you're into clothing, there are eccentric Hong Kong and Japanese clothing boutiques scattered about.
There's my favourite, the Daiso. It's a two-level Japanese discount department store where there are no price tags because every item costs $2. They have all sorts of knick knacks like kitchen supplies, beauty products, food items, toys, stationary, etc. It's fun to look at because they're all products marketed to a Japanese audience, and half the time, unless you read Japanese, you have no idea what you're looking at. Apparently this is famously known as the "100 Yen store" in Japan. It's also supposed to be the only Daiso store outside of Asia.
If you like beautifully crafted Japanese tea and dish sets, or traditional Chinese ginseng, you will also find it at Aberdeen. But the store that always makes me smirk is the "BMW Lifestyle" store, where you can purchase merchandise bearing the BMW logo for a price which is certainly more than what it's worth!
If you're also looking to sample some of Richmond's famous Chinese food, there are several restaurants here that might satisfy your craving!
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Splash Toys: Feel like family at this toy store
Splash Toys can often be seen in film shots
through streets of Steveston and is easily recognizable to many Richmond residents.
This is the sort of toy store where you feel that the sales people actually like their job and want to help you in your shopping.
It is, therfore, much more personal than other larger toy retailers.
They have fantastic customer service and will help to locate the things you require by calling other stores if they do not carry it.
The impression from Splash Toys employees is that they truly care baout the customer and not just interested in making a sale.
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Parker Place: Hong Kong in Richmond at Parker Place
Large Chinese shopping mall with over 150 stores in Richmond located next to Aberdeen Centre. The mall caters to Richmond's large Chinese population and has the feel of a transplanted Hong Kong mall. An indoor Chinatown. The large food court serves Chinese fare and very inexpensive. As in Hong Kong, some of menu items are only written in Chinese.
Aberdeen Centre: Aberdeen Centre
380,000 square foot state of the art indoor shopping mall in Richmond. The original mall was completely demolished and rebuilt.
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