Just an hour from downtown Vancouver, you’ll find the most unique collection of independently owned shops and restaurants in a little block known as Central Village. Chilliwack’s best shops and Instagram ops are on Mill and Wellington streets, where the city’s first mural festival made a splash last summer! Here is our top list of must-visit spots for your next day trip to Chillwack, B.C. —Vita Daily
alley cat mural. Artist Oxana Gaida painted “Alley Cat” last summer, and she says the cat’s name is Clementine. This mural has quickly become a favourite photo spot and can be found in Court Lane, just off Mill Street by the Grove Salon & Spa (more on that stop later!).
the book man. Searching for a hardcover copy of Catcher in the Rye? Need a lazy beach-read recommendation based on the last page-turner you finished? Book it to The Book Man, where the staff will be able to point you in the right direction. You can even ask them to create a profile for you based on your literary style so they can continue to make recommendations for you!
chilliwax records. Vinyl is where it’s at these days and, if you appreciate high-quality sound and incredible music selection, Chilliwax Records is a spot you can browse for hours! Plus, as a locally owned business you know you’re supporting independent entrepreneurs.
the button box & lolly’s. Two spots in Central Village are at the top of the fashion game: The Button Box and Lolly’s. If you need a new lounging-at-home outfit or planning your post-pandemic wardrobe, ask the owners to help you style the perfect look! The Button Box also has the sweetest selection of gifts and home goods.
harvest store & cafe. For the very best donuts and Fancy Pants grilled cheese, stop at Harvest Store & Cafe on Mill Street. They top their donuts with creative toppings like fruit loops or maple and bacon. The Homer Donut is a staple, named after—who else—Homer Simpson! Their secret back patio is also the most beautiful green escape.
wellington natural health. For a yoga class, acupuncture or Reiki energy healing, Wellington Natural Health is your go-to spot. A newcomer to Central Village, this is the perfect place to get centred.
grove salon & spa. If, after a long day of eating and shopping, you just want to kick back and relax, an LED or hydro jelly facial at The Grove or a relaxing massage is the way to go. The team here stocks top-of-the line brands and the space—created by renowned carpenter Matthew Pysh of Crafted Design—will just leave you saying ahhh!