Tsawwassen is a unique community that feels much more like a small town.
Surrounded by beaches, farmland, and the little peninsula of Point Roberts, USA, it's a unique spot home to locally-owned cafes, restaurants, and shops that you won't find anywhere else. Start at any point on this itinerary as these local gems are walkable distance from each other.
Be like a local, and find a seat on Petra's by L'Aromas, most likely beside a collection of bikers eager to hit the Boundary Bay trails. Fill up on specialty coffee and delicious breakfast sandies on one of Tsawwassen's sunniest patios.
Across 56th Street, start your curated tour of locally-owned shops at Ma Maison & Co. Take time to discover every nook and cranny of this store as it's packed with everything from Pyrrha jewelry and Corksicles, to closet finds from well-known and undiscovered brands.
Locals Reco: Petra's Mega Avocado Wrap is hard to beat for a fuel up!
Next door is Albany Books, a Tsawwassen staple since 1985. Amazon may deliver overnight, but they can't beat Albany's long-time, enthusiastic staff. Beyond books, they're a great spot to find game night supplies, greeting cards, and unique gifts.
For your closet, it's off to Boutique Blanche. They'll have you sorted head to toe with trendy outfits, shoes, and jewelry. BC brands like Gentle Fawn and Brunette the Label are staples here, as well as unique finds.
Around the bend, you'll find Sublime Art Materials. Get inspired with tye-dye kits, and crafty activities to take home for the kids as well as any professional (or unprofessional) art supply you need!
Next, it's off to Coastal Olive Oils & Co. for quality vinegars and oils, many infused with delicious flavors. Don't leave without indulging in a tasting flight to find the one that suits you best. Finish off your Tsawwassen Centre Mall walkabout with a treat from The Chocolate Bear Shoppe. From Rogers Chocolates to imported British sweets, it's reminiscent of an old-time candy shop.
Locals Reco: Create your own custom box of assorted chocolates!
With all that under your belt, it's time to relax at Illuminate Restaurante. Enjoy a taste of Tuscany and unbeatable ambiance, with pizzas, steak, and seafood dishes that pair wonderfully with wine and specialty cocktails, especially on their patio.
Photo Credits @mamaisonandcompany, @Coastal-Olive-Oils-489478027798805@albanybooks, and@IlluminateRestorante.