Punjabi Market is a 3-block commercial district located on Main St between East 48th and East 51st avenues. Situated in the Sunset neighbourhood—an area home to one of Canada’s largest South Asian communities—the market has been a destination for South Asian culture and commerce since the 1970s.
It has historically included several Indian restaurants, sweet shops, jewellery stores, clothing stores, grocers, as well as other businesses catering to the South Asian community, local neighbourhood, and tourists.
In 2016, in response to community concerns about the future of the Punjabi Market, Council directed staff to undertake initial work to assess existing neighbourhood policy.
Punjabi Market update - next steps
July 2022: City staff continue to work with the Punjabi Market community to support the renewal of this important cultural and economic hub.
In July, staff provided a memo to Council PDF file (5.3 MB) outlining key next steps, including:
- Work on a lighting strategy
- Support for commercial area capacity building
- The exploration of further planning work in Punjabi Market and the surrounding area
Punjabi Market Planning Team
Planning, Urban Design, and Sustainability
515 W 10th Ave, Vancouver V5Z 4A8