Punjabi Market sign at E 50th Ave

Punjabi Market

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.

What's happeningLearn more about Business Improvement Areas (BIAs)

Business and commercial property owners are invited to a drop-in meeting to learn more about BIAs.

The meeting will take place:

  • Thursday, February 22, 2024, 5pm to 8pm: Roots Café, 6502 Main St (at E 49th Ave)

February 2024: The retail planning report from Tate Economic Research is now complete.

The study includes:

  • An updated profile of shops and services and the overall retail environment
  • An assessment of business-focused organizations that could support Punjabi Market
  • A recommended approach that area businesses could use to enhance the Market and expand their customer base.

Review the reports: 

February 13 and 14, 2024:  The team from Tate was at the market to share a summary of the report with local businesses.

The team stopped by each business for a one-on-one discussion.


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Punjabi Market Planning Team
Planning, Urban Design, and Sustainability
515 W 10th Ave, Vancouver V5Z 4A8

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