Where to shop for covetable candles in Vancouver

The right candle can turn a practical bathroom into a spa-like sanctuary or a plain bedroom into an intimate Goop-worthy oasis. If you’re looking for an easy and affordable decor update, why not add the finishing touch to any room and set the mood with a beautiful candle? These Vancouver shops offer options that are sure to make you wax poetic. [Photo courtesy of Vancouver Candle Co.]

Walrus Design

3408 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2W8

This art and design-focused store is like a little gallery filled with items for your body, home and garden. Most of Walrus’s stock has a functional, minimalistic but playful look. While browsing, be sure to take a whiff in the candle selection. The Cambie Street boutique carries a curated selection of handmade, long-lasting, non-toxic candles from local faves like Woodlot and Vancouver Candle Company, whose hand-poured soy candles feature unique scents inspired by local neighbourhoods,


799 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC V7Y 0A2

In the world of luxury candles, the name Diptyque is legendary. Beloved by celebrities and fashion designers, the French brand is synonymous with style, status and elegance. In Vancouver, Nordstrom is one of the few places to pick up these in-demand candles. Save your pennies and splurge on a fresh Baies scent (a blend of rose and blackcurrant) for springtime; in the winter, opt for the smoky, sophisticated Feu de Bois aroma.

Welk's Mart

3511 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3N4

Welk’s is often referred to a store with everything. From housewares and hardware to organic bath and body products, this Main Street general store is a delight to browse. Amongst the more practical goods is a standout selection of scented candles from North American and European artisans, including waxy wicks from True Grace, Vancouver Candle Co., and P.F. Candle Co.

Old Faithful Shop

320 Cordova St W, Vancouver, BC V6B 1E8

Items stocked at Old Faithful are meant to last for decades, or even generations. Though candles here won’t last that long, the selection at this Gastown boutique is carefully chosen. Thoughtfully handcrafted by artisans, candles from US Apothecary and Auereus epitomize the classic, neo-pioneer aesthetic the store is known for.

Charlie & Lee

223 Union St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2B2

Charlie & Lee offers the largest selection of candles in Vancouver’s Strathcona/Chinatown neighbourhood. This indie boutique carries cult brands such as Woodlot, Noble & Co, Harlow Skin, 341 Candles, and Sydney Hale Co. The scents reflect our West Coast surroundings and incorporate woodsy smells like fir, cedar wood and juniper.


737 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver, BC V7Y 1E4

Looking for chic designer scents to add aromatic elegance to your home? This upscale department store offers a wide selection of luxury candles, including high-end cult brands such as Jo Malone, Diptyque, Atkinsons and Byredo. The extended range from these popular labels means you can accessorize your home with complementary diffusers or soaps. And all the candles are packaged like works of art.

The Soap Dispensary

3718 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3N7

The Soap Dispensary is a one-stop shop for everyday household products made with human and environmental health in mind. Many of the products in store are made with natural materials and are organic, vegan or fair-trade certified where possible. Candles at the Soap Dispensary are made of beeswax (naturally) and urban homesteaders who are interested in crafting their own candles can sign up for DIY workshops throughout the year, too.

Nineteen Ten Boutique

4366 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P9

Canadian brands dominate in Nineteen Ten Home Boutique’s apothecary selection. Locally made candles from Noble & Company are great everyday staples, while Lvnea candles from Montreal add a touch of refined Canadiana, with scents such as La Foret Dormante and Aurore Boreale. In Vancouver, Lvnea candles are only found at this Main Street store.

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