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Aberdeen Centre offers shops, food, entertainment

By Issac Zhao

Published 11:05 PDT, Tue August 16, 2022

When Aberdeen Centre was built in 1989, the objective was to create the first truly Asian shopping experience in the Lower Mainland. It embraces the best of Eastern and Western culture, celebrating the multiculturalism within Richmond.

The large shopping centre was originally built as an alternative to Chinatown in Vancouver. The mall was designed as a one-stop shopping destination with Asian-themed retail stores, herbal tea shops, restaurants, a cinema, and a bowling alley, as well as continuous weekend entertainment.

The mall was named after Hong Kong’s renowned tourist harbour, Aberdeen. When it was built, Aberdeen Centre was the largest Asian retail centre in North America.

One of Aberdeen’s trademarks is its food court. With a multitude of vendors, some of the best Asian cuisines can be found here, and cravings for authentic Asian food can be fulfilled. The food court offers Chinese dim sum, Japanese ramen, and Korean BBQ, among other cuisines. 

A well-known store in Aberdeen Centre is Oomomo Japan Living, formerly known as Daiso. It specializes in a wide range of Japanese household supplies, kitchenware, beauty products, and Japanese-style ceramics. Everything at Oomomo is also budget-friendly.

Aberdeen Centre also has a one-of-a-kind attraction. The 18-metre (60-foot) musical water fountain illuminates the central atrium every hour.

Aberdeen Centre celebrates Chinese New Year around January and February each year. The mall is filled with decorations, red lanterns, and lucky zodiac signs, as people visit to take pictures, feel the ambience, and receive fortune while celebrating Chinese New Year.

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