This unique street was named after John Robson, Premier of British Columbia from 1889 - 1892. Its commercial traditions date from 1895 when train tracks were laid along it, and a wide variety of small shops sprang up to serve Vancouver's rapidly growing population.
In the post World War II era, Robson Street evolved into 'Robsonstrasse', a reflection of the European shopkeepers who operated the many small delicatessens, patisseries, and chic boutiques that populated the street.
In modern times, as its popularity has soared, the character of Robson Street has continued to evolve. 'Robsonstrasse' has passed into history, but the eclectic mix of shops and restaurants has become even stronger and more appealing.
Today, one finds along Robson and its side streets fine dining, premier fashion stores and services, and an opportunity to 'people watch' as the world shops the street.