Vancouver is a diverse city of many cultures and ethnicities, so it should come as no surprise that its culinary options are just as varied. A visit to Granville Island is a must for true foodies and adventurous diners looking to sample the best of this coastal city. This gastronomic-focused neighborhood offers everything from elegant waterfront restaurants to small ethnic eateries to public marketplaces.
Start with the bustling Granville Island Public Market, where exotic produce and gourmet ingredients are sold alongside global dishes and local specialties. Pick up unusual fruits such as the tentacle-like Buddha’s Hand citrus fruit, tart kaffir limes or hot-pink dragon fruit. The food court offers ethnic eats like Ukrainian pierogies, Mexican chimichangas, Indian butter chicken and fresh Japanese sashimi.
For a Vancouver staple within the market, try a pie at A La Mode, where you can choose from sweet dessert pies or an array of savory pot pies, all topped with a flaky, buttery crust billowing over the edge of their containers. Assemble your own charcuterie plate with a trip to one of the artisanal cheese makers, followed by a visit to Oyama Sausage Co., a local meat merchant offering mouthwatering options like silky duck prosciutto and garlicky chorizo.
The options for buying locally made foods get even more extensive during Vancouver’s summer and early autumn months. Browse the Granville Island Farmers Market, where farmers bring their produce, plants and flowers straight from the fields to your shopping bag. The farmers’ market is the oldest of its kind, uniting farmers and residents for the past 20 years. Don’t forget to stop by the ATM on the way, as vendors only accept cash.
Beer and Wine
Although Granville Island places heavy emphasis on food, there’s also an inclination toward adult beverages. The area is home to Canada’s first microbrewery and the country’s first boutique sake winery. Sit back and look out over the marina while enjoying a pint of locally brewed beer at the Dockside Brewing Company. After a long day of sampling the island’s vast array of foods, there’s no better way to end this gastronomic itinerary than sipping on a cold glass of Pelican Bay Brown Ale or Alder Bay Honey Lager.