Photo credit: South Granville BIA
South Granville and Shaughnessy
South Granville's Shaughnessy neighbourhood is one of Vancouver’s toniest residential areas, with some of the city’s oldest mansions and largest lots. It was originally developed by the Canadian Pacific Railways as an area for the elite to live back in 1907, and many of the grand estates can still be glimpsed past tall hedges at the end of long driveways. The area is bordered by West 16th Avenue to the north and West 41st Avenue to the south, with Arbutus Street to the east and Oak Street to the east. Running right through the centre is Granville Street, one of Vancouver’s main thoroughfares. The section between Granville Bridge and West 16th Avenue is known as South Granville. The strip caters to the well-heeled local residents with excellent restaurants and some of Vancouver’s best high-end shopping.
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Seeing and Doing
A big attraction of this neighbourhood is “mansion peeping,” oohing-and-aahing at the turn of the century architecture and manicured gardens. The area’s best known mansion is Hycroft, just off Granville Street and Marpole Avenue. It’s a private club, but they offer many events open to the general public, allowing you to explore the fully-restored Edwardian mansion and grounds. As you might imagine with a well-established neighbourhood, Shaughnessy has plenty of green spaces to enjoy. The neighbourhood’s best known greenery is found at VanDusen Botanical Garden at West 34th and Oak, a spectacular 22-hectare (55-acre) expanse boasting year-round displays of floral splendour. On the South Granville strip, shopping and dining are the main attractions, but the Arts Club Theatre Company’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage is a big draw for those looking for combine dinner and a show.
Photo: South Granville BIA
Eating and Drinking
While strolling Shaughnessy is a great way to work up an appetite, the place to refuel is South Granville Street. This is where you’ll find some of Vancouver’s best known restaurants, ready to wow you for a special occasion. But the street is also home to some more casual offerings too – grab a bite from a gourmet grocer, high-end bakery or one of the multicultural restaurants along the strip, and enjoy it in one of the parks.
Photo: South Granville BIA
Shopping and Souvenirs
As befits the neighbourhood’s clientele, shopping on South Granville is a high-end experience. This is where many international fashion designers have their Vancouver stores, but standing shoulder-to-shoulder with these iconic brands are local boutiques with exclusive labels and accessories. But the big draw for many is the sheer number of art galleries along this strip. With everything from up-and-coming Vancouver artists, through to big names with global reputations, South Granville is a must-visit for art lovers. This is an excellent place to shop for something to hang on your wall at home.
For more information, visit the South Granville Business Improvement Association online.