During my recent trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, I stopped by Granville Island, one of my favourite places in the city. This small peninsula is situated across False Creek from downtown Vancouver, right under the south end of the Granville Street Bridge. Originally used for fishing then industrial manufacturing, Granville Island is now known for its tourism, entertainment, and shopping.
One of the most popular attractions on the island is the Granville Island Public Market. Loved by locals and tourists alike, the indoor Public Market features an amazing assortment of fruits, vegetables, flowers, foods, gifts, and handcrafted products.
My favourite stands at the market are the colourful produce stands with towering displays of cherries, berries, and other seasonal fruits. I can never resist a peek at the Stuart’s Bakery display cases – tiny cakes and cookies all stacked up, studded with nuts or sprinkled with coconut, topped with a tempered shard of chocolate.
The pyramid of rainbow macarons always tempts and delights as well.
The Granville Island Public Market is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir for family, friends, or yourself. A favourite of S’s mom is a special blueberry honey from Chilliwack River Valley Natural Honey, a small stand located right next to Stuart’s Bakery in the middle of the market. For immediate consumption, you can’t beat a toasted rosemary and rock salt bagel with cream cheese from Siegel’s Bagels (my favourite). For quick and tasty dinners, my mom and sister like to pick up fresh pastas and raviolis from the various Italian food stalls, such as Duso’s Italian Foods or Zara’s Deli.
In the food court section of the market, you can sample all kinds of prepared dishes ranging from Indian to Japanese to German. Can’t decide? Get as much or as little from each stand as you like. Diners can combine a green smoothie at one stand with fish and chips from another, topped off with a homestyle donut from Lee’s Donuts for dessert. Why not?
Amongst the food court stalls are small tables set up with handcrafted goods, both edible and non-edible. My sister loves these deli style Kaylin & Hobbs pickles that come in all sorts of flavours like horseradish and jalapeño.
Empty tables can be hard to find during peak dining hours at the market. May I suggest that you head outside the market for an al fresco dining experience with a sweeping view of downtown Vancouver?
Watch the Aquabus ferries putter by, observe the cheeky seagulls begging for a bite of your danish, and listen to street performers entertain the crowds of tourists. Mostly just enjoy the atmosphere in one of the most vibrant parts of Vancouver.
Have you ever been to Granville Island or the Granvile Island Public Market? Which is your favourite stand?