Eat Your Way Around Vancouver's Granville Island

Vancouver's Granville Island is a lovely destination for spending an afternoon at the public market.

two women wait at the cheese counter in Granville Island's Public Market, image
Cheese counter in Granville Island's Public Market.
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Once a hub of grimy waterfront industries such as anvil casting and cement making, Granville Island, on False Creek near downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, has become a vibrant gathering place. Open every day, the island’s Public Market overflows with Northwest produce, flowers, salmon, and prawns, with all the accompanying colors and smells. 

Browse museum-quality artworks by Northwest Indians at Eagle Spirit Gallery. You’ll need nearly $10,000 to capture a carving of giantess Zunukwis being embraced by an octopus, but unlimited ogling is free.

Surprisingly small silkworms spin raw material in a terrarium near a busy loom at Silk Weaving Studio. Find scarves, shawls, dresses, and ties. 

Kites, puppets, costumes, ice cream, a video arcade, and an indoor playland attract large (but short) crowds to Kids Market

Chefs in training create fully formed masterworks at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. Try line-caught Arctic char served over quinoa and cream corn in a maple chili pear relish.

Fine-food emporium Oyama Sausage generates some of the market’s boldest flavors to go: cave-aged Gruyère cheese, duck prosciutto, wild boar sausage.

Climb a long flight of stairs at the Sandbar Restaurant for a fresh seafood meal and a lofty view of the water.

At Granville Island Brewing, a glass of honey lager or maple cream ale—more smooth than syrupy—tops the day with a flourish. 


This article was first published in January 2012 and updated in February 2019.