The Best of Granville Island

Food, Kid Friendly, Things to Do — By Natasha John on February 24, 2012 at 7:52 pm

A trip to Granville Island can easily fill up a large portion of your day, especially if it’s your first time. The area itself is relatively small, but there are a number of different businesses to explore. Here’s are a few favorites that should not be missed on your visit.

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Bonnie Lee Charters (104 – 1676 Duranleau Street) – Fishermen rejoice! If you’re in town and have been itching to get out on the water, call Bonnie Lee.

Adventure Zone – If you’re going with children, they will love this play area on the second floor of the Kids Market. There are nets and climbing structures, a ball pit, slides, and tunnels for them to crawl through. Plus, it’s something free to do with them.

Arts Club Theatre Company (1585 Johnston Street) – Yearning to see a show while you’re in Vancouver? Arts Club manages three stages around Vancouver, including the Granville Island Stage. Check out their website to find out what production is on while you’re in town.


Circle Craft Co-op (1 – 1666 Johnston Street) – Step inside this large space and admire the work of creative craftspeople from all over BC and perhaps even make a purchase to bring home.

Little Dream (1666 Duranleau Street, Net Loft) – Looking for a new frock? Little Dream is filled with all sorts of one of a kind pieces predominantly made by local Vancouver designers.

Food & Drink

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Benton Brothers Fine Cheese – Located inside the Public Market, they source only the best cheeses from around the globe. The friendly service is an added bonus!

Artisan Sake Maker (1339 Railspur Alley) – For the sake lovers in your group, this is the first premium sake winery in Canada and sake is available for purchase here.

Oyama Sausage Co. – House cured meats, perfect pates, imported cheeses and handmade sausages are just a few of the delicious treats you can buy from this family run business. This is a must visit inside the Public Market if you’re looking for items to add to your dinner.

ChocolaTas – Across from Oyama is this specialty chocolate booth that uses the exquisite Valhrona and Callebaut for their chocolates. The selection of flavors is a mix of traditional tastes, mixed in with decadently unique twists like Earl Grey, Rooibos tea, green tea, sea salt, Lavender, wasabi, pepper and Jasmin flowers, to name just a few.

Lobsterman (1807 Mast Tower Road) – When it comes to buying oysters, mussels, crab, clams or lobster, the Lobster man is the place to go. They have a large selection that’s always fresh. If you can’t handle bringing a live crab or lobster home, they have a hot pot they can throw it in at the back for you.

Granville Island Tea Company – Loose teas that are available for purchase to take home, or enjoy a cup while you people watch inside the Public Market.

Lee’s Donuts – It’s said that some of the best donuts can be found inside the Public Market at Lee’s.

Longliner Seafoods – Vancouver is known for it’s fresh seafood and if you’re looking for fresh or smoked wild fish, drop by this stall inside the Public Market.

Edible Canada – After all the walking around, sitting down to a lovely meal is just what the doctor ordered. Unwind inside Edible Canada and nosh on their yummy dishes.

By no means is this list exhaustive, as there are so many other wonderful shops to explore. Granville Island is one of those places that’s enjoyable to slowly peruse in and out of the different buildings, so take your time and enjoy!

Tags: fishing, Granville Island, kids market, sake


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