It was such a drop-dead gorgeous day today, I decided to walk to Granville Island Market and do a little favourire-food shopping.
Both a major tourist destination and a beloved local market, Granville Island’s Public Market sees 10 million visitors a year. Home to over 100 vendors, the market has a tremendous selection of European delicacies, produce, seafood, meats, desserts and prepared foods, making it the perfect place to shop for both ingredients and eat-on-the-spot treats.
I love entering the market off Johnston Street; it means the first thing I see is the sumptuous fruit and veggies at Sunlight Farms. It makes me feel healthier just looking at them.
Of course, right after inhaling ode-de-health, I head straight for Stuart’s Bakery and ogle the much-less-healthy (but, hey, made with fruit! That counts, right?) deserts.
Today, it took me a while to decide on lunch. Did I want one of the the enormous pot pies at A La Mode–which include traditional English Shepard’s Pie as well as the more B.C.-flavoured Salmon Pot Pie? Or did I want to create my own market “sampler”: small portions of a wide variety of foods? I went with the sampler.
So I got olives at Zara’s, sweet Rainer cherries and B.C. tomatoes, Canadian cheese at Oyama and, because no trip to the market is complete without it, Oyama’s Terraine Landaise pâté. (Seriously, you must try this pâté.)
For bread to go with your pâté–did I put enough emphasis on how amazing this stuff is?–head to Terra Breads inside the market–a local bakery and Vancouver staple–or, if you prefer French bread, the La Baguette French Bakery. La Baguette is just outside the market, across the street.
Since it was so beautiful, I went outside to eat rather than sit at one of the indoor eating areas. So, so pretty.
What about you? What do you love at the market? Share your market favourites in the comments!