Eating at Granville Island Market

Market
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.

Sunlight Farms Produce

Sunlight Farms Produce

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.

Goodies at Stuart's Bakery

Goodies at Stuart's Bakery

Pot Pies

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.)

Olives at Zara's Italian Deli

Olives at Zara's Italian Deli

Rainer cherries

Rainer cherries

Canadian cheeses

Canadian cheeses

Pate at Oyama

Pate at Oyama

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.

Terra Breads

Terra Breads

Since it was so beautiful, I went outside to eat rather than sit at one of the indoor eating areas. So, so pretty.

Burrard Bridge from Granville Island

Burrard Bridge from Granville Island

What about you? What do you love at the market? Share your market favourites in the comments!

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4 Responses to Eating at Granville Island Market

  1. rscalza2002

    I like your idea about the “sampler” platter. That sounds like a lot more fun than having to just choose one vendor for lunch. Do you know anything about the history of the Public Market? I was surprised to learn that many Vancouver restaurants buy direct from the market, just like all the tourists who visit. Tojo’s, for example – the swanky Japanese place on Broadway that everyone raves about – gets its fish from the market.

    I guess it shows you how incredible and fresh the meats and produce there are. Have you ever tried the Fisherman’s Wharf, right next door, for spot prawns?

    Remy
    Elsewhere: A travel blog – http://www.remyscalza.com

  2. Remy,

    Thanks for the tip about Fisherman’s Wharf. Usually, I buy my seafood inside the market. (I like the Salmon Shop and Long Line Seafood–both inside.) Of course, for people who like their seafood alive when the buy it, there’s also Granville Island’s Lobster Man (On Mast Tower and Duranleau St.)–just a couple of blocks from the market.

    As for the market’s history, I do know that part of its structure was once B.C. Equipment Ltd. (opened in the early 1900s), one of the many corrugated-tin factories that were the original inhabitants of the industrial Granville Island, before the island’s transformation into today’s market/shopping/theatre mecca in the 1970s.

    But I didn’t know about Tojo’s–Great tip!

  3. Here is a short video showing Granville Island… you have to love the Fish and Chips!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyQENRg9qGs

  4. I will actually be back.

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