Vancouver is one of my favorite cities in the world, I visit often and enjoy it every single time, each time finding new things to get excited about, often food. It is a thrill to work up an appetite exploring, then cap it off with amazing food. Granville Island has a wealth of wonderful food options, plus it’s one of the best things about Vancouver. It’s visually adorable and offers crazy beautiful views of Vancouver from the waterfront. You can easily spend a weekend here, eat somewhere new each day, and be wowed every time. Here are four fabulous places to eat and drink on Granville Island.
Edible Canada offers an almost completely local menu. Meaning everything they serve is made from ingredients soured from Canada, and as close to Vancouver as possible. They get a lot of their food right there on Granville Island at the market. This ensures the freshest, highest quality food as well as sustainability. They also have a cute marketplace where you can grab some edible souvenirs to re-live your trip and share with friends.
The atmosphere is cozy and industrial with exposed pipes, warm wood, and bright red metal lamps. An open kitchen allows you to watch the action and gorgeous plates of food coming out. Speaking of plates, even their dinner dishes are local and hand crafted.
They are famous for brunch, and I fell in love with the Avocado Benedict. The Roasted Vegetables with Lemon Tahini and Hemp Hearts were also killer–I’ve been making my own version every single day since returning home, that’s how delicious and inspiring it was. Even though Edible Canada is perfect for visitors to sample Canadian food, it has a comfortable, local vibe.
If you want a breathtaking view of Vancouver, head to The Sandbar and sit on their patio which provides glorious panoramas and some of the best views on Granville Island. Did you know that back in the 1800’s Vancouver used to be called Granville? And that what is now Granville Island was a sandbar? I’m guessing that is where the restaurant got its name.
Ambiance is industrial maritime, and there are fireplaces on the patio where you’re perched up high and can see for miles. You’ve got the bridge overhead, and it’s just the coolest place. The Sandbar is famous for their seafood and sushi. I haven’t tried the sushi yet, but the seafood was out of this world.
The Crab Cakes and Wok Squid were probably my favorites, but everything we had was fantastic. Looking around the restaurant, it seemed like everyone was enjoying their meal just as much as we were (if that’s even possible). I loved it so much I will make it a point to go every time I’m in Vancouver, it’s one of those places you can’t get enough of.
Granville Island Brewing
You might know that I’m picky about my beer. For me to be able go to a brewery and like so many of the beers that I have a hard time choosing which one to order is extremely rare. That was the case at Granville Island Brewing where they make wonderful flavors like the campfire-smokey Baconator, yummy Canada-appropriate Maple Shack Creme Ale, and fruity Hefeweizen. Those are just my top three.
The atmosphere is microbrewery chic with beer vats in full view, high ceilings, and a cozy vibe. It also has that industrial ambiance I can never get enough of. They make a great green salad and perfect french fries. They also have a shop attached where you can grab some bottles or six packs to go, which I recommend doing because when you are looking at your photos, you’re going to wish you could enjoy one of their beers at home.
Granville Island Public Market
Granville Island Public Market is an institution, and a fun, family friendly place with a dizzying amount of food options. My son loves going to the market because he can see all the different choices on display. They have pre-made dishes, restaurants, delis, fruits and vegetables, and also some non-food souvenirs.
When the weather is warm there are usually buskers outside, and you can sit by the docks and listen to live music, snacking on whatever treasures you found inside. Look at these cannolis from Duso’s Italian Deli, don’t they look wonderful? No, I didn’t get one because I devoted all my stomach space to the restaurants I was visiting, but I sure was tempted. They also had fresh, handmade pastas and other Italian delicacies. The market will probably have just about any type of food you are craving, and it has that high energy hive vibe that can be fun.
Granville Island Hotel
I strongly recommend staying on Granville Island while you are indulging in all the wonderful food options. My stay at the Granville Island Hotel was wonderful and allowed me to fully immerse. I would go back in a heartbeat, and for me it was such a luxury to be right there, within walking distance of everything. Granville Island Hotel also has a famous patio for cocktails and dining, I haven’t experienced that due to weather, but I did experience the views and they are spectacular.
Granville Island Ultimate Foodie Guide Bottom Line
Because Granville Island is such a popular travel destination, you might not expect the personable, high quality food options there. And despite the amount of people visiting, to the tune of 10 million per year, it feels intimate and almost village-like there. I will return again and again to each of these four places and I highly recommend you give them a try. If you’re a foodie, you will be in heaven. Have you been to Granville Island? Do you have any favorite restaurants, pubs or cafes?
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