Visit Vancouver

Here's where to eat, stay, and explore in this cosmopolitan Northwest city

Yarn basket
Photo: Janis Nicolay

See what’s happening on Granville Island: 

Formerly a gritty warehouse district, Granville Island has been transformed into a tiny cobblestone world of galleries, shops, and artisan food vendors.

The Public Market is the mother ship of all things delicious. Our favorites from its 50-plus vendors include Oyama Sausage Company for the homemade charcuterie (including a standout elk-juniper salami); Granville Island Tea Company for spicy chai; and Edible British Columbia, which sells local goodies like birch syrup and black sesame sea salt.

It’s easy to overlook what lies beyond the market’s walls, but trust us―don’t. The streets are lined with one-of-a-kind shops like Paper-Ya, where gorgeous stationery and wrapping papers hang on dowels like curtains, and Maiwa Handprints, which sells textiles from India, all hand-woven and naturally dyed.

At Artisan SakeMaker, you can watch the Japanese owner brew small-batch sake. 

Getting there: From downtown, hop aboard the Aquabus (from $3 U.S.) or one of the chubby blue False Creek Ferries (from $3 U.S.), which take you to the island in 7 minutes.

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