One of my favourite places to go in Vancouver is Granville Island. It rides a fine line between being a tourist trap and being a well loved local institution. If you’re a local you have to pick your times right to avoid the throngs of tourists (my favourite time to go is actually in the winter on a weekday!)
The public market is home to stall upon stall of local farm produce, fresh seafood, butcher shops, bakeries, cheese stalls, all kinds of ethnic markets selling any obscure ingredient you might be searching for, hand made chocolates, doughnuts, fresh cut flowers… it’s a feast for all your senses.
The island’s history is long and started out very industrial (there are remnants of this all over the island – including a large active cement plant right in the middle) and at one point it was considered vital to Canada’s war effort in WWII (you even needed an ID card to get on the island!)
Now it houses the public market, small theatre companies, the prestigious Emily Carr University of Art & Design, markets, breweries, restaurants, artists’ studios, shops, the famous houseboats, dragon boats, water taxis, and my personal favourite, the company that makes miniature architectural models!
The market itself is impossible to navigate without buying at least one mouthwatering item and it is a photographer’s delight. So many colours, textures and shapes!
But perhaps my favourite thing to do there is buy a crusty bun, some cheese, and big apple and sit on a bench and watch the world go by with a big chai latte!
Hope you enjoyed my little photo essay on one of my favourite food destinations in Vancouver!