You like to eat, right? Then you shouldn’t miss the food paradise that is Vancouver’s Granville Island Public Market.
Don’t skip the food market just because you’re staying in a hotel and you’re not planning to cook.
The Granville Island Public Market offers so much more than grocery shopping. You can spend hours wandering inside the covered market, sampling all the foodie pleasures as you go.
These vendors offer some of the market’s tastiest treats, and there’s no cooking required!
The Granville Island Tea Company features over 200 fresh and popular teas from around the world, plus their own unique blends. Ask for a sample spoonful of their house “Masala Chai Mix,” a sweet, spicy and creamy addition to an everyday cup of tea.
Artisanal bakery Terra Breads is most well-known for the loaves in its Sourdough Series, which are leavened through a fermentation process using a decades old sourdough starter.
You can taste the rich sourdough notes in Terra’s purple-hued Walnut Loaf, which develops its unique color when pigment in the walnut skins reacts with sourdough cultures during fermentation. Want something crunchier? Terra toasts thin slices of its Pecan Fruit Loaf to enhance the flavor of raisins, cherries and pecans in their Pecan Fruit Crisps.
If you’re unsure about choosing your own charcuterie, the sausage masters at Oyama Sausage Co. invite you to “close your eyes and point.”
They will tempt you with samples of their house-made sausages, salamis and terrines. Try the fresh and fragrant Elk and Juniper Salami, or the deep and red Bison Bresaola, a smooth-tasting, salted and air-cured loin of bison. For something unique, request a bite of Oyama’s sake-infused Kazu Coppa.
The purveyors of Benton Brothers Fine Cheese say “Eat Cheese | Be Happy.” And who wouldn’t be happy with the wide and ever-changing variety of cheeses offered at their Granville Island shop? They offer any kind of “oozy, stinky, runny, salty, earthy, pungent, mild, creamy, hard, [or] soft” cheese you can imagine. If you’re lucky on the day you visit, they’ll have a savory and tangy Gruyere-inspired Rathtrevor cheese made by British Columbia’s Little Qualicum Cheeseworks. You’ll want to ask for a hunk to-go!
You could begin or end your visit to Vancouver’s Granville Island Public Market with essentials from JJ Bean Coffee Roasters and Lee’s Donuts. JJ Bean Coffee Roasters features freshly roasted, single origin coffees sourced from individual farms and cooperatives around the world.
Grab a coffee and walk toward the south doors, where Lee’s Donuts is one of the market’s original vendors. You can stand outside the open windows and chat with the donut makers as they cut and fry their popular Honey-Dip donut.
Can’t decide whether to begin or end with coffee and donuts? Do both!
Want a tour of Vancouver’s Granville Island Public Market?
If you’d like an insider to show you around, sign up for a Granville Island Market Tour with Vancouver Foodie Tours. The tour groups meet at Edible Canada, a retail shop and bistro showcasing seasonal Canadian cuisine.
At Edible Canada you can sample and buy smartly packaged gourmet gifts to take home, like Vancouver-made Amola Bacon Salt. Check out the online tour schedule and reserve your spot for the 2-hour tour in advance.