Situated south of Vancouver’s downtown peninsula, just under the Granville bridge is a truly unique destination, Granville Island. Originally an industrial centre, it is a popular shopping and entertainment area today, attracting over 10 million locals and tourists yearly. People come from all over to shop at the highly popular Granville public market, in addition to enjoying various attractions such as theatrical productions, fine dining, art shows and many others. The island is accessed via mini tugboat ferries or by using the Granville bridge. Granville island is a great place to visit during your Vancouver trip and the following are the top three reasons you should consider making a stop here:
Granville’s public market is a food lover’s paradise, featuring tens of rows of stalls offering fresh produce, seafood, handmade and gourmet foods and many others. visitors can expect to enjoy a colourful display of food items including fresh fruits and vegetables, lobster, crab, salmon and other offerings from the sea, as well as handmade pastas, freshly baked bread, gourmet jams and chutneys, and a wide selection of other items. Chefs, homemakers, restaurateurs, supermarket owners and many others can be found here on an early morning trying to source the best produce for their needs.
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Granville island is a great place to pick up handicrafts and souvenirs ranging from home decor items, to jewellery, wines, glass creations and a wide array of other items. Skilled artisans display their creations in vendor booths in the public market, and you can expect to find items such as: hand knitted hats, first nation’s memorabilia, painted textiles, ceramic goods and many others. there are also a number of workshops such as those in the Railspur District where you can view artisans at work creating blown glass, hand painted silks and one of a kind jewellery.
Proximity to Granville’s public market has led to a proliferation of eating places ranging from chic waterfront restaurants to small and comfortable eateries featuring a variety of ethnic cuisine. The public market also has its own offering of food items, and you can pick up freshly baked breads, cured meats from the charcuterie and artisan cheeses to create your own meal. An onsite food court also allows you access to a wide variety of international cuisine. Beers, wines and seafood are also available at a number of establishments on the island.
You'll find one of the BC's largest names in beer here on granville island. Self named Granville Island Brewing is one of the first place you see as you enter the island. Take a look at the tasting room, and grab a growler or "Crowler" to go. After you start to get your buzz on take a turn for a craft distillery just a block away. Weather you love Gin, Vodca or Whiskey this is a must see craft distillery here on granville island.
Granville Island should be at the top of every tourist’s itinerary thanks to its great attractions which include the Island’s famous public market, handcrafted items and fine dining experiences.