Granville Island offers the city’s freshest produce, meats and flowers, as well as a mixed selection of restaurants and shops.
Satiate your appetite at some of the area’s tastiest year-round markets.
Granville Island: Across from downtown Vancouver’s peninsula, a foodie’s utopia exists that rivals Seattle’s Pike Place. Granville Island offers the city’s freshest produce, meats and flowers, as well as a mixed selection of restaurants and shops. If you’re not too full from nibbling on market eats, grab a sandwich or spicy bratwurst at Kaisereck Delicatessen and pair it with a steaming cup of soup from The Stock Market. Perhaps an even bigger draw than the gastronomic indulgences is the Kids Market—as much of a Vancouver icon as the island itself. Boasting of an indoor playground and two floors of children’s shops, a stop in here is essential—even if you’re only young at heart.
Location: Begins at the intersection of Anderson Street and Second Avenue W.
Hours: Daily 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Lonsdale Quay: Originally developed in 1986 when Vancouver hosted the Expo ’86 World’s Fair, Lonsdale Quay has transformed into an international waterfront marketplace with 80 fresh food vendors, plus shops, restaurants and festivals. Take the SeaBus and go for a 15-minute cruise from the Vancouver Waterfront right to the Quay on the city’s North Shore. Though the indoor market is open year-round, between the months of May and October the artisan farmer’s market is where you’ll find the city’s most talented jam and salsa makers, bakers and craftsmen.
Location: 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Market Hours: Daily 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Shops: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Punjabi Market: Don’t be fooled. Punjabi isn’t a market, it’s Vancouver’s Little India. This district, which spans six blocks in the city’s Sunset neighborhood, features the best of Vancouver’s Indo-Canadian culture. Amid the shops hawking bangles, pashminas, saris and bolts of silk, Punjabi Market is where you’ll find the best curry, spiced samosas and gulab jamun—a syrupy doughnut hybrid—in the city. With the aromas of spicy curry arresting your nostrils, a stop at this “market” feels more like a quick jaunt to South Asia, minus the jet lag.
Location: Begins at East 49th Avenue, runs six blocks on Main Street
Steveston: This historic fishing village in the Fraser River mouth was once the largest fishing port and cannery hub on the West Coast. Though the canneries have since closed, Steveston still plays host to the largest salmon run in North America, and the largest fleet of commercial fishing ships on British Columbia’s coast. In addition to the numerous pubs and restaurants, Steveston’s fish market is usually teeming with locals buying prawns, crab, halibat, cod and salmon right from the docked boats, cultivating the from-sea-to-table culinary philosophy.
Location: Southwest corner of Richmond off No. 1 Road