Located on a repurposed industrial site along False Creek in Vancouver, B.C., Granville Island is one of my favourite places in the city. I love walking along the boardwalk, looking at boats of all sorts, and shopping for dinner in the bustling Granville Island Public Market. I hope this list of places to eat, shop, and drink on Vancouver’s Granville Island will help you plan your visit to this waterfront destination located near the centre of the city.
1. Taste the Chai at the Granville Island Tea Company
Selling loose leaf tea since 1999, the Granville Island Tea Company is the perfect stop for chai tea lovers. You can enjoy a fragrant cup at the shop and purchase bags of chai tea or any of the other 200 plus varieties of tea at the Granville Island Tea Company.
2. Have Lunch at The Sandbar
Visit the The Sandbar restaurant and enjoy fresh seafood from the West Coast with views of Granville Island and across False Creek. The rooftop patio is open year-round, with a fireplace, heat lamps, and blankets ensure you are comfortable on cool days.
3. Browse the Covered Granville Island Public Market
I’ve been shopping at Granville Island Public Market for decades. You can dock your boat, ride over from downtown on the Aquabus, or park your car and pick up ingredients for your next meal. Choose from locally made pasta, fresh-baked bread, seafood, and much more. If you don’t want to cook, ready-made meals are available at the Granville Island Public Market. Beer, wine, and spirits are for sale nearby at Granville Island Brewery, Liberty Wine Merchants, and The Liberty Distillery.
4. Look for Colourful Murals
Vancouver’s Granville Island is a fantastic place to look for murals. For example, there is the eye-catching 23-metre outdoor mural covering six silos at Ocean Cement. This vibrant mural by Brazilian artists OSGEMEOS is called “Giants.”
Granville Island’s Chain and Forge gathering place showcases a collection of indoor and outdoor large-scale art. Created for Art Smash, Granville Island’s celebration of art in public spaces, these large-scale murals are free and accessible for visitors to Vancouver’s Granville Island.
5. Explore the Granville Island Kids Market
If you are travelling with kids, stop by Granville Island’s Kids Market. Here you can explore science and magic shops and play in the indoor Adventure Zone. During the summer, splash around in the Canada’s largest water park located nearby.