One of our favourite places in Vancouver is Granville Island, a small but popular shopping and arts district just south of downtown Vancouver. Granville Island is full of quaint shops, artisan galleries, parks and open space, and a public market. The public market is the heart of the area, full of fresh foods, produce, fish & meat, local goods, flowers and so on. The market buildings form an open square looking out at False Creek. This square is full of tables and benches where you can sit and eat, while enjoying live music and entertainment.
Granville Island is easily accessible via Aquabus, the small ferries that run up and down False Creek, or via bridge from Granville street. Walking around Granville Island is a delight with much to see including quaint shops, yachts, seals, fishing vessels, and west caost style wooden architecture. My favourite place since childhood is the Kids Market, a building full of little toy shops and play areas- a virtual wonderland that children absolutley love.
On our last visit to Vancouver we visited Granville Island. Chiharu had ice chai lattes from The Granville Island Tea Co, where she also purchased decaf tea. I enjoyed pizza and fresh maple candies and we all shared some mile-high merengue pie. Delicious! We listened to several buskers, and saw a great performance by a street actor, who ended by climbing atop a 4m tall unicycle and riding around while telling jokes to a huge crowd that was held in awe til the very end. Check out the pictures!
Edward, Smith’s School of English Otsu