The Granville Island Public Market is an eclectic mix of arts and crafts, handmade soaps and bath products, fresh pasta and seafood, delectable bakery goods and gourmet cheese, and fast-food counters. This 42,000-square-foot (3,900-square-meter) public space has its own unique atmosphere, especially from mid-June through October when an additional Farmers Market is located here. These local vendors pride themselves on offering freshness and variety, and much of the produce is harvested on small, family-run farms.
Locals and tourists alike come here to buy goodies. If you want to rustle up a picnic, the patios and parks nearby offer plenty of relaxing spots to people-watch and enjoy your meal. It’s easy to spend a few hours or an entire afternoon exploring this entertaining market. Street performers are a permanent presence, singing with open guitar cases ready for spare change, juggling, and creating balloon animals for the kids.
The island itself has evolved over the years. Once a gritty industrial park of ironworks, slaughterhouses, and sawmills known as Industrial Island, it’s morphed from the 1970s into a people-friendly destination with diverse offerings. Today, these include upscale seafood restaurants on the waterfront, burger joints, and family-style restaurants offering sandwiches and more. Find trendy boutiques with original clothing items and accessories, custom leather fashions, and handmade jewelry and crafts. It’s all available on Granville Island.
A variety of performing arts festivals, family-oriented shows and events take place year-round on Granville Island. Check the web site for a schedule and details.
Situated on the south shore of False Creek, the island is connected to the rest of the city by a causeway. Try to come by bicycle, ferry, bus or on foot from downtown, as parking is limited.
This all-suite downtown hotel rises 30 stories into the Vancouver skyline, 3 blocks from both the Vancouver Art Gallery and trendy Robson Street, 4 blocks from the Pacific Centre Shopping Mall, and less than 2 km (1 mi) from Stanley Park.
This full-service boutique hotel, located near entertainment and business venues, is 1 block from Rogers Arena and Robson Street, and across from BC Lions football at BC Place Stadium; Yaletown and Gastown are within walking distance.
Located in Granville Street, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Orpheum Theater, BC Place Stadium, and Canada Place. Granville Island Public Market and Stanley Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Just 2 blocks from the cafés and shops on Davie Street, Executive Hotel Vintage Park is a 12-minute walk from the Granville Island shopping district. It's a 6-minute drive to Gastown, Vancouver's oldest neighborhood, now a buzzing retail and nightlife hub.
Located in Yaletown, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Queen Elizabeth Theatre, BC Place Stadium, and Canada Place. Granville Island Public Market and Stanley Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Just 1 block from trendy Robson Street shops, this well-equipped 21-floor hotel is 2 blocks from the business district; Gastown is within a mile, and Stanley Park is 2 miles away.
Located in Granville Street, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Orpheum Theater, Granville Island Public Market, and BC Place Stadium. Stanley Park and Canada Place are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Robson Square, Granville Island Public Market, and Canada Place. Stanley Park and BC Place Stadium are also within 2 mi (3 km).