Granville Island

July 15, 2011

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1. Go Fish’s smoky salmon tacones made Vancouver magazine’s 101 Best Tastes list; visit its shack on the docks and see what all the fuss is about. 1505 W. First Ave., 604-730-5040

2. Edible Canada is the place to source local artisan foodstuffs like Vista d’Oro’s seasonal preserves, Chilliwack River’s pure liquid honeys, Maison Côté’s spice rubs—too many finds to list. Staff offer tours of the Public Market on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. 1596 Johnston St., 604-682-6681.

3. The Lobster Man, a two-minute walk from the main market, is a chef favourite and the city’s finest purveyor of, that’s right, lobster, but also crab, oysters, mussels, and other varieties of shellfish. Choose a wriggling crustacean from one of the oversized tanks, or take home pre-cooked and shelled meat in convenient takeaway packages. 1807 Mast Tower Rd., 604-687-4531.

4. Nestled between concrete condo buildings and converted warehouses that are now home to architecture firms sits designer Alda Pereira’s Café Bica, a beautifully imagined coffee and lunch bar offering macchiatos, organic soups, salads, and sandwiches, and simple breakfasts (soft boiled eggs with toast soldiers). 1809 Fir St., 604-733-8818.



5. Little Dream is a fragment of Dream, the Gastown boutique that’s championed local designers for 16 years. Look for dresses from Allison Wonderland, pretty pleated blouses from KBO, and striking organic jewellery by Justine Brooks. 1666 Johnston St., 604-683-6930.

6. Knotty Toys is a throwback to the pre-plastic toy era, stocking sustainably made wooden toys from Plan Toys; custom-order puzzles and blocks spelling your little one’s name. 1496 Cartwright St., 604-683-7854.

7. Artisan SakeMaker sakes pair beautifully with local fare. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. 1339 Railspur Alley, 604-685-7253.

8. Paper-Ya: Browse leatherbound journals, letter-press cards, beautiful gift wrap, and whimsical desk accessories at this destination for paperphiles. Vancouver designers are well represented: look for graphic notecards from Haute Note and old-fashioned wooden pencil boxes from Cabin + Cub. 9–1666 Johnston St., in the Net Loft, 604-684-2531

9. Vancouver’s Dayton Boots celebrates 65 years with a new concept boutique. The East Van brand pays homage to years gone by with rough-and-tumble design and visual tributes to the company’s local legacy. Though the rugged, durable boots still ensure loggers are properly shod, the brand’s eye for serviceable yet stylish design has racked up its fair share of hipster street cred. Every pair is and always has been handcrafted in their Hastings Street heritage factory. 110–1666 Johnston St., 604-566-9848.

10. Cavernous, sleek white Mint Interiors showcases some of the most irreverent, bespoke, and contemporary homewares in town. Exclusive to Mint, find Tracy Kendall wallpaper, which gives surfaces a dramatic, three-dimensional effect with giant hand-sewn sequins ($46.11 per square foot). Other lines are just as stylish, if a bit cheeky, like the French serving trays depicting birds in various Victorian garb. 1805 Fir St., 604-568-3430.



11. Jasna Sokolovic creates ceramic wall installations richly detailed with pencil sketches, silk-screening, and the impressions of found objects, among other treatments. Her latest project is clever 3D wallpaper. 1375 Railspur Alley, 604-684-5327.

12. The Waterfall Building: Arthur Erickson designed this concrete-and-glass live/work building in 1996, and it still looks like the building of the future. A seat in the picturesque courtyard, beside the waterfall, is quintessential Vancouver. 1540 W. Second Ave.

13. Granville Island boasts the country’s best Public Market, where professional chefs, ambitious home cooks, and tourists happily collide. There are many edible delights worth seeking out, but don’t miss: Edible BC (dedicated to promoting independent producers from around the region); Oyama Sausage Company (offering over 100 fresh and smoked sausages, plus out-of-this-world pates and terrines); South China Seas (rare condiments, spices, and herbs); and Lee’s Donuts (if you visit in October, order the pumpkin spice variety—the classic honey dip practically melts in your mouth). 1689 Johnston St., 604-666-5784.



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