South Granville

June 1, 2009

Eats | Shops | Visit | Households



1. Rangoli is the companion bistro to acclaimed chef Vikram Vij’s namesake restaurant, and the perfect place to sample his aromatic Indian/West Coast fusion dishes at very reasonable prices—be sure to start with the pakoras. Now open till 10 p.m. 1488 W. 11th Ave., 604-736-5711.

2. Head to Siena, a new Italian room from Cru owner Mark Taylor. It's located in the old Star Anise spot, which was a venerable chef hit-factory (Adam Busby, Julian Bond, Don Letendre, and Robert Clark) when it reigned atop Vancouver's fine dining scene in the mid 1990s. It's a no-reservations place and it's tiny, so getting a table on a Saturday night can be a trick. But a few minutes at the bar with a $36 bottle of Prosecco and the time flies. There's a paper menu supplemented by a big chalkboard with daily specials like cioppino and a trio of bruschetta. The wine list is short but quite well-priced. It's the most inviting South Granville restaurant to open in a long time.1485 W. 12th Ave., 604-558-1486.

3. Tony Tsai, a 24-year-old entrepreneur and major-league coffee geek, opened his Dose Espresso Bar after meticulously planning the joint for four years. His espresso (roasted on Granville Island) is first-rate, with notes of cherry and dark chocolate. The miniature space has a smarter design than all other coffee shops in the neighborhood. And Tsai gives a damn: for the first week of business he covered his arms with the names of regulars. 1517 W. Broadway, 604-734-7711.



4. The Fullhouse Consignment owner makes regular pilgrimages to Denmark to collect midcentury modern teak and rosewood furniture, and then pairs it with newly upholstered pieces and accessories, like hand-printed throw pillows from Toronto-based Fluf Designs. 1445 W. Eighth Ave., 604-733-7789.

5. Chachkas houses accessories of all types. We especially enjoy the array of beautiful Acme Studio pens. 2423 Granville St., 604-688-6417.

6. At 18Karat, modern furnishings are complemented by bold accessories, like oversized vessels, tableware, and textured throws—all changed seasonally. 3039 Granville St., 604-742-1880.

7. T—part minimalist tearoom, part boutique—has over 180 loose and bagged teas, and a definitive collection of designer pots and cups. 1568 W. Broadway, 604-730-8390.

8. A departure from the ubiquitous contemporary design aesthetic, the 1500 to 3000 blocks of Granville Street are lined with home stores catering to traditional interiors. Among them: K Interiors, Restoration Hardware, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids, CountryFurniture, and Shaughnessy Antique Gallery and EQ3.  For coordinating accents, visit Yves Delorme for beautiful French bed linens and soaps, Bacci’s at Home for luxurious housewares, and Peridot (on West 14th Ave., just off Granville St.) for dramatic, Paris-pretty mirrors and lighting.

9. Cult-status retailer Anthropologie recently opened in the swish mecca that is South Granville—its much-hyped debut was the company’s highest-grossing in North America. The signature boho-chic style may be a global institution, but it speaks to Vancouver’s love of eclectic comfort. The faux-vintage items look like they were unearthed at a dreamy, back-country antique shop, but the prices certainly don’t reflect it. Luckily, the always-replenished sale section yields great finds. 2912 Granville St., 604-734-2529.

10. At Diplomatic Immunity Marousa Dumaresq (a trained architect) and Elise Barraly (a Parisian-trained designer who worked in Belgium) offer a versatile but sophisticated travel­wear line designed to be washed in a hotel sink and hung to dry. Their shop also carries select brands like Nanette Lepore and Elizabeth and James. 2956 Granville St., 604-734-0060.

11. For chic basics and feminine dresses and separates look no further than Violet Boutique, which stocks bright dresses from Paul and Joe Sister and Erin Fetherston, pleated silk tunics from Abraham & Thakore, hard-to-find French lines like Bella Jones and Cotélac, and Fiorentini + Baker shoes. Owner Genevieve Allen has a predilection for Parisian pretty. 3012 Granville St., 604-569-1514.



 12. Outside Istanbul, we’re sure there’s no Turkish bath more authentic than Miraj Hammam Spa. Leave your western modesty with your shoes as you slip on sandals in the lobby: once inside the steam, you’re au naturel. Plus, you’re ready for the traditional gommage exfoliating scrub—with black Moroccan soap—afterward. In the Sultan’s Lounge, you’ll feel rather regal sitting on high cushions eating cake and sipping tea. 1495 W. Sixth Ave., 604-733-5151. Miraj­

13. In its 48th season, the Arts Club Theatre presents six shows at the historic (built 1930) Stanley Theatre. 2750 Granville St., 604-687-1644.




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