Granville Island
Granville Island
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This large sandbar and former industrial site is now a posh, artsy neighborhood filled with quaint shops, eateries, breweries, and year-round arts and cultural festivals. Located in False Creek, it's famous for the Granville Island Public Market where you can get fresh produce, gourmet food, and artisanal handicrafts. Visit during summer when the island is exceptionally bustling with outdoor entertainment acts, or during the holidays for twinkling festive lights. You can get to Granville Island by car by crossing the Granville Bridge. Otherwise, you can also take a scenic ferry ride, or a walking or bike tour of the waterfront. – Tripadvisor
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  • Alih
    Vancouver, Canada20 contributions
    One of my favourite places in Vancouver.
    Have been here many, many times. Always a pleasure! Great produce, florists, food, shops, galleries, bakeries and more. Lovely views to sit outside and enjoy. Take the little ferry from downtown.
    Visited April 2022
    Written March 25, 2023
  • debie28
    Chicago, Illinois26 contributions
    Shopping, food, and water.
    We spent several hours wondering the shops in Granville and the grounds around the shops. There is a water area with spray area and water slides. There are benches for sitting and enjoying the view or drying off after getting soaked in the spray. There is something for everyone.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written April 6, 2023
  • MFC31
    London, United Kingdom3,866 contributions
    Tricky in the rain
    We unfortunately picked the worst day to visit as it was pouring rain. However, because we got there early we managed to get a good park, and wander through the markets uninhibited by the large crowds. It’s a good option for a wet day, but the seating options are dramatically reduced and there’s no undercover passages between the different markets. We spent a good few hours here, including stopping for lunch at Keg and then doing a gin and whisky tasting.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written April 11, 2023
  • Tomrohde50
    Houston, Texas27 contributions
    Water Taxis/Granville Island
    Using the False Creek water Taxis we purchased a day pass and enjoyed all the stops. Using the Granville Market as our base. Great lunch options. Fun day with 4 kids 6 to 13
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written April 15, 2023
  • C Y
    8 contributions
    Amazing part of Vancouver
    Really gorgeous place to visit! Granville Island has something for young and old. We particularly enjoyed visiting The Nets shopping building . There is a Bead Works shop there where you can make your own bracelets and also lovely stationery shop around the corner. Go during the week to avoid weekend crowds if you can. The clam chowder soup is to die for at the food court! Lots of fresh food and green grocers there. A lovely day out with the family! There is The Keg steak restaurant which is also a good way to end the day.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written April 19, 2023
  • Julia J
    Nashville, Tennessee193 contributions
    Cool Eats & Art
    I love this place! Granville Island is a place that you can do and experience so much. Local shops, good eats, and so much art! I tried Lee's Donuts, salmon jerky - maple and black pepper/brown sugar, ice cream, and a Liberty Distillery drink, which was amazing. I wish I spent more time there and possibly gone in the morning. I went in the afternoon and it was busy. I could've easily spent 3+ hours there just looking around and tasting different things.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 3, 2023
  • jeanaC4103TH
    Naples, Florida36 contributions
    A nice touristy place
    Granville Island is a pleasant place to visit. However, it is set up especially for tourists. It is expensive, even for Vancouver. The best part for me was the ride on the False Creek ferry. Seeing parts of Vancouver by water was awesome.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 16, 2023
  • N8delaney
    Los Osos, California221 contributions
    Great place to visit
    Fun to take the ferry over and so many businesses. We primarily went for the Kids Market and it was worth it. Our daughter had an absolute blast. We also attended the primary farmers market area and loved everything, so many foods to see and try.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 17, 2023
  • Seattlegirl720
    74 contributions
    Great way to spend the day
    What a great way to spend the day strolling around all the cute shops, waterfront parks and restaurants. We took the water taxi from our hotel and I would highly recommend doing that as a way to get there. Easy, inexpensive and so fun to see the city from that point of view. We were there on a sunny Saturday and the place was busy with all kinds of other people enjoying the day. Lot's of art shops along with the "typical" tourist gift shops. Many bars and restaurants. Live music was playing here and there. The farmers market area was nicely done. Things for everyone to enjoy. I would recommend this as a great way to spend several hours especially on a warm, sunny day in Vancouver.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 22, 2023
  • Gates P
    Toronto, Canada124 contributions
    A must see
    Great place to spend the day. A must see while in Vancouver as its part of the historical fabric of the city. Lots of shops and restaurants. Some good entertainment in the square. Take a water taxi (Aquabus) if you can as parking is limited. The aquabus is also great fun touring the bay. The Market has all kinds of food and specialty items. Don't miss it.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 24, 2023
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Nutmeg2003
Washington DC, DC118 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
the shops and restaurants are wonderful. We go to Granville Island on each trip to Vancouver. Our favorite stop is the craft store, Maiwa, where we buy lovely tablecloths and napkins made in India specifically for this vendor. The selection is amazing. The fresh food market is another wonderful draw. Weather is not a factor, as one can dart between raindrops if it's necessary to leave one indoor site for another.
Written January 30, 2024
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia45,296 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Granville Island is a great place to walk around, do some shopping, eat some tasty food, enjoy spectacular views and have a fantastic time. We visited for one day, and so did a few thousand other people as well! A very popular destination. We got on the aquabus from Downtown Vancouver and the lovely trip took just a few minutes.
Written January 27, 2024
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iamjujubites
Murfreesboro, TN32 contributions
Apr 2023 • Friends
This place is amazing! I would've spent all day here. The shop are unique and it's something for everyone. I sampled the famous maple candy nuggets and double smoked sockeye sticks; a must try experience.
Written January 26, 2024
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Stewarts Vacation
1,035 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Definitely worth a visit. There was a large variety of products for sale at the market. There was seating available, indoors and outside, to eat or have a coffee. We had the best coffee at JJ Bean. It was interesting to explore the entire area, not just the public market.
Written January 1, 2024
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Roberts69
Northampton, UK18,288 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
When I drove to Vancouver from Seattle I went via Granville Island, (which isn't an island by the way), and I am glad I did as it was a nice place to hang out for a couple of hours. The public market was great to experience, lots of different smells, tastes and colours, and the Giants at the Cement Factory were unique. Saw a guy with a hawk there to manage the seagulls that can be a nuisance. There are also lots on interesting businesses to peruse, such as the Broom Company. Certainly worth a visit.
Written December 24, 2023
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214gordonf
14 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Great market. So much to see and purchase, such a great vibe and loved seeing the artist at work. A must see if you have at least a spare hour.
Written December 15, 2023
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Treker650
Kaysville, UT162 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
Joined the Granville Island Market Food Tour and had a wonderful time. We had a very nice tour guide who answered all of our questions. We wondered it there would be enough food for a meal but surprisingly, we were very full to the point that we could not have eaten one more bite. The food was delicious and we enjoyed the stories. Both my daughter and I would recommend this activity to others.
Parking in the morning was ample however by noon it was sparse.
Written November 21, 2023
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evisonn
42 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Probably one of the most visited parts of Vancouver but the market is exceptional even for a look if not buying. However stay a while a have coffees and lunch here with a lively and/or relaxing atmosphere depending where you go. The rest of the island is worth a look with so many art and craft shops. The water bus is a fun way to get across from Hornby Street.
Written October 24, 2023
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AbClare
Aberdeen, UK534 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Took the boat along to Granville Island. What a great place! Lovely market with great places to eat and watch the world go by. Wonderful selection of shops, great pub, and a lovely feel overall. I could spend lots more time here!
Written October 20, 2023
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Brewolig
Winnipeg, Canada239 contributions
Oct 2023 • Business
It’s nice but nothing special. Very crowded. Most things are overpriced. It’s very nice to walk around though, and the water views are great
Written October 16, 2023
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