The first thing that strikes you as soon as you walk into the public market at Granville Island is the rows and rows of mouth watering food on the stalls. It literally blows you mind and sends your taste buds racing.
Rows and rows of every food you can possibly imagine are housed under one roof – fish, meat, fresh pasta, vegetables, cakes, coffee and much more. In short it truly is a food lovers paradise. The bustle and the sounds of the market captivate you and your mind goes into overdrive, everywhere you look there is food. With over 100 vendors you can pick almost anything here and at pretty reasonable prices, of course there are lots of free samples too. We filled our bike basket full of goodies for the trip home.
Granville market also has an indoor craft market which is overlooked and probably out shined by the colourful food market but is equally worth a look, full of handmade jewellery, trinkets and scarfs. Outside there is also daily street entertainment, with some audience participation and is fun for the family to watch with a picnic made from goodies purchased inside.
By Granville Market the seawall leads to the Olympic village complex which houses the Canucks stadium and the former athletes village. Like many other cities this area was totally redeveloped in the wake of the successful bid in 2010. The athlete’s accommodation has now been converted into luxury flats which overlook the beautiful False Creek and the area continues to be developed with a number of bars and shops appearing.
The Olympic village is also home to some of the best independent craft breweries. Craft beer has become a staple in Vancouver and the industry has exploded in the last year with numerous micro breweries setting up business which are easily accessible to patrons who can try a real local beer, 20% of the beer sold in British Columbia is Craft beer which doesn’t seem a lot but when you compare that to other provinces it is huge. In the Olympic village there are several bars, we stopped in the Tap & Barell for a couple and the mass of taps gives you an idea of the beers that they sell. Across the road Craft Beer Market boast a 140 draft beers on tap and around the corner the Steel Toad. It seems that this industry can only keep growing and I look forward to exploring it more.