Granville Island is a favourite kick back relax in the sun with a good cup of coffee and pastry place for me. If you haven’t tried a chocolate almond croissant from La Baguette which is filled with heavenly almond and chocolate cream, then you are seriously missing out. Get that sorted.
Inside the marketplace you can find lots of incredibly fresh seafood, a visual feast of colours from all sorts of fruits and vegetables, more coffee/tea stops, bakeries, etc. In essence there’s something for every taste sensation out there. It can get crowded with tourists and locals, especially when the weather is good, but that’s all part of the great energy.
It’s not just about the stomach around Granville Island, you can satisfy other worldly cravings. Feeling artistic? There’s the Emily Carr University of Art and Design campus along with other art galleries; and you can catch some theatre shows by the Arts Club Theatre Company (I saw “The Graduate” at their Granville Island Stage last summer and it was fantastic). If you need some zen and downward dogs with a waterfront view then a yoga class at the Semperviva Sea studio might be the spiritual and physical fix. It’s currently my favourite studio in Vancouver! I love watching the little aquabus float by.
Granville Island is a great place to be especially on those perfect summer days. I love playing tourist in my own backyard.