Vancouver’s Granville Street
A visit to South Granville Street could easily take up a whole day’s exploration. It is home to many of Vancouver’s best art galleries, antique stores, clothing and furniture shops. It also has some excellent restaurants and cafes.
South Granville is easy to find. Take the #8 bus south on Granville. Or drive across the Granville Street Bridge and park on Granville or in one of the nearby underground parking facilities.
If you want to visit galleries, consult our Art Galleries and First People Art pages. You can also pick up the booklet “Preview: The Gallery Guide,” (most galleries have them) where you’ll find a map listing all the galleries on Granville. Most are on the west side of the street.
Besides great galleries, The Granville neighborhood has great clothing, accessory, furniture, and antique shops.It also has good restaurants. Here are some suggestions.
2881 South Granville
West may be Vancouver’s best restaurant. The service is great, the wine list impressive and the food is fantastic, both in taste and presentation. Try it for lunch if you just want to get your feet wet. It’s a great place to celebrate and impress.
Rangoli 1488 W. 11th Streeet
Just a few steps off Granville, Rangoli is a great place for lunch or dinner. Mostly Indian, mostly vegetarian, the food is fresh and innovative. If you’d rather have tea than lunch or dinner, then you can’t do better than T. Just across the street and a bit west of Bin 942, this minimalist shop sells a remarkable assortment of the most exotic, delicious teas and tea pots. T both serves and sells tea. It’s a quiet place on a busy street.
1480 W. 11th Ave.
Vij’s, one of Vancouver’s most popular and innovative East Indian restaurants, is just off Granville. It opens daily at 5:30pm.
You can also pick up excellent picnic food at Meinhardt Fine Foods at 3002 Granville. If you decide to picnic, you’ll find the tiny Shaughnessy Park only a few blocks away where you’ll not only get a glimpse of some of Vancouver’s most magnificent mansions but also enjoy the company of 47 different species of trees in this one small park.
To get to the park, go south one block from Meinhardt and walk one block south east on McRae to the park. If you’re driving, go south a couple of blocks past Meinhardt and turn east (left) onto Angus Drive and follow it one block to the park.