We instantly fell in love with Vancouver with its unrivalled natural beauty and cultural diversity and Vancouver the food lovers paradise. It is an exciting and lively City and for the food lovers, an amazing culinary melting pot. Whatever you’re longing for you’ll find it. We’ve dined at the finest most sophisticated restaurants in town, indulged in culinary delights prepared by world-renowned chefs.
Our favourites: the extraordinary Le Crocodile, with legendary owner/chef Michel Jacob’s; Alex Chen’s fantastic Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar; Bacchus the Wedgewood’s multi-award-winning Restaurant with executive Chef Simon Bolsover; and The Market Restaurant Shangri-La, Executive Chef Ken Nakano;
On the other side of the spectrum, we had our palates tantalised by exotic street foods. We were drawn to the rich aromas from food vans, and food stalls, we ate quality European, Chinese and Japanese and irresistible Indian; food pleasures from all over the world, and none did disappoint. Fresh is the keyword everywhere; to buy home-grown, preferably from the local suppliers and straight from the farms.
The varied range of gourmet restaurants and little eateries were all driven by “fresh is best”.
One of our highlights was the Granville Island’s Market is ten minutes from downtown Vancouver. This cosmopolitan market is a sensory carnival of colours, a display of unique homemade products, ocean fresh fish, delicious cheeses, desirable plump fruit, bread, pastries and a fascinating assortment of local delicacies.
It was not all about food, I loved the plant and flower stalls displaying a glory of colour. We bought some of our souvenirs at the market, including dozens of bottles of Canadian Maple syrup. We strolled past stalls offering organic oils, skin and body oils, homemade jams, marmalades and jellies.
As we roamed along, a tantalising aroma of freshly baked cookies came from an old railway carriage; yummy, handmade, natural treats for pets, baking biscuits on the spot. What a brilliant idea.
Granville Island is a must to visit. It is an enjoyable place with boutiques and galleries, live entertainment, theatres, arts and crafts, children’s playgrounds, micro-breweries, wineries and fantastic restaurants.