Best Granville Island patios you need to visit this season

May 4 2022, 11:00 pm

Granville Island is not only a destination for tourists, it’s also a great spot in the city for locals to peruse the market and spend an afternoon on a patio by the water.

Most patios on Granville Island overlook False Creek, so you can take in the gorgeous views while relaxing with some good food and cold drinks.

Here are our picks for the best patios on Granville Island.

The Sandbar


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The Sandbar’s patio is on the restaurant’s second floor, resulting in an absolutely breathtaking view of False Creek. The Sandbar serves up seafood-inspired dishes for lunch and dinner daily, along with a weekend brunch.

Address: 1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-669-9030

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You can’t miss Popina’s bright-coloured building on the edge of Granville Island. The spot, which specializes in burgers, cups of “puffcream” ice cream, and “pretty fast food,” has a great waterfront patio that’s almost as good as its treats.

Address: 1691 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-7518

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Dine in style at Dockside’s beautiful patio, where you can take in the sights and sounds of the False Creek inlet while indulging in the extensive breakfast, lunch, or dinner menus.

Address: 1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-685-7070

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The Vancouver Fish Company

One of the many go-to places for seafood on Granville Island, Vancouver Fish Co.’s dinner menu has everything from crab to lobster ‚Äď all of which can be enjoyed on the patio. If you can’t decide on just one thing, the restaurant also offers massive seafood platters ‚Äď and did we mention the 12-page beverage menu?

Address: 1517 Anderson Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-559-3474

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Kaisereck Deli

This German deli is one of our favourite vendors at the Granville Island Public Market. In addition to boasting a great menu of Brätwurst, currywurst, and perogies, Kaisereck has a great patio where you can sit down and sip some German brews.

Address: Granville Island Public Market – 1689 Johnston Street #114, Vancouver
Phone: 604-685-8810


Off The Tracks


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This contemporary espresso bar and bistro has a cute patio dotted with colourful flowers. It’s not a waterfront space but its location (tucked into Railspur Avenue) is a great people-watching destination.

Address: 1363 Railspur Alley, Vancouver
Phone: 604-689-8700


Tap and Barrel Bridges (Coming soon)


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This new Tap and Barrel location is taking over the old Bridges restaurant space on Granville Island, meaning it’s also going to have a fantastic patio set up. This space will be opening this May, so keep tabs on this space for more details and, in the meantime, visit one of Tap and Barrel’s other patio locations.

Address: 1696 Duranleau Street, Vancouver


Alimentaria Mexicana

This spot serves up authentic Mexican cuisine ‚Äď think tacos, mussels in chile ancho butter, and house-made churros ‚Äď and also has a great little patio space. Grab a friend and a margarita and call it an afternoon.

Address: 1596 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Phone: 236-521-8438


With files from Kassidie Cornell, Hanna McLean, and Daryn Wright

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