Featuring specialty items, gourmet goods, and locally-made products, here is a list of the best independent grocery stores in Vancouver.
Even though it’s only been open for a few months, The August Market has already gained quite the following, thanks in large part to the Main Street store’s great selection of gourmet goods and welcoming atmosphere. The community-minded grocer, run by first-time entrepreneur Gogan Shottha, carries an array of produce, from fresh fruit and vege to pre-packaged foods.
Address: 3958 Main Street
Since its conception, Harvest Community Foods, which is run by celebrated chef Andrea Carlson from Burdock & Co., has been providing residents of the Chinatown-Strathcona neighbourhood with locally made products (a huge plus for those determined to shop local), artisan foods, and fresh seasonal produce. In addition to the stocked grocery items, the sweet looking storefront also offer customers enticing bowls of hot ramen noodles.
Address: 243 Union Street
This modest food retail outpost in the heart of Chinatown offers customers a range of food products, including handpicked Italian-made and inspired goods, and fresh house-made food-to-go. Pazzo Chow prides itself on its selection of fine quality products that have rich history and are not easily, if at all, found elsewhere in Vancouver.
Address: 620 Quebec Street
Nestled in a residential area, The Mighty Oak has become a one-stop-shop for locals. Part grocery store, part café, The Mighty Oak offers a range of grab-and-go ingredients, found on the corner store’s neatly stocked shelves or in the freezers located towards to the back of the room, alongside freshly brewed coffee and a tempting array of baked goods.
Address: 198 West 18th Avenue
This cozy neighbourhood market place and bake house in Strathcona serves lovingly made traditional Portuguese foods, homemade meals, freshly baked breads, sandwiches, coffees, and a variety of pre-packaged products. Outdoor tables allow customers to sit and enjoy their purchases when the sun is shining.
Address: 810 Union Street, Strathcona
Located on a residential strip in Strathcona, The Wilder Snail supplies residents with freshly prepared coffee, sandwiches, wraps, and soups. The locale also boasts a small grocery section that sells a variety of food products, including gluten-free treats, and Earnest Ice Cream.
Address: 799 Keefer Street
Situated off the beaten track, Le Marché St. George is a quaint French-inspired corner store and café, specializing in local artisanal products and freshly baked goods. With shelves that are lined with a modest selection of local ingredients, products, and irresistible baked treats, Le Marché St. George is a convenient spot for locals to drop by and grab an ingredient or two. Likewise, with a handful of seats the charming nook is a lovely place to sit and linger, with the paper and a well-made espresso in hand.
Address: 4393 Street George Street, Riley Park & Little Mountain
Phone: 604- 565-5107
Nourish Market is an independent organic, natural, and gourmet grocery store in North Vancouver, boasting a diverse product selection. In addition to selling 100 per cent organic farm-fresh produce, ethically raised meats (Two Rivers Specialty Meats), handmade cheeses (Moonstruck Cheese) and gourmet items, the Lynn Valley spot also offers an impressive selection of local artisan baked goods, supplied by Artisan Bake Shoppe.
Address: 143-1233 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver
Offering a variety of caffeinated beverages, vinyl, apothecary, grocery items, and homewares, Luke’s General Store is a sit-down café and small scale grocery store all rolled into one. Although you wouldn’t necessarily visit the store for a weekly shop (the products offered are limited) customers are guaranteed to find a carefully selected range of goods, including a variety of coffee beans from San Francisco’s Four Barrel, Fiasco Gelato pints, and cold-pressed juices supplied by Nectar Juicery.
Address: 49 West Hastings Street
If you want to stock up on organic produce, look no further than Sprout Organic Market. Everything on offer at this North Van market place is completely organic or wild-crafted. Peruse shelves stacked with a range of chemical-free produce and packaged products, including berries, beans, figs, lentils, whole grains, flour, nuts, popcorn, and a whole lot more.
Address: 700 East 7th Street, North Vancouver