A hub for British Columbian food, culture and art, Vancouver’s Granville Island is a popular destination among locals and tourists alike. With stores and restaurants situated along the shores of False Creek, the area offers visitors the unique opportunity to shop, eat and relax amidst unbeatable views of the city. Check out some of the best patios on Granville Island.
The Dockside Restaurant
Image: The Dockside Restaurant
Enjoy panoramic views of downtown Vancouver at The Dockside Restaurant, a casual fine dining establishment nestled on the waterfront of False Creek. With a simple yet elegant menu that focuses on local ingredients and Ocean Wise seafood, The Dockside and its patio offer the food and ambience for an idyllic day of sophisticated, slow-paced Vancouver living.
An in-house brewery is a pleasant bonus, and the eight brews that are expertly crafted on site ensure a beer for every palette. Reservations are recommended, as spots on the patio are in high demand.
Address: 1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant
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Nestled away on the second floor of The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant is the establishment’s famous rooftop patio, a popular getaway from the bustling streets of an oftentimes hectic Granville Island. Specializing in casual fare with an emphasis on fresh seafood, The Sandbar offers stunning views of False Creek and downtown, and is consistently ranked as one of the top places to take out-of-town guests.
Address: 1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Image: Whet Kitchen.Bar.Patio
Tucked inside the entrance to Granville Island is Whet Kitchen.Bar.Patio, a casual restaurant serving west coast fare. With a philosophy based on using the best in local and sustainable ingredients, Whet’s seafood-heavy menu, B.C.-only draught beer list, and covered marina side patio make it the ultimate Vancouver experience.
Address: 1517 Anderson Street, Vancouver
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A local landmark, the brightly coloured Bridges Restaurant boasts one of Vancouver’s most recognizable patios. Canary yellow umbrellas, dockside seating and a laid back atmosphere make this restaurant a favourite among locals to eat and drink the day away in an unpretentious setting. From pizzas and Nova Scotia lobster to beer and martinis, the menu at Bridges offers something for every taste.
Address: 1696 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
Edible Canada at the Market
Experience the ultimate in Canadian cuisine at Edible Canada at the Market, a full service bistro whose strength lies in fresh, seasonally appropriate, farm-to-table ingredients. A strong supporter of Canadian farmers, producers and artisans, Edible Canada’s meticulously prepared food and its attached retail store are a locavore’s dream. Check out the garden patio, located across the street from the Public Market, for a relaxing day of eating, drinking and people watching.
Address: 1596 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Written by Jessica Lee, Contributor to Vancity Buzz.
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