Vancouver Cheap Eats: Granville Island

Dec 19 2017, 3:58 pm

If you happen to be craving wild boar prosciutto, butternut squash gnocchi, or a blueberry scrumpet with a slice of cheddar, we know just where to go. It’s a place where foodies flock, tourists swarm, and musicians gather crowds. Granville Island is perhaps one of the busiest areas of Vancouver for art, entertainment, and hungry bellies. Those that come have an appetite not just for food, but for a Vancouver experience. It’s a proud piece of our city that demands attention. And it certainly gets it.

When tour buses roll in, it usually means prices go up. So Vancity Buzz and Chowmenow wondered if we could still wave our $5 bills proudly. We braved the crowds and patiently crawled from vendor to vendor. The verdict? Take a look.

Kaisereck Deli

Kaisereck Granville Island

Like ketchup with fries, we thought sour cream was the essential sidekick to perogies.  That is until we tried them with fried onions. It’s the perfect trifecta of creamy and crispy. Kudos Kaisereck for these mini bundles of joy that pack big flavor.

Terra Breads

Terra Breads

It’s impossible to walk by Terra Breads and not stop and stare. Or drool, in our case. If you’re one of those low-carb, paleo, or gluten-free eaters, we’re sorry to say there’s not much for you here. But for the rest of us, tuck in.

Curry 2 U

Curry 2 U

Curry cravings can be settled here on Lentil Tuesday, Tiffin Thursday, and Sambar Saturday. Served with basmati rice, you can score fresh, flavourful, and filling meals for $5 or less. There’s also the handy and portable snack wraps in Sweet Kashmiri, Bombay Blast or Creamy Tandoori for $2.49 each.

Gourmet Wok

Gourmet Work

All of the best essentials when it comes to Chinese food, like chow mein, fried rice, wonton soup, and chop suey for $4.50 or less.

Laurelle’s Fine Foods


From flax rolls to strawberry rhubarb pies, apple streusel muffins to quiches, you’re bound to find something you like for under $5. Take our advice and don’t be afraid to get aggressive. A few elbows here and there to make sure your order is taken are completely fair game.

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