The best way to experience the food and culture of a new city is to visit the markets. Try the local produce, fresh baked goods and smell the flowers that can only be found in the area. Here is a list of markets in Vancouver that you absolutely must visit.
The colorful stalls of the Granville Island Market are full of a large variety of homemade products and local food. All of the ingredients are sourced fresh from either the ocean and the field, and the baked goods leave their delightful aromas wafting along the breeze to entice curious visitors to have a taste. Open daily 9am-7pm, 7 days a week.
Located near a bustling commuter intersection, it isn’t hard to find the Main Street Market. The stalls offer a variety of meats, cheeses and baked goods for visitors to take home or sample. Many of the sellers cook food onsite, inviting visitors to spend dinner at the market while watching some of the many chefs demonstrate their skills. Open Wednesdays 2-6pm from June to October.
The European set-up of the Yaletown Market encourages visitors to imagine walking the streets of distant countries, smell the delicious scents, and take in all the sight and sounds. Located in the historic Yaletown district, visitors not only get a glimpse of Vancouver’s history, but the chance to try some of the local country produce. Open Thursday 2pm-6pm from May to October.
A simple, relaxed market, the West End is located near Nelson Park and several beautiful gardens. The market features a large variety of local produce, prepared foods and handmade crafts, and is a fun (dog-friendly) place to visit on Saturday mornings for fresh fruits and bread to make a delicious breakfast. Open Saturdays 9am-2pm from May to October.
Affectionately called the “Big Red Barn” by locals, the Vancouver Flea Market is a large barn that holds an assortment of collectibles, household items, and even things that you never knew existed or that you needed. The building is over 40,000 square feet and can hold up to 4,000 people at one time, making it an ideal location for weekend thrift shopping or the regular antique shows. Open Saturday and Sunday from 9am-5pm.