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Gourmet food shops in Vancouver

lyndak Apr 9, 2010 04:05 PM

Hello all,

I'm going to be in Vancouver for a week, staying at Four Seasons. I love exploring gourmet food stores for ideas as well as interesting ingredients.

Anyone have any recommendations? I'm interested in all types of food Indian, Chinese, Japanese anything goes.

Thanks in advance

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  1. fmed RE: lyndak Apr 9, 2010 04:35 PM

    This is a great topic...

    Granville Island Public Market (eg, Oyama - one of the best charcutier anywhere)
    Bosa Foods (Italian importer - and big Italian Supermarket)
    Cioffi's (Neighbourhood Italian market)
    Moccia (Italian Sausages and Meats - from organic meat)
    Les Amis du Fromage (cheese)
    Fujiya (Japanese)
    Angel Seafoods (Japanese sashimi fish, and other stuff)
    T&T (Chinese/Pan-Asian)
    RiceWorld (Chinese/Pan-Asian - Richmond)
    The Punjabi Market section of Main St (around 50th and Main)
    Gourmet Warehouse (a bit yuppie, but there is some good stuff in there).
    Urban Fare (sort of like Wholefoods)

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    1. re: fmed
      c oliver RE: fmed Apr 9, 2010 04:57 PM

      We visited YVR a couple of years ago and loved Granville Island. Loads of food shopping there. I'm saving this thread in hopes of getting back before long.

      1. re: c oliver
        VanGrrl RE: c oliver Apr 9, 2010 06:41 PM

        You will be within walking distance of Urban Fare on Alberni Street and H-Mart on Robson which is a Korean supermarket. Hope you have a wonderful time!

      2. re: fmed
        peter.v RE: fmed Apr 9, 2010 08:33 PM

        South China Seas at Granville Island is a must as well. Lots of obscure ingredients there.

      3. fmed RE: lyndak Apr 9, 2010 09:01 PM

        Konbiniya on Robson St for a Japanese convenient store catering to the multitudes of Japanese students in the area...specifically for Japanese KitKats in many flavours and tons of other Japanese junk food and instant "student" food.

        How about shopping for tools as well as food items?

        Tinland in Chinatown for inexpensive Chinese kitchen tools (many of them restaurant grade)....including certain sought after and hard-to-find Chinese cleavers (CCK).

        Santoku Office Equipment (strange name) - high-end Japanese knives.

        1. AndrewK512 RE: lyndak Apr 9, 2010 09:10 PM

          Sorry to tag onto this thread, but I have a similar question, and am wondering if there are any stores with a wide selection of mexican ingredients/equipment.

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          1. re: AndrewK512
            fmed RE: AndrewK512 Apr 9, 2010 09:16 PM

            El Sureno on Commercial Drive
            Los Guerreros on Kingsway

            1. re: AndrewK512
              el_lobo_solo RE: AndrewK512 Apr 9, 2010 09:17 PM

              Los Guerreros by Kingsway and Joyce

            2. lyndak RE: lyndak Apr 10, 2010 05:53 AM

              thanks everyone!

              Glad you included cookware fmed.... my husband will be particularly excited about the Japanese knives.

              Mexican is one of our favs also, so thanks for asking AndrewK512

              I'm really looking forward to my trip now, it looks like there's lots to keep me busy :)

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