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Apr 9, 2010 04:05 PM

Gourmet food shops in Vancouver

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. 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

      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

        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

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

      3. 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. 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

            El Sureno on Commercial Drive
            Los Guerreros on Kingsway

            1. 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 :)