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Sep 12, 2011 10:04 AM


Hello All. Returning to Vancouver for the first time in several years and staying for 5 nights on Granville Island. I have been reading the posts and there seem to be many good places to try. The issue for me is proximity, or at least ease of access, from Granville Island without using a car. Yes, I can take a cab, but to be honest I would rather walk or take public transit and spend the $ on food and drink.

I am from Toronto and so we have a very vibrant Asian dining scene here. For those of you familiar with both cities what should we try in Vancouver that we are not likely to be able to get in Toronto?

Otherwise I would be looking for perhaps smaller more intimate places with a varied menu with maybe one or two more over the top (read expensive) dinners.

All suggestions are welcome and thanks in advance.

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  1. Well there's always the ubiquitous Go Fish for a late lunch-closes @ 6:30 or thereabouts

    Peruvian a 10 minute walk from GI

    Somewhat more upscale also close by

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    1. re: Sam Salmon

      If you like to walk the city is your oyster. The West 4th strip has all kinds of interesting restaurants and is a pleasant 10 minutes or so from G.I. to the the Burrard/West Fourth start of the food section Maenam, ReFuel, Bishops et al.

      Or,instead of turning right onto Fourth go straight up and connect with South Granville (10 -15 minutes). There you have Vij's, Rangoli, West.

      On G.I. you have to try the fairly new Edible Canada at The Market
      Although they aren't perfect they offer something for all parts of the day as well as take out and definitely have some good eating.

      Going the opposite way you just have to jump a water taxi near the market and you're downtown. A bit more of a hike if you want to get to the downtown core but I do it all the time.

      Vij's Restaurant
      1480 11th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6H1L1, CA

      1938 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M5, CA

      1. re: eatrustic

        The water taxis will also take you near Yaletown and from there you have an ample selection of restaurants nearby.

        Cru is a lovely small restaurant (closed briefly for renovations and re-opening this week, I think) on Broadway between Granville and Hemlock streets. This is about a 10 minute walk from G.I (uphill).

    2. Just an update on your direct bus connection to/from Granville Island. The old #51 Granville Island route is long gone. The remaining #50 False Creek South/Downtown has been re-routed somewhat since the Canada Line launch. Its downtown/Chinatown portion remains the same, but now terminates at the new Olympic Village Station on W. 6th @ Ash Street. From that point, it continues south but as #15 Cambie to its southern terminus at CL's new Marine Drive Station. Reverse routing is the same, #15 terminates northbound at Olympic Village Station, then becomes #50 Downtown.