|The Steam Clock in Gastown|
|Quaint Street of Shops in Gastown|
The Grandville Public Market in Vancouver
|Look at the way these fruits are stacked with such precision!|
|Unbelievable selection of pastas for sale!|
Fileted Salmon display over a wide variety of oysters for sale.
Bakery Goods at Grandville Market
Herb Infused Vinegars
Gorgeous bouquets of flowers for only $15
Watermelon Salad at Lift - a restaurant on the water with wonderful views!
Scallop Appetizer at Lift in Vancouver
A selection of desserts at Thierry - a boutique coffee and pastry shop!
Mr. RTH and I just returned from a west coast trip, visiting four cities in 11 days. We started in Vancouver, British Columbia, then Victoria, next Seattle and finally San Francisco. It was going to be a "foodie trip" as we wanted to explore the wonderful food markets in three of these cities. Vancouver's Grandville Public Market was my favorite- it was compact and had everything imaginable under one roof. The bouquets of flowers were large and amazing, the food presented in interesting ways, and unique vendors were found. Maison Cote was a purveyor of wonderful infused salts and oils, such as merlot salt or raspberry rosemary salt.
The city is surrounded by water on 3 sides and is modern, but has some historic areas such as Gastown. The street is quaint, somewhat touristy, but I did manage to find a couple of interesting stores on Water Street. A few antique stores are sprinkled throughout this area too! My favorite dining experience was at Lift, a waterfront restaurant located near Stanley Park. In addition to a spectacular view, the food was plated beautifully and delicious. If you ever visit the city, put this restaurant on your list, along with the Grandville Public Market. Go early, because it does get very crowded in the middle of the day.