Friday, February 12, 2010

Meandering Around South Granville

South Granville is one of our most loved areas around town. It’s a short walk from Granville Island and about a five minute cab drive from downtown Vancouver (basically just over the bridge). It’s a great neighborhood to spend the day and has a lot to offer.

It is known for its galleries and sometimes called ‘Gallery Row’ by locals. Much of the art around the area is from local artists or artists from around Canada. Even if you’re not in the market to buy art or sculpture, it’s a great idea to visit the galleries. Some local favs are the Kurbatoff, Jacana, Douglas Reynolds, Ian Tan, Challi-Rosso and Monte Clark Galleries.

There are many home décor options around Granville, from large chain stores like Pottery Barn and Renovation Hardware to more quirky stores like Chachkas, 18 Karat, Country Furniture, Atkinson’s, and Peridot. There are also many antique stores like Scott Landon Antiques and Panache. The diversity of shopping really makes South Granville a rich and resourceful shopping experience.

Some of the trendiest fashion boutiques in town are in South Granville. There are stores like Boboli, Misch, and Jack & Jill, who carry amazing brands like Alexander Wang, 3.1 Philip Lim and Michael Kors that can be hard to find around the city otherwise. I must leave with drool all over my blouse every time I step out of these boutiques!

Speaking of drool, the dining around the area is simply delectable. Mouth watering cuisine from charming restaurants like Red Door, West, and Ouisi Bistro will definitely leave you craving for more. Although, you can’t come to South Granville and not try the wine marinated lamb popsicles in fenugreek sauce at Vij’s…orgasmicly sublime…without a doubt one of the city’s gems when it comes to culinary expertise.

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