Following lunch at Bon’s Off Broadway, Charles and I hopped in the car, drove through Downtown Vancouver and across the bridge to check out Granville Island’s Public Market.
To be fair, Granville Island isn’t actually an island – it’s a peninsula located across False Creek across from Downtown Vancouver with a market serving as the city’s shopping district.
The Public Market reminded us a little of La Boqueria in Barcelona – an indoor/outdoor market that’s home to a plethora of local vendors who sell fresh produce and goods every day.
^^ Downtown Vancouver views across False Creek
^^ Whenever I travel, I always try to find local tea to bring home as a souvenir.
Earlier this year, while in Charleston, SC, I brought home a box of Charleston Plantation Peach tea. As such, I super excited to find The Granville Island Tea Company while strolling through the market. Brought me home a packet of their jasmine green tea :)
^^ Snacking on donuts from Lee’s Donuts.
^^ Sipping some local berrrrrrr at the Granville Island Brewery.
After spending a few hours walking around, purposely getting lost while snacking on little bits of food and dranks, we eventually found our way back to the car and headed to La Belle Patate for some poutine.
Just like croissants are to Paris, sushi is to Japan and cheesesteaks are to Philadelphia – one cannot visit Canada without trying a plate of poutine.
And in case you’re wondering… Poutine = French Fries + Cheese Curds + Gravy
Poutine = French Fries, Cheese Curds, Smothered with Gravy
While I’ve had it before (and love it), Charles had never tried it.
So it was an absolute must for us to order a plate for dinner before making our way back to Seattle.
^^ We ordered the “La Belle Poutine” – all the basic ingredients with smoked meat.
After a few bites, Charles declared that while the plate was savory and the flavoring was tasty, he wasn’t a fan of the texture of cheese curds and pushed the plate to me signifying that he was done.
This was a-ok since it meant more poutine for me haha.
Poutine finished, we walked about 9 blocks downhill from where La Belle Patate was located in the direction of Sunset Beach to (if the name doesn’t already give it away) watch the sunset.
Unfortunately, the sky was overcast at this time of day for us so we weren’t able to catch a colorful view of the sun setting but it was beautiful (and a serene experience) none the less.
We sat on one of the beach logs and reflected on our time in Vancouver as the sun went down…
We had a super long list of things we wanted to do. Obviously, we didn’t get around to doing everything on that list but we were really happy with the things we did do.
If this was us 2 or 3 years ago, we probably would’ve tried to stay up and check out Vancouver’s nightlife scene then attempt hit the road back to Seattle at 4am.
But present day Setarra and Charles were ready to hit the road by 7pm with the hope of making it back to Seattle by 10pm so we could go to SLEEP.
And that is exactly what we did… We’re getting old lol.
Have you ever been to Vancouver? What are some of your favorite things to do in Van City?