Find foodie paradise on Granville Island, where you can rub shoulders with grazers filling canvas bags with everything from fresh apricots and raspberries from the Okanagan Valley to British Columbia’s raw-milk cheeses and smoked salmon. Stop by the Granville Island Tea Company for housemade chai ($2.75) or whisked matchas ($3.75), a powdered Japanese green tea. At Oyama Sausage Co., pick up chorizo Pamplona (around $12 per pound) and wild boar salami (around $5 per pound) before cracking open Kusshi and Golden Mantle oysters ($16 per dozen) at the Lobster Man. The market is open daily, so avoid weekend crowds if possible.
Pick up chocolates, pastries, and cakes at three-month-old Thierry, the first standalone patisserie owned by celebrated chef Thierry Busset. Pair fluffy macarons ($2 each) with liquid chocolate—a grown-up’s take on hot cocoa made with hazelnut, caramel, or Basque chili ($7)—in the modern Parisian-style café space.
Navigate the city’s 30-plus food truck options by letting the savvy travel company Tour Guys lead you around on their Eat Your Cart Out walking tour, which takes place every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Guides will fill you in on Vancouver’s culinary history in between bites, which might include brisket or pulled pork sandwiches from Re-Up BBQ and JapaDog’s bratwurst with edamame, or karabuto pork topped with seaweed and Japanese mayo.