No matter where you are, there are always those things reserved strictly for tourists where no local would ever step foot. That's so not true about Vancouver's Granville Island because it's loved by everyone, near or far. We're spilling all of our favourite Granville Island secrets so that the next time you head out there for a romantic trip you're guaranteed to have the best time.
There's more to the "island" than just the public market, although that's a great place to get lunch and pick up what you might need for your dinner recipe that night.
Locals grew up visiting the Kid's Market and the waterpark, but now that we're grown up there are actually even more reasons to go to and taste local beer, sake, and spirits right where they're made.
Around every corner, there's a unique spot where romantic possibilities abound.
Whether you want to do something hands-on with your s/o or you want to see an old favourite place with fresh eyes, this list will inspire you to head to Granville Island soon.
Why reserve all the romance for just Valentine's Day? You can have a unique day-trip (or even staycation) right here. Plus, your s/o will love that you planned this day for them.
Ride Those Tiny Boats
Address: Multiple locations in Vancouver
Why You Need To Go: There are two kinds of little tiny boats that will take you across False Creek to Granville Island and it's way more fun than taking the bus. Check out False Creek Ferries and The Aquabus to see pick up locations.
Address: Beadworks, Net Loft, Granville Island, 1666 Johnston St., Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: You can make your own jewellery together at this oddly satisfying bead shop.
Discover The Best Fish & Chips In Town
Address: Go Fish, 1505 1st Ave. W., Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: Sure, you can eat at Tony's on Anderson Street for a classic experience. But, if you walk around the corner you'll find the Go Fish stand where the locals much on what could be the best fishy chippy in town.
Slurp The Freshest Oysters
Price: Changes daily
Address: Sandbar, 1535 Johnston St., Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: They say oysters are an aphrodisiac? Pair a few with a glass of wine and you're sure to have an ultra-romantic night.
Wander The Market
Address: 1669 Johnston St., Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: Whether you want to wander or pick up ingredients for a picnic, cheeseboard, dinner or dessert — this is the most exciting place to get food in Vancouver.
Bring Back The Magic
Address: DragonSpace, 106 - 1551 Johnston St. , Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: Want to bring some magic into your romantic life? There's no better place than here. Look through spell books, tarot decks, incense, jewellery, housewares, and more and find that magic spark.
Hit Up A Late-Night Naughty Comedy Show
When: Various show dates
Address: Vancouver TheatreSports, 1502 Duranleau St., Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: Whether you've been together for five minutes or five years, there's nothing like a bit of raunchy comedy to lighten up your romantic life. Their Ok Tinder–Swipe Right Comedy is a blast.
Have A Staycation
Address: Granville Island Hotel, 1253 Johnston St., Vancouver
Why You Need To Go: When you've had so much romantic fun on Granville Island that you can't bear the thought of leaving, then don't! There's a hotel there and you can have a staycation with your s/o.
Treat Yourselves To Puff Cream
Address: Popina Canteen, 1691 Johnston St., Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: Don't ask what a puff cream is. Instead, ask why aren't you eating one right now? The choux pastry stuffed with ice cream and toppings is a must-have anytime you come. You can split one to make it extra romantic, too.
Make A Bouquet Together
Address: OLFCO, 1689 Johnston St., Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: Romance is synonymous with flowers, and this modern shop has some of the most incredible blooms. You can even pick your favourites and make a bouquet.
Explore A Brewery And Sip Beers
When: Daily at 11:30, 1:00, 2:30 and 4:00
Address: Granville Island Brewing, 1441 Cartwright St., Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: Even if you're not a beer drinker, it's exciting to peer behind the curtain on a brewery tour followed by a tasting.