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Posted by on Aug 22, 2011 | 18 comments

Vancouver’s Viceroy: Day 3 (Scene 3)

Once our bus from Grouse Mountain arrived to the commuter station (buses, ferries, etc.), we decided to grab a bite at the Lonsdale Quay Market (which is nearby).  This place is officially located in the city of North Vancouver and provides strategic services to the big number of people who commute daily between North and Downtown Vancouver.  It originated as a carnival style marketplace which opened for Expo ’86 Vancouver. With time, it has evolved into a space offering fresh foods, unique  retailing, restaurants and a hotel.

Lonsdale Quay Market


I really wanted to visit the place because of the extraordinary experience I had at the Granville Island Public Market. I just wanted to have a similar experience.

To my taste, the place looks too similar to a mall (lots of shops that have nothing to do with fresh food).  It is like the unique food offerings are taken to a second plane.

Interior of Lonsdale Quay Market


It is true that there are some stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables.



More fruit


There are some artisanal, original and ethnic offerings.

Food Market


But I guess the Public Market at Granville Island is hard to beat in terms of distinctiveness, visual appeal and number of offerings.  You can consider visiting Lonsdale Quay if you are around the area.  However, do not judge your Vancouver market experience based only on this place.

Let me tell you something.  Bakers and candy makers are the masters at Lonsdale Quay.  Just take a look at the following photos.  Be careful, before scrolling down, move your keyboard away so you do not destroy it due to excessive salivation. Yum!

Candy in different flavors


Soft candy


Pecan tarts


Cookies in cool colors


Beutifully adorned tarts


Ah! So many sweets to eat and so little time.

Plus, the flowers at the market are plainly beautiful.



Oh!! The views of downtown Vancouver are extraordinary.

View of Vancouver from Lonsdale Quay Market


What is the most interesting market you have visited?


    • I had one of the pecan tarts plus a piece of red velvet cake (not pictured). I consider the bear cookies picture one of the loveliest I took at Vancouver. I smile everytime I see it.
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  1. I liked Lonsdale Quay much better than Granville for some reason. We took the seabus to the Quay to visit Lynn Canyon park initally since they had a suspension bridge that didn’t come with a cover charge like Capilano where the entrance fee is north of $30.00. In all honesty, I think it had more to do with the weather….it was cold, wet and rainy at Granville so my memories there are somewhat tainted. lol
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    • Is great that you had the opportunity to visit both markets.

      I also wanted to visit the Lynn Canyon suspension bridge but I was too tired and hungry when I returned from Grouse Mountain.
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  2. Vancouver is looking really nice. In fact, I just had a schoolmate come back to Malaysia for a visit as he has been there for the last 25 years. So far, I have been hearing all good things about this place.
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  3. Actually, I might like this better as Granville Island was very, very crowded when we were there and I didn’t think it was quite as fabulous as everyone had said. Maybe I need to give it another chance. (You need a “u” in Vancover in your title – might affect people finding your post.)
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    • I visited Granville early in the morning so I had the place pretty much to myself (and it was fall, low season). I think the crowds would have affected my experience negatively too.

      Thanks for letting me know about the spelling error.
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  4. I haven’t been to Vancouver yet (I know its a shame) but would love to go figure out which of the two markets I liked best! Markets like these are fantastic!
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    • Debbie,
      I can be browsing thru markets all day. I wonder which one I am going to visit next.

  5. I’d definitely visit Lonsdale Market next time in Vancouver. I really liked the market on Granville Island, but it was very crowded. Nice photos — the tarts and cookies look particularly tasty!
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