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.
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.
It is true that there are some stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables.
There are some artisanal, original and ethnic offerings.
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!
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.
What is the most interesting market you have visited?