It was the early 1980s when I first went to “Granville Island”:http://granvilleisland.com/. It has changed a lot since then and in a good way. There is still great food to be had, in restaurants and to purchase at the market to take home. In addition there are a myriad of shops and galleries, theatres and a brewery. My most recent visits were two consecutive days. First I cycled there with some friends. We took a lovely route from Kitsilano around the coast of English Bay and through parks and residential areas under the Burrard Street Bridge and around into False Creek. We parked our bikes and strolled around the market taking in the sights. The next day I walked the same route. I must say it was easier walking up the slope from the island to Kitsilano than it had been cycling the day before!
The public market is open 7 days a week from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. It is easy to try some different international food at a very reasonable price, as I did (a lovely chick pea and vegetable salad), and sit in the sun (or shade) and people watch; though you may have to guard your food from the seagulls. It is very easy to spend a day here. Whether you arrive by ferry, car, bus, bike or foot, it’s a great place to spend some time in Vancouver.