Located just a few minutes away from downtown Vancouver and easily accessible from all over the Lower Mainland, South Granville is an inviting neighbourhood full of attractions for all tastes.
For gourmet lovers, South Granville boasts a variety of fascinating stores and award-winning restaurants, while fashionistas can shop the latest trends in the many designer boutiques. Lovers of fine art or beautiful interiors will equally be delighted by the many galleries, antique collections and designer décor stores across the neighbourhood.
With something always to surprise, entertain and delight, South Granville offers a wealth of activities to enjoy. While you might simply come to enjoy a coffee or browse the many stores around, you’ll soon find yourself tempted to linger for a gallery viewing or perhaps meet friends for dinner. That’s what makes South Granville unique as a neighbourhood – come for an hour or the day and there’s always something to do.
Living in South Granville
A big attraction of this neighbourhood is “mansion peeping,” oohing-and-aahing at the turn of the century architecture and manicured gardens. The area’s best known mansion is Hycroft, just off Granville Street and Marpole Avenue. It’s a private club, but they offer many events open to the general public, allowing you to explore the fully-restored Edwardian mansion and grounds. As you might imagine with a well-established neighbourhood, Shaughnessy has plenty of green spaces to enjoy. The neighbourhood’s best known greenery is found at VanDusen Botanical Garden at West 34th and Oak, a spectacular 22-hectare (55-acre) expanse boasting year-round displays of floral splendour. On the South Granville strip, shopping and dining are the main attractions, but the Arts Club Theatre Company’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage is a big draw for those looking for combine dinner and a show.
Things to do in South Granville
While strolling Shaughnessy is a great way to work up an appetite, the place to refuel is South Granville Street. This is where you’ll find some of Vancouver’s best known restaurants, ready to wow you for a special occasion. But the street is also home to some more casual offerings too – grab a bite from a gourmet grocer, high-end bakery or one of the multicultural restaurants along the strip, and enjoy it in one of the parks.
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As befits the neighbourhood’s clientele, shopping on South Granville is a high-end experience. This is where many international fashion designers have their Vancouver stores, but standing shoulder-to-shoulder with these iconic brands are local boutiques with exclusive labels and accessories. But the big draw for many is the sheer number of art galleries along this strip. With everything from up-and-coming Vancouver artists, through to big names with global reputations, South Granville is a must-visit for art lovers. This is an excellent place to shop for something to hang on your wall at home.
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