Article by Claudia Laroye, travel expert and Vancouver restaurant aficionado.
I’ve lived in Vancouver for over 20 years, and Granville Island has long been a ‘go-to’ favourite shopping stop for groceries, special one-of-a-kind gifts, and for recreation with the kids. I prefer visiting in the fall and winter months, when the Island is a bit quieter than the touristy summer season. On just such a rainy visit, and more recently than I’m embarrassed to admit, I enjoyed the pleasure of tea at the Granville Island Tea Company.
The Granville Island Tea Company has been located in the Public Market since 1999. It is a small, cozy Vancouver restaurant found in the northeast quadrant of the Market. If you visit in the morning, you will notice the shop by the long line-up of tea-loving regulars, many of them with their own mugs and chatting with owners Deborah and Mark, waiting patiently to order their heavenly tea brew of choice from the friendly and knowledgeable staff.
200 Kinds of Tea at this Vancouver Restaurant
The Granville Island Tea Company offers nearly 200 kinds of tea, from the traditional Earl Grey and Irish Breakfast to many kinds of exotics such as Rooibos and Oolong teas. You can purchase loose tea by the gram, and sample a new tea of choice prior to purchase if you’re feeling adventurous. Tea is reasonably priced at around $2.50 per 12 oz cup, depending on tea type. Chai tea costs a little more, at around $3.50 per 12 oz cup. One of the Granville Island Tea Company’s specialities – and their most popular tea – is the Masala Chai. The chai paste is mixed with piping hot water and a ‘secret ingredient’ (butter), and it is by far the best chai I’ve ever had. You can’t help but close your eyes and breathe in the sweet chai steam before taking your first sip. It’s nirvana in a cup. The Tea Company also offers a jolting Matcha Chai, to which you can choose to add cayenne pepper and ginger. The caffeine content is higher than regular chai, but the added benefit of real grated ginger and cayenne is a welcome wake-up call, especially on a rainy Vancouver morning.
There is a small and cozy sitting area in this Vancouver restaurant, perfect for savouring hot tea in a porcelain cup while enjoying the sights, sounds and wonderful smells of the bustling Public Market. Somehow it seems like the perfect answer to the constant busyness of our hectic lives and our growing city.
The Granville Island Tea Company is open during the operating hours of the Granville Island Public Market. Visit www.granvilleisland.com for the latest information.
Claudia Laroye is an avid traveller, mother of two, and author of thetravellingmom.ca blog. She is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is passionate about family travel and about educating children through the travel experience. Her blog offers a modern mom’s guide of ‘how to’ travel tips and information, as well as destination advice for the new or experienced traveller. She contributes to Tourism Vancouver’s InsideVancouver.ca, Vancouver Mom, Canadian print publications, and other travel sites on the web.