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Vancouver Life: Gorgeous Granville

Stylish stores and cool eateries line the 11th to 15th Avenue stretch of this upscale neighbourhood

By Jennifer Patterson & Amanda Peters

Pottery Barn Kids

Serious Fashion
Rich colours set the tone at Boboli, a high-end shop with clothes from designers such as Giambattista Valli and Issey Miyake. Head next door for more fancy dress at the attached Max Mara. Hit up Anthropologie for the coveted clothing, accessories and whimsical home decor. Fashionable femmes pop by Violet for items both cute and comfortable.

Artistic Flair
Catch a performance by some of Vancouver’s best thespians at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. Fans of the static arts visit Winsor Gallery to see pieces by Emily Carr University graduates along with works by established North American artists. Bau-Xi Gallery is the perfect place to peruse contemporary fine art by internationally acclaimed Canadian artists including Joseph Plaskett and Anthony Redpath.

A Taste of the Town
Join the throng of locals at Vij’s and indulge in mouth-watering Indian cuisine. This always-busy restaurant doesn’t take reservations but it’s worth the wait. If you’re tight on cash and time, grab a table next door at sister spot

Smoked sablefish at West. Photo by Tracey Kusiewicz

Rangoli for a more casual take on the same fabulous flavours. Award-winning West caters to theatregoers with a special pre-theatre dinner menu available nightly until 6 p.m. Spice up the day with Cajun and Creole cuisine at Ouisi Bistro. With its relaxed atmosphere and private patio, there’s no better place to enjoy the comforting flavours of the Louisiana bayous.

Happy Homes
Buy colourful quilts, accessories and gadgets galore for your favourite tot at Pottery Barn Kids. Whether a veteran of the kitchen or a novice at the oven, you’ll find everything you need to make that perfect dish at Williams-Sonoma.

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