Posted on 24TH  NOVEMBER 2018

Originally published in Vancouver Is Awesome, November 15, 2018

This festive season’s to-do list can look intimidating, but enjoying the holidays really depends on where you choose to get things done.


Let’s do away with all the stress of preparing for the holiday season! Call us crazy, but we think the most wonderful time of year should feel like exactly that, wonderful!

This year, make the most of your holiday shopping, dining and entertainment by heading to the neighbourhood with unique gifts and a laid back atmosphere you’ll actually enjoy. No malls, no online checkouts. This year, head to South Granville.

South Granville is the perfect place to get ready for the holidays. Here’s why.

You’ll actually find one-of-kind gifts 


The awesome thing about South Granville is that the neighbourhood is home to boutiques and brands you can’t find anywhere else in the city. Whether it’s the deluxe kitchen goods at WIlliams Sonoma, European-made childrenswear and toys at Bonpoint, rare sneakers at Grail or festive dresses at Ashia Mode, South Granville really offers some of the most distinct shopping in the city.


You’ll definitely find something to spoil everyone on your list, including yourself! View all of the neighbourhood’s retail stores HERE.

You can get holiday ready


The “elegantly upscale” neighbourhood of South Granville is home to more than just shopping. It’s also a hotbed for beauty products and services. This neighbourhood is the perfect place to get esthetic services, a blow out or updo just in time for a holiday party or change up your look entirely at one of the neighbourhood’s hair salons. This is the season for family portraits, selfies and mistletoe photos, so why not look your best?

You can satisfy your cravings for tasteful gifts and tasty treats


Calling South Granville a food lover’s paradise is no exaggeration – you’ll find everything here from locally roasted coffee and speciality teas to artisan chocolates. For the ultimate gourmet gift box of treats, Meinhardt Fine Foods is the one stop shop. Gifts aside, shopping can work up an appetite, so be sure to take a break and fuel up at one of the area’s dozens of coffee shops, eateries or cocktail bars (which there are many of).


South Granville is home to some of the more popular dining options in the city! Spend quality time celebrating with your loved ones at popular restaurants, including: Vij’s Rangoli, Jamjar Folk Lebanese, West Restaurant, Fiore Restaurant, The Rise Eatery, Cheesecake Etc., Ouisi Bistro, Heirloom Vegetarian, Stable House Bistro, Bin 4 Burger Lounge, Cafe Barney, The Marquis Grill, Kyo Korean BBQ House, and the Cactus Club.

You can see a bonafide holiday classic


This year, Arts Club Theatre is presented a stunning production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast! Taking place at the historic Stanley Theatre, this “tale as old as time” is a brilliant adaptation of the Academy Award–winning animated film featuring show-stopping musical numbers, stunning sets in a magical holiday setting.

You can (and should) take a little time for yourself


Even if you skipped the mad holiday rush, this time of year can still be stressful. Remember to take the time to relax and recharge, because let’s be real, time with extended family can take its toll on you. Fortunately, South Granville is home to Canada’s first Hammam Spa. A place of cleansing and healing for both the body and soul, Miraj Hammam Spa practices traditional Middle Eastern treatments and offer an ornate steam room that will help you sooth you just in time for the holiday season.

To learn more about enjoying the holidays in South Granville and to find great gift ideas from the neighbourhood’s Holiday Gift Guide, visit

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