Fill Your Summer Picnic Basket in The Shipyards District

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It’s time to break out those picnic baskets, friends! The sun is shining, the rain is on its annual vacay, and Vancouver parks and beaches are calling. When you’re ready to put together the perfect outdoor ​​smorgasbord of local food and drinks, look no further than your trusty local businesses in The Shipyards District.

 

1. Artisan Wine Shop

 

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Located in the Lonsdale Quay Market, this is an ideal stop for all of your wine needs. Offering an impressive and affordable selection of delicious BC wines, Artisan Wine also does the work for you with their curated “Summer Sips” list of seasonal favourites! After all, who doesn’t love a cool, crisp rose while dining al fresco? Stop in for a complimentary tasting, and let this crew of savvy specialists set you up in style.

Artisan Wine Shop, ​​123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver, BC V7M 3K7

 

2. Buddha-Full Provisions

 

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When in nature, do as the plants do and pack your lunch with a grab-n-go wrap, bowl, or fresh juice the Buddha-Full way. The menu is all plant-based here, and there’s no skimping on eclectic flavours; may we suggest the Bohemian Soul Bowl with roasted yams, lentils, veggies and rice covered in lemon tahini sauce? Check out their shop items too because you might just find a sweet picnic blanket or tote bag to carry your stuff on the way out too.

Buddha-Full 106 W 1st St #101, North Vancouver, BC V7M 1A9

 

3. Butter Lane Bake Shop

 

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No picnic is complete without a little something sweet, so make some room for dessert and head over to Butter Lane to get your fix. From macarons and cupcakes to cookies, tarts or even a full cake if you’re feeling fancy (and depending on the size of your picnic basket of course), this Quay Market sweetheart never lets you down.

Butter Lane Bake Shop, 23 Carrie Cates Ct #128, North Vancouver, BC V7M 2E4

 

4. Green Leaf Brewing

 

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Perhaps you’re more of a brew fan on a hot summer day by the water. If so, this local microbrewery is stocked to the gills with locally-crafted beers, small-batch ginger ale, and organic, raw kombuchas with no preservatives or artificial ingredients. Grab some Green Leaf Brewing cans or growlers to go, check out a North Vancouver Alcohol-allowed zone and consider your picnic thirst quenched. 

Pro tip: Don’t forget the ice packs to keep your packed goods cool all day long!

Lonsdale Quay Market, 123 Carrie Cates Ct #108, North Vancouver, BC V7M 3K7

 

5. Larry’s Market

 

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We love Larry’s for their thoughtful selection of organic grocery items, so if you opt to do your own cooking for picnic prep, be sure to pay them a visit. This vegetarian market also has fresh-made cafe items like pressed sandwiches and pizzas to go, homemade vegan Caesar salad dressing, and even in-house, pickled red onions to spice up whatever’s on your afternoon menu!

Larry’s Market 125 Victory Ship Way #140, North Vancouver, BC V7L 0G5

 

6. Meat at O’Neills 

 

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Fear not, meat lovers; we didn’t forget about you! If you’re convinced no meal is complete without a little carne, Meat at O’Neills is the place to go. You’ll find slow-roasted subs and all-day breakfast sandwiches with every combination of sausage, bacon, egg and cheese you can imagine. They even have canned beer, cider and sodas ready to go too!

Meat at O’Neills 144 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver, BC V7M 2E8

 

A little (or a lot) of fresh air makes everything feel brighter, and now that you’ve got lunch on lockdown, check out some of the amazing parks, trails and parklets in the neighbourhood where you can go to enjoy it! In a city that’s spoiled with breathtaking beauty, you might as well walk, run, bike or drive your way out into it for the day, and soak up some sunny days with friends…and food!

For a complete list of local businesses in The Shipyards District, check out the directory and come see us soon!