South Granville is a short and sweet West-Side strip of restaurants and shops that is long overdue for a Guy’s Guide. Tucked between women’s fashion boutiques are loads of stops for the discerning fella—consider this your cheat sheet to the best grooming destinations, men’s clothing shops and hangout spots.
Where to go for: Great Coffee (and Extras)
Dose Espresso Bar: The smell of artisan roasted coffee and espresso drinks gets you in the door, but you’ll remember it for the ’90s-tacular paintings of WWF superstars, and the fresh icing-sugar-dusted waffles calling out to you from the display case. Small Victory: Bread is what the people of Small Victory do best, but it’s more than a bakery. This mod-looking cafe has tons of room for meeting up with friends, or powering through a meeting over avo toast. There’s also a robust menu with substantial handhelds (like beef brisket or roasted chicken and pepper sandwiches), salad and soup, too.
Where to go for: Brunch and Late-Night Suds
Caffee Barney: A local watering hole since 1988 offering casual brunch, strong coffee, put-hair-on-your-chest Caesars, banging eggs Bennys and certain house-made touches that elevate Barney’s menu from that of its brunching cohort. It’s a hang-out spot where you can stay a while catching up, stop in on your own for some tablet time and no one’s going to hustle you along. It’s open late too for cocktails and beers and it’s a real locals’ haunt.
Where to go for: A Cool Gastropub Hangout / Casual Hangouts with Stellar Food and Wine
Stable House Bistro: It’s independant, and focuses on seasonal share plates paired with a killer wine list—yet, they’re very intentional about setting an unpretentious tone. They have an eclectic wine list from one of B.C.’s top sommeliers, Matthew Landry, and there are 16 wines available by the glass and special bottles for wine geeks.
Where to go for: Dinner
Heirloom Vegetarian: There are no sad salads here. Look out for artichoke tacos, Asian-inspired power bowls, complex specialty salads and pappardelle. Bin4: Dedicated burger house with monster burgers piled high with things like 63 Acres premium B.C. beef, bacon aioli (oh yes!), house-made roasted jalapeno guacamole and more. The Rise Eatery: Your go-to place for modern twists on Asian favourites like ramen, dan bing-o omelettes and congee—but also Mexican chilaquiles.
Where to go for: Shopping
National Standards: A well-rounded spot for elevated menswear essentials—everything-patterned button-ups, plaids, chinos and more—from Vancouver designers. Lolë: This is athleisure ground zero, stock up on puffers, joggers, hoodies and toques. Jak’s:The dependable (and roomy) private liquor store that takes craft beer seriously, with friendly staff offering great recos when you’re stuck for ideas. NAOT Shoes: A one-stop shop for all fall’s footwear needs, from dates to meetings to the dog walks in between.
Where to go for: Haircut and a Shave
Frank’s Barber Shop: There’s nothing better than an old-school barber for a trim, a hot shave and the five-star treatment, and this place has multi-coloured green leather chairs and everything. Mr. Hobb’s: It’s another mainstay with a dedicated following, and Mr. Hobb’s has its own house-made sandalwood shave cream, too.
For more info about all the goods on South Granville, visit southgranville.org.