Where Chef David Hawksworth finds fresh produce in Vancouver

When it comes to picking out the finest food, local chefs know all of the secret spots around the city. From busy market stalls and neighbourhood grocery-store gems, to places to try fancy treats: here are a few local shops where Chef David Hawksworth, of Hawksworth Restaurant, finds the freshest local produce in Vancouver.

Top 10 Produce

4536 10th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6R 2J1

Top Ten is a small, unassuming grocery store in my local neighbourhood of Point Grey. It’s a compact shop but all of the produce is fresh and they carry a wide range of produce – even things you didn’t know you needed. The team who work there are among some of the friendliest and most hardworking guys in the city. It might not look it from outside but venture inside and they have an awesome selection of fresh fruits and veggies.

Terra Breads

2380 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6K 1P1

Freshly baked bread has to be one of the best smells in the world and Terra Breads is my favourite place to grab a loaf of warm pain de campagne. They make this French sourdough-style bread in the traditional way and their focus on old-fashioned slow-rise artisan methods really makes a difference to the taste. You can tell they put a lot of love into what they are doing at the bakery.

Market Meats Kitsilano

2326 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6K 1P1

They know their stuff at this Kitsilano store; by far they are the best butchers for specialty cuts of fresh meat. You can also pick up meat stocks, gourmet sauces and roast chickens if you’re having people over for dinner and want to cheat a little. It’s a pleasure to talk to the team here; they’re so full of knowledge and passion for what they do. If you want an unusual cut or an exotic meat (emu, anyone?) then head here.

Oyama Sausage Co

126-1689 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9

Granville Market crowds can get a crazy – especially around the holidays – but it’s worth taking a number and lining up to get charcuterie from Oyama Sausage Co. Anything from there is a good bet but the duck pate and local salami are some of my favourites. They have so many different flavours of sausages – it reminds me of my time living in England.

Finest At Sea Seafood Boutique

4675 Arbutus St, Vancouver, BC V6J 4A3

Finest at Sea, as the name suggests, is the best place to go for fresh seafood. They have a store out in Kerrisdale and also have a stall at Granville Island Market. The company started in the 70s in Victoria and all of their fish is wild and caught using sustainable fishing practices. I get my seasonal favourites like sablefish and spot prawns from here; their smoked fish is delicious as well.

Thomas Haas Patisserie

2539 Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V6K 2E9

Walking into Thomas Haas’ bakery is like walking into a gallery – his pastries are little pieces of art. They also taste delicious as well. I’m a long time fan of Thomas Haas’ baking; I go here for customized chocolate treats for special occasions or I stop by for a coffee and a double-baked almond croissant as a treat.

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