If you’re looking for the perfect mix of historical buildings, an abundance of enticing restaurants and art and cultural experiences, visit Saint John.
From its historical architecture to its diverse food scene, Saint John has it all. It’s also the only on the Bay of Fundy which allows for as many nature experience as urban ones. Basically, if you visit Saint John, you won’t be disappointed.
When I was approached by ExploreNB, the partnership was a no-brainer. I’m always excited to visit cities within my native province, especially when the travel plans include such incredible restaurants like this trip did. Saint John is far from short on high-quality culinary experiences. You could easily spend a week in the city and eat in a different restaurant for every meal. This perk isn’t lost on me. Your girl likes to eat.
On top of the stellar eats and treats, Saint John has a dynamic art scene. Uptown has a superb collection of art galleries nestled between eclectic shops, quaint coffee shops and restaurants. Each gallery offers a a unique experience. It’s no wonder Saint John has been named the Culture Capital of Canada.
WHERE TO EAT
Based on (but not bound by) classic French techniques and dishes, East Coast Bistro sources their ingredients locally. From the fresh seafood from the Bay of Fundy, to the farm-raised meat and heirloom vegetables grown in a small family farm, these raw materials are the canvas used to create their impressive menu. This menu is ever changing: it adapts to the seasons, tides, chefs’ inspiration and supplies, making it even more exciting to visit the East Coast Bistro again and again.
This Saint John eatery is situated in a historic building on Grannan Street. The inside Port City Royal is a perfect reflection of the inviting city who hosts it: exposed brick, distressed wood walls and warm lantern glow offers an ambiance as delightful as their dishes. The exciting menu items range from juicy pan-seared burgers, to ramen, to a spin on the traditional beef and potatoes. If you’re a fan of charcuterie, their platters offer a selection of house cured meats such as Thai chilies salmon, porchetta and smoked ham. Have a flare for adventure? Try their blind four course tasting menu!
This urban Italian restaurant and bar focuses on combining imported Italian ingredients with local seasonal ingredients. Their hand stretched and stone baked pizzas are light and crispy perfection and their ravioli was an absolute treat. Each and every one of their dishes offers a true Italian experience. Whether you’re looking for a group outing or a romantic meal for two, Italian by Night is a wonderful choice.
WHERE TO PLAY
Located in Uptown Saint John, the Five and Dime bar is a great spot to sit down, enjoy craft beer and listen to some music or live entertainment.
Hopscotch is located in the heart of Saint John’s bustling bar and restaurant scene. Whether you’re a whisky connoisseur or simply whisky-curious, Hopscotch is a fantastic place to enjoy a cocktail. Not into whisky? No problem: Hopscotch also offers an impressive assortment of spirits, premium beers, wines and cocktails.
WHAT TO DO
Situated inside the historical 19th century building, the Saint John City Market is packed with food and artisanal vendors alike. The market is the oldest continuing farmer’s market in Canada, forms the historic centrepiece of a revitalized city centre. Inside you’ll find an abundance of baked goods, fresh produce, local seafood and meats, and hand crafted creations.
Saint John houses many one-of-a-kind art galleries throughout the city. This art scene adds a vibrant and eclectic richness to the destination that I highly appreciated. Paris Crew, owned by artist and photographer Jennifer Irving, carries world-renowned artists Rebecca Aldernet, and Will Rafuse, as well as local makers such as Shannon Gates, Melanie Koteff Backman, and Leigh Donovan. Paris Crew features both visual and musical art, and hosts a variety of events including live music and creative workshops. Spicer Merrifield Gallery, founded by Gary Spicer and Shannon Merrifield, carries fine arts and crafts, ceramics, pottery, woodwork and sculptures. They also offer an impressive selection of fine jewelry by Spicer and local artists. If furniture and decor is what you’re looking for, TUCK Studio is an absolute MUST. Walking through their expansive historical location will leave you in awe. They also offer a selection of original fine art from artists and craftspersons such as Ashley Ann Clark, Robert Moore, Pamela Marie Pierce and more. This remarkable art scene is just another reason I encourage you to visit Saint John.
No great city is complete without fantastic coffee. Saint John is the home of many wonderful java locations that scratch whatever caffeine itch you may have. The Art Warehouse is a licensed coffee house / drop-in art studio. The works of local artists that are displayed along the shop add a wonderful atmosphere to enjoy a warm beverage. Catapult Coffee & Studio combines coffee with opportunity. Their organization works to improve the lives of the people in Saint John who live in poverty.
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