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WHERE TO EAT & WHAT TO DO

Anita & Dan
Anita & Dan
Lid sinds 2016
Anita & Dan

WHERE TO EAT & WHAT TO DO

DINING OPTIONS
We've compiled a short list of restaurant suggestions. It's a work in progress! We have a great number of wonderful restaurants in Downtown St. Catharines within a very short walking distance of our property. And, there is so much more to explore in the Niagara Region that it would be impossible to list it all.
Only 3 blocks away, the Sunset is the perfect spot for a simple breakfast with a real neighbourhood vibe. Opens early Monday to Saturday.
Sunset Restaurant
180 St Paul St
Only 3 blocks away, the Sunset is the perfect spot for a simple breakfast with a real neighbourhood vibe. Opens early Monday to Saturday.
Only 2 blocks away, Huong's is one of our favourite restaurants for lunch or dinner. It's beautifully decorated, has a great playlist and wonderful, freshly-prepared Vietnamese and Thai food.
Huong's Kitchen
12 Queen St
Only 2 blocks away, Huong's is one of our favourite restaurants for lunch or dinner. It's beautifully decorated, has a great playlist and wonderful, freshly-prepared Vietnamese and Thai food.
Right next to the Performing Arts Centre, about 10 minutes walk from our place, is a beautiful cafe with great sandwiches, coffee, pastries and specialty cakes. A great place for a late breakfast or lunch.
Caffe Gatti
3 Race St
Right next to the Performing Arts Centre, about 10 minutes walk from our place, is a beautiful cafe with great sandwiches, coffee, pastries and specialty cakes. A great place for a late breakfast or lunch.
Just around the corner is Wellington Court Restaurant, one of Niagara's first fine dining restaurants and one of the finest still today.
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Wellington Court Restaurant + Catering
11 Wellington St
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Just around the corner is Wellington Court Restaurant, one of Niagara's first fine dining restaurants and one of the finest still today.
Only 2 blocks away, the Merch is a great place for upscale pub food and craft beers. It's a very popular spot Downtown!
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The Merchant Ale House
98 Saint Paul Street
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Only 2 blocks away, the Merch is a great place for upscale pub food and craft beers. It's a very popular spot Downtown!
Only 1 block away, Vulie's is a great spot for breakfast or lunch. And, they have amazing coffee and teas available at the cafe or at Market Square on Tues, Thurs and Saturday.
Vulies Tea and Cafe
43 Church St
Only 1 block away, Vulie's is a great spot for breakfast or lunch. And, they have amazing coffee and teas available at the cafe or at Market Square on Tues, Thurs and Saturday.
Only 2 blocks away, Wind is a great restaurant for sushi and Japanese foods with set pricing so you can eat as much as you like!
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Wind Japanese and Thai
131 King St
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Only 2 blocks away, Wind is a great restaurant for sushi and Japanese foods with set pricing so you can eat as much as you like!
Elegant, Asian dining just outside the Downtown area.
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MA Chinese Cuisine
123 Geneva St
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Elegant, Asian dining just outside the Downtown area.
Fun and creative breakfasts and lunches. Great original menu. Homemade breads, homemade sausage, roasted potatoes, crazy imaginative pancakes ... need we say more? A 5 minute drive from our place. Definitely worth a visit. There may be a line-up - it's worth the wait!
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The Diner House 29
431 Welland Ave
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Fun and creative breakfasts and lunches. Great original menu. Homemade breads, homemade sausage, roasted potatoes, crazy imaginative pancakes ... need we say more? A 5 minute drive from our place. Definitely worth a visit. There may be a line-up - it's worth the wait!
Practically around the corner from us is this wonderful Portugese cafe with lots of goodies, including the well-known Portugese tarts. They also have regular live entertainment, host art shows and have a great patio. And, the coffee is excellent!
The Brazen Café
19 King St
Practically around the corner from us is this wonderful Portugese cafe with lots of goodies, including the well-known Portugese tarts. They also have regular live entertainment, host art shows and have a great patio. And, the coffee is excellent!
All we can say is "WOW!" The food and service are stellar! Like Middle Eastern with a twist of Australian. Brilliant! And, there's no tipping. They pay their staff a living wage so they don't need to work for tips. Dispatch is a wonderful addition to our Downtown! Make reservations!!!
Dispatch
386 St Paul St
All we can say is "WOW!" The food and service are stellar! Like Middle Eastern with a twist of Australian. Brilliant! And, there's no tipping. They pay their staff a living wage so they don't need to work for tips. Dispatch is a wonderful addition to our Downtown! Make reservations!!!
Just a couple blocks from our place, Helen's is a great deli. Great sandwiches, soups, cabbage rolls , salads, cold cuts, breads, pastries ... it's been a local favourite for decades!
Helen's Delicatessen
50 James St
Just a couple blocks from our place, Helen's is a great deli. Great sandwiches, soups, cabbage rolls , salads, cold cuts, breads, pastries ... it's been a local favourite for decades!
On St. Paul Street, just a few blocks away, the burgers and fries are really, really good!
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Hambrgr
233 St Paul St
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On St. Paul Street, just a few blocks away, the burgers and fries are really, really good!
Avondale Dairy Bar has been a local tradition since the mid 1950s. Their ice cream is delicious and they also have a number of wonderful flavours of frozen yoghurt (our favourite) and even plant-based treats. We can't figure out where they find so many nice young kids to work behind the counter. It's like a trip back to the 1950s! You shouldn't miss the chance to visit this Niagara gem while you're touring the region!
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Avondale Dairy Bar
461 Stewart Rd
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Avondale Dairy Bar has been a local tradition since the mid 1950s. Their ice cream is delicious and they also have a number of wonderful flavours of frozen yoghurt (our favourite) and even plant-based treats. We can't figure out where they find so many nice young kids to work behind the counter. It's like a trip back to the 1950s! You shouldn't miss the chance to visit this Niagara gem while you're touring the region!
Vegan doughnuts!!! People are coming to Downtown St. Catharines from Toronto and further to buy Vegan doughnuts from this unique business on St. Paul Street. They look good!
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Beechwood Doughnuts
5 James St
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Vegan doughnuts!!! People are coming to Downtown St. Catharines from Toronto and further to buy Vegan doughnuts from this unique business on St. Paul Street. They look good!
We've enjoyed our experiences at this unique new taqueria Downtown, just a few blocks from our place. Great cocktails, great tacos, small enough so that you can try several. Great sharing plates. Great patio right on the main street.
Lost + Found
259 St Paul St
We've enjoyed our experiences at this unique new taqueria Downtown, just a few blocks from our place. Great cocktails, great tacos, small enough so that you can try several. Great sharing plates. Great patio right on the main street.
A short drive from our property, this fantastic Greek restaurant is right on the Welland Canal with a great view of the canal from inside or out on their large, covered balcony. Right beside the locks - if you're lucky, you'll catch a ship going through. The Greek dishes are very well prepared and the desserts are just like my mom used to make.
George's Greek Village
535 Queenston St
A short drive from our property, this fantastic Greek restaurant is right on the Welland Canal with a great view of the canal from inside or out on their large, covered balcony. Right beside the locks - if you're lucky, you'll catch a ship going through. The Greek dishes are very well prepared and the desserts are just like my mom used to make.
Just a 5 minute drive away is Johnny Pastrami's, not the name that would make you think great breakfast but they have fantastic breakfasts! The lunches are probably great, too, but we've only had breakfast here and it's wonderful. The home fries are delicious, especially topped with sauteed onions, which are included. It's small but comfortable and obviously a favourite of the neighbourhood. They also have a second, larger location on Lake Street near Lakeshore Road.
Johnny Pastrami’s Breakfast and Lunch
296 Ontario St
Just a 5 minute drive away is Johnny Pastrami's, not the name that would make you think great breakfast but they have fantastic breakfasts! The lunches are probably great, too, but we've only had breakfast here and it's wonderful. The home fries are delicious, especially topped with sauteed onions, which are included. It's small but comfortable and obviously a favourite of the neighbourhood. They also have a second, larger location on Lake Street near Lakeshore Road.
Wonderful Downtown special occasion restaurant. Elegant service and excellent food. Almost like a step back into the 1960s. Steaks, lobster, crab, Baked Alaska, Cherries Jubilee flaming at your table ... !!! A big thumbs up!
Blue Mermaid Seafood & Steak House
10 Market St
Wonderful Downtown special occasion restaurant. Elegant service and excellent food. Almost like a step back into the 1960s. Steaks, lobster, crab, Baked Alaska, Cherries Jubilee flaming at your table ... !!! A big thumbs up!
Not much to say. It's a chain restaurant well-known for steak.
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The Keg Steakhouse + Bar - St. Catharines
344 Glendale Ave
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Not much to say. It's a chain restaurant well-known for steak.
We've never been but we've heard good things about this restaurant. It's only about 5 minutes from here by car.
Terry's Cut Steakhouse
300c Fourth Ave
We've never been but we've heard good things about this restaurant. It's only about 5 minutes from here by car.
We've never been. It's a Canadian chain restaurant about 5 minutes drive from our place.
MR MIKES SteakhouseCasual
295 Fourth Ave
We've never been. It's a Canadian chain restaurant about 5 minutes drive from our place.
Comfort food plus! Great food. Great service. Only a 10 minute walk from our place.
Dani's Bistro
259 St Paul St
Comfort food plus! Great food. Great service. Only a 10 minute walk from our place.
Love this place! Dining in a garden centre! You walk in and smell food and flowers! Sandwiches (with Della Terra breads), soups and amazing pastries. A beautiful drive through wine country from our place to this great establishment in Vineland.
The Watering Can Flower Market
3711 King St
Love this place! Dining in a garden centre! You walk in and smell food and flowers! Sandwiches (with Della Terra breads), soups and amazing pastries. A beautiful drive through wine country from our place to this great establishment in Vineland.
An easy walk to a bright and customer friendly venue. It is right on the corner of St. Paul and Carlisle providing great downtown views from their patio and full length window wall when the weather becomes inclement. A broad menu appeals to all tastes, prepared with fresh ingredients.
Freshii
281 St Paul St
An easy walk to a bright and customer friendly venue. It is right on the corner of St. Paul and Carlisle providing great downtown views from their patio and full length window wall when the weather becomes inclement. A broad menu appeals to all tastes, prepared with fresh ingredients.
Fantastic new restaurant located at 281 St. Paul Street, behind Freshii with entrance on Carlisle Street. Their lamb burgers are amazing!!! Incoho brings a relaxed feel to professional cooking. With the help of local farmers, their chefs prepare quality, seasonal food right before your eyes.
Incoho Restaurant
281 Saint Paul Street
Fantastic new restaurant located at 281 St. Paul Street, behind Freshii with entrance on Carlisle Street. Their lamb burgers are amazing!!! Incoho brings a relaxed feel to professional cooking. With the help of local farmers, their chefs prepare quality, seasonal food right before your eyes.
PARKS & NATURE
The Niagara Region has a diverse landscape with a combination of urban spaces, fruit orchards, vineyards, working farms and the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO Biosphere. We've included a small number of parks, conservation areas and trails that you might like to explore during your visit.
Hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails all in one park that is only 15 minutes drive from downtown. A Niagara gem
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Short Hills Provincial Park
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Hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails all in one park that is only 15 minutes drive from downtown. A Niagara gem
Only 3 doors away, Montebello Park is a beautiful place to sit and relax or wander through the rose garden. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (Central Park, NYC), Montebello officially became a city park in 1887. Montebello is host to a number of festivals and events throughout the year, including the well-known Niagara Grape & Wine Festival.
Montebello Park
64 Ontario St
Only 3 doors away, Montebello Park is a beautiful place to sit and relax or wander through the rose garden. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (Central Park, NYC), Montebello officially became a city park in 1887. Montebello is host to a number of festivals and events throughout the year, including the well-known Niagara Grape & Wine Festival.
A great walking and cycling hard-surface path that follows the entire length of the Welland Canal from St. Catharines to Port Colborne.
Welland Canal Trail
A great walking and cycling hard-surface path that follows the entire length of the Welland Canal from St. Catharines to Port Colborne.
A hard surface walking and cycling trail that follows the Niagara River from Niagara on the Lake to Fort Erie. Beautiful!
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Niagara Parkway Recreational Trail
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A hard surface walking and cycling trail that follows the Niagara River from Niagara on the Lake to Fort Erie. Beautiful!
Starting in Niagara Falls, the 400 kilometer hiking trail follows the Niagara Escarpment all the way to Tobermory with numerous entry points throughout the Niagara Region.
Bruce Trail Link
Starting in Niagara Falls, the 400 kilometer hiking trail follows the Niagara Escarpment all the way to Tobermory with numerous entry points throughout the Niagara Region.
The Ninth Street entry point allows you to follow the ravine to the base of Rockway Falls. A rugged walk.
Rockway Conservation Area
The Ninth Street entry point allows you to follow the ravine to the base of Rockway Falls. A rugged walk.
Surprisingly, we've never been.
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Charles Daley Park
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Surprisingly, we've never been.
Historic conservation area replete with colonial buildings and scenic hiking trails.
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Ball's Falls Conservation Area
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Historic conservation area replete with colonial buildings and scenic hiking trails.
Beautiful place for hiking with scenic waterfalls. Spring time visitors have the added bonus of seeing the spring raptor migration to the north.
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Beamers Falls
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Beautiful place for hiking with scenic waterfalls. Spring time visitors have the added bonus of seeing the spring raptor migration to the north.
ARTS & CULTURE
Niagara has a lively arts and cultural community. Our listing is incomplete as we're in the beginning stages of creating our guidebook.
An art gallery within a significant historic building. A fun walk over the new Burgoyne bridge or under along the twelve mile creek trail
Rodman Hall Art Centre
109 Saint Paul Crescent
An art gallery within a significant historic building. A fun walk over the new Burgoyne bridge or under along the twelve mile creek trail
https://firstontariopac.ca/Online/
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FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
250 St Paul St
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https://firstontariopac.ca/Online/
SIGHTSEEING
Our region is a destination for sightseers - we have Niagara Falls, still one of the 7 wonders of the world; the Welland Canal, a marvel of engineering first conceived and built in the mid-19th century; the Niagara Escarpment and a built heritage dating back to the earliest colonial days of Upper Canada. Our listing is incomplete - a work in progress.
the old carousel, still a nickel a ride; the pier and harbour. The Henley rowing course and Lakeside Park (take note Rush fans)
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Port Dalhousie
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the old carousel, still a nickel a ride; the pier and harbour. The Henley rowing course and Lakeside Park (take note Rush fans)
view the ships in the locks of the Welland Canal and visit the historical museum as well as the Lacrosse hall of fame.
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St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre
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view the ships in the locks of the Welland Canal and visit the historical museum as well as the Lacrosse hall of fame.
a working grist mill on the brink of beautiful Decew Falls on the Bruce Trail
Morningstar Mill
2714 Decew Rd
a working grist mill on the brink of beautiful Decew Falls on the Bruce Trail
You can't visit Niagara without a visit to Niagara Falls. It still takes our breath away. The Niagara Parks Commission does a beautiful job maintaining the Niagara Parkway from Niagara on the Lake to Fort Erie. The Niagara Falls area is filled with parks with beautiful gardens - the School of Horticulture, the Butterfly Conservatory and the Greenhouses are all worthy of a visit. Then, there is the Kitsch of Clifton Hill - a fantastic Coney Island experience without the beach!
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Niagara Falls
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You can't visit Niagara without a visit to Niagara Falls. It still takes our breath away. The Niagara Parks Commission does a beautiful job maintaining the Niagara Parkway from Niagara on the Lake to Fort Erie. The Niagara Falls area is filled with parks with beautiful gardens - the School of Horticulture, the Butterfly Conservatory and the Greenhouses are all worthy of a visit. Then, there is the Kitsch of Clifton Hill - a fantastic Coney Island experience without the beach!
SHOPPING
Our proximity to the US border makes Niagara a great place for American shoppers. We have a number of unique boutiques Downtown within a short walking distance of our property. Plus, within a short driving distance, you can explore each and every hamlet and village across Niagara, each with its own special shops and boutiques.
Only 1 1/2 blocks away from our place is our local Market Sqare. It's open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. You can shop for fresh fruit and vegetables, breads and baked goods, honey, syrup, eggs, meats and cheeses. You can also get your breakfast. How about Huevos rancheros or a ham and egg panini? It's hard to choose.
Market Square Lot
50 Church St
Only 1 1/2 blocks away from our place is our local Market Sqare. It's open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. You can shop for fresh fruit and vegetables, breads and baked goods, honey, syrup, eggs, meats and cheeses. You can also get your breakfast. How about Huevos rancheros or a ham and egg panini? It's hard to choose.
Just off the QEW, about 15 minutes away from our place, is our region's newest outlet mall. We don't have anything more to say about it - it's a mall.
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Outlet Collection at Niagara
300 Taylor Rd
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Just off the QEW, about 15 minutes away from our place, is our region's newest outlet mall. We don't have anything more to say about it - it's a mall.
In case you're looking for Costco, here it is.
Costco Wholesale
3 N Service Rd
In case you're looking for Costco, here it is.
Some great retail Downtown. Boot Shop for shoes; Verity, Lousje & Bean for ladies clothing ... Check out mydowntown.ca for a listing of Downtown retailers.
Downtown
Some great retail Downtown. Boot Shop for shoes; Verity, Lousje & Bean for ladies clothing ... Check out mydowntown.ca for a listing of Downtown retailers.
ENTERTAINMENT
For those visitors looking for a night out, we have a number of entertainment venues across the region. Stay tuned for more listings in this category as we continue to work on our guidebook.
Check out their website to see what top name acts may be headlining during your stay. www.meridiancentre.com The Meridian has hosted names like Elton John, Jerry Seinfeld and more.
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Meridian Centre
1 IceDogs Way
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Check out their website to see what top name acts may be headlining during your stay. www.meridiancentre.com The Meridian has hosted names like Elton John, Jerry Seinfeld and more.