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Top Choice Canadian in St John's

Merchant Tavern

An elegant tavern housed in a former bank building, Merchant shares its chef with Canadian top-tier restaurant Raymond's, but without the $400 price tag. Gorgeous seafood stews, grilled local lamb sausage and cod wi…
Top Choice Seafood in St Barbe to L'anse aux Meadows

Norseman Restaurant & Art Gallery

This lovely waterfront outpost ranks among Newfoundland's best. Emphasizing local products and creative preparations, the menu will have you wavering between tantalizing options. Relish a kale Caesar salad with Arct…
Top Choice Canadian in Trinity

Twine Loft

The upscale restaurant of the Artisan Inn serves a three-course, prix-fixe meal of local specialties, with wonderful seafood and wine selections guided by an in-house sommelier. Reservations are necessary, but you c…
Top Choice Art in Southeastern Avalon Peninsula

Running the Goat

This active printing press is a bibliophile's dream. Owner Marnie Parsons gives tours of her presses, one from 1830s London. In addition to handmade poetry chapbooks and manifestos, there's a wonderful selection of …
Top Choice Bakery in St-Pierre & Miquelon

Guillard Gourmandises

It's worth memorizing the complicated schedule to make good on this slice of la belle France. After all, these cream-plumped chocolate éclairs, macarons, piping-hot pastries and gateaux are the reason you came, righ…
Top Choice Lighthouse in Cape Spear

Cape Spear Lighthouse

Constructed in 1835, the oldest surviving lighthouse in the province sits on the dramatic headlands of the continent's most easterly point.
Top Choice Historic Site in St Barbe to L'anse aux Meadows

L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site

Leif Eriksson and his Viking friends lived here circa AD 1000. Visitors can see the remains of their waterside settlement: eight wood-and-sod buildings, now just vague outlines left in the spongy ground, plus three …
Top Choice Pub in St John's

Duke of Duckworth

'The Duke,' as it's known, is an unpretentious English-style pub that represents all that's great about Newfoundland and Newfoundlanders. Stop in on a Friday night and you'll see a mix of blue-collar and white-colla…
Top Choice Canadian in Bonavista

Bonavista Social Club

Social Club's innovative meals are sourced on-site and served with a view. From incredible wood-fired breads and pizzas to rhubarb lemonade and local moose burgers with partridgeberry ketchup, the kitchen churns out…
Top Choice Sandwiches in Ferryland

Lighthouse Picnics

Lighthouse Picnics has hit upon a winning concept: it provides a blanket and organic picnic meal (say, a curried chicken sandwich, mixed-green salad and lemonade from a Mason jar) that visitors wolf down while sitti…