Top things to do

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 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 Museum in St John's


Not many museums offer the chance to see a giant squid, hear avant-garde sound sculptures and peruse ancient weaponry all under one roof. But that's the Rooms, the province's all-in-one historical museum, art galler…
Top Choice International in St John's

Adelaide Oyster House

For a boisterous, busy happy hour it would be hard to do better than the Adelaide, a stylish sliver of a bar and restaurant in the thick of things. Its specialty is small plates such as fish tacos, Kobe beef lettuce…
Top Choice Cafe in St John's

Battery Cafe

This Aussie-run espresso bar and cafe brews the finest cup in town; there are also good sandwiches and baked goods. Has outdoor picnic-table seating in good weather.
Historic Site in St John's

Signal Hill National Historic Site

The city's most famous landmark is worth it for the glorious view alone, though there's much more to see. The tiny castle atop the hill is Cabot Tower, built in 1900 to honor both John Cabot's arrival in 1497 and Qu…
Historic Site in St John's

Quidi Vidi

Over Signal Hill, away from town, is the tiny picturesque village of Quidi Vidi. Check out the 18th-century battery and the lakeside regatta museum, but make your first stop Quidi Vidi Brewery, which cooks up Newfou…
Park in St John's

CA Pippy Park

The feature-filled, 1343-hectare CA Pippy Park coats downtown's northwestern edge. Recreational facilities include walking trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, a golf course and a campground. Memorial University, the …
Museum in St John's

Johnson Geo Centre

Nowhere in the world can geo-history, going back to the birth of the earth, be accessed so easily as in Newfoundland, and the Geo Centre does a grand job of making snore-worthy geological information perk up with ap…
Canadian in St John's


Quality dishes without the white-tablecloth pretense – think octopus tacos or Newfoundland wild mushroom risotto served in a warm, dark-wood room. On an ever-changing menu, meat figures prominently – don't skip the …