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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, white-collar, …
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 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. With outdoor picnic table seating in good weather.
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 – like fish tacos, Kobe beef lettuce …
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…
Cafe in St John's

Classic Cafe

There's no false advertising here, just a standard old-school eatery. Yes, many tourists eat here, but it's still a swell place to fork into Newfie standards like toutons, fish 'n' brewis, seafood chowder and fishca…
Indian in St John's

India Gate

This is the local Indian favorite, with loads of vegetarian options. Fill up at the weekday all-you-can-eat lunch special.
Pakistani in St John's

International Flavours

A popular choice for locals on their lunch break, this Middle Eastern restaurant provides a welcome respite from fish and chips. Pakistani owner Talat ladles out a whopping spicy plateful of dal or curry with basmat…
Vegetarian in St John's


Full-on vegetarian food is almost unheard of in Newfoundland. Sprout offers both vegan and gluten-free options. So take a seat in this small cafe and savor your marinated tofu burger, walnut-pesto-melt sandwich and …
Performing Arts in St John's

Resource Centre for the Arts

Sponsors indie theater, dance and film by Newfoundland artists, all of which plays downtown in the former longshoremen's union hall (aka LSPU Hall). Box office is on the website.