Wander Duckworth Street and the oldest street in North America, Water Street, for some nice and unique shopping. Some favourites include: Johnny Ruth/ Living Planet, Fred’s Records, The Bees Knees and Whink.
Visit the most easterly point in North America, Cape Spear
Hike or drive up to Signal Hill, St. John’s most popular landmark.
Take in some traditional Newfoundland music; great venues for this are Erin’s Pub (Water Street), O’Reilly’s (on George Street) and Shamrock City (also on Water Street). On Wednesday night, High and Lonesome put on a great bluegrass show at Erin’s. There is even a pie raffle! Looking for live music, but maybe not traditional? See what’s happening at The Ship Pub or The Rock House
Visit Quidi Vidi Village, a beautiful fishing village in the city. While there, stop in at the Artist’s Plantation (http://qvvplantation.com/) to see some local artisans at work, walk around the lake (home to the oldest sporting event in North America, the Royal St. John’s Regatta) and /or visit Quidi Vidi Brewery (https://www.facebook.com/quidividibrewery). Eat at Mallard Cottage (reservations recommended) and stop by the very unique Inn of Olde for a drink.
Spend some time exploring The Rooms, home to the provincial art gallery, archives and museum, as well as a delicious café. Worth visiting for the view alone! https://www.therooms.ca/
For those of you looking to get outside of the city, Brigus and Petty Harbour are two beautiful locations not too far from the city.
For those looking to spend some time exploring nature, check out the East Coast Trail, North Head trail and/or Rennie’s River Trail
Visit George Street- famous for its bars and pubs
Other fun ways to spend time:
Jack Axes, throw axes and drink beer- yes, that’s a thing! Located on Water Street https://www.jackaxesinc.com/
Play some board games at Mochanopoly Board Game Cafe on Water Street
Work together to escape at Escape Quest; located on Duckworth Street, not far from the conference hotel. http://escape-quest.ca/
If you’re interested in local theatre, see what is happening at the LSPU Hall. I would recommend looking into this in advance of arriving in St. John’s, as shows often sell-out. There is lots of talent here in Newfoundland and Labrador. https://rca.nf.ca/
Where to Eat/Drink:
Right across from the conference hotel is Coffee Matters, a great spot for coffees, soups, sandwiches, etc. http://www.coffeematters.ca/
Another great place for coffee is Fixed, within walking distance on Duckworth Street. http://fixedcoffee.com/
Mallard Cottage- serves local and delicious food. Reservations recommended. This place has made some prestigious lists, including Canada’s Top 50 Restaurants and Canada’s 100 Best! Located in Quidi Vidi, not too far from the conference location. http://mallardcottage.ca/
Rocket Bakery: a popular spot for lunch, baked good and hot drinks. Located on Water Street http://www.rocketfood.ca/
Piatto- serving delicious Neapolitan personal pizzas (closest location is on Duckworth Street) https://www.piattopizzeria.com/
The Duke of Duckworth- famous for its fish and chips and being the local pub on The Republic of Doyle. It’s a great place for a pint! The Duke is in an alley just off Duckworth Street. http://www.dukeofduckworth.com/
Bad Bones Ramen- delicious noodle soups on Water Street http://badbonesramen.ca/
Mohamad Ali’s- inexpensive and delicious Middle Eastern food. The chicken shawarma sandwich makes a great lunch. Locations on both Water and Duckworth Street. http://mohamed-ali.ca/mohamedali/
Tavola on Water offers great Mediterranean fare. http://www.tavolaonwater.ca/
The Ship Pub- not only a great live music venue, but also a great place to eat. The Ship is down a few steps from Duckworth Street. https://www.facebook.com/TheShipPubKitchen/
Bernard Stanley’s has a varied and yummy menu, including vegan options. Their brunch is delicious. Located on Duckworth Street. http://www.bernardstanleygastropub.com/
Raymond’s- If you want to splurge, this is the place. Winner of many prestigious awards and previously voted best restaurant in Canada. Reservations recommended. Located on Water Street http://www.raymondsrestaurant.com/
Chafe’s Landing- this restaurant is located outside of the city, in Petty Harbour, but has delicious Newfoundland food and amazing fish and chips. This place is popular; reservations are recommended. http://www.chafeslanding.com/