Canada's oldest city, St. John's, is known for its historic beauty. The region is defined by its magnificent natural landscape, the perfect escape for any weary traveller.
St. John's is not just a sleepy getaway, offering a full gamut of exciting and relaxing possibilities all in one place. Downtown night life is hopping, with George Street boasting the most bars per square foot of any city in North America. Perfectly pastoral settings, clean air and fresh water will help you wind down after an exciting night on the town. Whether you enjoy whale watching, fishing or boating, Petty Harbor is the place to be in St. John's.
Leave the stress of the everyday behind. You owe it to yourself to get back to nature with a peaceful visit to St. John's, Newfoundland.
(Source: City of St. John's)
With inventive cocktails, an opulent hotel-mansion and top Canadian chefs, St. John’s is so much more than a ridiculously charming seaside town.
Locals may lovingly call Newfoundland the Rock, but as its booming capital, St. John’s confirms, Canada’s easternmost province is in anything but a hard place. Flush with oil and natural-gas dollars, and blessed with jaw-dropping natural beauty, St. John’s, and the villages that surround it, offer a reprieve from the conventional big-city break. But as much as St. John’s lives up to the small-town clichés – the stunning bay views, the friendly locals, the charming pubs – it’s also a city that defies expectations, offering visitors luxuries and indulgences that are unmistakably metropolitan. Still, this is Newfoundland – a place that marches to its own beat (and has its very own time zone). Indeed, the province’s unique heritage pervades everyday life. From pan-seared halibut to cod pots, Screechinfused truffles to jelly-bean-coloured row houses, St. John’s is a seaside town unlike any other, a cultural destination with cinematic landscapes, warm folks – and irrepressible charm.
Raymonds marks act two for St. John’s beloved Jeremys – chef Jeremy Charles and sommelier Jeremy Bonia, who made their names at Atlantica, the waterfront restaurant just outside town.
For their new venture, the duo has relocated to a historic former telegraph station in the heart of St. John’s. The towering bay-front dining room serves as an elegant back¬drop for Charles’s ultra-seasonal, ultra-regional menu, which focuses on game and fish. Dishes such as pan-seared hali¬but with Jerusalem artichoke purée, and hearty pappardelle with lamb ragù, are paired with Bonia’s best-of-Canada wine list. The highlight, however, is the tasting menu – East Coast cooking at its best.
95 Water Street, (709) 579-5800
Located in a five-storey stone building overlooking bustling George Street – one of the few to survive the Great St. John’s Fire of 1892 – YellowBelly does its rustic-historic thing with élan, its carnivore-centric dishes, including YellowBelly Burger (ground chuck, pulled short rib, caramelized onion, truffle aioli, blue cheese, tomato jam), surely enough to sate even the hungriest of stomachs.
Cowardly custard is not on the menu.
288 Water Street, (709) 757-3784
St. John’s (Newfoundland and Labrador) Airport (YYT) is just 10 km/6 miles from the city centre.
Taxi approximately CAN $25 to downtown St. John’s.
Metrobus route 14 costs CAN $2.50 to downtown St. John’s.
Hertz is conveniently located on the first floor in the arrivals area of the St. John’s International Airport passenger terminal building.
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