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Downtown - St. John's

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Downtown St. John’s has a strong sense of community, with residents often coming together to celebrate local festivals and events. The annual George Street Festival, held in the heart of downtown, is a highlight of the summer calendar, featuring live music, food vendors, and street performances. Other popular events include the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, the St. John’s Downtown Christmas Parade, and the Royal St. John’s Regatta, the oldest annual sporting event in North America.

Schools in the Area

Near downtown St. John’s, you’ll find several schools catering to students of various ages and educational needs. Here’s a list:

Bishop Feild Elementary School
Holy Heart of Mary High School
St. Bonaventure’s College (Private School)
Bishop Abraham Elementary School
St. Patrick’s Elementary School
Brother Rice Junior High School
École des Grands-Vents (Francophone School)
Gonzaga High School
Macdonald Drive Junior High School
Mary Queen of Peace Elementary School

These schools offer a range of educational programs, including elementary, junior high, and high school levels, as well as French immersion and Francophone education options.

Food Around the Area 

Downtown St. John’s offers a diverse culinary scene with a variety of restaurants serving up delicious dishes from around the world. Here’s a list of some popular restaurants in the area:

Mallard Cottage – Rustic-chic restaurant housed in a historic cottage, serving locally-sourced Newfoundland fare with a modern twist.

The Merchant Tavern – Lively eatery offering creative takes on classic dishes, with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Rocket Bakery & Fresh Food – Casual cafe and bakery serving homemade sandwiches, soups, baked goods, and locally-roasted coffee.

Blue on Water – Stylish restaurant and bar specializing in seafood dishes, with a focus on sustainability and quality.

Adelaide Oyster House – Cozy spot specializing in fresh oysters and seafood, with a menu featuring a variety of creative small plates.

Seto Kitchen + Bar – Asian fusion restaurant offering a mix of Japanese, Korean, and Chinese-inspired dishes in a trendy setting.

YellowBelly Brewery & Public House – Brewpub and gastropub known for its craft beers and pub fare, including burgers, pizzas, and fish and chips.

The Gypsy Tea Room – Eclectic restaurant and bar serving globally-inspired cuisine, with a focus on local ingredients and bold flavors.

The Celtic Hearth – Traditional Irish pub offering hearty comfort food, live music, and a cozy atmosphere.

These are just a few examples of the many dining options available in downtown St. John’s, catering to a range of tastes and preferences.

Bars Around the Area 

The Duke of Duckworth

O’Reilly’s Irish Newfoundland Pub

The Ship Pub

Shamrock City Pub

Christian’s Bar

Yellowbelly Brewery & Public House

The Martini Bar

Greensleeves Pub & Martini Bar

The Gypsy Tea Room

Bier Markt

The Celtic Hearth

Magnum & Steins

Peter Easton Pub

The Guv’nor Inn

Trapper John’s Museum & Pub

The Bull & Barrel Pub

Kelly’s Pub

Rob Roy Pub

Peter O’Neill’s Pub

The Bigs Ultimate Sports Grill

The Levee

The Black Sheep

Hops & Brews

The Merchant Tavern

Seto Kitchen + Bar

These are just a few examples of the many drinking options available in downtown St. John’s, catering to a range of tastes and preferences.

Shopping Around the Area

The Downhome Shoppe

Fogtown Barber & Shop

Johnny Ruth


The Travel Bug

Posie Row & Co.

Living Planet

Pet Planet

Posie Pop

Model Citizens

Activities Around the Area

Downtown St. John’s offers various options for staying active and working out. Here are some places you can consider:

The Loop – A popular walking and running trail that circles around downtown St. John’s and offers scenic views of the harbour and surrounding areas.

Bannerman Park – This historic park located near downtown features walking paths, outdoor fitness equipment, tennis courts, and open green spaces for various outdoor activities.

BodyQuest Fitness – A fitness studio offering a range of classes such as yoga, Pilates, and high-intensity interval training (HIIT), located in downtown St. John’s.

Bike Trails – Downtown St. John’s is connected to a network of bike trails, including the Grand Concourse trail system, which provides opportunities for cycling and walking.

CrossFit 709 – A CrossFit gym offering high-intensity workouts and group classes for individuals of all fitness levels, located in downtown St. John’s.

Outdoor Sports – With its proximity to the ocean and natural landscapes, downtown St. John’s offers opportunities for outdoor sports such as kayaking, hiking, and paddleboarding.

Modo Yoga – A hot yoga studio in the heart of the downtown core of St. John’s

These are just a few options for staying active and working out in downtown St. John’s, catering to a range of interests and fitness levels.