Last month I had a quick trip home. While in New Brunswick, I made sure to visit Uptown Saint John. In the summertime, there is always something going on near the waterfront. Whether it’s a free concert or festival, this area comes alive in the summer heat. I didn’t have much time and only stopped at a few of my favourite places. Not sure what to do in Saint John with only a few hours? Check out my list below for some great Uptown Saint John, NB Daytime Activities.
Where I Shop for Local Souvenirs
Open year-round from Monday to Saturday, this indoor market has a great mix of locally crafted souvenirs and fresh food! I make a point of trying to visit every time I am in Saint John’s uptown area. My favourite part is the roof, built in 1876 to look like an inverted ship’s keel. The market’s merchants sell a mix of things including fresh seafood, vegetables, locally made pottery, and art. I normally grab a bite to eat from either Kim’s Korean Food, Java Moose (locally roasted coffee), or The Baking Stone bakery. If you are looking to try a traditional Maritime treat, they have tons of Dulse for sale. It is dried seaweed eaten as a snack. I like the salty taste, but I can never seem to get through its chewy texture.
Getting my Caffeine Fix
This small batch local coffee roaster has many locations throughout the city. If you are looking for a quick cup of coffee or a bag of beans, you can find them in the Saint John City Market. I prefer to visit their Uptown location on Prince William Street with a full café and plenty of seats to lounge around in. I love their selection of speciality coffees, which they offer hot or iced. I ordered up an iced version of my favourite, Chocolate Peanut Butter Mocha. So delicious! I also love that they are using paper straws. If you are looking for a souvenir to take home, they have different bags of beans for sale with great maritime-themed names like Foghorn or Bay of Fundy Blend.
Grabbing That Unique Tourist Photo
Looking for a great photo opportunity? Look no further than in front of Barbour’s general store. There are eleven life-size wooden people standing and sitting here. This public art was carved by John Hooper in 1977. There is extra room on their bench to sit and standing room beside the man holding the newspaper. They make a great 3D Instagrammable wall.
A Maritime Favourite
This Halifax native is visiting Saint John for the summer. I found him docked for the day in the water close to the corner of Water and Princess Street. During the day, you can take tours around the harbour on Theodore. He brings back so many childhood memories!
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