St. John's NL Port Guide

St. John's NL Port, Canada faces the North Atlantic Ocean; it mainly serves its own fishing community and the seasonal cruises that enjoy the region’s long-standing history. The city is the capital of the Newfoundland and Labrador province, and holds the title of the oldest city in North-America. Much of the existing architecture today dates back to the 1400s; when the port area was discovered and settled by European explorers.


St. John’s has a variety of shopping options. There are two malls in the province; the Avalon Mall and the Village Shopping Centre. The latter has 80 stores and a food court which all opens from 10 am to 10 pm. The Avalon Mall is the biggest; it has 140 stores.  

Water Street, located in the downtown area near the harbor, is a known shopping district. At Woof Design shop, travelers can shop for unusual souvenirs; a local artist creates various items out of stones and bones. Travelers may also visit the Heritage shop for a greater variety of local crafts including knitted clothing, porcelain and metal tableware, engraved rocks and sculptures. Britannia Teas and Gifts on the other hand, offers bulk and loose tea leaves, tea-related merchandise such as tea cups, and biscuits.

Things to See

A sightseeing tour around St. John’s may start at The Rooms. It is located on an elevated section of the province and will offer travelers a view of the whole sprawling region. Inside, art aficionados may tour the art gallery and museum. A visit to the Cabot Tower on Signal Hill offers a panoramic view of the whole province. The stone tower was built in the late 1890s and is named after the European who discovered St. John.

The Basilica of St. John is a prominent structure that graces the province’s skyline. Its construction started in 1839 and its architecture is influenced by the Romanesque style. St. John NL has another church, the Cathedral of St. John, which features Gothic architectural style. The Cathedral was built later than the basilica. The original building was destroyed in a fire in 1892; its restoration began a year later.

A drive south of the downtown area will take visitors to the Cape Spear National Historic Site. It is among the oldest lighthouses in Newfoundland; it was originally constructed during the mid-1830s.

Restaurants and Bars

Aside from being a shopping district, Water St. also houses several restaurants. The Cellar offers Canadian cuisine in fine dining, Auntie Crae’s Food Shop sells a variety of take-out food, while, Bianca’s serves lunch and dinner in a festive jazz ambience. Travelers may also try dining at Basho Restaurant and Lounge, The Sprout, or at the Magnum & Stein on nearby Duckworth St.

George St. generally hosts St. John’s nightlife. Travelers may grab a drink and enjoy music at Trapper John’s Museum & Pub, Kelly’s Pub or at Green Sleeve’s.

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