Whether it’s your first year at Brock or you’re a returning badger, we all know that need to de-stress from the hustle and bustle of student life. Luckily for us, we are living in a quant little City that provides a pretty badass downtown. Sure, it’s no Toronto but we truly have a little bit of everything. Last year, Studentpowered posted Discover Downtown, an insider look at some of the awesome places we have access to. We talked about a few favourites such as Rise Above: a delicious and ethical vegan restaurant, The Merchant Ale House: a popular pub with excellent brewed beer, and Mahtay Café: a sweet little place with great coffee and a homely vibe.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t get to all of them! So, today I am going to continue with the theme and mention a few more fantastic spots that you should definitely check out if you haven’t already!

SHOPPING

Craft Arts Market, 7 James St. 

A lovely place that provides the community with handmade products by local artisans. You can get everything from all-natural bath and body care to jewelry and sweet and savoury jams . Feeling crafty? Take part in one of the many workshops they offer where you can learn to knit, make soap, jewelry, clothing and many other DIY worthy projects!

The Write Bookshop, 285 St. Paul St. 

A delightful, small used book store that you’ll surely want to get lost in! The Write Bookshop has a wide collections of books, something for every reader! Browse around or grab a book and find a nook to escape in, you’ll be surprised how time will fly.

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Mindbomb Records, 27 James St. 

Vinyl enthusiasts, this one’s for you! New to the area, Mindbomb Records is just what we needed. A place where you can hang out, discuss and share music, and perhaps buy a vinyl or 2 or 10.

Check out this video by BrockTV for more info on Mindbomb Records!

Out Of The Past, 340 St. Paul St. 

Journey back and get your hands on some fun and quirky vintage items. If you like good deals and taking the time to do some digging, then you will certainly love Out Of The Past. May seem overwhelming at times with the chaos of different colours, patterns and fabrics, you truly are in the midst of some treasures.

Tip: Out Of The Past is a great spot for Halloween costumes! Just in time, am I right?!

Farmers’ Market At Market Square, 91 King St. 

Fresh produce, baked goods, homemade jams, flowers, tacos, jewelry…these are just a few things you can find at the Farmers Market. Open year-round every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 6 AM – 2 PM, this is a must see. Not only are you getting quality products for a great price, you are supporting our local vendors!

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DINING

Amakara Japan, 19 Geneva St. 

A quiet, little gem that offers up affordable, high-quality authentic Japanese cuisine that will impress even the pickiest of eaters. If you’re looking for delicious food and a friendly, relaxed environment then definitely check out Amakara Japan! A major plus, they have mochi ice cream on the menu!

Bella Noella’s Pizzeria, 159 St. Paul St. 

Recently re-opened at a new location, Bella Noella’s has been providing downtown with delicious, cost effective (that’s right, fellow students) and uniquely flavoured pizza for a long time! Perogie pizza, eggplant parmesan pizza, tex mex pizza…need I say more? Also, most menu items can be made vegan!

Sushi Ai, 75 St. Paul St. 

We are spoiled with so many excellent sushi places in St. Catharines and Sushi Ai is no exception. One of the best, in my opinion, all you can eat sushi places we have. Did I mention they also serve Thai? Delicious, high-quality food with a great, friendly atmosphere.

The Guilty Burger, 52 St. Paul St. 

Are you a burger lover? Do you like trying new and interesting food combinations? Then, The Guilty Burger is the place for you! This cozy and friendly hot spot is truly a guilty pleasure you’ll want to indulge in.

Vegetarian? No problem! They got you covered as well!

Fine Grind Café, 37 James St. 

Intimate, quiet and charming. A great place to study, meet a friend or curl up with a book from the cafe’s little library. They have delicious milkshakes, so be sure to pick one up before it gets too chilly!

So Jollof, 200 St. Paul St. 

A fresh restaurant with fresher values! So Jollof is brand new and offering up some great healthy and local foods to the community. Make-your-own wraps, bowls and juices with many vegan options.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Niagara Artists Centre, 354 St. Paul St. 

Niagara Artists Centre is an organization that supports and promotes working artists in Niagara. They do a great job of engaging the community with the local art scene through numerous events like art shows, live music, and workshops that showcase the diverse talent we have in this area.

FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St. Paul St.

Brand new and such an exciting cultural addition to our community! Dabble in the arts a bit and treat yourself to a show sometime. There’s a little something for everyone. Check out the website for information on upcoming performances!

Detour Music Hall, 88 St. Paul St. 

A lively and fun place to hang out and see your favourite band or discover some new talent. Check out IndoorShoes for tickets and info on upcoming shows at Detour.

Montebello Park, 64 Ontario St. 

No matter what time of the year it is, Montebello Park is a nice place to be. Surrounded by the semi-hectic downtown life, Montebello is a little break from all that. Take a walk, have a picnic, attend an event, there’s always something you can do at the park. I recommend spending some time there this fall while the leaves are changing, it’s beautiful.

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There you have it, another glimpse into some great places to explore! What are your favourite spots downtown? Let us know below!