I realize St. Catharines is a smaller town then most are use to but that doesn’t mean it lacks charm, and student friendly hotspots. After talking to many students I have found that most only know where 2 things are downtown: 1) The bus terminal and 2) the clubs. But downtown st. cats offers a lot more than nightlife!
Ever since I moved here for school last year I have frequently travelled downtown just to explore. Yes I was that baby Badger who went on random buses just to see where they went. And I would like to think I know downtown pretty well.
Downtown offers a variety and I think every student will find something they love about it. Here is just a glimpse of downtown st cats looks like.
Well there are many different cafes including Timmies. But if you are looking for a cute, unique study spot were you can sip on a hot beverage here are 3 awesome places.
1. Rise Above
Rise Above restaurant and bakery offers a complete menu that is vegan! It is Niagara first and only at the moment! I am not a vegan but the food is delicious and is a must try!
Mahtay cafe and lounge is the go to spot for the “chill”, “organic” vibe! I am frequently there drinking the “Canadian Breakfast” tea studying or playing some board games with friends.
This is a popular chain in this area. This cozy cafe offers the classic cafe and eatery featuring hot soup and sandwiches.
St. Catharines definitely does not lack in All You Can Eat sushi places. As for the best one? I am no sushi expert so you will have to try them out and let me know! I do however get my delivery from Seasons only because it is the closest to the bus terminal and I am too lazy to walk any further to just get back on the bus. But I do hear good stuff about both East and Wind.
As a lover of foodie St. Catharines doesn’t disappoint with food places! From pubs to quick in and outs there is a huge variety!
I am a self proclaimed anti-reader … yet I have a St. Catharines library card in my wallet. Why you may ask? Because it gives you access to this amazing resource! First, I have actually gotten course reading textbooks from here instead of buying them! Second, this 2 story building offers plenty of individual and group study place! Third, THEY HAVE VIDEO GAMES! I am no gamer but I do enjoy renting some once and while especially when they are free for a week!
I realize the graffiti is vandalism but I find it quite beautiful! Did you know we have an alley (not a dark creepy alley) dedicated to this art form? I found it in the summer lat year and I come back a few times a year to find it update with new work showcasing some amazing artists.
Walking downtown you get a sense of the history associated with this town! No I am not about to get into a history lesson but when you do decided to hope on the bus and go downtown look at the building. Many are being restored and it is helping revitalize the area.
There is just a glimpse of what Downtown St. Catharines looks like! This by no means is all of it! But just as the slogan for Ontario is our downtown is “Yours to Discover”!
Happy studying Badgers