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Foodies' Tour at the Old City Market
hrs Estimate Duration
Sample some of the most delectable small-plate dishes, irresistible sweets and local beverages that have elevated downtown Saint John into a true foodie destination.
After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive in Saint John’s historical downtown, which has become an extraordinary culinary destination. Your first stop is at Beavertails for a delicious fresh-baked, maple-glazed pastry.
You will then enter the iconic Old City Market through its original wrought-iron gates that still swing open each morning. Here, you will truly find a foodie paradise of sorts. It opened in 1876, barely escaped the devastating Great Fire of 1877, and has since attracted some of the finest food retailers in Canada. Be sure to notice the ceiling, which resembles an inverted keel of a ship in honor of Saint John’s long history of shipbuilding.
While browsing the stalls, you will be offered a variety of locally produced food and sweets. You can expect to sample dulse, a deep-purple sea vegetable that is dried and eaten by the handful like popcorn. Seafood small plates may include lobster claws, maple salmon with cucumbers and cream cheese, and a different preparation of salmon on a tasty baguette.
Following your market visit, you’ll visit Pomodori Pizza, a locally owned world award winning shop where you will sample an all time favorite with local flair- Maple Pecan Pizza. You will round your experience out with a lemon blueberry cupcake made fresh at Wild Flour Sweets and Treats.
Need to Know:
Note: This tour includes 2 hours of easy to moderate walking over mostly even surfaces. There will be a few steps and small inclines to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with walking difficulties. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Food substitutions are not available on this tasting tour.
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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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