About St. John's
St. John's strikes the perfect chord between big-city luxury and small-town charm. As the oldest and most easterly city in North America, St. John's has survived two World Wars, five centuries, countless hardships and many triumphs.
Wander down the narrow, criss-crossing streets carved by horse and carriage over 100 years ago. Pass the colourful jellybean row houses wedged together in every space lining the sides of steep hills and hidden alleyways. Once you've meandered down to the working harbour of the waterfront, look towards the Narrows and imagine a time when the waters were brimming full with fishing schooners.
For a leisurely day, stroll and explore the many fine boutiques, shops, cafés, restaurants, pubs, and art galleries lining St John’s streets. In the evening, sit back, relax, and enjoy live music or local theatre where actors will whisk you away to another place and time.
Known for their seafood and traditional dishes, Newfoundland offers an exciting range of dining options ranging from international flavours to local delights. You'll find fresh, delicious seafood in practically every corner of the province. Plan on a local favourite of fish & chips, the most famous is Ches's Fish & Chips, started in the 1950s and now delivering right to your door, for those days when you just want to tuck in and take advantage of your furnished apartment.
For a fun night out, you won't have to look far because St. John's presents a range of culinary adventures, from traditional meals to fresh-off-the-boat seafood, Asian favourites to inventive, contemporary cooking.
Whether you’re here for a short term rental or longer term relocation, be adventurous, and feast on some of the most unique recipes on earth. Recipes you've never heard of with names you'll never forget: cod tongues, doughboys, salt fish and brewis, or try Jiggs' dinner, a staple of a traditional Newfoundland ‘scoff'. For dessert, try figgy duff, a delicious 16th-century pudding that's still a favourite.
For nightlife excitement, head to the famous George Street. Here, clubs, pubs, bars, and restaurants are bustling with revelers, but most especially during the George Street Festival – five days and nights of dynamic musical entertainment.
You must make time for a visit to Quidi Vidi, a charming village-within-a-city, that embodies the spirit of an old fishing outpost, where you’ll also find the Quidi Vidi Brewery where a tasting and tour is sure quench your thirst. Then, hike up to nearby Signal Hill through the famous Battery, where tiny wooden homes still cling valiantly to cliff sides ravaged by ocean waves. The unmistakable, iconic Cabot Tower guards the top of Signal Hill, where military men guarded our shores throughout the 1700s and 1800s. Here, Marconi famously received his first transmission across the Atlantic in 1901. Perched on the top of the horizon is The Rooms, home to our provincial museum, art gallery and archives, standing next to the striking twin clock towers of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist.