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Shopping & Restaurants

St. John's has shopping centres and districts to suit every taste. From eclectic t-shirt and accessory shops downtown to big box stores, you can find anything you need in the local shopping scene.


Downtown St. John’s features the finest shopping available with fashionable clothing boutiques, unique specialty stores, and one-of-a-kind handmade crafts. Art galleries, bookstores and music stores featuring the work of local artists are scattered throughout the downtown. 

The Avalon Mall

The Avalon Mall is just a short walk or bus ride away from campus. With over 140 stores, a food court, 12 screen cinema and more, there’s something for everyone.

Churchill Square

This shopping hub is just a short walk from campus, across Elizabeth Avenue from Churchill Park. With restaurants, boutiques, pharmacy, salon, and an open-air farmers' market, the Square is the perfect shopping spot for those living on or near campus.

Big Box Shopping

Kelsey Drive and Stavanger Drive are the main "big box" shopping areas in St. John's. Both are accessible via buses that leave from campus. Here you'll find all the large chain stores offering groceries, school supplies, furniture, home improvement, clothing and more.



Burgers and fries are all well and good. But beyond the basic fast food places, St. John's has some of the best restaurants in Canada. From fish and chips to fine dining, you will crave the flavours of our culinary scene.

Looking for a more adventurous meal? You can find sushi, ramen, Indian, Korean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, and countless other international cuisines in restaurants around town. From the Afghan Restaurant to Zapata's, there's something for every taste.

For a large (but still not complete) listing of places to eat, check the City of St. John's website.



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